Monday, October 29, 2012

Gift Boxes for Your Favorite Crafters

Gift Boxes for Your Favorite Crafters

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No matter the occasion, putting together gift boxes for your favorite crafters can be a great time. Not only do you get to spend hours in the craft store, browsing through all of the items for sale, but you get to see the excitement on the faces of the people that you love. If you’ve got a crafty friend on your gift-giving list, here are five great ideas that you can use:

 

Scrapbookers
We all have a friend or two that love to document important life events in a scrapbook. For the scrapbooker on your list, put together a gift box full of colorful papers, fun stamps and beautiful ephemera that they can add to their pages. Remember to keep your friend’s personality in mind when picking out items; these things will be used by your friend so make sure that you choose papers and items that suit their personality.

 
 Sewers
Don’t you find it amazing that someone can sit down at a sewing machine can create something wonderful? If you’ve got a sewer on your list, put together a box filled with threads, bobbins, needles and beautiful fabrics. If you know that your friend has been absolutely dying to make a particular project, buy the pieces they’ll need and create a project-in-a-box.

 
 Crocheters
The art of crochet is back and more popular than ever. If you know someone who is new to the craft, why not fill a box with funky new yarns that they can create masterpieces with? Buy a set of special crochet hooks or a book filled with amazing patterns for your friend. Not only will they appreciate the gift, but they may be so pleased that they make you a gift in return.

 
Painters
People who draw and paint are truly amazing. These artists can take a blank piece of paper and bring it to life with a few strokes of a brush. If you’ve got a painter in your life, fill a box with special brushes, a set of paints they’ve always wanted to try and special paper. If you aren’t quite sure what to buy, a gift card added to the box will ensure that they can grab the supplies that they need.

 
Candle Makers
Candle making is a hobby that many people enjoy. If you know a person that can make candles better than any bought in a store, put a few supplies in a box for the holidays. You can buy wax, scents, wax dyes, wicks and even candle holders for your loved one. There’s no doubt that they’ll turn the supplies inside the gift box into wonderfully scented works of art.

 

 

If you like to craft, putting together a gift box for your fellow crafters can be incredibly exciting. When putting gift boxes together, remember to keep your loved one’s personality in mind; after all, they’ll be the ones working with the materials that you give them. Most of all, have fun with it! Gift boxes can be a joy to put together when you’ve got a theme to work with.

 

 

LIsa Merritt writes for party blogs where you can find out more about Gift Boxes From Retail Packaging.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The different types of Christmas tree decoration themes you can use

Christmas Themes

Christmas Themes

Christmas Theme Ideas

As Christmas seems to be creeping up on us earlier and earlier year after year, everyone is out shopping for gifts and decorations for the home. Christmas is a time when all the family comes together and enjoys everything from the presents to the Christmas spirit of being together. One of the main features of Christmas is, without a doubt, the Christmas tree. The whole decorating process is enjoyed by everyone as we share the arrangement of the lights, to the placing of the angel on top. Throughout the year, we can spend much money and time on decorations, and if you’re one of those people, find out all the different themes you can follow by continuing to read through this article.

 

A popular choice of theme, that any people are now choosing to use, is the snow theme. White lights, either solid or twinkling, create the ultimate snow theme with their glimmering white glow. Then you could try adding a snowman or two as baubles or simple decorations on the tree. Snowflakes also create the snow theme effectively, after all they are made of snow! They also create a really pretty look when placed on the tree. If you generally to stick to white and silver colours when decorating the tree, your snow themed tree will be coming along perfectly. Shops are now selling white artificial Christmas trees, how much closer can you get to a snow theme than a white tree?

 

Another theme is to stick to a certain colour. Whether it’s teal or silver, if you stick to decorating the tree with ornaments of your chosen colour, the tree will look really great. Baubles that are varied shapes, but are the same colour can create a fantastic and neat looking Christmas tree. The same goes for tinsel, keep to your chosen colour and you can’t go wrong.

 

You could also try a traditional theme, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Go all out with the usual Santa Clause, Reindeer, Angels and Christmas pudding decorations, and the tree will look perfect. You can’t really go wrong with a traditional themed tree, after all, nothing brings about the Christmas spirit quite like tradition.

 

The list of themes can go on and on, it really does depend on your personal preferences. However, do try and stick to a theme, as they create some fantastic looking trees. Let your creative juices flow!

 

I (Zora Ahmed) work as the Online Marketing Specialist for The Christmas Tree Farm. I create interesting and unique articles on a daily basis which informs users all about the services offered at The Christmas Tree Farm, and many topics that are Christmas related!

 

 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tips for Selecting and Putting Lights on an Artificial Christmas Tree

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Tips for Selecting and Putting Lights on an Artificial Christmas Tree

If you are new to owning an artificial Christmas tree, you may discover that decorating it with lights is done a little differently than when you put strands of lights on a live Christmas tree. Although it generally takes more time to put light strands on an artificial Christmas tree, the benefit is that once you have placed them on the branches, you won’t have to remove them again. Below are some ideas for selecting the right lights for your Christmas tree and some tips on how to decorate with them.

  • Use 50-foot light strands to decorate your artificial Christmas tree. According to Better Homes and Gardens, 50-foot light strands are less likely to have electrical problems or burn out. If you want subdued lighting, their website suggests 12 boxes of 50-foot light strands for a 6-foot tree, or 20 boxes for an 8-foot tree. If you prefer moderate lighting on your Christmas tree, use 20 boxes for a 6-foot tree or 30 boxes for an 8-foot tree.

 

  • Check the Christmas light strands before you start putting them on the tree. Make sure all the strands are untangled and that none of the light bulbs are loose. Plug each strand in to an electrical socket separately to ensure that they actually works and that none of the bulbs are burnt out.

 

  • Begin stringing the lights from the bottom of the Christmas tree near the trunk. Select a branch at the bottom where you wish to begin. Wrap the lights around the branch starting at the trunk and moving outward to the tip of the tree. If you want the lighting on your Christmas tree to have a more subdued look, you will wrap the strand loosely around each branch. Allow plenty of slack in the strand and gently drape the strand as you wrap it around the branch. If you prefer more moderate lighting, however, wrap the strand tighter and closer together. Remember to allow for some slack in the strand as you want the branches to look natural and not overly stiff.

 

  • Repeat the wrap on the same branch moving the light strand back towards the trunk. Move to the next branch and repeat the process. Once again wrap the branch by working your way out to the tip and then return the strand back to the trunk continuing to wrap it around the branch.

 

  • Continue the same process of wrapping each branch as you go around the bottom branches of the Christmas tree. Work your way up from the bottom level and repeat the process until you reach the end of the first 50-foot strand.

 

  • Attach the end of the first 50-foot strand to the beginning of the next 50-foot strand. Continue wrapping each branch as you did with the bottom level, moving up each level as you go. Continue adding more strands of lights as you continue the level moving upward.

 

  • Wrap the final strand around the branch at the top that usually supports the tree topper. You are now ready to place the ornaments on your tree.

Linda Knighton writes for Christmas blogs where you can find out more about Santa’s Quarters and other Christmas boutique sellers.

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