A few years ago I began making the majority of my gifts. I would make jam, knit socks, bead a necklace. Making your gifts is fun as you think about that loved one during the entire process of making and then have the fun of giving away the fruit of your labor.
This mistletoe ornament will look equally good suspended in the doorway as it does on a tree. It's a great way to make use of the spare white buttons you have rolling around in the bottom of your junk drawer.
You will need:
3" Smoothfoam ball
1 sheet of emerald green craft felt
Christmas green acrylic paint
5-8 white buttons in assorted sizes
hot glue gun (with dual low and high setting)
6 " 20 20 gauge wire
awl or knitting needle
1/4" double-faced white satin ribbon
1. Paint the ball. Paint the ball green using your sponge brush. HINT: You may want to stick a toothpick into the ball in order to hold it without getting your fingers covered in paint. Allow to dry. Paint a second coat if necessary.
2. Make leaves: Cut the felt into 1.5" strips. Cut pointed ovals. Don't worry about perfection. Have you ever seen the exact same leaf twice? Make approximately 40.
3. Punch hole in ball. Use an awl or a metal knitting needle to punch a hole straight through the ball. Touch up entrance and exit holes with paint if necessary.
4. Glue leaves around the ball. With the hot glue gun set to low temperature, glue 4 leaves at the top of the ball. Continue glueing the leaves into place. Tucking the lower layer under the top layer so that leaves overlap each other.
5. Add the buttons. Turn your hot glue gun to high temperature and add an assortment of white buttons to the top.
6. Make the hanger. Cut a 6" piece of wire. Make a spiral at one end with the round nose pliers. Push the wire through the bottom. Make a larger spiral at the top. Cut a 6" piece of ribbon. Thread it through the large spiral. Pull the ends even and make an overhand knot. Trim edges even.
That is so me! Yep, Halloween just comes and goes. The squirrels have already run off with my pumpkin, but that's okay, I can be snug as a bug in my home preparing for Christmas. I am focusing on decorating a tree with homemade ornaments and as I prepare, I thought I'd share my projects with you.
This fluffy snowmand is made from two pompoms and hat from a previous project, a ribbon scarf, and button eyes and nose. "Oh that's really cute, Mom" High praise from my millenial-aged daugther who tends to think I am slightly nuts and is now the family Christmas Scrooge.
To make your own:
You will need:
White acrylic yarn
pompom maker (I used this set from Clover.)
2 small black buttons
1 small orange button
12" of ribbon (only 1/2" wide)
hot glue gun
Hat from previous project
Make one small and one large pompom following the directions. Leave the tails used to cinch the pompoms.
Cut a 12 inch piece of yarn. Thread your needle. Pull it through and even. Run the needle up and throught the middle of the smaller pompom and up into and throught the hat's pompom. Knot the ends.
Now, tie the two pompoms togehter. Knot the tails. Trim away the access.
Trim your snowman. I clipped into the underside of the smaller (head) pompom to obtain more of a "neck."
Cut a 12" inch piece of ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the "neck" as a scarf. Trim the ends.
Hot glue the buttons in place. Use tweezers to place them or you may burn your fingers. If children are making this project, leave this part for the adults. Hot glue can cause nasty burns.
A short video from my Periscope for you to follow.
Enjoy! These are cute on the tree. Would be cute attached to a present.
Mom was always one to plan for holidays months before they arrived. Christmas started in July with all presents purchased and wrapped by mid-October and the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. Easter preparations began on Mardi Gras. I don't know how she did it as the holidays always seem to catch me by surprise. So when I craft for them, I make items that take only a few hours to complete. This blinged out egg is perfect. It adds sparkle to the usual Easter lineup and can double at Christmas as an ornament. I call that the win-win of crafting.
Tissue paper (I used pink scraps leftover from my Peony Tissue Paper Wreath.)
Collage Pauge® Instant Decoupage™
Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue
sequins, same or similar in color to the tissue paper
2" eye pin
8" of 1/4" satin ribbon
Cut the tissue paper into 1" squares.
Pour a puddle of Collage Pauge® onto the foil. Using the foam brush dab the Collage Pauge® over a portion of the egg. Add a few pieces of tissue paper. Dab more Collage Pauge® across the surface of the paper. Continue to collage the paper in this manner until the entire egg is covered in tissue paper. Allow for drying.
