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O Christmas Pine December 12, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography.

Another fun craft idea . . . especially if you’ve got stray buttons and felt scraps floating around. 

The star at the top and spool at the base of the tree (wrapped with thread) are cut from felt, the ornaments are mismatched buttons, and the tree trunk and branches are simple straight stitches.  

The Santa on the Ho~Ho~Ho box is made of paper mache! 

O Christmas pine, fair Christmas pine, Gifts of love we bring thee
Thy myriad light in gladness shine, Carols sweet we sing thee

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a Guest Post by Julie Hedlund to promote her book, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys.  

To get a sneak preview of the FAB contest she’s hosting . . . click HERE.

Wanna build a snowman?  No snow?  Check out Ice Bubble Snowman to see how Mother Nature manages . . . with or without snow.

Need some new Holiday Traditions? . . . visit Tammy’s Top Ten Holiday Ideas.

Want more craft and decorating ideas?  Visit the 2011 Virtual Home Tour!


1. suzicate - December 12, 2011

Simple and festive – I love it!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

I’m having FUN sharing my Santas and Holiday Craft Ideas. 🙂

2. Andra Watkins - December 12, 2011

I love this idea, Nancy. Your Santa collection is pretty amazing, too.

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Thanks, Andra. I’m having FUN sharing the Jolly Little Elves.

3. Julie Hedlund - December 12, 2011

Very cute Nancy! And of course I’ll be back to tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks in advance.

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Thanks, Julie! Nothing like a Troop of Monkeys to enhance our holiday smiles. 😀

4. spilledinkguy - December 12, 2011

My sewing ‘skills’ could definitely use a little work.
No laughing at my tree, now!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

If you are able to sew on a button . . . you can master this craft. If not, what a FUN way to learn! 😉

Loved your last post. Gorgeous artwork.

5. SidevieW - December 12, 2011

i do like the little tree!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

It’s a great way to put stray buttons to good use ~ everyone who received one from me for Christmas that year loved it.

6. adeeyoyo - December 12, 2011

I love these ideas of yours, Nancy. Simple and very effective. Next year I should be organised enough to try some of them.

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

I find simple embroidery (or painting) enhances the ZEN in our lives ~ very calming and soothing . . . as long as we start crafting well ahead of the gift giving season. 😉

7. johnell74 - December 12, 2011

Beautiful “scene”, Nancy. I loved it.
How gifted to think of things like that.
Truly artistic

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Thank, John. I love putting together little holiday vignettes throughout the villa.

8. sufilight - December 12, 2011

I was eating my cereal and had to stop to look up close at your tree. 🙂 I like it! You are very talented. Wish I was good with hand crafts. However, as mentioned in another post, I am getting motivated in being creative by your sharings!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Thanks, Marie. I have always loved arts and crafts ~ beading, decoupage, painting, sketching, embroidery, BASIC knitting, pottery, and even some metal etching.

If we set out to create “a masterpiece,” we often stall in our tracks. It’s “scary.” But if we focus solely on ENJOYING the process . . . we have a blast. And if we like the end result ~ that’s just GRAVY.

9. kateshrewsday - December 12, 2011

Love this, and so will Maddie. We’ll have fun with the paper mache!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Oh, paper mache is such messy fun. You and Maddie will have a blast. 😀

10. Nancy Curteman - December 12, 2011

Great ideas for the holidays. I’m going to have my granddaughters create a modified version of your button tree. Thanks

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Excellent. It’s so much fun to craft with kids . . . their energy and exhuberance adds to our enjoyment. Have FUN!

11. barb19 - December 12, 2011

It looks fantastic Nancy! It’s often the simple things that are the best!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Thanks, Barb. I agree . . . sometimes Less is More. 😀

12. thirdhandart - December 12, 2011

Very creative! I love this idea!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Thanks, Theresa! I’ve also sewn button trees “framed” in miniature embroidery hoops ~ using red cloth for the background and tiny white buttons for the ornaments. Lots of ways to play around with the basic idea.

13. Tammy - December 12, 2011

Thanks for the shout-out Nancy! I love button crafts.

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

It’s a fun way to repurpose stray buttons. Loved your holiday list, Tammy.

14. Cindy - December 13, 2011

Cool idea, I have a shoebox full of buttons 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

You could sew up a few to share at the salon. 😀

15. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 13, 2011

Nancy your framed stitched Reindeer and trees are Christmas JoY and Fun!

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Thanks, Pix . . . I tend to hang on to things that make me SMILE!

16. Jackie L. Robinson - December 13, 2011

For me….the “Christmas Pine” immediately brought memories of the New England snow blanketing pine trees as we trekked into the woods to choose that ‘perfect’ tree. There’s just nothing like that…the smell of fresh pine, Mother Nature at her best. xo

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

My dad grew up in Vermont . . . so we had a chance to enjoy the occasional New England Christmas. The smell of pine has always been a favorite of mine. 😀

17. CMSmith - December 13, 2011

More Santas! And aren’t you full of Christmas craft ideas. I miss the days when we spent time in that pursuit. (Is that a very non-Zen thing to say?)

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

From my perspective Arts and Crafts is quite ZEN . . . we tend to be drawn fully into the flow of the moment, the NOW, as we choose the next color or plan the next stitch.

Of course, if we’re in pursuit of some “end” instead of enjoying the “means,” we probably veer from Zen. 😉

18. bluebee - December 14, 2011

Clever craft ideas, Nancy – I love buttons and have quite a collection but they’re just sitting in a tin.

And I now officially have Santa envy! What a fabulous collection you have 😀

nrhatch - December 14, 2011

Thanks, BB! Maybe you will put some of those buttons to good use in 2012.

LOL at your “Santa Envy.” At one point, I had over 150 Santas. I decided that might be a tad “excessive” and started giving them away ~ to nieces, nephews, and some of “my” AmeriCorps members at ShoreCorps/PALS.

Now, I just have . . . more than my fair share! That’s why I’m sharing them HERE. 😉

19. ElizOF - December 17, 2011

Adorable… Love the selections here. Happy Holidays! Good to be back. 🙂

nrhatch - December 17, 2011

Thanks, E! Nice to see you out and about again. 😀

20. Grannymar - March 25, 2014

Thank you Nancy for the link. It has given me plenty of ideas!

nrhatch - March 25, 2014

Cool! I thought it might.

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