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Into the Woods! (or Into the Weeds) A Cheltenham Road Christmas Project Journey

Christmas Tree Tutorial Cheltenham Road for Mod Podge RocksMy latest Mod Podge Rocks project is up and viewable and it’s time for trees!

I’ve been wanting to do these and imagining them but unable to get it really done due to Christmas madness.

Of course, those aren’t the trees I initially planned.

I had planned (and attempted) to make these 3D trees.Dimensional Christmas Tree Centerpiece Cheltenham Road

I thought “I’ll use bits of scrap wood! It will be affordable! Easy! Fun!”The woods are made of wood Cheltenham RoadNOPE!

I kept trying different approaches and each one just became more and more complicated. I could hear all of you saying to yourselves “well, David, listen, it’s been a fun ride but you’re clearly insane so we’re just going to step away slowly”

My problem was I wanted to make them without using specialized tools. I didn’t want to be the Norm Abraham of the Glue-Stuff-To-Wood crowd. Did you ever watch his New Yankee Workshop show? Great stuff but totally frustrating:

“let me show you how to make this. You’ll just need wood and about 5 different, highly specialized power tools that no human being except for myself has and I only have them because my sponsors provided them to me”

So I tried and …..


I just couldn’t figure out how to make them without a scroll saw.  Or a really big miter sawChristmas Tree Centerpiece Cheltenham Road

So I came up with an alternate!

I will make them in scrap wood strips and then they will go on a dowel so you could rotate them, spread them out etc!

Well, first I almost cut my hand off cutting the strips of wood.

And then I almost drilled my hand off trying to drill a hole in the center with a handheld drill (trying to avoid using the drill press).



I did come up with an alternate and I think it’s pretty fun.Vintage Wrapping Paper Christmas Trees Tutorial Cheltenham Road for Mod Podge Rocks

But I really do need to figure out how to make any of these ideas without cutting Santa’s face in half.Santa's face

I’ll keep trying!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

Vintage Holiday Card Wreath

My apologies.

I’ve been treating my blog like I treat the gym:  a really awesome idea that I never seem to get around to.

Life has been crazy hectic trying to make enough product to stock the stores and the shows that I’m doing and I am… (huge surprise I know)……behind!

 And, in addition there have been a series of unfortunate (not life threatening) events outside my control.  I do have blog post planned about it which I intend to call:amazing

 Stay tuned for another exciting episode.

In the meantime, however, Amy over at Mod Podge Rocks has posted my latest tutorial using vintage Christmas Cards and, of course, Mod Podge to create a cheerful, vintagy wreath.

Make an easy, vintage Christmas Card Wreath

Make an easy, vintage Christmas Card Wreath

I must confess, this is Mod Podge Christmas Project attempt #3.

When I was home my sister Paula and I hatched a terrific idea but it proved to be too expensive to be practical.  So I came up with Plan B and toiled and toiled and managed to create several somethings that looked less like the sophisticated work of a Man-Podger and more like the cast-off of a demented 5 year old.

But I’m pleased with the festive possibilities of this wreath and, if you have moment – head on over to Mod Podge Rocks to check out the full tutorial.

Captain Frazzled signing off!

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