December 10, 2014

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Holiday Holly Tee

Looking for a fun Christmas break project? Try this quick technique to customize a basic tee shirt!

 

**GIVEAWAY UPDATE: We have a winner! It's Patricia, who said, "My favorite Christmas decoration is the very first one we got 43 years ago this Christmas. It was an Angel dressed in red with yellow hair. It was given to my first born son Robert who was 2 weeks old that Christmas." What a great memory, Patricia! We'll be in touch via email soon :)

To make this project, all you need is some fabric paint, cardboard, a paintbrush...and of course, a tee!

 

Draw a holly leaf shape onto a piece of cardboard. For reference, mine is about an inch long from top to bottom.

Cut out the holly leaf, and also cut a strip of cardboard. Bend one end of the strip, and glue it to the back of your leaf to make a handle.

Use the paintbrush to 'ink' your stamp. Do a couple practice stamps on some scrap fabric -- it took me a little while to figure out how to transfer the holly leaf shape most clearly.

When you feel confident, slip another piece of cardboard in the middle of your tee (to protect the back from any possible bleed-through), and go for it!

I decided to do an all-over pattern, but you could do leaves in clumps or pairs, or make several different sizes of holly leaves, or....!

Then, use the back of the paintbrush to make the holly berries. Let the tee dry thoroughly, and heat-set the paint following the directions on the package.

And ta-da! You've got a finished shirt!

Giveaway closed! Thanks to everybody who entered!

And, as always, thanks for following along today. Have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,

Melinda


100 Comments

Teena
Teena

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration isn’t just one thing it’s a collection of Angels I have that line the stair case in my foyer. I first wrap the banister and posts with white lights. The dolls sit on the outer edge of the stairs as well as being attached to the banisters. The wall also has a few angels hanging on it. I love “my girls” and plan on making an angel outfit for my AG doll so she can be apart of the decorations.

Diana
Diana

December 12, 2014

I have some hand blown class red cardinals!

Florence
Florence

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas Decoration is our Christmas Tree. We always have a real one. We choose ours and cut it down at the tree farm and then decorate it with ornaments we’ve collected through the years. decorating our tree is a walk down memory lane for me.

Evelyn Cole
Evelyn Cole

December 12, 2014

the lights

Sandra meese
Sandra meese

December 12, 2014

My favorite is a antique looking father Christmas riding on a reindeer figurine and it has the old fashioned mica on it!

Lea Ann Reynolds
Lea Ann Reynolds

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decorations are the ones my kids have made over the years. My kids are 18 and 22 now, and I still LOVE putting their hand-made ornaments on the tree — they bring back so many good memories!

terri silva
terri silva

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a homemade Santa made from an antique quilt.

Silke
Silke

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration are the Christmas balls handmade by my friend. They are beautiful and I already have four in different colors. Hopefully I will be able to add to my collection in the coming years!

Valerie
Valerie

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is the lit up tree by my front door, it’s so wintery festive!

Tommi
Tommi

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is my Nativity set. It’s the Italian rubber plastic one and my grandkids play with it and have stories and put them in different places. It is the reason for the season.

Joyce
Joyce

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decorations is my train and little villages that I set up under my tree. I love watching it go around the tree. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Mitzi Thornton
Mitzi Thornton

December 12, 2014

My favorite decoration is the tree – the center of lights and hope for the season.

Betty
Betty

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas ornaments are the plaster of paris ones made by my girls when they were small. One in particular starts a lot of conversation as we decorate our tree. It is one that is one of the three kings, but when they inserted the hanger they put it in the beard by mistake and it still goes on the tree each year.

Grace
Grace

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is two small foil decorations I made for our tree the first year we were married (42 yrs ago) when we had extra money and a very bare tree.

Karen Bastin
Karen Bastin

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is my Christmas tree with the multi-colored lights. I love to turn off all the house lights and admire the beauty of the lights as they radiant from the tree. I think about Jesus and the blessing of sight to see and enjoy this beauty and all the beautiful sights that I take for granted each day.

 AG Chick
AG Chick

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration are the house lights! They are so pretty.

AG Chick

Donna
Donna

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is…the gingerbread craft ornaments I made with my children when they were little.

Sarah
Sarah

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas ornament is the ornaments my granddaughter made this year with melted crayons. What a thrill to watch her eyes light up when they are all finished…Priceless!!!

Rachel K.
Rachel K.

