I’ve been hankering for Christmas this year. I’m ready to bring in the warm flannel, the reindeer, the flocked trees and the warm drinks.
While I’m not quite ready to pop up the tree up in the living room (though I’ve thought about it more than once), I have been working on some Christmas decor. This collection of embroidery hoop art came from a box of scrap fabric and my Sizzix Big Shot.
You know that I can’t help myself when a metallic accent is happening.
And when you pair that with a reindeer? I’m basically butter in your hands.
I collected some Christmas Sizzix Big Shot dies – the Reindeer with Antlers, the Reindeer, and the Stacked Snowflakes – to create this collection.
I dug through my craft stash and found these thrifted embroidery hoops – a happy stumbling-upon that I made with my mom at one of her favourite thrift shops.
You may not be able to tell from the picture, but the “wood” framing this art is actually plastic. You just slip the plastic faux-wood around a sturdy insert.
It’s ridiculously easy. And at less than $.50 a piece, I’m thrilled with them.
I will admit, I was skeptical of these hoops when I first found them – plastic ain’t wood, honey – but now that I’ve worked with them and hung them on the wall, I like them just as much – if not more – than the real wood embroidery hoops.
I cut out the shapes from various bits and bobs that I had in my craft cupboard. The deer is from Tim Holtz metallic cardstock in gold.
The snowflakes – atop plaid flannel from JoAnn – are cut from the newest paper from Sizzix – leather paper.
It’s thick, textured paper that cuts beautifully.
Finally, the stag head is cut from Tim Holtz metallic cardstock in copper. While Christmas has been typically red, white and gold for ages and ages, copper is the new up-and-coming metallic.
I opted to use hot glue to secure the shapes to the fabric. It is fast, secure, and because these pieces don’t get a lot of handling, using hot glue will stand the test of time.
I love how this little trio sits atop this vignette of antiques. It’s proof positive that you don’t need expensive art work to be on-trend and to make an impact.
Don’t overlook that little stack of embroidery hoops at the thrift store. They could end up being your next piece of Christmas decor!
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Marci @ Rainbow Nest
These are sooooo cute. I have lots of thrifted embroidery hoops that I could use for this. The possibilities are endless. And they would make a great hostess gift too!
Marci – thank you! I hadn’t though of a hostess gift, but you’re so right! It’s also a quick and inexpensive project too!
Bette @ bette’s house
they are turned out fantastic and .50 cents… holy cow. I wish my thrift store was that cheap. You’ve got me in a crafty mood now.
The best thrift stores I’ve found are the ones connected to hospital auxillaries or churches. They’re the not-for-profit organizations and tend to price things to move. I’ve gotten some fabulous craft supplies from those shops. And garage sales! Never let an embroidery hoop pass you by!
Hoop art is my current obsession and these are stunning! I’m still picking away with a needle and thread…don’t know why I didn’t think to bring it all into the 21st century and use my silhouette. Duh moment for sure. I’d love it if you would come link up at our Best of the Weekend Party which is open until Wednesday. These are awesome!
Thank you so much, Jenna! I might have missed it this week, but I’ll pop by with these next week. And yes, if you have a Silhouette, you should just grab some vinyl or heat transfer and get ‘er done! It’s amazing how quickly this project came together!
These are super cute!
Oh, thank you, Virginia!
Marie at The Interior Frugalista
Very cute idea – love the plaid background too. Pinned to share!
Thank you so much, Marie!
These are beautiful embroidery hoop arts! I love the plaid fabric background!
Thank you so much, Helen! I actually just picked up a bag of plaid scraps from an old shirt-making factory. It would be a great way to upcycle plaid flannel shirts from the thrift store!
Meredith @ The Palette Muse
These are so cute, and what a great way to use up some of your paper scraps! I’m loving all the plaid this year and scheming how to use it in my house. These would be perfect in my entryway. Don’t you just love embroidery hoops? Nice to meet you on Two Uses Tuesday, and heading over to follow on IG…
I love that these were just thrifted hoops that I picked up on a whim! I think I’m going to be doing a lot more crafting with hoops this season!
These are the cutest! Seriously. I need to make a bunch!
Thank you so much, Bobbie! Let me know if you do! I’d love to see pics.
Iris @ The Blue Birdhouse
Really cute! I can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas!!!
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Thank you so much, Iris!
these are adorable! Pinning!
Oh, thank you so much for the pin, Erin! I appreciate it!
These are so unbelievably cute and what a terrific idea! So easy and with items I have around the house. Pinned!
Oh, thank you so much, Katie! I, too, loved that this was made from stuff just lying around. My favourite kind of “craft shopping”. 🙂
Very classic looking Christmas craft. Thanks for sharing at #Throwback Thursday. Please join us again and remember this week will focus on Thanksgiving recipes.
Tara, these are so pretty! Saw them featured at Pint Sized Baker and had to pop over and pin! Have a wonderful week!
Aww… thank you, Cindy. I really like how they turned out, too!
Carole West @ Garden Up Green
These are cute I really like the flannel for Christmas – you’ve given me an idea….