Holiday Cards Displays and More!
'Tis the season for holiday cards! Every year we send and receive lots of cards, but placing them on the fireplace mantel only looks exciting for about one or two seasons! We decided to ask you to share ideas on creative displays and we got a bunch!
The first idea we're featuring can be seen to the left. A simple velvet ribbon with a bow on top stays in great shape for countless seasons! A small nail in the bow can hold up a ton of cards. If the bottom of your ribbon wants to move around, secure it with a piece of rubber tacky stuff or tape. To attach the cards to the ribbon, simply hide an ordinary stapler near by and put up each card as it comes in!
The idea to
the right is wonderful! The Robertson family puts their holiday cards
in an album on the den table for everyone to browse through. Their
album contains cards from at least a decade ago (wow!). Think of
the fun people have looking and comparing pictures of how children have
grown on family cards! The small areas could also be used for small
gift tags that are too special to toss out!
The idea to
the left isn't so much how to display your cards, but what to do with them!
Yep, every year we are all stuck with cute and gorgeous cards and the dilema
of what to do with them! How about saving them, cutting the pictures
out and reusing them
to make new cards, gift tags or collage in a scrap book!
Here is another idea reusing your cards! Save those large cards and cut off the backside. The following year, just reuse the picture side by turning it into a postcard!
Here's a new idea for displaying cards! Use a window shutter, paint it in a holiday fashion (here we tried to simulate red with gold sponging...) and find a good spot to hang it up. When your cards start pouring in, simply slip the back of the cards onto the slits! If the cards are vertical, you could cut a slot into the back with a utility knife to make them hang on an angle.
probably all seen the 'clothesline' idea, but this one incorporates 1/2"
ribbon hung over a doorway or entry way. Instead of the ole paperclips,
use clothespins but first have the kids paint those boring clothespins!
A beautiful new twist on a warn out idea...we loved it!
No one knows exactly where batiks were first made.
But the word "batik" probably comes from the Japanese titik which
So what is a batik? Batik is using wax on fabric to create a resist when dye is added. Where the wax is placed, the fabric dye can't get into the fabric. Imagine dying a piece of fabric bright yellow. Then you take wax and draw dots all over the yellow fabric (shown here in red). When all your dots are drawn you dye the fabric black. Once the fabric has dried you wash out all the red wax you put on and you are left with a black piece of fabric with beautiful yellow dots!
Of course, real batiks are much more complicated than simple yellow dots! This art of batik is practiced all over the world including India and parts of Africa - very beautiful batiks come from the country of Nigeria, often with stories in the pictures!
How to make your own batik...
Step 2: Now you need to decide on a pattern or two to repeat on your batik. Use lots lines and shapes but don't color any areas in solid! Leave white space for your "dye".
Suggestions for colors: The colors
that work best for our batik are
Now comes the tough part. No matter what colors you use you MUST
push as hard
as possible when applying your crayon. Notice how the
small block on the right is dark... this young artist pushed very hard
to create such dark colors.
The most exciting part of batik work is yet to come!