Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Merry Welcome!

So here is my first Christmas project for the year!!
I saw something similar at our church's Advent celebration & pretty much straight up copied it. I couldn't help it. It was love at first sight! I plan to make a 2nd stack to go on the other side of my door, so I'm not completely done, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.
I started with 3 different sized boxes...9, 12 & 14 inch cubes.
I used an ice pick to punch holes in each of them so that I could run a rebar through them. (It's easier to do the holes first, before getting them all wrapped & pretty.) For the smaller boxes, I slightly off-centered my holes, so that the boxes would tilt on each other.
Then I wrapped them and made bows for each.
Tip: Keep your wrapping paper pattern running the same direction.
Tip #2: Before you poke holes through the paper, put a little tape on it. It will help the paper from ripping.
I also made sure my seams were right down the middle of the boxes so that the ribbon would cover them up. And I used double-sided tape to hold the ribbon and bows in place. I'd love to take credit for these tidbits, but again, I straight up copied this idea!!
What do you think?? I can't wait to make the other stack!

72 comments:

  1. Absolutely the cutest things ever! Love the hobby lobby paper!

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  2. I LOVE THEM! I just may have to try this on my porch. Reminiscent of the Pumpkin Topiaries I did for Halloween and thanksgiving! Again:Love them! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. oh that is so so cute! I love it! I wish we have a HL near me :(
    ~Tana

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  4. Cute, cute, cute... yet very classy!!

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  5. They turned out AWESOME!!! Now I am having remorse over not doing them myself..... maybe next year!!! :)

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  6. I LOVE it...and thank you for your oh, so kind comments on my digitalscrapbookinglessons site. Such a sweetheart...so I had to come see what you had going here on yours. I LOVE this idea. I found something similar once with the rebar through clay pots with plants in them. Adorable in both cases.

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  7. oops! I said scrapbook..ing...lessons - too funny that I don't even know my own site name...argh!! Anyway, it's (I can't type today so I'm copying it instead...http://digitalscrapbooklessons.com
    There, done!! Thanks for being so patient with me.

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  8. This is incredibly cute! I've never seen this. I am going to feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  9. BRILLIANT! love the colors too! Jen

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  10. I love this - I think it would look cute in mini form as well...like for a mantle.

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  11. I NEVER saw anything quite like this, and I love it!! Great tutorial.
    Merry Christmas.

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  12. I love this and I may straight up copy from you (including the lt/dk green checkered paper which I already have)

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  13. I LOVE this idea! My porch is a little snooze-ville. This will liven things up!! And free?! Love it!

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  14. How absolutely adorable!!! Why didn't I think of that!

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  15. had to come over from someday crafts-that's the best thing ever, i LOVE it! great job!

    www.thecapeonthecorner.blogspot.com

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  16. Lu hu hu hu huVE this!!!!
    Thanks for the fab idea!

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  17. Love it, Love it, Love it!!!! Going to have to try this soon.. Have one question... Where did you find the perfect square boxes?

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  18. I purchased the boxes from the FedEx store. Good luck with yours! :)

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  19. Love these!!! I had to share on my FB page!! :)

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  20. Oh so cute! and did I mention original!!

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  22. Love this - so fun & festive. Would love if you added it to my Craftastic Monday and Handmade Holidays parties!

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  23. This is one of the best projects I've seen all year! I'm gonna feature this on my blog on Friday..Hope you don't mind!
    And I'm a new follower!

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  24. This project is just adorable. I love the colors. - I will be trying this one for sure.

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  25. Fantastic. Now I know what to do with those empty pots out front.

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  26. Cute idea, I am going to straight up steal this idea for next year!!

    Carol

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  27. tiffany,

    i love it...my only problem is i can't make a cute bow to save my life...any tips or just straight up instructions...sam

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  28. Such a beautiful Christmas decoration! I want to make one!! =)

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  29. I love this idea - I'm already thinking of how I can make it waterproof . . . .maybe modge podge the paper on and than use some shallak or something . . .

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  30. Could you tell me where you found the black urns?

    Thanks!

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    1. they have the black urns at Home Depot:)

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  31. Someone has "pinned" these over on Pinterest , so you have a few more of us stopping by. These are great. Thanks for sharing. In CA we get so much rain, I'm hoping if I put a few right up by the door they'll be protected.

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  32. I was thinking of using clear garbage bags to wrap after its been wrapped... or even just trying to find different colored bags... but I love this idea.. but in Ohio we get too much weather to have on a porch without it being weatherproofed.

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  33. @Darla
    Ditto, where did you get the urn? It is so perfect. & how did you get the rebar to stay straight? Do the packages hold it on the urn?? SO CUTE!

