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Monday, October 21, 2013

MFT Creative Challenge - Advent Tree

Welcome to the October Creative Challenge with My Favorite Things! This month we're getting ready to countdown to Christmas! We're here to provide you with some fun inspiration to help you get into the holiday swing 'cause it's never too early, right?!  When you're finished up here, head on over to the MFT Blog for more inspiration provided by the rest of the girls participating in this month's Creative Challenge.

After much searching and pinning, I came up with an idea for an Advent Tree and constructed it in a way that will allow me to change colors from year to year with minimal cost and time investment.

The Jellybean Green Felt tree base, Natural Buttons and Hemp Cord are a permanent fixture on an 11x14 canvas base, but the Primitive Cream Die-namics Christmas Ornaments can easily be cut from another color of the MFT color family to suit my ever-changing mind. My mind is already reeling with ideas!

After machine stitching the Jellybean Green triangle/tree onto the canvas, I stitched the winding Hemp Cord in place using an overhand stitch every few inches and on each of the curves that extend beyond the edge of the tree. Each of the Natural Buttons was also hand stitched for maximum hold.

I used the numbers from Accent It - Calendar Components in Steel Blue to label each of the Christmas Ornaments. After much thought and debate, I decided to use Modge Podge to adhere each number; brushing both an undercoat and overcoat of Modge Podge for extra stay-power. After the ornaments dried, I sprayed the whole batch with Mix-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist and ended up with a mottled effect (when sprayed on top of Modge Podge) which I really like!

Each ornament was then fitted with a Hemp Cord loop secured with a red sticky dot (don't remove the second backing). The loops were made small enough to fit snugly over the hand-stitched Natural Buttons.

I hope you've enjoyed my Advent Tree and are inspired to start thinking about your own Christmas countdown project. If you have any further questions, please leave me a comment and I'll respond as quickly as I can. Thanks for stopping by today!
~Amy

Help yourself to direct links to all of the MFT Products used on my Advent Tree.

11 comments:

Melody said...

Cute, creative idea! I love how you used the twine and buttons!

TaraG said...

Oh Amy this is STUNNING! I absolutely LOVE it! What a fabulously festive home decor item...love this idea for an advent calendar.
Hugs,t

Tammy H said...

What a beautiful project. I am curious how you attached the star at the top. Is it just tucked behind the button?

Jackie Pedro said...

This is so fun, Amy! Love that you can use it year after year.

AmyR said...

I love this - and I love that you can change up the ornaments every year!! :)

Tammy Hershberger said...

This IS darling, Amy and what a cute idea! (And no idea who that other Tammy is above, but it isn't me.... but I still appreciate that you visited my blog today, too!) :)

Amy Rohl said...

Tammy H - yes, I tucked the star behind the button. I couldn't think of any other way to do it, so if you have any suggestions for me, I'd love to hear them! Thanks for your kind comment. Ü

zehra said...

Lovely idea can be used for many holidays

JoAnn said...

Really cute tree and ornaments. Love how you did the twine and buttons. TFS

Michele Boyer said...

Love, love, love your clean and simple approach, Amy! What a great idea to hang the ornaments on the buttons!

Barbara said...

I LOVE that you hung ornaments on a tree! What a darling idea!!!

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