Once dry, push the 2" eye pin into the center egg's top end.
Apply a thin coat of Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue over a portion of the egg. Use the side of a toothpick to evenly spread it out.
With a clean toothpick, lightly dab it into the glue. This will give the toothpick a slightly tacky surface for using to pick up and position sequins. Apply sequins to the egg with the cup side of the sequin facing. (This side is more reflective and will provide maximum blingness.)
Continue adding glue and sequins until the entire surface of the egg is covered.
Slip the ribbon through the eye of the eye pin. Pull it through so both ends are touching. Tie them together using an overhand knot.
Allow the glue to dry.
Give some Easter Egg Bling as a gift, hang it in the window or display it in your favorite basket.
This little birdhouse ornament is a tribute to my feathered friends who bring delight to the cold and bleak winter landscape with their streaks of color and aerobatics.
You will need:
3" Smoothfoam cube
6 sheets of The Robin's Nest scrapbooking paper - Christmas Collection (North Pole) and Classic Glitter Swirl Collection
1 package of Jolly Dew Drop Mix
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue Pen
Aleene's Decoupage Glue Matte
1" circle punch
12" of 3/8" gold ribbon
6" of 1/4" double-faced satin ribbon
needle nose pliers
12" piece of craft wire
sharp thick sewing needle, awl or skewer
1. Trace around the cube on the back of 4 sheets of scrapbook paper. Cut out the 3" x 3" squares and glue the papers onto the cube using the decoupage glue and sponge brush.
2. Punch 72 circles with the circle punch from the scraps and remaining red / green papers. Punch a circle from one in dark blue.
3. Decoupage the circles in place by allowing them to overlap each other. Start at the bottom and work toward the roof's peak. At the peak, fold the papers to follow the roof line. HINT: Use a few straight pins to hold the folded papers in place while they dry. Decoupage the blue circle onto the front of the bird's house.
4. Trim paper circles along the front and back of the house, but allow to hang over the edge like eaves at the roof's bottom edge.
5. Glue gold dew drops around the edge of the blue circle. Glue red and silver dew drop around the edge of the of the back of the house and the roof's edge of the front. Use white diamond shapes to finish outlining the front of the house. Allow to dry.
6. Wrap the first 8" of the wire around a large knitting needle, crochet hook or wooden spoon handle to obtain a double loop. Twist the remainder from the warp around the shaft of wire loop using the needle nose pliers. Punch a hole at the center of the roof ridge. Push the wire loop into the cube until the loop is flush with the roof ridge.
7. Tie a bow around the base of the loop using the gold ribbon. Use the satin ribbon to hang the ornament from the metal loop.
Grandma loved to make ornaments using sequins, pins, and ribbon on a Smoothfoam base. She'd buy intricate kits and then spend all afternoon making her "treasures" as she called them. This is my version with a contemporary twist using craft tape to cover the surface before adding the sequins. My version takes less time to make (approximately an hour) but still has a colorful sparkle. Try your own tape and sequin combo or make my winterberry.
You will need:
1.5" Smoothfoam ball
craft tape (also known as Japanese tape or washi tape in a green check)
8/0 red silver-lined beads
gold sequin pins
1/8" double-faced red satin ribbon
Westcott's Titanium 4" nonstick scissors
awl, crewel embroidery needle or skewer
1. Cut small pieces of craft tape. Stick them to the ball in a random order. Each piece of tape should be approximately 1/2" in length for best coverage.
2. Use the awl to pierce a hole into the ball. Push the eye pin into the hole until the eye is flush with the surface of the ball.
3. Pick up a bead and then a sequin with a sequin pin. Push into the ball. Scatter more sequins and beads around the ball. Don't worry about being precise. You want a balanced look - ie not a cluster of sequins on one side and none on the other.
4. Cut 4 6" pieces of ribbon. Hold 3 together and pull them through the eye until the ends meet. Tie a knot and then tie a bow.
5. Thread the 4th ribbon through the eye. Tie a knot at the end to form a loop.
This post is from December 2013. I switched blogging platforms and migrated my most popular posts. I lost all the comments in the process. So if you've seen this pattern and made a comment in the past, I do apologize. Leave me a new one! As always, if you see an error or have a suggestion, let me know.