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  34. Idk if anyone tried this but I glued a styrofoam square to the inside of the bottom box to reinforce the metal bar. Also I used a flat metal bar rather than a round pole so that way the boxes couldn't move! I saw the black pots at Garden Ridge but I hv them on an entry table at the front of my foyer for deco! Beautiful! Hobby Lobby paper is awesome!!!

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  35. Aloha! I found this post via Pinterest, and I'll be featuring it tomorrow on my "outdoors" day in my Christmas series. :)

    Aloha,
    Charlie
    http://attemptingaloha.blogspot.com

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  36. Absolutely LOVE!!!! Any tips for weatherproofing it?

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  37. Cute idea..its so windy here Im not sure it would still be on my porch but I think I will give it a try. :)

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  38. Hi there! I posted this to my Pinterest and it's been re-posted countless times! My question is also about weather proofing. My front door gets the full day sun (we're in Florida) all day long - I'm wondering if spraying it with a polyurethane spray would help?

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  39. I love these! Got a question...how did you secure the rebar in the pot?

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  40. Totally love this! I have always put garland around my doors but we had new doors made this year so I don't want to put any nail holes around them. Brick clips are too small. This is the PERFECT solution. I'm so excited that you shared this! Thanks so much!

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  41. @Bridgette
    Darla & Bridgette: The urns are from Sam's and I think they now come in both black & white. The rods are not actually secured into anything at that bottom of urn. The packages provide enough support to keep the rod just standing on it's end :) Tiffany

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  42. Erin had a great idea about using styrofoam at the bottom of the urn to reinforce the metal pole. Thanks for sharing!
    As far as weatherproofing, I'm not familiar with polyurethane spray but it would be worth a try! Maybe try a sample box before putting the whole thing together :) Good luck with it! And thank you for all of the comments! ~ Tiffany

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  43. Adorable! You could use plastic printed tablecloths to wrap in if you are worried about the elements.

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  44. Love this, copied it perfectly BUT it blew over in the wind, can't seem to figure out how to make it more stable in the urn...any ideas? Help!!!

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  45. Tiffany - Love this! The neighbors are swooning! Just posted about it & linked to your site. http://ohsogirlymoms.blogspot.com/2011/11/present-topiary.html
    Thanks for the fabulous idea!!
    ~Bridgette

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  46. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Reminds me of something you'd see at Disneyland!!

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  47. I was thinking for stability...if you get a smaller can or pot that fits in the urn you could Kwik Crete the rod into it, place in urn & stack away.

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  48. Had to feature this on my site today, adorable.
    www.craftingrebellion.com

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  49. Will be repinning and making next year for my inside and outside door!!!! thanks these are sooooooooooo cute!!!!

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  50. I really love this idea!! I think a bit of sand or gravel would add enough weight. I am going to try to find cute plastic table cloths like Anonymous suggested!

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  51. love it thanks for sharing

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  52. How did you anchor the rebar in the pot? And putting one hole in center and the other off center is what made the boxes tilt?

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  53. I love this wish I had a covered porch to keep them dry and safe from the weather.

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  54. You could add potting soil in the urn to hold it and then in the spring plant flowers! I live in Florida so weatherproofing is tough here. Going to try the polyurethane...who knows till you try! Right?!

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  55. Im always looking for new outdoor christmas ideas. This is great. How did you get the boxes to stay on the urn without falling due to wind, etc??

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  56. Fill the Urn with river rocks or any rocks, bricks, just something heavy ... and put the rebar down inside the rocks or you could use plaster of paris if you want it to be permanent ...

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  57. How FUN! I love the grandness of it!

    http://www.thesitsgirls.com/get-paid-blogging

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  58. Looks great! I love the papers you chose.

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  59. ...and I'm gonna straight up steal it from you. Thanks for sharing

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  60. I love them. I did something similar last year with bricks to put around my outside decorated tree. They came out cute also but I used the wrong bricks and only lasted till just past Christmas. Just long enough LOL.

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  61. Love it. I have a small boutique so I will be makjng them for the front. Thank you for sharing.

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  62. As far as weather proofing I'm thinking you could use some plastic storage containers and then cover them with the metallic paper they use to cover the bottom of plastic plant containers (like poinsettias, and around easter time the potted plants like tulips). I know the paper comes in many different colored metallics. If you cover the boxes in them, the cardboard might stay protected enough to last a season without having to use a plastic base box.

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  63. This is brilliant!

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  64. We did these for our storefront & covered our wrapping paper with clear contact paper for protection. We also used mesh for the bows because it holds well in the elements.

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    1. @ Penny,

      Do you have photo's? Would love to see what this looks like using clear contact paper..

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    2. yes I do how do I go about getting them to you?

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  65. Love this! Can you tell me what type of wrapping paper to purchase as I want it to stay nice when it snows or rains.... I'm doing pink and blue vintage colors. Thank you. My direct email is fineartchildten@gmail.com

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  66. Typo on email address
    The correct is fineartchildren@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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