Monday, November 11, 2013

12 Days of Christmas, Day 3, Merry Christmoose

On the third day of Christmas...If any of you have been reading my blog for a few years, you may have noticed one other difference from my usual 12 Days of Christmas--no horrible rhymes this year.

Honestly, I forgot, but it has made the posts easier and I am sure easier to read too.

So, have you noticed the woodland/forest animal trend that has become so hot this past year or so?  Let me tell you, I think I am a bit behind on this trend.  I live in Montana, woodland creatures (aka, dinner) are ALWAYS popular here.  Before marrying my husband 25 years ago I made him agree to the "dead animals decorate the garage" theory.  Now, I am bringing them into the house.

However, this moose trophy requires no traipsing through the woods, no gutting, no trips to the taxidermist.  
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All you need to create this chic lodge art are some old doilies (one item I always look for at the thrift stores on 1/2 price days).
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I sketched out a moose head on some construction paper, you can also print one.
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I laid the doilies over my sketch, cutting where I needed to.  
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I tried to not just cut the doily wherever, but as much as possible to cut along the shapes and designs in the doily.
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I joined two pieces of barnwood to adhere the doilies to.  You could use a piece of plywood painted, or even put this on a piece of stretched burlap.  I slightly darkened and cleaned up the wood using a little bit of coconut oil.  I have been using this more and more--it is safe and environmentally friendly, moisturizes my hands as I use it, and smells divine.  I rubbed it in well so the glue would stick.
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After conferring with some fellow junkers, I chose to use E6000 to adhere the doilies, putting small dabs of it on the edges and on the larger parts of each doily.
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I brought the doilies over to the wood from the construction paper, piece by piece.  In retrospect, it would have been easier to lay it all out on the wood BEFORE starting to glue.

I must say, I love my lacey christmoose--
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the juxtaposition of the lace on the rough barnwood and the unexpected shabby chic moose makes me smile.  Of course, you could do all kinds of fun shapes with this same basic idea, Christmas tree, a star, a reindeer. Happy creating!

6 comments:

  1. I love it Becky! The lace against the reclaimed wood is gorgeous!
    Susan

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  2. I love your Christmas Decorations it's amazing thank you for sharing your great ideas!

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  3. I moose admit, I think it's pretty darn cute!

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  4. It is the Christmas Moose, I see it clear as day. My favorite is how his long snout turned out. If moose mouth is called snout.

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  5. <3 this amazing decoration with moose cloth
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