Thursday, December 9, 2010

Prairie Snowflake Tutorial..


thank you all for your kind words about our christmas tree...

i wish you could all come over for an evening under it's boughs to create and share in the christmas magic...

the photos really don't do justice to this evergreen...

and i'm still trying to get the hang of my new lens {loving it!!}

i want to share with you a little tutorial on the {prairie snowflakes}...




gather an assortment of vintage/antique doilies...{these are not paper doilies...i've had a couple people ask...}

i first tried spraying the doilies with a little starch...

even the heavy duty stuff didn't quite do it...

the {snowflakes} still flopped when hung so i brought out the tried and true good stuff...

mod podge...




give the doily a good coat on one side { i did this on aluminum foil so i could peel it off without the doily sticking to it once it was dried}

flip over a coat the other side...

and let dry...{being an impatient prairie girl i plugged in the hair dryer and speeded up the process a little}

the modge podge will dry clear so no worries...

i wanted to add just a little touch of industrial grey to the {snowflake} so i used unfolded paper clips for the hangers and added a little bow of prairie jute twine...

hhhmmm...i just told myself that...the paper clips were a quick handy fix right then...impatience once again...

a there you have it...

{prairie snowflakes}...




i also added some dried babies breath to my tree...

a little bit more romance without overwhelming the natural beauty of the tree...

keep me posted if you end up making your own {prairie snowflakes} would *love* to see how yours turned out!!

i'm joining jami and airing my laundry here... *love* this girl!!




and also wendy for frugal friday...

and also...






prairie hugs,


20 comments:

Deborah said...

Just beautiful!!!
I love these!!!!
And the babys breath...such a lovely, soft touch...
Christmas is full of beauty at your place :)

Deborah xo

Anna said...

Gorgeous girlfriend!! You have so much talent!!

Julie Harward said...

I have these same snow flakes on my tree and have used them for years, they just make the tree special! I sent my post card off yesterday! Come say hi some time ;D

Air Kiss said...

So creative! I love the baby's breath in the tree.. sweet prairie chic! :) Lovely bokeh, too!!
Lara :)

Snappy Di said...

Sweet and simple project!

Di
Looks great!

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, these are so sweet!! I'd like to make some to hang in my windows! And the baby's breath is a lovely idea! Nicely done!

XO,
Jane

Rachel said...

Darling!!!

*French Farmhouse 425*

cityfarmer said...

I can almost smell the fresh boughs from here ...

nothing like fresh pine

Robin said...

So pretty! I just love your idea's. They looks so good on your tree.

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

What a good idea. They are so cute :)

PACountry said...

PERFECT! I crocheted snowflakes many years ago from a pattern book that is from the 60s I think. I had no idea how to stiffen them and starch sounded like a mess so they have been in a Ziploc bag. Maybe I will FINALLY finish them!

slommler said...

Love the snowflakes and the baby's breath is a great idea! I will have to "borrow" that idea!!
Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

trash talk said...

I like the way you think!
Debbie

kpaints said...

Love the tut! I am taking this one all the way. I would have used liquid starch but since I have the mod podge and love using it....that's what I will do. I just got some cute dollies for the tops of my canned goods so I need to find a pattern for these lovely snow flakes! Thanks so much for your guidance! Wonderful idea!

michelle said...

thank you so much, I really thought that you crochet them yourself and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to do make them! Whew! Great idea and I love the added baby's breath, perfect!!

Have a beautiful weekend!

poindextr said...

this looks so gentle and pretty - I have never been much of a doily girl, but as of now I'm changing my mind. They look charming and just exactly like sweet indoor snowflakes. Thank you so much for sharing!!

Jennifer said...

I love these!! Any suggestions on where to find the doily's?

Erin said...

These are a delight and so beautiful! Love the simplicity of them.

freckled laundry said...

These are darling, kristin! I cannot find the tiny doilies anywhere but I absolutely love the look. Thank you so much for sharing them at air your laundry Friday. They are a freckled favorite tonight.

Hugs,
Jami

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I just came over from Jami's blog. I'm so glad you posted this. I have some old ones my mom made, and they've lost their firmness. I recently asked my mom how she made them that way in the first place, but it's been many years and she can't remember. I was thinking today (while looking at them on the tree) that I'd have to look it up on the internet :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

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