Hiya. I'm starting to rush through these just to finish because I'm tiring of them, but there are three more designs I like and want to complete. All of them have Santa facing to the left which was also the case with this one, so I scanned and flipped him to face right. The symbols are then backwards but since I'm not following the colors it really didn't matter.
I need to go back and fix the wimpy tree and change his buttons to black. His coat is 3051 and the greenery 469. The next ones will be different reds.
I had a few requests for instructions on making the little brooms from corn husks. Since I didn't have any more I checked at the craft store and the closest to husks were palm leaves. This swag was less than two bucks and I just cut the ties off. Soaking them for a while may help if yours are too brittle, the same goes for husks.
Whatever you're using, lay it a few inches up on a straight branch facing the wrong way as shown above. Use a strong wire to attach them tightly to the branch. If the material is really thick, attach one layer and then wire another layer over it. The trick to getting it tight is using pliers, pull and twist, pull and twist, until it is so tight there is no slack left. The wire will break is it's not sturdy enough. A little at a time, fold the material down to make the sweep, wetting to soften if necessary.
Do the same method of wiring again, and continue wrapping the wire over in opposite directions, and twist again, hide the ends. Drill a hole in the top for a hanger. This material doesn't accept dye and is almost waterproof, so I watered down some craft paint and brushed it on to make it look older and dirty.
I made this one for a friend and I may do another for myself to hang on my exterior door, maybe a little shorter. This one is 32" total.
I had to take my brother to the doc this morning and need to take my sister this afternoon. Minor procedures but not allowed to drive. We have to pass an apple orchard that has fresh cider and home made donuts so that takes care of dinner.
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