Nov
20

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Hey, Crazies!
I’m Autie from iCandy handmade and I was so excited to be invited to participate in Jamielyn’s fun flurry of Christmas crafts.  So, today, I thought I’d share my official first Christmas craft of the year, and hopefully inspire you to make one for yourself!
The Hanging North Pole Sign
If you peruse the Pottery Barn Kids website or catalogue, like I do, for inspiration to copy, you will have seen something like my sign before…I knocked-it-off.  While it’s not exactly the same, I think I got pretty dang close.
here’s the PBK original
One of these suckers, though darling, is $34.00…Mine was just the cost of the vinyl!  AND, I do have an extra piece of vinyl all ready for some lucky winner some time next month over at iCandy.  Anyway, here’s how I did it!

{ North Pole Sign }
So, this is random, but my sign started out as the freezer door to my daughter’s play kitchen.  I had ordered an extra part for the fridge, and they sent me an extra over door as well…I kept it (weird) just in case, and decided that it would be perfect for this!  The freezer door is 11″ x 12″.

I took off the hardware, and those two holes (that my lines are going through) are perfect to hold the ribbon.  I just needed to make sure that I covered up the ‘handle holes.’ You could use a board for this as well, and drill two holes in the top.
 Anyways, So, I primed and sprayed the door glossy white, on front and back.  Then I began to plot my lines for the candy cane stripes.
The larger main lines are plotted 2 inches apart.
ps…I should have done this part in pencil…
Next, I cut tiny strips of red cricut vinyl.  I didn’t use very much, since the strips were so teeny.  The larger candy cane stripes are 3/8″ thick.  I started with those.
I used (16) 4inch strips and (2) 8inch strips (for the ends)
I tucked them around the back as I went, and just made sure that they went in far enough that they’d be covered by the wood part of the sign.
After all of those were laid out, I cut the smaller candy cane stripes.
Each of these were 1/8″ thick.  and again, I used )16) 4inch stripes and (2) 8inch strips.  I eyeballed it as I laid them out, and again, I just wrapped the ends around the back.
here she is so far:
I had some random pepperminty-ish 2 1/2 ribbon laying around in a box, so I cut a length of that, sent each end through the front holes, and knotted them in the back where no one will see them.  (by the way, the holes are 4 inches apart and they are 1 1/2 inches from the top of the sign)
Next step, I cut a piece of thin board just big enough to cover the holes from the handle (93/4 x 8 1/2).  Then I spray painted it red and E-6000′d it to the top of the ‘door’.
I butted the red board right up to the edge of the ribbon holes so the handle went up, rather than out.  Maybe that will make it hang nicely?
I ordered the custom vinyl from my friend Kim from Remarkable Walls.  She ALWAYS does exactly what I want!  and like I said, I have an extra laying around for a giveaway on iCandy, compliments of remarkable walls in December.  Stay tuned.
You know how to do this part:
and voila…my porch is ready for Christmas!
Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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