Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Decorations for Less with Elmer's!

Hey everyone, Katrina here.  Have you decorated for Christmas yet? Please don't ask if I have, because I would be lying if I said I had. Things have been crazy, one of the dogs partial tore his ACL, so we are doing the crate/leash only thing for the next three weeks, which means decorating is pretty much out of the question at the moment!

This is Higgins and he is the lame little guy.  He likes his crate, but not so much that he wants to stay in it all the time.



BUT, Nikki asked me if I wanted to do the Elmer's Looks for Less challenge and I decided it would be fun to try to create a fun little Christmas themed home decor item with minimal supplies and budget. And I am here with my results today. 

And because I took the challenge, there is a chance for YOU to win! I am sure you are happy about that!  Keep reading and at the bottom I will let you know how to win an Elmer's prize pack!

I need to announce the winner of Monday's blog post!  So, our winner is.......



Blogger Pammejo said...
Adorable cards, TFS 
December 5, 2011 11:12 AM
Pammejo, please email me at cardipaws@sbcglobal.net with your shipping address and we will get the idea book and Gingerbread Land collection kit out to you!!!


Elmer's sent a few products to work with, plus a gift card to purchase additional supplies with.  There was an assortment of glues, foam boards, X-ACTO knife, and Painters pens.  More than enough to create with by adding a few additional supplies.  

I knew I wanted to do Christmas, but wasn't sure what.  I decided to search the internet for ideas and ran across a site called Craft Elf that had a template for making a gingerbread house out of foam board!  PERFECT!  That site can be found here......Gingerbread House Template.  And this is easy enough to do with your kids too once you get the pieces cut out!

So, I cut out my template and then cut out my foam board using the X-ACTO knife and my X-ACTO self-healing mat.  (LOVE THOSE, plus they are pink!).  Here are what my pieces look like once I cut them out...I did try to keep straight lines as I could, just to make the house go together easier!



Then I set to work putting the house together.  I was in a time crunch, so I made a quick decision on what papers I was going to use and that I wasn't going to embellish a lot.  I used the GingerSnaps paper from Gingerbread Land to cover the front and sides of my house.  I then used the Glue Spots from Elmer's to start putting the house together.  They are super sticky and I didn't have to wait for them to dry...bonus!


Once I got my house together, I then put the roof on it.  Using a border punch I punched out strips and just layered them on each side of the roof.  I used the CraftBond Extra Strength glue stick to glue them on.  That gave me a little time to position them exactly how I wanted them.  SORRY, I totally forgot to take a picture of that step....I get crafting and forget to grab the camera!

I then decided that the house needed something to sit on, so I cut out a piece of foam board that was 10 x10 inches square.  


I started to cover it with a sheet of pattern paper, but then decided that I wanted a snowy look, I mean, it is a Christmas decoration after all and I love snow!  So, I found some of the angel cloud fiber mess (as I like to call it!) and stretched it out to fit my board.  I then took it off, ran the glue stick all over the board and started sticking the "cloud" down.  I did use some of the Glue Spots along the edges just to make sure the sides were tacked down pretty well.  



After a little more embellishing on the house and around it, I had a completed Gingerbread Land scene!  I decided it needed some lighting, so I pulled out a strand of mini lights that I had and placed it around it.  I would NOT leave this unattended, but it's pretty to look at when you are home!

Love the bokeh that the lights produced when I took the picture!

I had bought these little glitter foam balls to use for another project and I had a bunch of them left over. I thought they would make cute little snowballs sitting around, plus it was better than them sitting around not getting used!



From this angle you can see the roof and how the strips lay.  I started from the bottom of each side and worked my way up.  To make the trees stand up, I just used toothpicks with the Glue Spots and attached the die cuts to them and stuck them in the foam board.  I did use a Glue Spot on the end of each toothpick just to make sure they stayed put.  



Here is the front of the house a little closer.  I really didn't do anything to the sides, because I wanted the focus to be on the scene, more than individual pieces.  



