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DIY Christmas in July

Can you believe Christmas is only five months from now? I’m already seeing holiday products, on store shelves! What a perfect time to celebrate Christmas in July. Many stores are offering discounts this time of year.


Santa’s Patriotic Treat Box

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Supplies List:

Sizzix Bigz L Die Box (Scalloped Gable)

Red Card Stock

Stars & Stripes Paper Sheets

White Ribbon

Santa Stamp & Ink

Santa Hat (optional)

A Sizzix die cutting machine is required for this project. Compatible machines with this die; BIGkick, Big Shot & Vagabond.

Cut out the box shape with red cardstock and fold, per instructions included. I glued my box together using Mod Podge. I cut a small portion of stars and stripes paper sheets to fit the side areas of the box and rolled them through the machine. I trimmed along the crease lines for an exact fit. These steps will same time, instead of measuring the box and cutting paper freehand to fit. Using blue ink, stamp, “Santa Approved” onto a circle of white card stock. I added a mini Santa hat, cut from red felt and glued pieces of a white cotton ball for the pom-pom. Attach the stamped quote and hat to the front of the box with double sided foam squares. Fill the box with summer treats, such as, fruit flavored hard candies or gummy shaped fruits. Seal the treats in, tying a bow through the top holes, with white ribbon. These small boxes make great party favors.

Seashore Ornament

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Supplies List:

Clear Plastic ornament

Sand

Mini seashells

twine

starfish charm

I chose plastic ornaments, for this project. If you use glass, beware of breakage. Sand will spill everywhere, if dropped. Carefully remove the top of the ornament and pour in sand, about three quarters full. I poured the sand onto a glitter tray, for a quick and easy fill. The shells were small enough to fit onto the tray as well. Pour in a thin layer of mini seashells. Too much sand or shells will make the ornament heavy. Attach the top back on. Wrap a few strands of twine around the cap. I went around three times. Thread your twine through the ring of the starfish charm.

Beaded Crystal Icicles

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Supplies List:

Crystal Teardrop Beads

White Chenille Stems

Be sure to purchase beads with holes that are placed at the top and bottom (north and south) not on the sides. (east and west) You want your icicles dripping in a straight line down, not across. You also need beads with holes wide enough to fit through the chenille stems. Mine were a tight fit, but I was still able to thread the beads through, by cutting some of the fuzz away. I used seven small tear drop beads for the whole length of the icicles and one long teardrop bead at the bottom, for the dripping effect. Leave about an inch of chenille stem at the top, to hang your beaded creations. My icicles are hanging from my book shelf. They are light enough to be attached with a piece of tape.

Surfing Santa Christmas Card

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 Supplies List:

White Card Stock

Red & Green Card Stock

Authentique Joyous Paper

Circle Die Cut 

Warm Christmas Wishes Stamp Set

Merry & Bright Wood Stamp

Cut a piece of white card stock measuring 10 x 7 and fold in half, for the card. Trim a piece of joyous paper to fit the front of the card. From the warm christmas wishes set, stamp Santa, surf board and palm trees onto white card stock. I colored them using Prismacolor pencils. Use the coordinating die cutting set or cut around the images with scissors. Roll the circle die cut through your die cutting machine, using the paper of your choice. This will be the background behind Santa. I used black VersaFine ink, to stamp merry and bright, onto green card stock. I layered the green on top of red card stock. I adhered everything with a tape runner. 

Tropical Snow Sunset Card

Supplies List:

White & Black Card Stock

Green & Orange Card Stock

Watercolor Gold Dots Paper Sheet

Vintage Cabinet Die Cut (magnetic base tray required to use this die)

Adirondack Chair Die Cut

Palm Tree Die Cut

Foam Adhesive Squares

This warm holiday card is simple and quick. Cut a pice of 10 x 7 white card stock and fold in half, for your card. Trim a piece of green card stock and attach to the front of your card. Using the watercolor paper, cut a rectangle slightly smaller than the green piece you just placed. Roll the watercolor paper through the Sizzix machine, making sure the vintage cabinet is centered in the middle. The magnetic base tray is required for this die. Stick foam squares on the back and adhere onto the green card stock, to create depth. Roll the vintage cabinet through the Sizzix machine again, using orange card stock, for the sunset background. I used a palm tree die set and an adirondack chair for the scenery, using black card stock. (Die cutting machine required) Create a sun with a circle punch or cut one from a template. Brush clear drying glue over the silhouette and sprinkle some snow over the scene.

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Have a merry Christmas in July, Enjoy the week ahead and smile!

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