As soon as our Halloween festivities are over, our thoughts immediately turn to holiday planning and decorating for Christmas. Decking our halls is a family activity, and we add new ornaments to our collection every year. We have an artificial tree because of allergies, which allows us to decorate as early as we want without having to worry about the tree shedding its needles all over the carpet before advent even starts. Unpacking the decorations together is the best part of our tradition. Each precious ornament is carefully unwrapped, and remarked upon. If there is a story behind its creation, it is told. Our tree is like a treasured scrapbook of family memories, with ornaments dating back from the year my son Jonathan was born, 1987. Each year the painted pinecone ornament he made in pre-K is carefully unwrapped and hung alongside Brigid’s cinnamon Christmas tree cut-out ornament, and Aileen’s “Baby’s First Christmas” mouse and so many more.
This year there will be a new ornament in a place of honor on our tree: this sweetly nostalgic decorated wooden sled. It was easy to assemble using papers from the new “Style Essentials 6x6 paper pad” and chipboard and stickers from the “Reflections: Christmas” collection.
Small wooden sled
Echo Park Paper “Style Essentials” 6x6 paper pad
Echo Park Paper “Reflections: Christmas” Elements Sticker sheet
Echo Park Paper “Reflections: Christmas” 6 x 12 Chipboard sheet
Echo Park Paper “Reflections: Christmas” Brads
White acrylic paint
- Remove twine hanger and paint the sled white.
- Trim three strips of patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad to cover the surface of the sled. Adhere the strips and trim away excess.
- Embellish with stickers from Element Sticker sheet, chipboard, and brad as shown.
- Tie several jingle bells to a length of baker’s twine and wrap around sled runner. Use baker’s twine to hang from tree.
I hope that you’ve been inspired to add some homemade Christmas charm to your holiday décor this year. Be sure to post your Echo Park Paper holiday décor items on our Facebook page HERE. We’d love to see them!