December 12, 2014

I used to love setting up the nativity set each year, but since the pieces are some sort of glass, and we have four cats now (and one just LOVES getting into trouble…), I think I’d have to say my new favorite Christmas decoration is a little TY Beanie Baby Halo 2 (ornament edition).

Sue
Sue

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a tiny bird in a straw nest that my mother-in-law gave me just after we married. She told me that it was a symbol of good luck. After 40 it still carries her love and spirit to our tree.

betty-anne tyler
betty-anne tyler

December 12, 2014

I would have to pick a group of ornaments. I used to be a preschool teacher and received many ornaments as gifts. Each year as I put them on our tree I am reminded of a sweet face and just smile.

Renee Sandoval
Renee Sandoval

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is… My Mexican Santa that strums a guitar taps his foot and nods and moves his mouth and sings Feliz Navidad.

Trae
Trae

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas ornament is the faceless felt angel I made this year. They were made from a pattern I drew myself. As I sewed them I kept thinking they weren’t cute but as I sewed they each took on their own personality. Reminding me none of us are perfect. I gave these at our church Ladies dinner to many of my angels over the years. Merry Christmas to all our Pixie fairy angels who continue to make us want to stay creative.

janet S
janet S

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is the tinsel – love the way the light flickers on it!

Jennifer Phares
Jennifer Phares

December 12, 2014

Anything Nativity, because even if you don’t believe without the birth of Christ there would be no Christmas. This is what the holiday was started for.

Barbara
Barbara

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a star my husband made me for our Christmas tree. We didn’t have very much money our first Christmas together. He made it from cardboard and tin foil.

Sharon
Sharon

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decorations are the two blue glass ornaments my twins made in Preschool that have their handprints on them – how precious to see how little their hands were when they were 4 (and now are 13!)

Linda
Linda

December 12, 2014

I love my Christmas stocking that my grandmother made for me 63 years ago. My mother made them for her grandchildren & I’m now making them for my grandchildren.

Jessica
Jessica

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is…any item my children craft, whether it’s a paper snowflake, a graham cracker gingerbread house, or a greeting card. They always inspire me with their creative ideas and whimsical charm!

Lara
Lara

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is my Kneeling Santa. It brings Santa to the Christmas story that is so important to me.

Carol Smith
Carol Smith

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a green 2" star that was part of my childhood some 50 years ago. I still hang it on the tree today.

Betty
Betty

December 12, 2014

I cherish our outside nativity set. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus were purchased in 1957 by my DH’s parents. When we moved it to our new home in 1974, he added other pieces. This year will be the 57th year this nativity set will be on display to let people know the real reason we celebrate Christmas. It has graced my home for 40 years.

Susan
Susan

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is my Kneeling Santa. It puts everything in perspective. Jesus is the reason for the season.

carrie
carrie

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is the only one I have left from when I was a kid it is over 40 years old. It is a plastic Snoopy with antlers & a Santa sack. It is my daughter’s favorite too!! She continues the love, she has over 100 Snoopies.

Alice
Alice

December 12, 2014

this is very cute. I love giveaways at Christmas. Hope I win.

Darlene Martin
Darlene Martin

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decorations are those I can make with children.

Lynne Marie
Lynne Marie

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas Decoration is the collection of Disney Hallmark Ornaments on the tree, that I have been collecting since 1988 <3

Bonny
Bonny

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas ornament are a ceramic Christmas Tree my grandmother made and the angel on the top of the tree made by my sister.

Janet Nitcher
Janet Nitcher

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas ornament is a pink glass ball with my name on it that our landlady made for me when I was only about six. That was approximately sixty years ago.

Lori Morton
Lori Morton

December 12, 2014

Favorite Christmas ornamensts are the cool things the Kiddo’s made when they were small..now we are adding things the Grankiddo’s have made too! Wayyy cool! :)

lynda
lynda

December 12, 2014

my favorite are my fabriache santa collection.about 20 of them. to join the rest of the santas)total over 300.

Barb HAck
Barb HAck

December 12, 2014

This shirt is so cute !

Melinda
Melinda

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration(s) are ones I make my myself. I modified the Gingerbread House for 18" dolls which was the Friday Freebie on Black Friday to make an ornament for my Mom. This is the first time in her life she has a Christmas tree, so I’ve been making ornaments to send to her for her tree.

I was wondering where to find an inedible recipe, so thanks to Kelly above, I know. Thanks to her and thanks to all of you at Pixie Faire for your generosity weekly with the Friday Freebies and also, in this contest/giveaway.

