Loved the above pic I saw on Pinterest! How pretty and easy is that!! As an rv'er, we try to stay away from heavy decos, so I immediately started thinking of lighter-weight wood. I didn't really want to by wood, saw, stain, etc. So I made a trip to Goodwill and found some thin, plaque-like pieces with kitcheny pics on them.
|see? much thinner|
I used 2 strips of fabric. (the fabric I used was some I already had) Tho, I cut them the same width, I didn't do any hemming. Just left raw edges. I glued them to the back with Tacky Glue. I let that dry before shaping the cross. One thing I was excited about in using these plaques from Goodwill, is that they already had holes in the back for hanging. What I didn't think about was that the holes would be covered up by the fab. So I'll either have to punch a hole in the fabric where the hanging hole is, put and adhesive hanger on the back, use a little easel for display, or simply lean up against something like the pic above.
For shaping the cross, I simply used an embroidery needle and thread. I didn't actually stitch anything, I just used the big needle to give me something to grab as I put the thread under the fabric. First I glued both pieces, let dry, then tied the thread around each strip to gather where I wanted it to gather. I quickly learned that it's easier to glue ONE strip, let dry, tie, then glue the other strip and repeat.
|just free hand cutting: my motto: it doesn't have to be perfect!|
|pull wire to make gathers -- just hang onto other end so it doesn't come out|
I googled how to make a scalloped flower out of wire ribbon. Super easy. You can also do the exact same thing with non-wire ribbon by using a needle an thread, make wide stitches and don't tie at ends.
|the 2 at the bottom have the flowers|
I found blingy embellishments at the craft stores in the jewelry-making area. I also used some sparkly Christmas florals which only cost about a dollar. I cut off what I needed to use and still have some left over to stick in a vase.
The ones that inspired me from Facebook are actually for sale on Etsy. No instructions included since they are for sale, so I had to wing it and figure things out for myself.
I LOVE how these turned out! I enjoy giving hand-crafted Christmas gifts to my peeps. Super excited to share these! I'll probably be making more of these in the future. David got some better pix for me below:
|David chose this one for us to keep|
|Jakeb and Lacey got the leopard print cross|
|this one is made with scraps from Laura's wedding dress|
September 2016: I made 3 more while at Spearfish for this upcoming Christmas.
|I used fat quarters that I found in Wichita at Hancock's going out of biz sale|
|Spearfish, SD acorns, buckeyes, and spruce cones center the pine fabric cross|
|I used a metal flower that I found in the TX hill country last winter|
|buttons and beads for the center of this one|
The same concept can be used to wrap gifts as I did below one Christmas.