Crafty Christmas Tree Shrine to Bowie, Prince, and Others Lost in 2016

My roommates and I threw a holiday party this past weekend. There was enough eggnog, mulled cider, and Trader Joe’s wine to drop everyone’s inhibitions…

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…including Pip’s…
…about crafting.

Drinking enough to make out with cute boys in ugly sweaters is so 2015.
2016 is all about drinking enough to pick up that hot glue gun, burns and artistic doubts be damned.

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Or, for those in our apartment without opposable thumbs, drinking enough to put your butt in the fake fireplace

My friends are exceedingly creative. After this shit-show of a year, many of us are yearning for an outlet, needing to create more than ever before. On Saturday our outlet was felt squares and pipe cleaners. It started with my wildly inventive roommate saying “Merry Princemas” and exploded from there.

Prince (with Purple Rain)

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Our Christmas tree became a shrine to brilliance the world lost in 2016.

David Bowie

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Crafted by @lillyvanek, the above Prince with Purple Rain was too!

Gene Wilder

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Crafted by @peterdegiglio

John Glenn

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Crafted by @Rinolsson

Oh sure, we joked about adding “American Democracy” but as ’tis the season, we kept our tree optimistic.

In the name of optimism, or at least humor, we had:

MEMBER BERRIES FROM SOUTH PARK

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Crafted by @char1eysays

“Always.”

Alan Rickman

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Crafted by me, I did this. Toldja inhibitions were lowered!

Florence Henderson

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Crafted by @_dotte_

Muhammad Ali

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Crafted by @degi_pix (Remember I went bird watching with him?)
Crafting, Christmas, cookies, and childhood: an alliterative dream and concepts that were once synonymous with this time of year. Not since New York. No one has time, none of my friends have kids, and we can just by something at Zabar’s or on Etsy instead!

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The thing is, it’s really fun to sit around a virtual fire and create a little something with your hands with maybe a Google image search for guidance. We pioneered our project without Pinterest, thank you very much. I was amazed by how awesome each ornament turned out and watching each felt creation inspire another.

Don’t they all look amazing? It’s easy to get stuck coloring in the lines of the Adult Color Book craze and forget how fun it is to make something. Even if it turns out a hot, hot mess.

Like the cookies we made!

Hot mess

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@TollyW is partially to blame thank for these as well.

I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed harder than when this tray emerged from the oven. Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, a swimming starfish, and….Hanukkah bushes! Hey, they may not have been attractive, but they sure had character and tasted great! Plus I made them with my bare (or, from the looks of them, bear) hands, which felt even better than getting to the front of the line at Lavin.

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Cat-ing by @pipnotphillip
HAVE YOU GOT YOUR CRAFTY ON THIS HOLIDAY? WHAT’S A RIDICULOUS ORNAMENT YOU MADE AS A CHILD? ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO MAKE LESS RIDICULOUS COOKIES?

 

 

 

About New York Cliche

NYC lifestyle blog by Mary Lane. Events, adventures, epic mistakes, dating, life, humor. A 20-something trying to make it (and make out) in the city of dreams.

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