Elaine
Elaine

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a small church that plays music. I got it as a gift when I was 5 years old. I am now 67.

Jane
Jane

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas Ornament is a collection of Nutcrackers, from tiny to tall with special ones for various family members, a sewing one for me, a Navy one for my husband.

Sharron
Sharron

December 12, 2014

my favourite Christmas ornament is blown glass cat head from Poland that I bought many years ago with money from my mother-in-law. my husband hates it, but I love it.

Kimberly
Kimberly

December 12, 2014

The Christmas tree and the lights!

Ann Dietchman
Ann Dietchman

December 12, 2014

My favorite decoration is my Hallmark ornament tree. It displays ornament collections that come from my mom, my aunt, and my own that stretch across 4.5 decades beginning in 1973 and always remind me of many childhood Christmases that always included gifts of new dolls and fabulous handcreated wardrobe for many little girls!!

Leigh
Leigh

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration grohl as early as I can remember is the angel tree topper. As a child my day always lifted me up so I could place the angel at the top of the tree. In fact when my second husband and I married we bought a new lighted angel. After he died I spent several days in Cannon Beach. I visited the Christmas shop and bought a new angel to start my traditions alone. I chose a beautiful ceramic angel which also was lighted. It has since been my fav on the tree…nearly 20 years.I feel it reminds me I will once again see my husband when I die and go to heaven.

Aunt Nancy
Aunt Nancy

December 12, 2014

Hard to pick a favorite ornament because I have eight different themed trees including an angel tree, ballerina tree, victorian tree, snowman tree, star tree, origami tree, girlie girl tree, and a mitten/hat tree. All of the ornaments for these trees were handmade by my children and I and so they are all special!

Rebecca
Rebecca

December 12, 2014

My favorite holiday decorations are my penguins. I have penguins for outside, giant blow up penguins, penguins that sing and dance and penguins that walk. I have ornaments for the tree. Many years ago, my brother gave me a penguin for Christmas. I doubt he realized what would happen and the collection he began. They remind of happy times and to make my children’s childhood as happy as mine. They remind me of the joy and magic of the Holiday season.

Martha
Martha

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is candles. They have such a warm glow and remind me to let my light shine for Jesus.

alice  wall
alice wall

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas ornament is the tree with many special ornaments on it and all the colored lights.

Melanie
Melanie

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is the penguin we put in our front window. Others might think it’s cheesy, but we think it’s cute and love it! :)

Sharon
Sharon

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration as a child and an adult is the tree. As a child I remember dad getting a real tree and we would spend the day after Thanksgiving decorating the tree. As an adult with my children we would decorate with all the ornaments they had made and I collected over the years. The first ornament that I bought as a new bride was a velvet fabric train . Each year I purchase or made a new ornament for my tree.

Romaine
Romaine

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is when my husband and myself went to the beach one year and a whole lot of silver dollars washed up on the beach. We collected over 60 of them. I looked on line and found out how to bleach them. I took them to my daughters house and the grandchildren helped me decorate them with glue and glitter. We then threaded ribbon through one of the holes and every year we hang them on our tree. They are the most precious ornaments that money could never buy!

cathy
cathy

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is my tree top angel. It belonged to my grandma and I have kept her at the top of my tree for over 30 years. I pack her lovingly each year and when I get her out to go on the tree she is still in beautiful condition. My gram made her out of a plastic bristle broom , some coppery stuff for wings and a dowel for head, glittery pipe cleaners for her arms. She holds a christmas song in her hands like a caroler. I always loved her on grams tree and when she died I asked for the angel. So that is my favorite Christmas decoration.

Jenny
Jenny

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a little cat bell. An older lady, named Mabel, gave it to me. when i was younger, we used to ride the sunday school bus together. we had the same birthday & exchanged birthday cards every year, until she passed away.

Joyce
Joyce

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is the hand crocheted angel my mother made for me approximately 10 years ago. I had saved an article published by an acquaintance about her memories of an angel given to her years previous by a favorite aunt. That is the last Christmas decoration she puts out and as she does she remembers her aunt and all the great memories that aunt had blessed her with. Now I too am without my mother, but I remember all the great memories I have of her and am reminded of all that she taught me even though she had only an eighth grade education. She gave me the love of music, baking, and the love of sewing! So many memories crocheted in that 9" angel. Last year it came off the top of the Christmas tree and sat on the mantel all year long to encourage me.

