Fireplace Swag

About 3 years ago I created this swag to hang over my fireplace to add a little more decoration at Christmas time.

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Sorry for the image quality!

I liked the swag so much that I left it there all winter and into the summer when I decided it was too Christmasy and put it away.

I had seen this idea somewhere and loved it so I had to recreate it.

I already had plenty of red and green fabric and a spool of mop string so I began ripping fabric into about 6″ strips.

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The tying them with an overhand knot to a length of mop string with a loop on each end that was measured to fit my fireplace.

Somewhere I had bought this string that had cute little knit caps hanging from it.

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So I got the bright idea to hold it alongside the mop string and tie the fabric strips around it too.

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It’s really adorable and I love it hanging there giving the fireplace a pop of color during the Christmas holiday, besides just the stockings hanging there.

Next year I’ll probably find a strand of white lights to blend in to brighten it up even more.

Because I tire of it about the time spring rolls around I have decided to make another for winter.

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This one is mostly blues, whites, yellows, brown, and black with a little offwhite and red mixed in.

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As you can see I also incorporated some blue lights among the fabric strips.

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I really like it hanging there with the cutting board chalk board I made.

I’m thinking this spring I will make one for spring/summer and then another for fall.

I’m really looking forward to the fall colors (oranges, browns, reds, yellows……).

This way I can change it out for the seasons and I’ll never tire of any one swag.

I’m sure I’ll be looking forward to each season’s change.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Not that I get much time for crafting, but this was a quick creation that I could put down and pick up when I had a minute or two.

What have you been up to?

Happy Monday!!

TFP  🙂

2011 Christmas Fun

I know we are well into the new year, all of the holidays have passed, but I just had to share this with you.

If you are like me you spend hours deciding what to give for Christmas gifts, then more hours shopping for them and even more time wrapping them up all pretty. Then in 15 minutes flat it looks like a Christmas bomb went off around the Christmas tree and it’s over.

We try to extend Christmas morning just a little longer by creating a treasure hunt.

It begins with a small box hidden in the Christmas tree….

with a note inside that tells where the next hidden treasure can be found.

Each box is wrapped (atleast once 😆 ) and each box has a note inside with instructions. They may be found in the breadbox….

Or in the freezer…

The hidden treasure gifts have also been know to be found outside in a vehicle or elsewhere and even back to another box hidden in the Christmas tree. I like to keep them going back and forth from one end of the house to the other. Eventually to the treasure which is, of course, wrapped (atleast once 😆 ).

And more often than not there will be another wrapped box inside….

And again….

And again….

Until the “real” treasure is reached, which is wrapped (atleast once 😆 ).

The size of the box depends on the size of the “real” treasure and just how many boxes you can find that will fit into eachother. What kind of box doesn’t really matter, I used an shoe box, a Ritz Cracker box and a canning jar ring/lid box for the “real” treasure, but the note boxes are usually small boxes of some sort like ring boxes and such. I can tell you from experience that keeping track of notes and boxes and locations can be tricky. You don’t want to get them out of order.

My kids love this. My older one’s have already pulled this on their family members and my youngest has vowed to create this same scenario for his family.

From the beginning when we are writing notes and wrapping boxes to the end when I am tagging along with the “bunny” in hand it is a lot of fun for everyone. It creates those “lasting” memories that will be talked about for a lifetime and extends Christmas morning just a little longer.

I hope you try this next year and every year after! Let me know if you do, we would love to hear about your treasure hunt fun.

Happy Monday!

TFP 🙂

Been A Little

busy around here.

You, too?

Ahhh, but it’s a good kind of busy that comes with the holiday season.

Family, friends, food, festivity and all in celebration of the birth of our savior.

Happy birthday, Jesus!

And Merry Christmas (or whichever holiday that is dear to your heart) to all of you that visit us here at Twisted Fencepost.

Happy Christmas Day!

TFP 🙂