North Pole Sign

Hey Lil Luna fans!

I’m Autie from over at iCandy handmade
Merry Christmas {in July}!
I love Kristyn, and lucky me, I get to be her long distance friend in real life!  She {sort of} grew up with my husband, so our lives crossed, and I get to mooch off of her creativity and seriously sparkly personality.  In real life, her smile is contagious and so is her optimism.  I feel so lucky to know her!
Anyways, I just turned 30 {yikes}, am the wife to an amazing, baseball-lovin’ guy and a mommy to 3 totally cute little turkeys that are my world.  So, along with the craziness that accompanies being a mom, my friend Jen and I co-author iCandy handmade. We’ve been craft-blogging for about a year and a half, and we are having so much with it as an outlet for our creativity!  If you haven’t checked it out before, I’d love it if you’d stop by and peruse some of our tutorials in sewing and creating.  I promise, we’re fun, too!
So, onto Kristyn’s Christmas Questions, and a link to my {1 and only, but totally fun}Christmas tutorial.
(gimme a break, iCandy’s only been alive for 1 Christmas!)

1 – What is your favorite holiday and why?

Everyone loves Christmas, right?  Family, Friends, Tradition, Giving, Excitement, Love…So, other than Christmas, my second-favorite holiday is Halloween…Not so much the skeletons, and scary things, but the fun side of Halloween.  There are such fun colors to decorate with: green, purple, orange, yellow, black…they are so random, but so fun!  Halloween Costumes: you get to dream up anything you want to be, and create anything your kids want to be…i love the excitement that my kids have in Halloween…I love all of the Children’s books that we read in October, and of course, who doesn’t like the candy!

2 – What is your favorite Christmas Tradition? 

Growing up, my family always had a Christmas Program.  Each of my siblings would contribute something to the program: a story, singing a song, some sort of talent, etc.  After each of those things, my Dad read the story of Christ’s birth from Luke, we acted out the nativity and my Mom played “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” on her flute.  I have such fond memories of Christmas Eve with my family, listening to stories and poems.  Experiencing the spirit of Christmas with my family is a real treasure that I hope to recreate with my kids and husband. 

3 – What is your all-time favorite Christmas Movie?

I LOVE It’s a Wonderful Life with James Stuart!  My dad used to watch it every year at Christmas time, and it’s just not Christmas without hearing: “Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls!”  Christmas Classic!

4 – What has been the best present you’ve ever received and why? 

When I was in 4th grade, Santa brought me the oh-so coveted “Molly” American Girl Doll.  I wanted her so bad because she looked like me…long brown hair, and glasses.  I really didn’t think that I’d get her…and when I walked up the stairs Christmas Morning, I couldn’t have been more thrilled.  Christmas is so magic!

5 – Why do you blog? 

I love to create, sew, work with my hands, scheme up something new to make, and I love to be busy.  While it’s sometimes hard to find extra time, most of my projects are ones that I would like to do anyway…Our blog insures that I make sure that I squeeze in “me” time to do the things that I love to do.  We have so much fun sharing our projects with you!
Here’s my Christmas sign from last year!!

The Pottery Barn Kids Knock-Off Hanging North Pole Sign 

If you peruse the Pottery Barn Kids website or catalogue, like I do, for inspiration or simply just 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! here’s how I did mine:
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 freezer 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 as shown below) are perfect to hold my ribbon.  I just needed to make sure that I covered up the ‘handle holes.’  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, she cut me an extra piece, only it’s beige…start those wheels a turnin’!
You know how to do this part:
and voila…my porch is ready for Christmas!
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    This turned out so cute. What an awesome tutorial too. I’m so glad you shared this.
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