DIY: Papier-mache Fox Heads

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Our dog Maggie Jo (aka The Bitch) is a member of a private quail preserve in Savannah. We are lucky enough to take her there to work a few times a week –never shooting over her, just exercising her nose and her legs. This past October there was a certain red fox we would often see on the trails back in the woods. He was a small fellow in stature, but large in flamboyancy. Mr. Fox, as we started calling him, would sit in the middle of the trail until he knew we had seen him, and only then would he scurry off. It was a brave show of bravado.

After seeing Mr. Fox for the third time, I couldn’t get him out of my head and had to add an element of foxy to my holiday. These three papier-mache fox heads are in honor of him.

I hope I get to run into Mr. Fox again this fall.

DIY Papier-Mache Fox Head
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What you need:
Cardboard for the mount
Newspaper
Masking tape
Modge Podge or watered down glue
Pencil (for sketching face)
Craft paints (we used white, black, orange/red mixture and burnt umber)
Spray acrylic sealer in matte finish
What to do:
Step 1.
Cut a round piece of cardboard the size of the head you would like to make (if your cardboard is too thin, cut enough rounds to make it firm). This will also be the mount. Ours was 10-inches in diameter.
Step 2.
Start forming the basic shape of the head with balls of newspaper and masking tape.
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Step 3. 
Continue using more and more masking tape to shape the head. The ears were made by taping on cut outs of thin card board.
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Step 4. 
Once you have your general shape. Cut strips of newspaper and use modge podge or watered down glue to cover the head…smoothing out the rough spots as you go. (Fun side note: At this point David and I laughed that our fox looked like a pig! So we mad the nose more long and pointy…more “fox like”.)
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Step 5. 
Use white craft paint to cover the entire head (we did two coats) and let dry. Use a pencil to sketch in the areas to paint.
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Step 6.
Once the painted head is dry. Spray with the sealer in a well ventilated area. Attach a hanger on the back (we used heavy duty velcro) and hang!
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Happy Boxing Day

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

But what is Boxing Day?
–A ‘Christmas Box’ in the United Kingdom is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas Boxes/presents to their families.

Happy Boxing Day…here’s a “sucker punch” present for you!
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5 Christmas Trees To Inspire

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

My holiday decorating is always inspired by something…usually a food or memory from my youth. Here are a few of my recent trees and the inspiration that made them a reality!

1. Gumballs
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Photography by Chia Chong
This was truly a candy colored christmas!
Get the DIY for this amazing pom pom tree skirt HERE!
Love the felt ornaments? Get the DIY HERE!
GARLAND GALORE!! Get some of my favorite garland DIY’s HERE.

2. Quail
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photo by Teresa Earnest Photography
Love these blaze orange dipped feather ornaments? Get the DIY HERE.
Feather Garland got you gobsmacked? Get this and other gift wrapping ideas HERE.
Bird Dog Stockings? So many stocking ideas HERE.

3. Sprinkles
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Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Do you love sprinkles like I do? Check out my cool new custom sprinkle line HERE! Which is your favorite?
Make your own sprinkle-inspired ribbon! Get the DIY HERE.

4. Pigs!!

photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Obsessed with the party pig ornaments as much as I am? Get the DIY HERE.
Want a front row seat to the pig part? Watch the fun video HERE.

5. Cotton Candy
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Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Obsessed with the cotton candy ornaments like I am? Check them out HERE.
How About a Cotton Candy Cocktail for your holiday party? Get my recipe HERE.

What Inspires you holiday decorating? I’d LOVE to know!!

DIY: Handmade Leopard Print Gift Wrapping Paper (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Inspiration comes from many places…this time from a sweater! My holiday gift wrap this year is officially colored leopard!
Leopard Print Wrapping Paper
What you need: 
Butcher Paper
Craft Paint (I used purple, pink, green, turquoise, gold and black)
1/2-inch flat paint brush
What to do: 
Watch the video!

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DIY: Fun Holiday Wreaths

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

I love a wreath…but not just any wreath. 
Here are a few of my favorites this holiday season! 

1. Thanks For the Gum Drop Wreath
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What to do:
Step 1. Use toothpicks to affix colored gum drops in a fun pattern onto a styrofoam wreath form.
Step 2. Hang with a fun ribbon. 

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2. Crazy Like a Fox Wreath
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My dearest friend in the world, Sydney Kiefner, needlepointed this gorgeous wreath. I’m in awe of many many talents she has, but her needlepoint game is tops! I wish you could see the back it’s a beautiful green velvet…much like my shoes. I love you Sydney. 
What to do:
 Step 1. Have a friend who needlepoints make you a wreath. 

3. Pom Pom Wreath
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What to do:
Step 1. Wrap a styrofoam wreath foam with yarn (I used white)

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Step 2. Make pom poms (learn how to make a pom pom HERE) and affix to the wreath form with hot glue. 
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Step 3. Glue on different colored pom poms!
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