CHRIST­MAS DEC­O­RAT­ING

Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOGRAPHED AND DE­SIGNED BY RACHEL NIPPER OF IHEARTCRAFTYTHINGS.COM.

MAKE THESE OR­NA­MENTS!

MAD FOR PLAID

The in­spi­ra­tion for these buf­falo-plaid snowflake hoop or­na­ments shown here and on our cover comes from the chil­dren’s book The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader, where the wood­land an­i­mals get ready for the win­ter sea­son. Rachel Nipper of I Heart Crafty Things loves to cre­ate a new hand­made or­na­ment for the tree each year with her kids so this year’s cozy cre­ation was in­spired by her read­ing choice. Cut red and black buf­falo-check fab­ric into 6" squares. Cen­ter a square into a 4" wooden em­broi­dery hoop and tighten closed. Trim the ex­cess cor­ners of the fab­ric but leave a bit of ex­tra fab­ric to wrap around the back of the hoop. Run a bead of hot glue along the in­ner rim of the em­broi­dery hoop and fold the ex­cess fab­ric over the hoop and press it tightly onto the glue on the in­ner edge, so the in­ner hoop is cov­ered in fab­ric. Ar­range dif­fer­ent sizes of white snowflake but­tons or felt cutouts onto the buf­falo check fab­ric and glue in place. Cut a length of twine and tie the two ends into a knot to form a loop. Push the knot­ted end through the metal prong at the top of the em­broi­dery hoop, pull loop end over and tighten to form a hanger. MIX AND MATCH

Use sev­eral smaller snowflakes or one large snowflake for dif­fer­ent looks.

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