DIY- Christmas in July decorations

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Every summer, to help us get through our hot summer months here in Phoenix, we celebrate Christmas in July. It is a smaller version of the real deal of course, but something we look forward to every year. We bake a cake, roast a chicken, decorate a tiny Christmas tree, exchange handmade and small inexpensive gifts and watch Elf together.

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Before we celebrate though, I make up a few little items to decorate with, nothing too big or complicated. I make a small wreath of pine cones. Making wreaths to decorate with is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays and that includes our mini summer Christmas holiday too.

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Just glue pine cones onto a grapevine wreath or Styrofoam wreath that you can purchase from the dollar stores. Then add a pretty ribbon. I needle felted a bunch of balls to add to mine.

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The small pinecones (which work better with wreaths) were from a tree next to Our Little Red House up north. Our place up there is in a valley but there is one little pine tree next to our house that has the perfect little cones to decorate with. I will be making hedgehog critters with some of them later.

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Since we bought chickens this year, we have tons of straw available.

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I have so much straw in fact, I figure why not use some to make ornaments with. I like to keep things cheap or being frugal would be a better term.

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Glue clean strands of straw onto a piece of paper.

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You can glue strands of straw on both the front and back of your card stock. Once dry  cut out shapes.

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Keep your shapes simple. I just did hearts and stars.

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Add ribbons, buttons and other embellishments.

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The last project was tiny Swedish Tomtes. I collected aspen branches up north at Our Little Red House for this project.

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Cut your branches down to about 3 inches. These will be the bodies for your gnomes.

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I ended up doing a variety of sizes but the 3 inch twigs work the best in my opinion.

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Take an old sweater and make hats by cutting out triangles, fold over and sew up one side, then turn right side out.

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I used wool and faux fur for their beards.

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Add a little wooden bead for their nose and felt shoes (optional) You can glue the shoes to the bottom of the twigs.

 

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Merry Christmas in July everyone.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. boredsensei says:

    I did a small research why you celebrate Christmas on July. This is new to me. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome. We do love Christmas in our home. If I could get away with it and it wasn’t so dusty here I would probably keep a Christmas tree up all year.

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      1. boredsensei says:

        In my country we start our Christian’s decorations as early as September 😀

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      2. I bet it is beautiful.

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  2. kat says:

    So cute! And what a nice way to think cool thoughts in the middle of a hot summer!

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  3. Those gnomes are adorable.
    We use to do christmas in July at our camp ground, I miss it. Havnt found a reason to do it since. Love that you do a zmas dinner and decorate and exchange home made gifts.

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    1. Thank you, I always look forward to our little mini Christmas celebration. Even if it is just one night in the month of July, it is a fun tradition to start with family and friends.

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    1. Thank you for the link, love your idea for the cassette as well. I need to catch up later on everyones blogs. I will try to catch up in a few days.

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  4. What a great idea celebrating Christmas in July! I love your project ideas, these are great ideas and doable for all skill levels!! Those little log Santas are adorable.

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    1. Thank you. The little log santas are some of my favorite things to make and give out to friends and family. They are also super easy to make. I love going out in nature to find things to make other things with.

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  5. Sartenada says:

    Great post. I love it. Some year You should make a Himmeli, which Finnish Christmas traditions. Here my wife shows step by step:

    Himmeli how to make it

    She made it of beads, but all other material can be used, like from colorful drinking straws.

    Have a good day!

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    1. WOW! That is beautiful. Your wife is so talented. She always does beautiful work with beads. Please tell her I really love seeing her work. For some reason I can’t get the like button to register on some websites since I tried with your wife’s post but it didn’t go through. Thanks for the link, I will have to try making one. I bet your home is gorgeous during Christmas season.

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      1. Sartenada says:

        Thank You. I will tell her. I had the same problem which vanished when I bought a totally new Computer. My computer was five years old. Starting took many minutes and Word more than minute. Now my computer starts in seven seconds and Word in one second. It seems that computers have developed since then I bought my new one.

        P.S. Remember to take backups regularly,

        Have a good day!

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