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December 9, 2011

fleaChic is all about repurposing, recycling, and reusing vintage items in new and unique ways.  The holiday season is the perfect time to let your creative juices flow and to unleash your inner fleaChicer. 

Take a look at these ideas for turning everyday items into charming holiday treasures. 


Upcycle old ornaments by using a decoupage treatment.  A little glue, glitter, newspaper or old book pages and, voile, instant vintage ornaments!
Source:   Hollywould 101


Tiny, vintage Christmas trees used by train set collectors are now  THE  RAGE.  Look how they were used by two different designers in mantle-scapes:

 Source:  Girl Hula

 Source:  Sunday In Bed

  

   The only type of hunting that is
   acceptable to me is bargain
   hunting.  (Yes, I'm a hypocritical
   carnivore.)

   Great use of an old frame that
   might have seen better days -
   and I might never look at a
   gourd and a tube sock the
   same way again!
   Source: Komma Hem

  

Possibly one of the easiest Christmas craft ideas ever.  Fringe a piece of old burlap and, using a stencil, spray paint a holiday message.  Not only is this a clever place mat idea, you could also use these burlap creations to wrap wine bottles or other gifts.

Source:  Belgian Pearls
Charming use of an antique milk bottle carrier and clay pots. 
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Silhouette refers to the very old art form of making an outlined portrait.  Prior to the invention of photography, making a person's profile was one of the few ways of capturing their image. 

The term silhouette refers to √Čtienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, imposed severe economic restrictions during the Seven Years War.  Due to de Silhouette's harsh measures, he became synonymous with things made cheaply and, at that time, a silhouette was the cheapest way to capture a person's image. 


Source:  Nest of Posies
Silhouettes have made a comeback in a big way.  Regular
photos of your child's profile can be used as a template to
cut out the black image.   Framed and hung on the tree,
they add a personal touch to your holiday decor.
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Christmas Craft Award of the Day:

The Twig Wreath


Source:  My Many Moments
Making this rustic wreath is about as simple as 1-2-3.
You probably already have all of the 'ingredients' you
need for this Christmas craft recipe: glue gun, cereal box,
twine, and old twigs.   So very fleaChic - let's go pick up sticks!

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