Tagged: Christmas

Stained Glass Window Gift Wrapping

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This is my tenth anniversary of using creative themes for wrapping family gifts. It started out as something I did for everyone in the family—but as the family grew, I limited these creations to just my nephews and nieces. As this was a special year, I decided to do something a bit more involved. It's a concept I've wanted to do for the past few years but didn't have the time. This year God has blessed us with a second child who will be arriving very soon, so we finished up our Christmas Read More

Star Wars Gift Wrapping

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It's been a busy Christmas season as usual. And this year there were a couple traditions we just didn't make time for in the Horst household. But the one tradition I was sure to make time for was fun Christmas gift wrapping for my nieces and nephews. This year I decided to embrace pop culture, embrace current trends, and embrace my own childhood. That's right—we're talking about Star Wars. As a child this was one of my loves. My older brother collected all the good guy characters and spacecrafts, Read More

Animal Print Gift Wrapping

How to wrap gifts by cutting animal patterns
Of all the gift wrapping I've done over the years, this is the first time there was really no "wrapping" involved. I had a pretty elaborate theme planned for this year, but then I came down with the flu. It wasn't a bad flu, but it lingered and it put me behind on everything. So I shelved that plan until next Christmas and came up with a theme that was less time intensive—animal prints! The process is pretty straightforward—no special artistic skills necessary. You just need to Read More

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Clever gift wrapping ideas for Christmas and birthdays
For the past ten years I've invested extra time into wrapping Christmas gifts for my family. Gift wrapping is an interesting tradition. It's pure decoration. And it's an activity that gets even the most non-artistic person to physically participate in the artistic process. Yes, there's a secondary goal of hiding the gift inside, but the primary goal is to make something pretty. And for those who enjoy exercising their creativity, what an open door gift wrapping is! My tradition started out innocently Read More

Sheaf Christmas Tree

How to create a Christmas tree shaped like a sheaf of grain
I had an elaborate plan for this year's Christmas tree, but when I explained it to my wife she wisely talked me out of it. We ended up with a much simpler strategy. And as is often the case, simple turned out to be beautiful. The goal was to imitate a sheaf of wheat. But instead of wheat, we used wood. And so the first step was to hit the woods and gather branches. They need to be fairly straight, of various thicknesses. A slight curve is fine (and will come in handy), but you don't want sharp Read More

Fabric Christmas Tree

How to create a fabric Christmas tree as a DIY project
My wife and I have a number of Christmas traditions that are challenging exercises in creativity. One is creating a fun Christmas card. Another is developing and executing a unique gift-wrapping theme. We also create a hand-made gift for the other person. And finally there's the creation of the Christmas tree. This will be our third year creating a tree. We work on many of these projects together, but occasionally one of us will tackle a project on their own. Last year my wife handled the tree making Read More

Homemade Christmas Tree

How to build a homemade, rustic Christmas tree
I like traditions. In our first year of marriage we were given a free Christmas tree as a gift from the farm where we had our wedding reception. Before setting up the tree I cut a short piece off of the trunk, as is normally recommended. I kept that piece, planning to make a collection of stump pieces from each Christmas. That tradition lasted a total of one year. In our second year of marriage, it was replaced with a new tradition: making our own Christmas tree. Rather than spend thirty to Read More