This was a really cute way to display our Christmas cards. It was also wildly impractical. The cards are stuck to the door with loops of off-brand Scotch tape, which does not hold well to begin with, and certainly not when a two year old is practicing his door-closing skills. Next year we'll try something a little sturdier . . .
The star is cut from felt. I made a stencil using these directions for cutting a five-pointed star with one snip, attributed to Betsy Ross. Sounds apocryphal to me, but whoever the inventor, it works like a charm.
The ornament is a dressed up yarn doll, a model that has been around for decades (I made my first one in fifth grade (almost two decades ago), out of directions from a book from the fifties, and I'm sure the idea is older than that). There are quite a few variations online; my inspiration came from these directions for an Angel Ornament, with a few mods. Everywhere she directs to use hot glue, I used needle and thread instead. Hot glue is messy (and I would have had to dig the gun out from who knows where in the basement). Instead of wrapping wire around bead garland I made my halo out of size 6 (E) seed beads on 24 gauge gold wire. For the doll itself I used basic string from the hardware store - I liked the way it went with the plaid ribbon and overall I think it gave the angel a sweet and rustic look, well suited to the recipient's home on the ranch.
|Silas likes the ranch|
|Ezra slept through the ranch|