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TUTORIAL; Little Drummmer Boy...or Wooden Horse

I made a Christmas Drum! 
I think I love this one more than my Christmas Village!  One of my "ENABLER" crafty peeps told me about a Christmas Drum she pinned on Pinterest, click HERE to see the Pin.  I fell in love!  I started collecting the goodies a couple weeks ago and finally sat down to build it yesterday.  It only took a couple hours and it was a blast to create.  Check out this beautiful Christmas Drum.
I started with a teaser post on my new Instagram account.  I inked up these TH Bottle Brush trees with re-inkers! 
I started with this round hat box I found at Michaels for 50% off.  I like it because it was already a vintage paper box.  Simply Stunning!
 I made a line all the way around the base of the lid.  This way I know where to stop when adding the beads.  If you don't stop you won't be able to close the lid.  Don't worry, you won't see the line. 
I used some twine and tape to give me an idea where the beading was going to be put.  It's a rough idea so don't worry when you aren't following it perfectly.
Heat up the glue gun.  I found the red beads, $1 for 18ft.  Score!
I ran a thin line of hot glue and put the beads right over top. I found this tinsel garland, 7ft at 50% off cost me $1.50.  I used red and silver.
I hot glued the tinsel to the lid top, bottom and the bottom of the hat box.  Using both colours really makes it look rich.
 There are those carolers again!  I cut 3 sets of carolers with chipboard then painted them black.  I also distress glittered the NOEL die and 25.
 Some Merriment paper snowflake rosettes!  I hate making rosettes.  I admit, this die makes it EASY!
A little Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the snowflake adds a nice shimmer.
 I used some Mirrored Stars for the center of the snowflakes. I used $1 Store finds, wooden ornaments, trees and my dies to adorn the top of the box. 
 The Complete Christmas Drum!
  By hot gluing everything into place it takes no time!
I scattered the wooden ornaments around and on the wooden horse.  I attached the NOEL in pumice stone distress glitter with hot glue.
 At the base of the tree lots of presents stacked up and a little toy train!
I found this great wooden horse for $3 and loaded him with vintage looking ornaments.  I just adore him!
I decorated the tree with instruments, scrolls of music and bows.
Another mini wooden horse and a Nutcracker.  Using a sanding block ages them.
All the instruments that adorn the tree came off these mini drums I picked up at the $1 Store.  I mounted this wooden drum, snowman and brush bottle tree instead.  Way cuter.
The snowflake rosettes are a perfect fit along the top of the beads.
I place the Carolers along the bottom and trimmed their legs to fit.  Nestled in the tinsel garland and framed by the red beads they are magical!

I'm kicking myself I didn't get 2 round hat boxes.  I would have liked a set!  Oh well, next year;)  This project took about 3 hours to build and cost me about $30.  Not bad at all!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I think I'm done my holiday crafts.  But you never know, I might find something else to whip up. But really, it's time to bake for the holidays. 

I will be playing along with Simon Says Wednesday Challenge a Bling it On!  I love their challenges, always so fun! If you have something blingy you should play!  
Merry Christmas everyone! 


  1. Wow. So much detail!!!!
    This is stunning Nicole….so has Tim Holtz asked you to design for him yet ;)

  2. i'm speechless!!!!!!!!! Your project is incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a new year full of all that you want! BArbarayaya

  3. That is amazing - WOW

    iwas readying the top of teh post ,
    then i saw your start & to be honest was wondering when i saw the tinsel

    But WOW!! THAt is awesom!!!

  4. Happy new year Nicole. I love how the drum turned.


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