The Arkansas Razorback Christmas Tree

When I went home for Thanksgiving, my mom showed me some ornaments that she had made from my bachelor cousins.  Yesterday, she sent me pictures of the decorated Christmas tree and I had to show them to everyone.  This is another example that I come by my crafting naturally.  Woo Pig Sooie!!

Little Piggie Ornament

Tusk Ornament

This is an amazing Christmas tree for the bachelor pad!

Sweetgum Holiday Wreath

My mom used to change the Christmas holiday decorations every year.  Every year, there was a new theme with new homemade decorations.  It appears that I have the same condition.

Last year, I made an amazing Paper Cone Christmas Wreath.  However, I saw this wreath from Martha Stewart and had to make something similar. I gathered as many sweetgum balls as I could from those that fell on our balcony [I refused to pick any off the ground due to the neighbors with dogs].  I ended up with 2 gallon-sized freeze bags full of sweetgum balls and this beautiful wreath.

My sweetgum ball holiday wreath

What I used:

  • 10 inch straw wreath
  • 2 gallon-sized freeze bags full of sweetgum balls
  • Floral wire cut in 1.5 to 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cans of metallic gold spray paint
  • 1 container of coarse glitter
  • 2 inch wide ribbon
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Optional: latex gloves for spray painting

What I did:

  1. Cut off the sweetgum ball stems. Hot glue one piece of floral wire into one of the sweetgum ball holes.  Let dry.

    Sweetgum balls with floral wire

  2. In a ventilated and prepared area, spray paint the sweetgum balls.  Sprinkle glitter on a portion of the balls immediately after they are spray painted.

    Spray paint & glitter

  3. Spray paint the wreath.  This ensures that any holes from the placement of the sweetgum balls will not look awkward.
  4. Insert the floral wire into the wreath.  Be careful when you do this or the wire will bend.  Bent floral wire is harder to insert into the straw wreath than straight wire.  I only inserted sweetgum balls into the front of my wreath to ensure that it hung flat against the door.

    Almost complete

  5. Hot glue ribbon to the back of the wreath.  Let dry.

    Ribbon mission complete!

  6. Hang and enjoy!

    Glitter, gold, and red make for a beautiful holiday season!

    Hipstamatic Print of the Sweetgum Ball Wreath

Christmas Crafting: Ornaments

Usually around Christmastime, I don’t decorate a lot, but this year, I was bitten by the holiday bug.

Exhibit A: Our Paper Cone Christmas Wreath.

Exhibit B: Our 6.5 foot Christmas tree.

Undecorated Christmas tree

This tree is pretty old and has some branches that aren’t quiet connected like they should be … but this is the first traditional Christmas tree that I or Zach has had in years.

Exhibit C: Crafting ornaments.

Homemade Musical Ornaments

These ornaments are not based on any other design in particular.  They are just something that I decided to experiment with after I put up the Christmas tree.

What you need:

Ingredients for Ornaments

  • Sheet Music (3-5 pages depending on how many ornaments you want to make)
  • Craft glue
  • Small cookie cutters
  • Cardstock in your colors of choice
  • 1/4″ inch ribbon
  • Scissors

How to do it:

  1. Pick out your cookie cutters and trace them on to your sheet music.

    Ready for tracing

  2. Cut out the design.

    Christmas tree ornaments ready for cutting

  3. Flip your cookie cutters over and trace the design on to your cardstock.  Cut out the design.

    Trace again

    There should be a little extra cardstock on the sides of the sheet music

  4. Cut a length of ribbon to hang your ornaments.
  5. Glue the sheet music to the cardstock with the ribbon in between them.

    Almost finished ...

  6. Let completely dry and decorate your tree!


    The tree topper is simply a free-handed star cut from two pages of sheet music and glued together.

    The other ornaments are gold bells with red ribbon.

    Bells and Ribbons

    The best part about these decorations is that I didn’t have to buy anything!  I already had everything that I used on the tree!