Make a CityCraft Christmas Plant
"For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute. Candles in the window, carols on the spinet."
You've untangled the Christmas lights. Hauled out the mangled boxes of ornaments. And crossed off your list of holiday decorations around the house: Tree? Check. Garlands? Check. CityCraft Christmas Plants? CHECK!
Inspired by a project idea we found in Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, Jennifer and I whipped up a new twist on traditional holiday decor to give our store - and your home - a little holiday whimsy.
Martha’s Flowering Branches project is a unique way to combine paper and natural elements for some creative table decor, but in true CityCraft fashion we changed it up a bit by adorning a painted tree branch with fabric yo-yos instead paper flowers. The fabric yo-yos were made from scraps (learn how to make fabric yo-yos in this tutorial by Heather Bailey) and hand-sewn to the tips of the white, spray painted branches with a few quick stitches and knots. (It doesn't have to look pretty just as long as it gets the job done.) Adding buttons to the flower centers adds a nice touch.
We also created our own flower pot to match using matte Mod Podge to apply our yo-yo leftovers on a paper mache pot from a discount craft warehouse. Use a foam paint brush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the pot exterior and interior, then smooth down strips of fabric, careful to press out any bubbles. We prefer not to apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the fabric, leaving it soft and smooth to the touch. (This is an idea we got from the designers behind Pillow & Maxfield when they applied fabric from their Pretty Bird collection to bird houses.)
And there you have it! Your very CityCraft Christmas Plant. Happy Holidays!