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Thursday, November 1, 2012

My hands can do this --- Christmas Hanging Decor


Christmas is coming, but it’s nice to think in advance what to set up as a décor in the house or Christmas tree.  I always keep the greeting cards of my friends and relatives in my drawer.  I feel wonderful remembering these beautiful Christmas cards while reading their very nice, thoughtful messages.  Alas!!! I got a nice idea of how I can cherish more the thoughtfulness of my relatives and friends every year.  I have also excess yarns to use and be creative to make a project.  That’s why, this simple, beautiful hanging décor is worth doing and presenting this coming holiday season. They still can be kept nicely for continuous use every year. 


*CHRISTMAS HANGING DÉCOR
*This project was  featured as “Holiday Wall Décor” at All Free Crochet and posted as  #1 in Top Christmas Crochet Projects in What’s Hot (October 11, 2013). It's also listed as one among my Top Green eCrafts Projects.


Materials:
(1) Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic 6 oz  (dark sage) (leftovers)
(3) used Kerr Mason canning jar lids (quart size)
      old Christmas cards or personal pictures
      scotch tape
      Elmer’s glue (clear) with glitters
      old newspapers
        crochet hook size - F5 / 3.75mm

Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)    chain
(sc)    single crochet
(dc)    double crochet
(st)     stitch
(sp)    space
(sl st) slip stitch  

Note:  Count first all the stitches you have made before going to the next row to avoid mistakes.

Instructions:  (single piece only)
1st Row - Make 4 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the rest so you easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (dc’s). Make 11 (dc) in 4th (ch) from hook. Hide the excess yarn as you make the double crochets. Join in top of beginning (ch) 4.  
Result - 12 (dc)

2nd Row - Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on  next (dc)] 5X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (ch) 3.  
Result - 18 (dc)

3rd Row – Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next dc.  [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on next  (dc)] 8X.   Join with (sl st) to beginning (ch) 3. 
Result – 27 (dc)

4th Row – Make 3 (ch).  2 (Dc) on the same (sp). [(Dc) on next 2  (dc). Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on 10th  (ch) from hook. Make 15 (ch) and  (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of (10-ch).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on same 10th  (ch) of 1st (10-ch). (Dc) on same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  2 (Dc) on next (dc)] 6X.  (Dc) on last 2 (dc).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on 10th (ch)  from hook. Make 15 (ch) and  (sl st) on same 10th  (ch) of (10-ch).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of  1st (10-ch). (Dc) on same (sp).  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 42 (dc), 7 (15-ch), and 14 (10-ch)

5th to 7th Row -  Work in front of every succeeding (15-ch) and (10-ch) stitches.  Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp). (Sc) on next 41 (dc). Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc). Fasten off. Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 42 (sc)


Connecting a piece to another piece
4th Row – Make 3 (ch).  2 (Dc) on the same (sp).  [(Dc) on next 2  (dc). Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on 10th  (ch) from hook. Make 15 (ch) and  (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of (10-ch).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on same 10th  (ch) of 1st (10-ch).  (Dc) on same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  2 (Dc) on next (dc)] 6X.  (Dc) on last 2 (dc).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on 10th (ch)  from hook. To attach the other piece, make 7 (ch) and  then (sc) on (15-ch) of the other piece.   7 (Ch) and  (sl st) on same 10th  (ch) of (10-ch).  To attach again, make 7 (ch) and (sc) on the next (15- ch) of the same piece.  7 (Ch) and (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of 1st (10-ch). Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of 1st (10-ch). (Dc)  on same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  
Result – 42 (dc), 7 (15-ch), and 14 (10-ch)

5th to 7th Row – Do the same as above.
Result – 42 (sc)

Final Application:
Spread out an old newspaper on the table and flatten the pieces on it. Use the lid as pattern and center it on the Christmas card or picture you select before marking them.  After marking, cut it and cut a small portion of scotch tape and fold it back to back. Apply the tape at the back of the picture or card you like to hang and attach it on the lid.  Insert the lid with the picture carefully inside the crocheted hanging décor.  Apply Elmer’s glue on every (15-ch) and (10-ch) stitches only  on the front side first.  Let them dry until the stitches become stiff. When dried already, turn them over and apply the glue on the back side of the piece and of every (15-ch) and (10-ch) stitches.  Don’t apply glue on the edges (sc stitches) of the front side, so it will be easy to remove the lid if you like to change the picture or card.
 


*PICTURE HANGING DÉCOR
A nice way of posting your favorite pictures of your loved ones on the wall and serves as a beautiful décor as well.  It’s so simple, yet beautifully designed to hang pictures that are worth remembering you most.



*This project was featured also in my crochet designer's profile at All Free Crochet as "Stashbuster Photo Frame" and posted #5 in Top Home Decorating Projects (2013).  Though this ranking is not permanent, I still like to extend my gratitude to all viewers. Thank you very much.

Please see also my other project using mason jar lid:



*I was featured on All Free Holiday Crafts in its What’s Hot as #2 in the list dated October 14, 2016.  Please note this ranking is not permanent. Thank you very much to all viewers.


What's Hot
1.      Sarah Norton Ramberg
2.      Susan Hamilton
3.      Maureen Wilson
4.      Kim M.
5.      Delia Randall
6.      Kierste Wade
7.      Haeley Giambalvo
8.      Jenny Barnett Rohrs
9.      Maria Elizabeth
10.    Amy Hindman




Merry Christmas  
and  
Happy, Prosperous New Year

to  All !!! 





5 comments :

  1. Is there a "printer friendly" version of this. It was really frustrating trying to print...advertisements covered a lot of the printing making it hard to read.

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    1. Please just send me your email ad by signing up in the CONTACT FORM section as shown on the right side below the FOLLOWERS section. I will send you the crochet instructions. Have a great day.

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  2. I just sent an email requesting the directions be sent via email, too, hope that's possible. :-) Very original pattern, will make wonderful gifts this year! :-)

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  3. Hello
    Good day! I'm glad to hear from you. Thank you very much for your compliments. I already send you the pattern today. Enjoy crocheting and greenecrafting. Have a great day. God bless.

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