DIY Plywood Christmas Tree

Time: 35 Minutes
Materials: saw, sander, plywood, removable Velcro® Brand Hangers, tape measurer, pencil

DIY Plywood Christmas Tree

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s full steam ahead on Christmas projects! Since I’ll be traveling for most of December, I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll be putting up a live tree in our house or not. In the meantime, because the holidays wait for no one,  I’ve teamed up with Velcro® Brand to make this removable plywood Christmas tree!

Plywood Christmas TreeStart by measuring out the dimensions of your tree. Since your pencil marks will be your guidelines when cutting, if you’re measurements are slightly off, the tree will look lopsided. Take your time!

Using cation, cut out your tree with a saw. I used a scroll saw for this, but any saw should do. Sand the sides and the front surface to even out any unwanted imperfections.

To hang, simply apply Velcro® Brand removable hangers stripes; one side will go on the back of your tree, the other on the wall. I used 5 total. These stripes are removable, so you’ll be able to take this off your wall without damaging it once the holidays are over! No nails required and renter friendly, yahoo!

Plywood Christmas TreeNow all that’s left to do is decorate! I used yarn and gift tags, but if you go larger, you could use this to display your Christmas cards. You might even be able to hang a few lightweight ornaments too.

Plywood Christmas Tree

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Plywood Christmas Tree

Plywood Christmas Tree

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How to Line Envelopes

Time: 40 minutes (for set of 10)
Materials: envelope, paper, tape runner, bone folder, scissors, pencil

How to Line Envelopes As if I haven’t said this enough, the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Part of why I love the season so much is because of the cards. I love to receive them (especially the funny ones), but I also love sending them. To give mine a little extra oomph this year, I lined the envelopes! Here’s how:

How to Line Envelopes Depending on your envelope, you may be able to buy an envelope liner template. I decided to make my own, by opening up an envelope and measuring/tracing the space I wanted to line. Once you have your template, it’s pretty easy!

Trace and cut out your liner. You don’t want the liner paper to be too thick, otherwise it might be hard to get the envelope to close. Place inside your envelope and fold as if you were sealing it. Press the outside with a bone folder to get a crisper/cleaner fold.

Open back up and secure the liner in place with the tape runner. You don’t need to worry about the paper further down, just the visible part. Press with a bone folder and you’re done! It’s such a great way to add a personal and beautiful touch to any card, don’t you think?

How to Line EnvelopesI ordered our cards from Minted this year LOVE them. If you’re short on time, but still want your envelopes lined, Minted will do that for you! They will also address your envelopes for free, which honestly was a huge help considering how busy things are around this time of year. How to Line Envelopes

How to Line Envelopes

 

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DIY Modern Christmas Tree Hanging

Time: 1 Hour
Materials: bleach, cotton fabric, scissors, brush, needle/thread, tape, dowel rod

DIY Modern Christmas Tree HangingBrace yourselves friends, Christmas projects are coming. And while I’m trying to resist playing Christmas music all day while I work, I have given into making a few holiday crafts. What can I say, I’m a sucker for this time of year. Head on over to Curbly to see the full tutorial for this DIY Modern Christmas Tree hanging! It’s perfect for small apartments… or if you just want a tree in every room :)

DIY Modern Christmas Tree Hanging

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: paper bag, scissors, tape, stamp, ink pad, yarn

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

The holidays are hectic enough as it is. If you happen to run out of wrapping paper this year, don’t frantically run to the store; stay in and try you hand at this last minute diy gift wrap instead!

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Cut and measure the amount of paper you’ll need; you don’t want to spend time stamping paper you won’t use.

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Stamp your paper! Blot your stamp with ink once every 3-4 stamps to make the paper more interesting. It also helps to rotate the stamp as you go.

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Wrap your gift.

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

To add a pop of color: tie multiple colors of yarn around the package, knot, then trim the excess, leaving a little fringe behind.

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Need another last minute idea? Try stamping tissue paper too!