It’s the final week of Dare to DIY and this week I’m thrilled to be hosting Dare to Deck the Halls. And this is my very favorite because I do so love to deck the halls. (You can check out our whole house tour here.)
And I’m seriously so excited that my three co-hosts feel as strongly about decking those halls. And they do it darn well. Here are their projects for this week:
I cannot wait to see what you’ve all come up with. In five years, this link party series has given me such great motivation to make new things around the holidays. And I love taking everything out each year. This year, I know I wanted to add a little red to the sofa. The quilted pillows I made a few years ago just didn’t have enough bright red so I moved those to the bedroom and started with a vintage wool throw I picked up in an Instagram sale.
I loved the colors of the throw and the fringe, but the size was too short for us to really use, so it was mostly for looks. I thought it would make great pillow covers for Christmas to replace some covers that had faded. And it was clearly meant to be because the throw made two 18 inch pillow covers with very little excess. I simply cut the throw in half to 17.5 inches by the length of the throw. Then, i just wrapped the pillow and pinned to make an envelope enclosure. 10 minutes later, I had it all sewed up and ready to insert the pillow form.
I loved the fringe, so I actually used the “envelope” side as the front. I added two simple wooden buttons from Wal-Mart to the front. I think it was worth the $.97/each. (These buttons are purely for looks. They aren’t functioning.)
The only downfall – the dogs are obsessed with the new pillows and have already covered them in dog hair. But what good are pillows if they aren’t used? (I also whipped up a few Union Jack pillows with some awesome quilting fabric I had. I’ll share those later, but I think they look so cute together with the English throw.)
What do you think of our Christmas pillows?
Now, it’s time to link up your projects.
This week, we have a fabulous set of handmade gifts for one lucky winner! The winner will receive a $25 shop credit from Charlie Madison Originals, a flaid flannel infinity scarf from This Freckled Flower, a cedar garland soy candle from Misty Blue Candles, and three hand crafted artisan soaps from Black Sparrow Soaps (peppermint swirl, pumpkin pie, and charcoal facial bar.
You have FIVE chances to win:
1. Enter a link into the Dare the Deck the Halls party below.
2. “Like” This Freckled Flower on Facebook and leave me a comment below stating that you did so.
3. “Like” Black Sparrow Soaps on Facebook and leave me a comment below stating that you did so.
4. “Like” Misty Blue Candles on Facebook and leave me a comment below stating that you did so.
5. “Like” Charlie Madison Originals on Facebook and leave me a comment below stating that you did so.
Now it’s time to link up your projects. Please stick to the Dare to Give Handmade theme and link up no more than two projects. I also ask that you link back to NewlyWoodwards in your post! And don’t forget to check out some of the other projects – I promise you’ll meet new friends.