Now with the holiday season nigh, the air is filled with rich, cozy scents reminiscent of home, family, and years past. Glade has come up with a Limited Edition Winter Collection of fragrances, encapsulating all that is wonderful about the season, including one of my favorites, Sparkling Spruce.I have an artificial tree that I received as a gift in 2003 and have used every year since for my Christmases. It’s been 11 years and counting (hopefully offsetting that environmental impact of manufacturing a fake tree vs. chopping down a real one), and I love my fake tree…but have to forgo that amazing Christmas tree smell in the meantime. With Glade’s Sparkling Spruce scent, I don’t have to miss out on anything.
The scent encapsulates the crispness of fresh-cut pine needles, eucalyptus and fir with hints of lavender and cedar. Just like walking in a pine forest! Inspired by the woodsy scent infusing my house with the Glade Sparkling Spruce jar candle lit, I created some hand-sewn Illustrated Woodland Ornaments to deck out my fake Christmas Tree. They were super-easy to make, and add a vintage twist to my modern decor. Here’s how to make your own:
printable inkjet fabric sheets / computer / woodland illustrations or clipart / muslin / scissors / polyfill stuffing / needle and thread / 1/8″ wide satin ribbon / pins / skewer (not pictured – it just helps in turning and stuffing the ornaments)
1. Print out your favorite clipart illustrations onto a sew-in inkjet fabric sheet. (If you like the illustrations I created for this post, they will be available for download soon in my Etsy shop!)
2. Cut around an illustration, leaving about 1/4″ – 3/8″ all around.
3. Use the piece you cut as a template and cut a similar-shaped piece of muslin as the backing.
4. Place the inkjet fabric and muslin backing, right sides together, and hand-stitch around the edge using a back-stitch. Leave a small amount unsewn near the top of the ornament where the hang loop would go.
5. Turn right side out through the gap you left in the stitching. (Sometimes a skewer is helpful here!)
6. Stuff the ornament with the polyfill stuffing.
7. Cut a small piece of ribbon and fold over for a hang loop. Push inside the top of the ornament.
8. Stitch the gap closed, going through the hang ribbon, and finish the line of stitching. Snip any remaining threads.
And that’s it!
Hang on your tree, make a bunch and decorate a wreath for your front door, give as adorable gifts to a loved one.
Super-cute, right? There’s nothing like the feeling of anticipation when your holiday tree is all decked out leading up to when that Jolly Old Elf will be making his annual appearance.
Kevin Ross has composed a holiday song called “This Is My Wish” inspired by the Sparkling Spruce fragrance. Download it for free here and feel that excitement build!
Happy DIY’ing – and Happy Holidays everyone!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.