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Vintage Holiday Projects – by Amy Kersten

A huge thanks to Amy for sharing the fantastic holiday decor projects! Be sure to swing by Amy’s blog for holiday projects galore – you won’t be disappointed!

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I have been waiting for the perfect project to use my October Afternoon, Very Merry Collection.  I found the cute vintage wire basket at Hobby Lobby and inspiration struck! I love when that happens!  All of the projects were very simple to do and when you put them all together they look stunning.

Gather your favorite holiday line of paper( a double sided paper works best) and find coordinating items for the rest: Ribbon, Brads, candy tubes, stickers, and of course your favorite Tonic Border punch and a holiday medium punch.

DSCF6184-001Pinwheel How To:

For the larger Pinwheels I cut my paper to 8×8. I then measured from corner to corner. I drew a pencil line from the corner down to 4.5 inches and then from the bottom corner up to 7 inches. (Smaller is 6×6 and I went from the corner down to 3 and from the bottom corner up to the 5.5 inches.) I then cut on the lines. Next I punched the holes. Please see diagram.  I then took a border punch and did the edges. Next take the brad and gather the corners and then put the brad through the center and close it.

The pinwheels are fun to use to dress up the candy containers for little visitors, or to decorate a table. They are also fun to use on a present as a bow to spiff up a special present for someone. You could also attach them to your garland for a fun window dressing. The options are endless and versatile for any occasion!

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DSCF6182-001Garland How To:

For the garland again you’ll want double sided pattern paper, or cardstock since the color shows through. I cut strips of paper 2.5 x 12″. I then punched down both sides of the strips and cut them in half since I wanted a smaller looped garland. Then just take end to end and staple take the next strip and link it and staple…

Incredibly simple but oh so cute!!  There are so many fun variations you can do with this. You could alternate with cardstock or Kraft paper, you can make bigger loops to use on a mantle or for above a window or for a tree… you could stamp holiday sayings on them or you could take a punch and cut a pattern along it… I am sure this isn’t the last garland you will see. I just can’t believe it took me this long to think to use my punches on it.

DSCF6185-001Card How To:

Take a border punch and punch along the long edge of the card. Take a pattern strip of paper the same length and punch a border. The pattern strip is what is peeking out below the edge. Then find one of the many medium holiday punches of your choosing. Take a circle punch and voila you have your embellishment! I then used some word stickers as well with holiday sayings. The finished card is a 5×7 and I used scraps from my other projects.

I hope you enjoyed the vintage holiday projects and came away with a few ways to dress up a special present for someone, to add some unexpected charm to a table or display, or helped inspire a holiday card! Happy Holidays!!!

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I’ve been playing with the Ribblets punches again today.  It’s wonderful how many different designs you can get from a few little punches!  Here is one of the greeting cards I just finished – another will be posted tomorrow along with a layout and little gift box.

Step-by-step:

  1. Cut white cardstock to 3 1/2 X 7 1/2.  Using Ribblet punch #901 punch five times starting at 1″ – spacing 1″ apart.
  2. Weave thinner ribbon through 3/8″ slots and then wider ribbon through the 5/8″ slots.
  3. Using a paper piercer poke holes through the ribbon and attach brads.
  4. Chalk edged of the white cardstock if you’d like, mat on red at green cardstock, then onto card front.
  5. Add rub-ons or embellish as you’d like.

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click here for a step-by-step project instruction sheet

Use the perforating tool for a quick and easy holiday card too!

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