The More Creative Bee and the Singing Bee have been dear friends of mine for many years. We all met in college and don't live too far from each other, but we don't get to see each other as much as I would like. Then again, that makes those times more special. I certainly don't want to take either of them for granted and have so much fun when we get together.
Well, with late summer/early fall birthdays for all three of us and the Christmas holidays, we always get wonderful holiday (Christmas,Halloween, Thanksgiving) or seasonal gifts for each other. But this year, I wanted to go in a different direction.
Let me show what I found at Hobby Lobby to inspire me.
They had a whole section of Christmas decorations that were Americana.
Which inspired this.....
I made 4th of July decorations for them!
These are paper mache houses I also bought at Hobby Lobby.
I handpainted each house (definitly handpainted - check out those stripes)
and hand glittered them too. (Also something I need to practice a little more.)
I made a little banner for each house with vintage images I printed and glued to a tinsel pipe cleaner.
My paint dripped onto the floor so I made a floor out of some scrapbook paper I had on hand.
I added a flameless candle to light it up at night.
I also made these tealight holders too.
These are canning jars I hand painted USA on and added some more flameless tealights to.
They aren't exactly what I thought when I planned them. I originally cut out stencils from my cricut but the glass paint kept running under the stencil so I made stamps out of sponges instead.
And, sadly, I ran out of time to finish my last project, but I gave them an I.O.U.
I found this tutorial on pinterest and I will be making this for them on my cricut with the lace cartridge.
I have to tell you I had so much fun making these for my Bee friends.
Now I just wish I made one for myself too!
Thanks for buzzing by!
Hope your Christmas was merry and bright!