Simple Wood Christmas Tree

I have always wanted a wood Christmas tree for our front porch and I came across this post from Rogue Engineer of his wooden tree. I thought this is what I am looking for. Now I didn’t follow his plans exactly I did it my own way. My tree definitely looks different than his I think mine looks more like a charlie brown tree.

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Things you will need

  1. Furring strips of wood I used 3 8ft length pieces- for branches
  2. small pieces of scrap wood -for trunk
  3. 2 by 4 piece for base
  4. dowel
  5. wood glue
  6. drill w/ bit
  7. miter saw
  8. Sander

Making your wood Christmas tree

Cutting your branches 

The first thing I did was cut my branches. I took furring strips and cut them 2 inches less for each piece till I made it to the top piece.  I used my miter saw for the cuts. Anytime you can use power tools with safety it makes the job move a lot more smoothly.

Drilling Holes for Dowel

The next step you will need to drill holes for the dowel. I took my drill bit and drilled holes in the middle of each piece cut piece. You will also want to drill a hole in the base for the dowel.

Making the Base

I used a 2 by 4 for my base it works pretty well to keep it up and sturdy. Now once you have the hole drilled in the base you can put in the dowel. I used wood glue in the hole to glue in the dowel so it’s more sturdy and doesn’t fall apart.  I also cut 3 small pieces of 1/2 inch scrap wood I had for the trunk. Don’t forget after this part to sand each piece before you move on to painting. You will regret it if you don’t sand down the rough edges. 

Painting

Before you assemble the pieces you will want to paint it. You could spray paint it or use water base paint to paint the tree.  I chose to use waterbased paint to paint my pieces.  I painted the base, trunk pieces, and the dowel brown. Then I painted the tree limb parts green. I bought the star in a star pack and painted it yellow. The last thing I did was spray some red sparkle spray paint. Last I spray painted some matte clear coat on it to protect it from the elements.

 

Assemble 

The last thing you will want to do is assemble it and glue on the star.

The Final Wood Christmas Tree

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Our Lego Advent Calendar

Hi, Everyone, it’s been a crazy couple of months. I started a new job and my youngest has been doing sports. I feel like I have lost so much time on my blog. Sorry, everyone! I have a few new things to share starting with this advent calendar post. We are in the mist of Christmas month. I wanted to have a fun way for us to count down to Christmas. Normally in the past, we would just buy the chocolate calendars from the store and call it a day. Now these calendars are ok but I wanted something more fun or a way we could choose our own chocolate, treats, legos, etc. My boys like to help with our projects so you will see them in a few pictures. Anytime they can step in and help I encourage them! Making things with our hands is amazing! I’d rather have them building and using their minds than playing video games etc. Below is how we created our calendar.

How to Build Your Own Advent Calendar

The frame

To start this project you will need a big frame. The frame I bought was from a thrift store it’s24 by 24 one of the largest I could find. We tore the frame apart by removing the picture and glass. You’ll want to make sure you also clean the frame before you paint it to remove all the grime and dust.

Now you will want to paint the frame. I painted ours with some snow white paint we had. My little helpers helped for a few strokes of paint 🙂

Wood Middle

We had some wood left over from our garage shelves. I sanded down the wood so it was smooth before I stained it. Next, you will want to stain the wood. I stained ours with grey stain. once its dry and the frame is dry you will want to staple the wood into the frame.

Paint Something Cute

Ok so this is only if you want to I thought once our bags were off the calendar I wanted something cute to show. I bought a cute Merry Christmas sign from the dollar store and traced it with a pencil on the stained board part.  Then I took some of the white paint I used to paint the frame to paint in the Merry Christmas.  I had gone through a few ideas things like a snowman, snowflake, Christmas tree etc. You could do a lot of cute things.

Attach clothespins

Take 24 clothespins and hot glue them to the board. my husband and I measured out the spacing so it all looks symmetrical.

Fill your bags

We took a larger set of legos and separated the steps into 24 days to fill our bags. We could have bought a Lego advent calendar but my boys liked the idea of picking out a larger set they liked and build it over the 24 days. You could fill the bags with lots of different stuff like candy, small toys,  socks, etc. This part is where you can get creative and make it fun!  Below are the bags and legos we used.

