Time To Get Ready…

October 21st, 2014 Filed under Fruit Salad Tagged , , , , , Leave A Comment

…for Christmas decorating! My favorite time of year is almost here. I start decorating on Halloween eve. If you know me, you know I have to start that early to get year-round stuff packed away and get tub after tub after tub of Christmas decorations out and placed.

I made a few Christmas birdhouses last year and had so much fun I decided to do a few more. I have a certain place in the house earmarked for this collection and since they are all going to be displayed together I wanted to go with all white bodies and similar embellishments. They all started out as bare wood and they averaged $4 in cost. The embellishments and supplies cost less than $30, so for 7 birdhouses I spent approximately $8 per.

I must admit that I had been trying to create snow since last year. My sister and I tried everything from hot glue to tree flocking and had limited or no success. Then I saw a tip online for making your own out of styrofoam. The suggestion was to rake it with a fork. That only worked somewhat. So then I tried crumbling it with my hands. That was slow-going and painful. Then I got out my mom’s old meat grinder. That worked great–until it got hopelessly clogged and I had to take it all apart to unblock it. And I wasn’t getting the results I wanted.

Then Nanner (sweet, sweet sister!) called me and said, “Have you tried your cheese grater? ‘Cause I did and it works great! You can get fine snow with the small holes and you can get larger pieces (for that heavy, piled up look) with the big holes.” So I tried it and in less than 1 minute I had enough snow to do all seven birdhouses. Thanks, Nanner!!

I also invested in a good adhesive to make the snow and glitter stick. Of course, I know that there’s going to be some loss with moving and packing them, but I can actually pick them up and shake them and there’s almost zero loss!

Birdhouse Collection

Birdhouse Collection

Church and Triple House

Church and Triple House

Barn and Chalet

Barn and Chalet

Three Birdhouses

Three Birdhouses

Send me pictures of what you created and I’ll post them. Happy Decorating!!

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