Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Santa is Here!!!

Hi everyone! :)

Last year, Brian's cousin gave me this wine gift bag he got in a gift exchange from work. He always saves me things cause he knows I will make something out of them! I LOVE that about him!! :)

The wine gift bag looked like Santa's pants -- and I had this idea in my head to make it look like Santa was coming down the chimney ... and at first I was thinking about different cardboard boxes I could transform into a "fireplace" -- and every option was not good -- the #1 reason being that if I made it from cardboard, over the years it could crumble from being stored in the garage during the "off" Christmas season .... 

So then it HAPPENED ...... Brookie's cookie sale from her school fundraiser came in and the boxes they came in ... were the PERFECT size and shape that I had in my head for the "fireplace" .... 

BUT ... it was still cardboard -- so I had Brian take this photo to send to his friend to see if he could make me something in WOOD in the shape of the box!! :)

Here is the Santa "legs" and the cardboard box from Brookie's cookie sale --

And here is the WOOD  fireplace version Brian's friend made for me!!! :)

I also wanted to make a "tile" section for the front of the 'fireplace' ... so I took some dominoes and alcohol inks to create that :)

Here are the 'tiles' after being inked :)

And here is my 'fireplace' after adhering Authentique paper to it :)  I wanted it to look like a brick fireplace :)

And here it is all done! :)

I found the little felt stockings at Walmart (4 of them for 98 cents!!!) :)

The tree and 'lights' I had in my stash from an earlier project and the wreaths I found at Target :)

The little bag I also found at Target and stuffed it with stuffing I used from the pillows I make :)

I adhered the 'tiles' to a heavy duty cardboard piece to lay in front of the fireplace :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)


  1. What a sweet project and lots of cuteness too!

  2. Wow...your creativity is amazing...this is so fun! I love the marbled domino tiles...genius!

  3. Oh my, Julie, that is just amazing!

  4. Julie, that is genius!!! Amazing

  5. Everything about this is BRILLIANT! You did a fantastic job.

  6. WOW! This is so amazing, you are so talented!

  7. Oh my goodness. this is wonderful.. you are very clever to create this.. how cute... love those Santa shorts!! ad the fireplace is amazing.. well done.. it looks so festive...

  8. How creative! LOVE that you went for a more sustainable option too!

  9. Absolutely amazing creation! My new favorite from you!

  10. Well. I can't hardly believe that it's been this long since I've been here. Completely shocked!! I won't catch up tonight... been a long week... but I'm gonna see some things before I! THIS! turned out so fantastic!! I can't stop looking at it. You are the Queen for sure!! Wow wow wow! All of the details... that wood!! Just fantastic.. this will be a treasure for many years to come!

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