Finished Project

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Star wars lego set 

lego Ninjago set 

mommy’s guardians of the galaxy  set 

Bags we used

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Oogie Boogie-Make Your Own Life Size

Sorry, there has been almost two months since I posted. It has been crazy at work and sports at home so no time lately to work on posts. I still have been working on projects and now that I am getting some more time to post you should see some cool things coming soon 🙂 I had a lot of fun making this life-size Oogie Boogie.  It’s another piece to my nightmare before Christmas Halloween props. I made this one so you can wear it as a costume. I think one of these years I will wear it and give out treats to the kids in the neighbourhood.  My plan is to make our front porch into Oogie Boogies lair black light and all!  It’s a slow process to work piece by piece.

Make your own Life size Ooogie Boogie

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  1. Burlap-I bought burlap sacks from Cal Ranch
  2. Wire
  3. Foam
  4. black fabric
  5. black marker
  6. needle and thread
  7. sewing machine
  8. Play bugs
  9. Black yarn
  10. PVC pipe 3/4
  11. 2 45 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  12. 2 90 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  13. 2 screw 3/4 PVC pieces
  14. 2-floor pipe holders these were the metal ones 3/4
  15. 3 X pieces 3/4 PVC
  16. 2 10ft pieces of PVC pipe you may not use all of it depending on how tall you make him.I bought a bunch of 2 ft pieces because of my small car

Making Oogie Boogies Head

The first thing you will need to do is get a piece of burlap I took a burlap bag turned it inside out and started towards the bottom middle.  I mapped out where I wanted his mouth and eyes to go by pinching the burlap and eyeing where it would look good. Once I had it all mapped out I took some wire and covered it with black fabric and sewed around it.I think it would be best to use foam and push it through the foam. Make sure you fold the wire at the end you don’t want it poking you.

Now you can hand sew in the wire foam piece where you want it. I did separate pieces for the mouth top and bottom. Also, for both of the eyebrows.

Once your pieces are all in you can color the mouth and eyes in with a marker or if you really want it black you could put some black fabric in it and sew it in.  Keep in mind if you want to wear it as a costume you would want to leave room to breathe.

I also added wire covered with foam to the inside of the mask so it kept its shape.

The last thing I did was cut out the head and shape it. I had to add a little bit to the end of the head where it’s more tail like.  I put it on my head and cut and tucked where needed.

 

Making Oogie Boogies Chest and Arms

The next step I did was the chest and arms piece. I took a burlap sack cut out the head hole and measured against my body where the arms should go. I don’t use patterns so it’s all my guesswork and comparing the pieces against one another.

Next, I took another burlap sack and decided how long the arms should go comparing the arm ends to the armholes. If you have never used a pattern before its helpful to see how armholes and arms are cut out.

I folded the head hole down and sew it. You do not want any raw burlap edges it falls apart easy and is itchy. I had to remove my clothes and wash them after sewing it all. It’s best to wear levis when working with burlap. I found this out the hard way 🙂 I also cut down the back of the neck to the middle-ish area of the back. I added velcro to make it easier to wear and also dress the PVC skeleton.

Last I added the arms and sewed the sides shut. *When sewing the arms shut I left holes and sew the edges so I had access for my hands to come out. You will only want to do this part if you want to maybe wear it for a costume. If you dont and wear it you are like a child trying to grab things with gloves on 🙂

Oogie Boogie Legs and belly

On this part take the bottom edge of your chest piece and compare it to the top part of your leg pieces so it’s consistent from top to bottom. I made sure the feet cutouts were big enough so I can wear my shoes. I had to cut this out in 4 pieces using the burlap sacks.  If you are using just burlap you can probably do this in 2 pieces depending on how wide the burlap is.

Once you have it all cut out, sew the sides shut.

Leave holes in the bottom of the feet sewing the edges so it doesn’t fall apart. This is so you can slide the PVC pipe through it.

Optional-you can add on a black piece with bugs coming out. This is easier to do now then waiting for the chest piece to be added. You can also line the inside if you plan on wearing it. I lined the chest and some of the face so it wasn’t so itchy.

Now you will want to add the chest piece to the bottom piece sewing it all together.

Finishing Touches to Oogie Boogie

Now you will want to add the finishing touches. I hand sewn around the edges with black yarn doubled on the needle. With burlap, you have to do it double because it will pull through it if not.

Oogie Boogie PVC Body and Base

Base

I took an old table and cut out a square piece with my circular saw. I added a piece of wood to the one end so it makes it a lifted platform. You can easily create this same platform by taking a sq piece of wood and adding wood underneath to lift it.  Make sure your piece is large enough so his legs can stick to the bottom.

Spray paint or paint base let dry.

