Handcrafted for the Holidays: Glitter Pinecone Ornaments

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Glitter Pinecone Ornaments created by Katie from Skunkboy

Our handcrafted tradition begins with a cold-weather scavenger hunt!  We search for things like pinecones and fallen branches to bring home and make into ornaments.  It’s a fun way to stay in touch with nature during a season where we mostly stay indoors.

On this particular day we came across a gaggle of geese, some squirrels taking food back to their home, and a bunny near a slow-moving brook.  After staying and playing at the park a little, we took our findings home (the fallen branches and pinecones, not the animals!) and made some pretty ornaments for our Christmas tree.

If you don’t have access to pinecones in nature, you can purchase some at your local craft store.  After we gathered some, we took them home to hang them on the tree!

Supplies: pinecones, tacky glue or Elmer’s glue, paint brushes, ribbon, glitter

Instructions:

Step 1: Coat your pinecone in glue with a paint brush.  We used tacky glue diluted with water so it was easier to spread.

Step 2: Once your pinecone is covered in glue, shake the glitter all over!  You can use any color glitter- we went with a shimmery white so it would like like they were coated in snow.

Step 3: After your glue has dried, tie a ribbon around the stem, or if there is no stem, glue the ribbon to the top.  Now you can hang it on your tree!

Katie, Poesy & Hope wearing Minnetonka 5-Layer Fringe Boots, 3-Layer Fringe Boots and Ankle Hi Tramper Boots.

Handcrafted for the Holidays: Santa’s Whiskers Recipe

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Santa’s Whiskers Recipe shared by Tieka from Selective Potential

I’m excited to share one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes, Santa’s Whiskers! These cookies are so easy and fun to make. Plus the dough is just as delicious to eat as it is cooked. They look adorably festive sitting out at a holiday party, and everyone always loves the unique name! Enjoy!! xo

Santa’s Whiskers Recipe

Ingredients

1 Cup butter (softened)

1 Cup sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

1 Teaspoon vanilla or rum flavoring

2 ½ Cups flour

¾ Cups red or green maraschino cherries (chopped into small pieces)

½ Cup finely chopped pecans

¾ Cups flaked coconut

2 sheets of wax paper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Cream together butter and sugar

3. Blend in milk and vanilla

4. Stir in flour, cherries and pecans.

5. Divide dough in half and form into to two 8 inch rolls

6. Sprinkle coconut on wax paper and roll each log in the coconut

7. Wrap the wax paper around the logs and chill thoroughly

8. Cut into ¼ inch slices

9. Place on ungreased cookie sheet (you can place them close they don’t spread out)

10. Bake until edges are golden, about 12 minutes

Tieka’s featured Minnetonka style, a pair of Suede Ankle Boots!

Handcrafted for the Holidays: DIY Bow Ties

Handcrafted for the Holidays

DIY Bow Ties created by Liz from Cotton & Curls

Every year growing up my mother would make me and my brothers something very over the top Christmas-y for all of the festivities. For me this would involve puffy plaid velvet dresses with elaborate lace collars, and for my brothers lots of Christmas plaid bow ties and little 3-piece suits with cumber belts.

I do appreciate a very well put together outfit and in plaid no less, but for me to carry on this tradition I simply made myself a plaid pair of pants and my boys a couple of very simple and easy plaid velcro bow ties. I can’t say that I won’t eventually go more and more over the top, but for now this is what I will do!

These simple bow ties are perfect paired with something dressed up or down. Now all I need to do is make one for my husband. Happy holidays and happy bow tie making!

Supplies:
fat quarter of fabric (I just used scraps)
interfacing (optional) if you are using a thinner fabric
3″ of 1/2″ – 1″ wide velcro
sewing machine
thread
scissors
pins
iron

Instructions:

1. Measure and cut out the bow tie material, it is 4″ to 6″ and add a half inch of seam allowance (the bigger this is the bigger the width of the bow in the end). The length will be 7″ to 8″ and add a half inch seam allowance (the bigger this is the wider it will be). I did 4.5″ X 7.5″ (this included seam allowance) and it was perfect!

2. Fold the material in half so it looks skinny and long (hot dog style) and sew up the side a quarter inch.

3. Iron the seam into the center.

4. Fold again the other direction (hamburger style), and sew up the side.

5. Turn right side out and iron that new seam into the center.

6. Crease the center of the bow with your fingers, making the material look like a bow tie.

7. Stitch the bow tie crease into place.

 

8. Measure and cut out the middle piece of the bowtie. I did 1.5″ X 6″.

9. Fold it in half so the two small ends are touching (hamburger style). we are folding it twice to make it a little thicker, so we don’t need any interfacing.

10. Fold again, but the other direction this time (hot dog style). So there will be a fold at one of the ends. Sew up the long side.

11. Iron the new seam in the center.

12. Wrap the little piece around the center of the bow tie, measure where you will sew it. Leave a little tiny bit of slack because we are going to add the velcro tie in it.

13. Fold in half and sew where you marked.

14. Flip right side out and slide it onto the center of the bow tie, leaving the seam hidden in the back (last pic on right).

 

15. Measure the person’s neck you are making it for and cut out the piece for the velcro tie. I did 1.5″ X 12″ (for toddler size), but this will be longer (not wider) depending on the size of person’s neck. This is the only part that will be changed depending on the size of the person.

16. Fold in half so the longer ends are touching (hot dog style) and sew up the side.

17. Turn right side out, iron the seam to one of the sides to make it look seamless. Then top stitch both sides.

18. Fold the ends into a triangle shape and top stitch over it, make sure the ends are folded in on opposite sides of the tie (i.e. in order for the velcro to fit together properly, one end needs to be folded up over and the other down under)

19. Looks like this.

20. Sew 3″ of velcro on the ends covering the triangle you sewed. Make sure to test out the velcro’s positioning, so if you sewed the ends properly, the velcro should touch perfectly. I made sure that the end that would face the neck would be the soft part of the velcro.

21. Pull the center piece onto the tie and tack it down. in the center.

22. Pull the tie back in and reposition it in the center. Tack it down.

Liz and her boys are wearing Minnetonka Double Fringe Tramper Boots, Double Fringe Size Zip Boots and Back Zip Boots.

DIY Project: Leather Attachments

Boot season is officially here! Add a little edge to your pair of Back Zipper Boots with these simple (and cute!) leather attachments created by Liz from Cotton & Curls, studs optional!

Supplies:
Minnetonka Back Zipper Boots
Leather or faux leather (mine is faux from the upholstery section)
2 Buttons
Needle and thread
Glue (I used fabric mod podge)
Scissors and (optional) exacto knife
Studs (optional)

Instructions:
Step 1. Cut around 3.5 to 5 feet of leather material per shoe about 1/3″ to 3/4″ apart.

Step 2. I had to cut shorter pieces that were about 2 feet long, so I needed to glue (or you can sew) together strips to make 3.5 to 5 feet long. Make 2 strips of 3.5 to 5 foot long piece, one for each shoe.

Step 3. Wrap the strips around your shoes and make it the length you want, leaving enough overlap for the button and the button hole. Sew on a button to one end, and slice a few button holes with scissors or an exacto knife on the other end. Done!

Step 4. Optional: You can add studs to the straps to add a little more edge or character! Do this by puncturing little holes into the strips where the prongs of the studs will go, then push them down on the other side.