Ornements étoiles

J’adore les étoiles! I love stars! I decided to make some very French stars to use as Christmas ornaments. First, I bought plain unfinished wooden stars at a local craft store. The ones I bought had pre-drilled holes and ribbons. I cut off the ribbon.

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Then I painted them all white and sanded down the edges for a distressed look.

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Voila! They look beautiful plain.

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But I decided to follow a transfer method I found on youtube and transfer French graphics onto them. The method works really well and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSfj6eiNzew. I got some of the graphics from The Graphics Fairy under Vintage French Typography. Just make sure to reverse the images to a mirror image before printing out (I paste the images into a Microsoft Publisher document, save them as a JPEG, insert them into a different Publisher document and then flip them horizontally.

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I used an exacto knife to trim the transfer medium that was created by the transfer process.

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Because I love everything Scandinavian, I had to create a Swedish “God Jul!” And, because my husband is Greek, I also made a few Greek “Kala Christougenna” ones as well.

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I found a wonderful vintage Santa with Joyeux Noel that I just love.

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I came across a beautiful Greek Orthodox icon of an angel that is magical.

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I created my own Joyeux Noel Eiffel Tower star ornament. I love Paris!!!

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I also made a few more Kala Christougenna (Merry Christmas in Greek) ones with the Greek flag pattern. I’m going to sell these our Greek Orthodox church’s Christmas Fair.

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There were quite a few graphics available under “vintage Christmas.” I love the God Jul graphic I found.

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Voila! My very own beaux ornements étoiles! I picked up some branches outside in my yard and spray painted them with silver glitter. The stars hang beautifully!

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Idées de déco de une échelle

Idées de déco de une échelle! Decorating ideas with a ladder!

Almost everyone has a ladder in their home. If it’s just sitting in your garage or shed, think about using it in an unconventional way:  as a home décor element in your interior design. If you don’t have one, you can make your own! (see how I did it below.)

I adore the hanging ladder (below). Very easy concept to copy!

The natural-looking ladders made from branches (above) inspired me to create my own.

I collected fallen branches from my own yard then sanded each one with my hand sander.

I then cut five 16 inch pieces and taped them into place on the two longer branches.

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I drilled holes and then screwed each side of the 16 inch branch into place. I used 2.5 inch screws with thicker branches and 2 inch screws with the more narrow ones.

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IMG_5588bI love my very own échelle décoratif. I hung simple clear bulb lights like the Scandinavian interior designers do.

une echelleI hope you’ll be inspired to create your own échelle décoratif. I would love to see what you come up with!