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12 Alternative Christmas Trees

It’s (ALMOST) the most wonderful time of the year…

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I love having a tree in the living room for Christmas; however, my living room is so small that it can barely even hold our furniture, let alone a decorated tree.

I’ve mainly used artificial trees in my years of apartment living but last year I decided to try a small, little tree…a la Charlie Brown. While it made the apartment smell amazing, it also shed needles all over the carpet that I’m STILL finding now almost a year later.

UGH.

This year I’m seriously considering trying an alternative Christmas tree…one that I can hang on the wall or make from something I have around the apartment already.

In case any of you are in the same boat, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ideas! Made with pieces of wood, ladders, boxes and more, these alternative Christmas trees are a great way to bring the holidays into your home without worrying about needles all over the floor!

12 Alternative Christmas Trees

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Shelf Tree

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Wooden Tree

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Garland Tree

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Box Tree

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Fringe Tree

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Wood Branch Tree

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Ladder Tree

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PVC Pipe Tree

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Fairy Light Tree

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Wooden Plaque Tree

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Trinket Tree

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Framed Ornament Tree

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13 Cute Crocheted Basket Patterns

One of my favorite ways to use up yarn in my stash is to make baskets. I can always use them to store and organize, and they’re super easy to work up on a lazy weekend.

Crocheted baskets are great for cleaning out any leftover yarn you have lying around, and they also make wonderful hostess gifts for the holidays!

So get out those hooks and make one or more of these adorable crocheted basket patterns!

13 Cute Crocheted Basket Patterns

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  1. Easy Crochet Basket
  2. For the Love of Baskets
  3. Apple Bobble Basket
  4. Long Storage Basket
  5. Mini Crochet Basket
  6. Crocheted Nesting Baskets
  7. Granny Square Basket
  8. Rainbow Crochet Basket
  9. Birchbark Basket
  10. Diamond Stitch Basket
  11. Sweet Granny Square Basket
  12. Beaded Crocheted Basket
  13. Mini Storage Baskets

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12 Crochet Applique Patterns

Looking for a quick and easy yarn buster to help clean out your stash? Appliques are a great solution! Available in a whole slew of shapes, sizes and styles, crochet applique patterns can be used to make garland, decorate clothing or can even be sewn onto afghans and blankets.

I love making applique garlands for the holidays (they look so cute on a tree!) and I am seriously thinking of working these cute crocheted donuts (see below) into a fun garland or gift wrap embellishment…my (donut) wheels are turning…

In the meantime, here are 12 cute and adorable crochet appliques for you to enjoy!

12 Crochet Applique Patterns

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  1. Crochet Donuts
  2. Crochet Pineapple
  3. Crochet Pumpkin
  4. Crochet Cherries
  5. Crochet Giraffe
  6. Crochet Bunny
  7. Crochet Unicorn
  8. Crochet Dinosaur
  9. Crochet Cactus
  10. Crochet Bumblebee
  11. Crochet Clouds
  12. Crochet Feathers

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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee

Ya’ll can keep your PSL’s…the arrival of October means just one thing for me…I can now watch Beetlejuice all day every day.

To celebrate my love for the ghost with the most, I made this little crocheted “bee”tlejuice bee. Isn’t he the cutest?

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This pattern is inspired by this  Buzzy Bee pattern, though I omitted the antenna and obviously changed the color scheme. I also added a few extra rows here and there, as noted below.

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Ya’ll ready?

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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee

Materials:

  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Black, white, dark purple, light purple and green yarn
  • Fiberfill
  • Sewing needle

Instructions:

Body

Starting with white yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12).

Rnd 3: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (15).

Rnd 4: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (18).

Rnd 5: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (21).

Rnd 6: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnds 7-8: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnds 9-11: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 12: sc in each sc around (24).

Rnd 13: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times (18).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnd 14-15: sc in each sc around (18). Stuff after 15th row.

Rnd 16: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times (12).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 17: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 3 times (9).

Rnd 18: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 3 times (6).

Weave in ends.

Wings (make 2)

Using light purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into an adjustable ring and pull the ring closed.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2dc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (12).

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, dc and hdc in next st, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times (18).

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing. Sew wings to bee. Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2)

Using dark purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6). Sl st. in first stitch.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Cut two 12 in. strings of black yarn. Tie knot, forming eye. I knotted the yarn 6 times in this pic.

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Thread black thread through center hole of dark purple circle. Sew to face. Weave in ends.

Mouth

Using sewing needle and black thread, sew mouth on bee. Weave in ends.