Yasmine
Yasmine

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decorations are the hand-made ornaments done by my four children over the course of their childhood. I also have special ornaments given to me by special friends and family. Putting those on the tree is like a sentimental journey of sorts. It reminds me of all the people who have come into my life and the love they have shared with my family and me.

mima penny
mima penny

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is my knitted family of snowmen, my mom started it with just 3 and I have added to it as my children were born, married and had children of their own.
The family is now 13 cute snowmen of different sizes.

Sher
Sher

December 12, 2014

My favorite is the handmade stockings made by my daughter-in-law that hang above my bay window. There are 19 of us now – soon to be 20. They have all the names embroidered on them. A great reminder of how special family is! The other thing I love is my Willow Tree Nativity Set.

Gale T
Gale T

December 12, 2014

My tree and ALL of the collected ornaments through the years.

Linda
Linda

December 12, 2014

My favorite decorations are the frame ornaments with our grandchildren pictures in them! I also have frame picture decorations of our daughters as young children.

Michele
Michele

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas ornament is an angel you put on top of the tree. This angel was my late grandmother who died before I knew her .My Mom use to put it on top of her tree. She passed it on to me.The angel topper is over 100 yrs old.I love angel ornaments.

Ansley
Ansley

December 12, 2014

It is difficult to choose just one favorite Christmas decoration. At this stage of wee little ones I would have to say my favorite is the Elf on the Shelf. It fills their heart with excitement and curiosity as to where he will land each day. But trying to decide between him, the Dept. 56 village, and our nativity set is difficult.

Penny
Penny

December 12, 2014

My favorite decoration are two handmade carolers, a boy and a girl, one about 12" tall one about 8" tall, their clothes made from stiffened colored burlap, over obsolete glass soda bottles, paper mache painted heads. From a dear friend over 40 years ago. She thinks a woman made them from a kit, maybe from the obsolete Lee Wards craft store. I have never found any like them or a pattern or anything similar to make them for my friends. Very unique. Absolutely love them.

Claudette
Claudette

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is my tree. Our tree is decorated with ornaments of special meaning. Things we have obtained as souvenirs, homemade gifts from our children, gifts from others, and a few that used to decorate my late grandmothers tree. Decorating this tree is always special as we travel memory lane.

Nancy
Nancy

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is my 39 year old bubble lights! My dad loved his bubble lights and when I got my very own tree in 1975, I had to have my very own bubble lights :)

Noel
Noel

December 12, 2014

It’s hard to choose! My favorite decoration might just be my Christmas village houses. I love them so much, I keep them up all year. The accessories, the colors, the lights, combined with the traditions of old, give our family memories that carry through to today. They remind me of what I love most for Christmas.

Nutmeg
Nutmeg

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is the reindeer. I make them out of cinnamon sticks and hang them on my tree. The whole area takes on a wonderful scent snd as true aroma of Christmas. They are so simple to make and even the kids enjoy making this craft. Every year I purchase one new decoration for my tree – another reindeer, of course.

Sheila
Sheila

December 12, 2014

My favorite decoration is my nativity. Last year my in-laws gave me an Avon nativity set. My mom always put up hers every year, now years later I have my own to set up beside our little tree and it reminds me of Christmas when I was a child.

Korianne
Korianne

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is our stockings. They have woodland creatures on them.

Irene
Irene

December 12, 2014

My favorites are the creative ornaments made by friends. For some 40 + years I have had my " Creative Ornament Luncheon". Create, wrap and exchange your hand made ornament. Stealing behavior acceptable and no, you may not steal back your own! My treasured ones are those created by now departed friends. They are gone however their creative spirits live on. Have a Blessed Holiday Season!

Susan
Susan

December 12, 2014

My Favourite Christmas decoration is Snowflakes! Every time I see snowflakes I want to sing Christmas songs.So snowflakes are even sprayed on the windows

Sheila
Sheila

December 12, 2014

mistletoe.I love the contrast of dark green leaves and white berries.

Chris
Chris

December 12, 2014

Wow! This motivates me to try all sorts of different paint patterns. Whenever I see holly, I immediately think of Christmas. My mom would adorn our fireplace mantel with fresh boughs and we would hang our stockings. Fifty five years later, the memory is still so vivid and I hope my own kids have the same kind of wonderful memories of past years.

Christine Griffin
Christine Griffin

December 12, 2014

Your stamping is extremely well done. Do you think regular rubber stamps would work?

