DIY: Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
On location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

Non-traditional spaces call for non-traditional holiday decorating!

In this modern organic loft space a holiday party was scheduled. I wanted to play up the extra tall ceilings and exposed pipes without taking up valuable dance floor space with a big Christmas tree, so the Candy Cane Hula Hoop Tree was born!
Total cost: $20
Wow Factor When the Guests Entered the Room: Priceless!

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Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree
makes 1 quick & easy holiday decoration for non-traditional spaces

What you need:
6 lightweight hula hoops
1-2 rolls red and white painters tape
1 roll great ribbon (I used a grey satin)
3 large white and red buffalo checked canvases (optional)

What to do:
1. Wrap a Base Layer: Using the white tape, wrap it around the hula hoops until all are completely covered. Don’t worry about the tape being perfect!

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2. Add the Red Striping: Using the red tape, tape a stripe onto the white tape of each hula hoop.

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3. Build the tree: Lay your “tree” out on a flat surface with one hoop at the top, two in the middle section and three in the bottom. Using durable ribbon, tie the hoops together at each point of touch with a beautiful bow. You can get more “fancy” here with big elaborate bows. I chose to keep my tree a bit more humble.

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4. Hang and enjoy: I hung my tree from exposed piping from the ceiling but you could even attach it to the wall with removable hangers. The plus is this weighs next to nothing!
Another idea is to make it pop by hanging it a few inches away from the wall and placing loud artwork behind it (I buffalo-checked large white canvases with red craft paint…I hope you saw this technique in my instagram story a few weeks ago, but if not get the HOW TO HERE).
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A Jar of Sweets

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I dare you to not smile while looking at these quirky holiday scenes –all happening inside their own glass houses.

The coolest part is that the finishing touch on each scene is lowered down from the jar’s lid. Check them all out and get inspired to go small for the children this holiday.

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A mountain of marshmallows was piled into this large mason jar and a vintage cast-iron skier is attached to the inside of the lid. When the lid is screwed on the jar, the skier magically starts skiing down the mountain. If only he had two ski poles!

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Yarn garland is added to a perfectly pink Christmas tree piled with packages around. Attached to the inside of the lid are even more packages! When the lid is screwed on the jar, the packages are lowered into the scene and one lands on top of the tree for a fun tree topper!

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A Libbie Look-Alike wearing glitter snow boots and a hot pink scarf is carrying packages to a sparkly tree. A mammoth glittery star is attached to the inside of the jar’s lid so when lowered it becomes the star at the top of the tree!
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Nothing is better than two friends getting together for a holiday lunch! A chic wallpaper chandelier is attached to the inside of the jar’s lid so when lowered it makes the perfect light for this barnyard luncheon.

DIY: Cauliflower Art

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

Every time I cut into a cauliflower head I’m in awe of the graphic lines…so natch a piece of artwork was hatched.
DIY Cauliflower Art from Libbie Summers (photo by teresa earnest)
DIY Cauliflower Art
(makes one easy and super cute art piece)

What you need: 
1 cauliflower head, cut it half
4 acrylic paint colors (I used lavender, white, orange)
1 piece of quality paper, cut to fit a fun frame (I used a light grey card stock)
1 paint brush

DIY Cauliflower Art from Libbie Summers (photo by teresa earnest)
STEP ONE: Take your Cauliflower head and half it down the middle. You may want to quarter your halves, or remove some greens to create different shapes.

DIY Cauliflower Art from Libbie Summers (photo by teresa earnest)

STEP TWO: Take one half and lightly paint the flat side.
DIY Cauliflower Art from Libbie Summers (photo by teresa earnest)
STEP THREE: ‘Stamp’ the painted side onto the paper. Be creative and think of a fun graphic to design.
DIY Cauliflower Art from Libbie Summers (photo by teresa earnest)
STEP FOUR: Repeat step two and three with different colors  DIY Cauliflower Art from Libbie Summers (photo by teresa earnest)

DIY Cauliflower Art from Libbie Summers (photo by teresa earnest)

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Cezanne and Me

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
LS Photo by Joshua Summers

I can’t paint like the master, but I did try to hold a chair like him.

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Hot Pepper Hair

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Funny how things happen. There’s a pile of peppers laying on the floor and they look like crazy hair. Then you’re laying on the floor making crazy hairstyles. I love my world.
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