DIY: Pom Pom Tree Skirt

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest

I’m not going to lie. This tree skirt was a labor of love. I would work on it for a few hours, then walk away from it for a couple of days. It took around 700 pom poms to make it and by the 200th I thought I would surely throw this thing in the river. But, as I added each pom pom, the skirt started smiling at me and becoming so playfully beautiful. I was giddy about it and HAD to finish. Four weeks later I did. It could possibly be the most loved tree skirt I have ever made.

Pom Pom Tree Skirt
makes 1 (you’ll never make another)

Ingredients:
1 60-inch burlap tree skirt (I bought mine here, or you can cut your own…trust me buy this thing)
1 roll satin ribbon (I used hot pink)
1 hot glue gun with a TON of glue sticks
700 pom poms (YEP, you read that right…it took 700ish)

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Step 1: Make Pom Poms
You can find how to make them here!
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Step 2: Sew Ribbon and Ties
Using a sewing machine (ugh…I know right?!) fold the ribbon in half and sew it along the parameter of the tree skirt. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon and sew them on for ties. You could also use fabric glue here, but I don’t think it works as well. Or, don’t add the ribbon at all. I loved it for a more finished look.
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Step 3: Glue Pom Poms
Place the burlap tree skirt over a piece of thick plastic (I used the top of a storage bin) and working one by one in a small area, glue the pom poms on the tree skirt until it is completely covered.  This is where you will want to walk away or punch someone a few times, but don’t stop until this is finished! You can do it!!
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Step 04: Enjoy!
Place tree skirt around your tree, wear outside as a cape (yes that’s a thing), or in the middle of your living room as a comfy floor rug!
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“What goes best with a Pom Pom tree skirt?” Good questions, Hog Wild Sprinkles!!! Get them here!

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My Gingham Christmas

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Location: The Grant Hotel courtesy of Lucky Savannah Rentals

I love the nostalgic feeling of gingham and knew I wanted to use it in a fun holiday decor this season, so I decided to embrace it AND blow it out. With this gingham-inspired holiday decor, more was more! And, the modern/exposed brick environment help take this over the top “country” to an over the top “chic” design!
Check out all the details:

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1. Gingham Garland
Get the how-to here!
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2. Gingham Stockings
Hand made from scraps of fabric and one old pair of pants with a seahorse embroidered on them which made for a super cute stocking. And don’t forget that fabric scraps also make a great pom pom!!
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3. Gingham Fireplace Logs
Watch the fun How-To Video Here!
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4. Gingham Ornaments
So simple! First a length of rick rack is pinned into a styrofoam ball, then scraps of gingham fabric leftover from making garland are attached to the ball using modge podge. Allow to dry and hang!
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5. Gingham Tied Branches
There needed to be a little height in the corner to balance the height of the tree, so a few birch branches were wrapped in sections with gingham fabric and  leaned up against the wall. I love them!!!
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6. Holiday Gift Wrap
Check out spoonflower for just about any wrapping paper you can imagine! It’s a slightly thicker paper than I typically like to wrap with, but the colors are perfection…so I deal.
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I’m so in love with this gingham-inspired Christmas! Everything that decorated the tree was made by hand and with lots of fun and love.
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DIY: Gingham Fireplace Logs (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
With Teresa Earnest Photography

No fireplace…faux fireplace? I love this simple craft for holidays or really any day! Can you see it in a little girl’s room? Adorable!!

Gingham OVERLOAD done right!
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12 Handmade Holiday Ornaments to Trim Your Tree

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest

I love a handmade ornament. Nothing against the Radko collectors out there (God knows I love a little Radko bling myself), but I love gifting something that I’ve handmade and knowing it will be pulled out of a box once a year and thought of that makes me smile. Here are a few handmade ornaments to inspire your tree and your gift giving this year. 

One:  Tiered Felt Ornaments
If cookies were this color and could last on a tree forever I would use them to make this ornament. Since they aren’t and won’t…I went with felt.


Learn how to make one here!

Two: Pig Party Ornaments
I. CAN’T. EVEN. with these perfectly festooned party pig ornaments!
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Three: Cotton Candy Ornaments
Basically, the sweetest tree ever!

Four: Glitter and Orange Pinecone Ornaments
When the bitch demands her own tree, you make it quail inspired.


Learn how to make one here!

Five: Leopard Print Christmas Ball Ornaments
It’s almost weird when a colorful leopard print sweater inspires garland and and ornament….almost.

Six: Sugar Ornaments
Note to self…empty the sugar out each year. #ants


Read more here!

Seven: Sassy Vintage Fashion Ornaments
Cheeky advertisements clipped from a vintage magazine were perfect to glue on gingham and hang.
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Eight: Turnip-Inspired Holiday Ornaments
Here’s the deal, you can make the ornament AND just hang turnips…they last the whole season and you can mash them up later (the actual turnips only).


 Read more about my Turnip-Inspired Holiday here!

Nine: Peppermint Candy Cookie Cutter Ornaments
My son and I made these long before he started back talking and they still are a fun craft to do each year!


DIY for the kids (or adults…) here!

Ten: Gingham Christmas Ornaments
Funny, the ornaments for this tree came about when I had scraps of gingham left over from the hand made garland. They are so simple to do glued onto a styrofoam ball, and pack a big colorful punch on the tree!
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Not into traditional ornaments? Here are three ways to trim your tree with maximum results!
Eleven: Sprinkle-Inspired Holiday Ornaments
Colored mylar cut into strips just screamed sprinkles to me! A glittery ball ornament was the perfect bling add on.

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Read more about this here, and check out my Custom Sprinkles here!

Twelve: Red Ribbon Tree Trimming
Backstory: The tree that was planned for this shoot ended up being too expensive to do, so at the last minute the team tied over 1.000 red bows from ribbon left over from an event and the result could actually be one of my favorite trees. Pro Tip: When you only have one element…make a TON of them. #moreismore

What’s the best ornament someone has ever given you?

DIY: Party Pig Ornaments

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Ornaments on tree image by Teresa Earnest Photography

Four years ago I started painting nostalgic barnyard animal toys varying shades of gaudy and adhering them to all sorts of nonsense. This year was the second I made ornaments out of them and this may be the best!! So easy and so fun to do. With a pork book under my belt, I’m obviously partial to the pig, but these ornaments could be made out of any animal toy!
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Here’s how easy and fun it is!!

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Party Pig Ornaments

Ingredients: 
Plastic farm animals (I love pigs, so I did a variety of boars and sows and piglets, I got them at my local farm and tack store)
Spray Paint (I painted mine shades of pink and gold)
1 pair scissors
Hot Glue
Small screw hooks (what you use to attach wire to the back of a frame to hang)
Trimmings (I used everything! Felt balls, buttons, muffin liners, colorful pipe cleaners, embroidery floss etc…)
Ribbon for hanging

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Step 1. Set up a card board box in a well ventilated area and place the pig inside. Give it a spray on all sides and underneath. Allow to dry.

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Step 2: Make a fun fascinator/party hat! This is where only your imagination is the limit! Use your glue gun to make small hats out of whatever you can find around the house. I used muffin liners and pipe cleaner (on the left) and a wee bottle cap, felt ball and feather (on the right)

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Step 3: Screw the eye into the top of the pig (this goes in easy enough, so no need to pre drill a hole) and attach a ribbon to hang.
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