A far cry from Charlie Brown's sad sapling, Amy Butler's snow-white tree is meant to be trim. "It's the perfect modern twist on the classic fir," says Amy, who replaced the original base with a shapely, sand-filled lacquer vase, then hung it with homemade 3-D ornaments made from bits of fabric stitched together and stuffed with quilt batting. The gifts underneath are also swathed in her signature fabric. Not only does this leave less trash for the waste bin, but the recipient can repurpose the swatches as napkins, patches for a quilt, or even as wrapping for future gifts.
1 or 2 yards of decorative fabric, depending on repeat and number of ornaments desired
1 yard patterned fabric with complementary colors
2 yards silver cord or ribbon, depending on number of ornaments desired
Using our 3-D paper star template and red, white, and blue card stock, you can create three-dimensional, star-shaped cutouts. Festive and easy to make, they're ideal for decorating tables or invitations to a Fourth of July party.
Saint Patrick would have approved of these little green accessories. According to popular legend, the fifth-century Christian missionary to "heathen" Ireland used a three-leaf clover to explain the Trinity. The shamrock later became the Irish national emblem, proudly worn on Saint Patrick's Day (March 17) to honor the Emerald Isle and its patron saint. This year, add a personal touch: Wear shamrocks of your own design.
Cotton fabric in a mix of green solids and patterns
Print leaves onto cloth as they would fall outdoors, in pleasing, random patterns, or create a stylized design. We used linen fabric because its texture shows through the pigment, emulating veins. An artist's carving block, which you can find in a variety of sizes in crafts stores and online, allows you to create one-of-a-kind designs.