Friday, December 16, 2011

Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge Roundup

Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge!

There were so many fun ornaments and great trees. Here are a few things from everyone who participated.

Karah from The Space Between made so many cute things, I was constantly delighted by her creativity. She started by building her own tree from driftwood. Umm hello... I knew she was serious after I read that! Then combed the beach of her little island paradise for almost all of her materials.

I was totally hooked by this story. And- Wow the finished tree is so unique!

This adorable snowman is made from some of the shells she collected on that trip. Isn't it AMAZING.

Karah had so many great ornament ideas- I think I flipped over everyone of her posts!

Pam from Gingerbread Snowflakes loves the holiday season (hence her great blog name)! So this challenge was perfect for her! Although I really don't know how she made time for it because she's been super busy posting great projects, different holiday customs from around the world, and hosting a cookie recipe swap. But I'm SO glad she did because she's wonderfully creative.

Here's her brilliant woven gingerbread man ornament (Pam has been by weaving guru by the way).


And these fabulous sparklykanzashi/yo yo garlands. Oh and you have to check out her coffee filter versions from the same post too. They are such a great idea!


Then there was Kristy from Shadowfell Designs. I loved that she wanted to make ornaments for her crafty tree that would be engaging and safe for her young son.

She wound up with a colorful and cute tree that had an ABC/Animals theme.

The foundation for all the decorations was this colorful chain made from a material more durable than paper but still very affordable. It was a great idea I hope you check out her post!

Lisa from Lisa's Craft blog has been going strong with all sorts of holiday tutorials almost everyday as part of her Christmas Crafting Marathon.

I LOVED her puzzle piece snowflakes (she made trees with the same technique too).

What a great idea for all those puzzles with missing pieces, right! I bet you could get some old puzzles at tag sales or thrift stores and go nuts making all sorts of ornaments with this idea.

And aren't these glass balls colored with ink gorgeous! She's got a great tutorial for making them- here.

Anne from Lady Anne did a coastal themed tree. And although she went a little over the $20 budget the tree looks a lot more expensive than it really was.

She made a bunch of great ornaments. One of my favorites were these plastic icicles filled with sand. They look like spiral shells.

She made an adorable felted blue whale ornament and a lots of decorations for her entire house too!

There were two different ladies from Gals & Wine working on trees.

Sara made these inventive ornaments. Mostly from tin foil, and hot glue if you can believe it! She has a tutorial on making them here.

She also made these neat spiral wire ornaments.

And Kayla made this beautiful tree topper for only a dollar!

All the participants worked so hard to hand make their trees, during what is already a busy time of year. I think they all turned out wonderfully. Please give them some link love and leave a comment or two letting them know what a great job they did!


  1. OMG! I am so inspired I am ready for the season to begin all over again!

    Been so crazy busy with the focus on customs around the world that I haven't done a very goo job of keeping up with the other participants. Or anything else for that matter. So thank you 100 times for this great post linking us all together and sharing so beautifully all the brilliant and beautiful ideas every one came up with. I can see i definitely have some serious catching up to do and visit to make.

    Thank you again, Meg for hosting the Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge. I had a ball!

  2. Gorgeous variety of trees! There are some very talented people out there!

  3. Everyone's tree turned out lovely. Thanks for hosting the crafty challenge, Meg!

  4. Thanks for doing the recap. Everyone's projects are so creative. I had so much fun participating in this challenge. It really got me in the holiday spirit. Happy Holidays everyone! And thanks again Meg, for coming up with the idea!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  5. Sigh. I'm not a crafty person, so these are amazing.

  6. Sigh. I'm not a crafty person, so these are amazing.

  7. I'm just now getting around to visiting everyone's links - all of these trees look so amazing!

  8. I'm so glad you all enjoyed the trees. Thanks again to everyone who participated, read along, and went visiting to see all the trees.

    Happy Holidays!

  9. Such fabulous creations! I love the driftwood tree! I also luv your hot cocoa ornament! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


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