November 21, 2013

Guest Post - DIY Stocking Hanger from MDS Shaped Sign

Hi!  My name is Amy Chappell and I blog over at Ameroonie Designs.  Most of the time you'll find me chasing around after my 5 kiddos, but once in a while I get to craft and sew, and that helps keep me sane.

Shopping at Poppyseed Projects is so much fun, and I usually have a hard time deciding what I want to do.  This time though, I have been thinking about this project for a while so I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Every year at Christmas I like to have some fun activity to help the kids count down the days to the Big day.  I've been trying to find a way to add some meaning and purpose to the activity that will help add to the spirit of the season.  I decided to create a stocking holder to use.  Each day the kids will find a card with a task for them to complete.  Things like, "share a treat with a friend", "smile at someone you don't know", "make a new friend".  Once they have completed the task they will be able to turn in the card for a treat.  I'm hoping these small challenges will help them to look outside of themselves, if only for a moment each day.
Even if you don't want to make it into a countdown, this would make a great holder for your regular stockings too!  Ready to get started?

I started with Poppy Seed's 8" X 27" cove shaped sign and their 4" square blocks.

  • Paint and distress the sign.  Glue down the background papers.
  • Paint the 4" squares.  Glue down the accent paper.  I used washi tape to embellish the sides of the block then sealed it down with a layer of glue.
  • Use heavy duty glue to glue the blocks onto the sign.  Put heavy objects on top and allow to dry then place the hooks under the blocks.  Embellish the blocks to personalize them for each person.

I used papers and embellishments from Doodlebug Design's Home for the Holidays line.  For the initials I used chipboard letters that I painted and covered with glitter paint.

Don't you just love those deer?

One last look at the whole thing.  I'm excited to give this new tradition a try.  I hope the kids love it as much as I do.

For more creative ideas, I hope you'll stop over to my blog and say hello!

Thanks so much for having me over at Poppyseed Projects today!


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