PVC Skeleton

You can build the PVC skeleton from the base up. Just leave enough room between the legs for the PVC pieces.  Set the pipe floor holders down first I would wait to attach them until you have the body all set where you want. Next, add the screw in PVC piece. Then 2ft pieces next then the 90-degree angle piece. Now you will want to figure the spacing between the legs leaving room for the x piece. once you have cut the middle piece and attache to the X you can do the body piece which I did another 2ft piece. Added another x piece and added the chest pieces 45 Degree angle pieces and another 2 ft piece for each arm. now you can add on the neck piece and the last x piece.

Once you have it all set and space where you want you can attach the floor flanges to the base. Then assemble it from there. You will want to add the costume/prop piece on before you attach the hips and body. I would also put the arm in the costume before you attach it to the 45-degree angle piece.

The last thing you will want to do is add the head to the body I made it as sperate pieces so that it was easier to put on. I added safety pins to help hold it in place.

Finished Oogie Boogie

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Plaid Table Runner Sew or No Sew

plaid table runnerI had picked up a few cheap plaid blankets on Black Friday Sales I figured I could do something with them but wasn’t sure what. After browsing the internet I saw some cute plaid table runners then remembered I had bought the blankets and that I could easily make some runners out of the blanket.

Then I tried it on our table to see if it fit, to my luck it did. So a few cuts and I had a cute table runner.  This is a simple project and won’t cost you much if you get a cheap blanket.

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Step One 

Check to see if it fits on your table if it doesn’t make cuts and add length to it by sewing it on to the end. I cut down the edge of one of the plaid lines to keep the lines in order.

Step Two

Cut off any edging and cut to the width you like. You can be done at this point or you can do step 3 and finish the edge

Step Three

Serge the edges to make it a more finished look. I have a brothers sewing machine and used a G foot.

Doing the G foot with an edging type zigzag does the same thing as a serger.

These are the settings on my sewing machine for the g foot.

The G Foot

The completed edge I don’t think it turned out too bad. I plan on using the G foot again in the future it’s like a hidden treasure I never knew about.

Plaid Table Runner The Final Look!

Sorry this pic is a little blurry you can kind of see the edges on it. This is a picture of our island I did add on length to it you can kind of tell. I made two runners with one blanket so I can’t complain 🙂

This Runner is on our kitchen island

This is the runner on our high tableplaid blanket table runner

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Easy DIY: Giant Candy Cane

I wanted to amp up my Christmas decor so I decided to make some Giant candy canes made out of pool noodles for our front walkway. I don’t have a lot of Christmas decor so it was fun to make something simple and cute for our walkway. This is an easy DIY anyone can do. Children can help too just make sure they don’t do the hot glue part 🙂

Items Needed

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  • Pool noodles with holes in the middle- I order Pool noodles  from Amazon even in red!
  • Holiday Fabric. I bought HO HO HO fabric from Joann’s Fabric store
  • Ribbon- I bought my ribbon from Wal-Mart. I bought Silver Glitter they are out of silver glitter but here is one like it and I bought a red stripped one that is also out of stock online 🙁
  • Here are some more red ribbon and silver ribbon on amazon similar to what I bought

Steps

1.First, you will need to take the pool noodle and glue the ribbon to it I used measuring tape to make sure it was equally spaced.

You will want to make sure you use a long enough table or the floor for this step. The pool noodles are so long they get in the way if you don’t have proper space

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2. Fold noodle down to the desired bend and tie fishing line around it to create the curve.I

I tied my fishing line in a circle then held the pool noodle in the curve and slipped it over the noodle.

Using the fishing line its hard to tell its there unless you look closely.

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pool noodle candy cane

3. Put a dowel in the ground and place the pool noodle end over it.

If you are in a high wind area you will want to tie it down to the dowel They will move around in the wind.

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Giant Candy Cane 

pool noodle giant candy cane

Optional you can add Christmas lights for extra flare at night.

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Option 2

1.You can use fabric by cutting it out and making a tube to go around the pool noodle

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2. Sew it inside out folded. Make sure you sew the one end completely shut and leave the opposite end open to slid the noodle in.

3.Then pull it back to the right side.

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4. Slide the fabric over the pool noodle

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5. Fold noodle down and tie fishing line around it to create the candy cane curve

pool noodle candy cane

6. Put a dowel in the ground and place pool noodle end over it

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Option 3

Instead of using ribbon, you can use duct tape. They do have some creative design for duct tape nowadays. I didn’t do this option if I had I would have shown you 🙂

diy pool noodle candy canes