Gail
Gail

December 12, 2014

My favorite Christmas decorations are all of the Christmas lights that decorate a house. I remember going for rides with my family all over town to view all of the Christmas lights.

CECELIA
CECELIA

December 11, 2014

My favourite Christmas decoration is the real pine or fir tree that we decorate with decorations both new, and from my Dad’s and Grandmother’s tree of the past.It smells great and my Granddaughter loves to help with the ornaments.

Linda
Linda

December 11, 2014

My favorite ornament is a picture of my grandson when he was 2 and has a recording of him saying MerrY Christmas Poppy and Gramma, I love you. PRICELESS.

Linda
Linda

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a statue of Santa Claus leaning over to look
at baby Jesus! Merry Christmas all…………

Michelle
Michelle

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is the Nativity scene. This year my eldest daughter has really started looking at the pieces, rearranging them and asking really insightful questions. To me this is the best part if Christmas.

Marlene Lohman
Marlene Lohman

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decorations are always the lights. The days are so short, the lights help make it bearable.

Arlette
Arlette

December 11, 2014

The Angel at the top of the tree. My mother made a large crochet Angel tree topper many years ago for me. I collect angels and her making it for me makes it the most important Angel in my collection. No fancy lights, just a beautiful symbol of Christmas made by my mom.

Jo Lyman
Jo Lyman

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a ceramic village I painted 40+ years ago. Just isn’t Christmas without the village arranged on the buffet with lights and fluffy faux snow all around.

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration……hard to pick! I think that it would be our tree! I love the white lights and all the homemade ornaments the kids bring home every year from school.

Judy Timko
Judy Timko

December 11, 2014

My favorite decoration – a Nativity. In fact, we have collected over 450 various types: figurines, books, ornaments, etc. So many of them have special meanings to my husband and myself. First one was a felt figurine set I made for our first Christmas in 1969.

kathi
kathi

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is the angel quilted wall hanging my mother made me one year, but to be honest she made me a snowman one that is pretty nice and a wreath one too; well you get the idea, my mom’s quilted hangings! My grand daughter would love that t shirt and I know she will have us making more!!

Cheryl
Cheryl

December 11, 2014

my favorite ornaments are those that evoke memories from the past. I have plans to make memories with my granddaughter next week when we make ornaments together.

Bonnie Jean
Bonnie Jean

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a brown rough cut wooden doll cradle. I fill it with hay or sometimes gold tinsel and place a carefully wrapped baby doll inside. I have mini lights hanging on the wall and one sparkling star shining down on it all. Jesus is the gift.

Stephanie
Stephanie

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration are my Nutcrackers. My grandmother collected them, and then after being in a few local productions of the Nutcracker Ballet, I collect them and so do my children now. We each get a new one every year, and I have one of my grandmother’s original Nutcrackers. Her collection was divided up between her grandchildren after she passed away. The Nutcrackers for us include our past, present and future Christmases.

Hope
Hope

December 11, 2014

My favourite decorations, are the hand drawn Santa, crib with baby Jesus, angel and Christmas Tree, that my son made when he was about 5. I had him draw"Christmas things" on paper with fabric crayons and then I ironed them onto fabric, stitched on backing and stuffed them and added a ribbon hanger. He is 36 now so they have stood the test of time.
Most of my decorations are handmade by family and friends or souvineers of places we have visited.

Cindy
Cindy

December 11, 2014

My light up sewing shoppe that my brother and family gave me many Christmas’ ago. I have always loved to sew and my family realized it.

Nancy
Nancy

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration is a Jim Shore Nativity set. It looks so good on my mantel. Love this holiday holly t-shirt. My granddaughter would adore it!

Kara
Kara

December 11, 2014

My favourite decoration is the blown glass hamburger :)

Yelena
Yelena

December 11, 2014

My favorite ornament is the ball that represents a family member. It would be a favorite color choice for that person and has his/hers name painted on it. And Angel on the top of the tree.

Zelma
Zelma

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas ornament is the balls that I bought for my first christmas tree 53 years ago. I `ve moved a couple of times, but manager to save them in one piece

Reese
Reese

December 11, 2014

My favorite Christmas decoration has to be the family stockings that I made many years ago! We all like them, they’re cheerful, and tell me that the holiday season is here when they’re hung up!

Carrie
Carrie

December 11, 2014

My favourite decoration has to be my nightmare before christmas ornament. It’s one of my favourite movies, and my mother bought it for one of my first trees. It’s also one of the first ornaments I hang.

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