I know I'm not the only crafter that stalks the Dollar Spot at Target! You will probably know all about these awesome skis they have right now in their bins and maybe even have some at your house.
I actually passed these skis up numerous times because I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them even though I loved them. I debated on painting them white and adding them to a pine wreath but I wasn't convinced that I loved that idea so I just kept walking by them. Then I needed something to hang on my wall that wasn't too large but looked Christmasy so off I went back to the Dollar Spot to see what I could come up with. The skis were added to my cart and I came right home to get a set made for my wall. I loved them so much I made a second set and then made a bunch for gifts. After getting about 12 extras done I'm all set for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, family gifts etc. You can never beat an inexpensive gift that looks like a million bucks!
You will need:
Set of Skis from Target or anywhere you can find skis
Berry picks like above or just berry garland you can cut into small pieces
Floral wire or floral tape
To make the skis a little dressier you will need to "clump" your berry pieces and pine pieces together and arrange them in the layout you want and wrap the "stems" with floral wire or tape so they stay together fairly well. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the center of the skis and lay your berry arrangement on top of the skis and then tie a pretty knot around the skis and berries with your ribbon. I never cut my ribbon from the spool until after I've tied it off so I don't waste any but once you do one you'll know about how much you need.
When you cut your ribbon be sure to cut it with sharp scissors and cut at an angle so it doesn't fray at all. I used 2 inch wide Grosgrain but you could use wired ribbon or satin ribbon or twine etc. I chose to skip a bow but you could certainly do a bow instead of the knotted ribbon.
I want to mention how amazing these Berry Picks are that are available from Target in their Christmas Section. They work so well for wreathes or other diy projects. They come in a box and you get a bunch!
My mom is planning a set of these using a poinsettia and a few bells along with some ribbon. You could use most any pretty arrangement in the center of the skis.
These skis come ready to hang but since I didn't want to make holes in my wall for just the holiday season I used 3M picture hanging removable tabs to hang mine and they are staying put perfectly without ruining my walls.
Easy gift for just about everyone and it doesn't break the bank!