Hair

Cut 14 strands of green yarn, about 18 to 20 in. long.

Attach hair between first separation of white and black yarn. I looped two strands into each chain.

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Using fingers or needle, spread the strands of the hair to make hair frayed. Trim as desired.

Add a handing string between the wings, if desired.

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13 Cute Halloween Crochet Patterns

As soon as the first leaf falls from the tree, I’m ready for Halloween. Pumpkins galore, Beetlejuice on REPEAT and the perfect excuse to eat Reese’s pumpkins without the guilt.

I also love making my home as cozy as possible in fall and winter, which means it’s time to bust out those crochet hooks! These adorable crocheted Halloween patterns will add a warm charm to your home while adding a touch of seasonal flair!

Best of all, most of these projects can be made in an hour or less…so pop in Hocus Pocus, put some apple cider on the stove, and get to crocheting these cute projects for Halloween.

13 Cute Halloween Crochet Patterns

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  1. Spider Web Table Mat
  2. Crochet Cat Trio
  3. Bloodshot Eyeball Pillows
  4. Crocheted Spider
  5. Day of the Dead Candy Bowls (paid pattern)
  6. Mini Frankenstein Monster
  7. Crocheted Pumpkins
  8. Candy Corn Garland
  9. Trick or Treat Bag
  10. Ghost Coasters
  11. Cuddly Crochet Candy Corn
  12. Sweet on the Inside Crocheted Ghost
  13. Candy Bar Clutch

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3 Cute Halloween Earrings

Get in the spirit of Halloween with these cute Perler Bead earrings. Great for wearing with a costume or just when you’re feeling a little spooky, these earrings are light-weight and a cute accessory to any outfit!

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3 Cute Halloween Earrings

Materials:

  • White Perler Beads
  • Black Perler Beads
  • Red Perler Beads
  • Orange Perler Beads
  • Brown Perler Beads
  • Ironing Paper
  • Iron
  • Perler Bead Grid
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Jump Rings (4 per set of earrings)
  • Hook Earrrings (2 per set of earrings)

Instructions:

Follow these guides to make 2 of each shape:

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If needed, you can use a large needle to make a hole in the top of each shape for the jump ring while the pieces are still warm.

Insert jump ring into each piece, then add another jump ring to attach hook earring. Then show off your sweet new accessories!

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Quidditch Necklace

Forget cricket and polo – every wizard and Muggle knows there’s only one sport worth watching on blustery fall days…

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A combination of basketball, soccer and maybe cricket (?), Quidditch is the sport of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Played on brooms, the game involves getting balls into goal posts, all while one member of each team tries to capture the illustrious Golden Snitch, which is about the size of a plum and travels at crazy speeds. When a team captures the Snitch, the game is over and that team wins.

Featuring a Quaffle (the big red ball), two Bludgers (the brown balls) and a Golden Snitch, this necklace is a must for all Quidditch fans! The beads are made using clay then tied onto a black cord.

This is a simple and attractive statement piece that is sure to impress Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Quidditch Necklace

Materials:

  • Maroon, yellow and brown clay
  • Round ball tool (large)
  • Clay poking needle
  • Cord
  • Thin gold wire
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jewelry wire cutters

Instructions:

First, make your large quaffle ball. For the quaffle, I used a piece of maroon clay about the size of my thumb…maybe a wee bit bigger. Roll it into a ball…it’s okay if it’s not 100% even, it gives it a well-worn look!

To try to avoid fingerprints, I put the ball on a needle as I worked. I used the large ball tool to make the indents in the ball, then used the needle tool to make the lines connecting the indents. I also used the ball tool to texture the rest of the ball…then set it aside.

For the bludgers, I tried to make the line around the ball before baking the beads, but I couldn’t get it to work…so I just made round beads, poked a hole in the center, and made the line around the balls (using a needle tool) after they had baked and cooled:

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For the snitch, I rolled a tiny piece of yellow clay into a ball. I still had a little red clay on my fingers, which gave this snitch a little red hue, which I actually really like. I baked all my beads at the same time (about 275 degrees in a toaster oven for about 5 to 10 minutes).

Once the snitch was cool, I took two pieces of jewelry wire and formed wings…then used my jewelry pliers to gently poke the wings into the bead.

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Then all you have to do is string those beads onto a cord and you’re good to go! I used wire to create a little jump ring to help thread the snitch onto the cord since I couldn’t fit the string through the hole in the bead. I also tied knots between the beads to keep them in place.

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I really like how this necklace turned out! It was super easy to make and is a fun statement piece that Harry Potter fans will love!

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