Once you have recovered from the Christmas meal and discarded gift wrap clean up, it is time to start thinking about after Christmas clearance shopping! The week after Christmas is a great time to stock up on decorations for next year at rock bottom prices. With a few simple crafty touches, you can easily turn those bargains into something special with the magic of die cutting!
A few days ago I was at a local sewing and craft chain store and found all of their Christmas items on clearance of 70% off. The pieces were nice pieces, but I felt they needed a little something more...
This small wooden plaque cost less than $2. To embellish it, I simply added a Tattered Poinsettia and holly leaves from the Holly Branch die cut from wool felt. It is a simple addition that adds dimension and texture to the project.
This small fabric pillow was pretty with a silver snowflake already. Luckily the snowflake design was a perfect match to the Snowflake Border (from our Ellison Education line) design I already had. I simply die cut a snowflake and glued it on to the existing design. Because I got the pillow for about $1, used a die I already owned, and die cut the snowflake from a scrap of fabric I already had, the cost of this project is hardly anything!
The final item I made over was this vinyl hanging banner. I made several decor items this year that featured the Holly Branch and Tattered Poinsettia dies. By incorporating those same dies into the new items I picked up, it gives all of the assorted non-matching decorations a cohesive feel.
Don't feel like fighting the after Christmas crowds for bargains? Why not give your existing decorations a make-over before packing them away for the year? When you unpack them next year it will be like having all new decorations!