Would you like to create this fun little house?  Well, you can win the supplies to do it!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and we will pick TWO winners that will be announced on Friday. What can you win...well, Elmer's has generously donated prize packs for two of our readers!  And we are going to throw in a Gingerbread Land collection kit, so that you can recreate this fun Christmas home decor project!

And I am supposed to provide a total cost of my project, so here it goes!

Paper and Die Cut Embellishments-$0.00
I had these in my stash and we ALL have a stash!  And you could easily cut them out of a die cutting machine or by hand.

Elmer's Products-$0.00
Were provided by Elmer's

Lights and Angel Cloud Fibers $0.00
I had these in my decorations that I was not using!

Total cost.....A little of my time to create!
Hee hee, I think this blog post took long to write than creating the decoration itself!

And if you would like to find Elmer's on the internet, here are all their sites!!!

Thanks Elmer's, for letting me play along in the Look for Less challenge!!!


Don't forget Nikki's free printables for up up at the top of the blog!!!

Have a Scrappy Kinda Day!!~~Katrina


28 comments:

Miriam Prantner said...

This is just adorable! Love the scene you created...the little path is so cute as are the little round sparkly trees/bushes. Great job!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

OH MY GOLLY!!!!!! this project is just sooooooo darn cute!! i love it and you are right this is THE perfect project to do with my kids during break!

Angie said...

This project is super CUTE! I just adore the gingerbread house, my kids would love to create something like this with me and display it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Trisha said...

This gingerbread house is just so adorable. Thanks for all the instructions. Wonderful!!

nicolle kramer said...

What a super cute gingerbread house. Perfect holiday decor..Adorable..:)

Erica Marshall said...

Wow, this is adorable Katrina!! I would love to do this project with my daughters! Thanks for such a great chance to win, Nikki and Elmer's!

Deana said...

Oh good grief, Katrina, that's amazing!!

Kelly Massman said...

Love the little house! TFS!

Christa Allgood said...

LOVE IT!!! I think this would be a great project for my daughter and me!

Nikki Sivils said...

Holly Moly Katrina! This is so sweet and pretty and inventive! You rocked it out! So glad you took this on at such a late notice! :) Thank you so much! -Nikki

Becky Sorensen said...

What a great project. Thinking I may do one like this with the nephew the week before Christmas.

Pammejo said...

This project is adorable and yes I would love to win the products to make it, who wouldn't it is adorable. TFS

sharon g said...

WOW, that IS cheap! And adorable!!

Corlann said...

How CUTE is this?!?! And less calories than the traditional gingerbread house! (Lasts longer too :o) I think I'm going to have to make this one!!!

Linda Beeson said...

My goodness! How does it get better that a wonderful, lacey edged roof!

Beatrice Lawson said...

So cute!! I love the roof - that was great - and you even laid down a path to the front door! My son LOVES gingerbread houses and this would be the best project for a weekend!

{VICKI} said...

How Cute!
Love it
Thanks for sharing
and thanks for the chance to win

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Totally adorable Katrina!!! Glad Higgins in doing better!

Liz said...

So sweet don't enter me in drawing just wa;nted to stop by and see the fun items... Thanks for sharing this soo soo cute

isay said...

OMG! this is SUPER CUTE!!! my kids will love this. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win :D

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is ADORABLE Katrina!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee it! :):):):):):):):):):):)

B. Poteraj said...

Hey, cute dog! Also, I like the house that you made. I'd like to make one some day.....Cute papers.

Michelle H. said...

Katrina, this is amazing and so adorable!!
Love it!!

Mandi said...

Adorable. It reminds me of the one I made out of cork a couple of years ago.

Anonymous said...

My three granddaughters would LOVE this!

bevgardner@comcast.net

Julie S. said...

How cute is this ? I love it !! Elmer is pretty darn cute too.

Julie S. said...

I don't know why I thought your dag's name was Elmer. Higgins is pretty darn cute !!

Naomi said...

Wow, Wow , Wow!!!!! It was a long post but Gosh it was fun to read and thank you so much for the tutorial!! I just have to get the gingerbread land so I can recreate this... beautiful job girl and I can understand how you get crafting and forget to take a picture.. that is why many of my attempted tutorials never even made it to my blog! hahaha

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