Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Zipper Christmas Ornament





 
One of the many times I was standing in the long line at JoAnn's, I was lucky enough to be right by their idea table. I stared at the zipper ornaments so much that I had to come home and make a couple.
 
 
 
 
To make two trees, you just need one zipper that you take apart and some beads. I used a 22" zipper.
 
 
 
Then all you do is wind your zipper in loops and hot glue a bead in between. I added a bead to the bottom for the trunk and made a loop with the zipper at the top.
 
 
 
Add a ribbon through the loop to hang.
 
 
 
Now all I need is the tree to be put up to hang these beauties. Any volunteers?
 

Peppermint Ornament

Personalized Peppermint Christmas Stocking Ornaments!
(Easy Christmas Craft Using Starlight Mints)
Have you hung your Christmas stockings yet? It's one of my
    favorite holiday traditions. Growing up, we didn't actually hang ours. Mama and Daddy laid them out on the sofa on Christmas Eve...and they weren't really even stockings. They were white tube socks. I can still see them laying there on Christmas morning as we ran into the living room after having begged our parents to get up before the crack of dawn! They always had a tangerine and orange..I can still smell them. We would buy them by the case every Christmas at the Farmer's Market. There were also unshelled pecans and other nuts, and then our favorite..a couple of candy bars! I remember getting a Snicker bar every year. Such wonderful Christmas memories...I'm excited about making new ones this Christmas with my children and grandchildren. :o)

You will need peppermints, red fondant, stocking cookie cutter, foodwriters pens, parchment paper, holly mix sprinkles, corn syrup and twine for these easy melted peppermint stocking ornaments.


 While candy is melting, prepare your cookie cutter. I wish I'd have had at least a couple..next time I will. Baking one at time just takes a little longer.
Immediately press prepared cookie cutter into melted candy. Wait about 3 minutes and press a lollipop stick into candy to make a hole for twine or ribbon. At the 4 minute mark, the candy should be cool enough for you to remove the cookie cutter. I lift the candy and gently press the cutter completely through. It's still pliable at this point, so be quick to lay it flat on the parchment to finish cooling.
**edit** for an updated (and just plain better) technique for making the "ribbon hole" in ornament..click here. It worked perfectly on my Peppermint Mittens Ornaments!
 So Easy! Just let the fondant dry completely before writing on it or threading the twine.
 I decorated mine with holly and berries. Just dab a little corn syrup on the candies and place on stocking.
You will be doing this too if you don't make the hole in cuff large enough!
Sweet stockings..all finished!
 What are some of your favorite Christmas memories? I'd love to hear them. :o)
Wishing You a Sweet Day From
Sugartown Sweets!
 
 
I found this on: www.sugartownsweets.com
 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowman Wreath


Acrylic paints and Styrofoam balls come together to create this adorable snowman wreath. This Christmas season, be sure you have this little guy on your door welcoming all your friends to your home.  This is a cute wreath to have on display both indoors and out, and it's super easy to make and assemble.  You can even have this wreath out on display all winter long, from December through February!



Materials:

  • (3) 2 1/2" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls
  • (4) 2" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls
  • (1) 1/2" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam ball
  • (3) 1" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls
  • Artificial feathered cardinal, 3-1/2"
  • Plaid cotton fabric, 45" wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Red/green striped grosgrain ribbon, 5/8" x 1/3 yd.
  • Acrylic paints: red; orange; black; pink
  • Artificial pine wreath, 24"
  • Green chenille stems, two
  • Cloth-covered floral wire, 28-gauge, 1 yd.
  • Multi-colored glitter
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Disposable palette
  • Small disposable bowl
  • Ruler
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Stencil brush, 3/8"
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Pattern

 

Instructions:

  1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin and cut foam balls in half as follows: one each 1-1/2" (eyes), 2" (cheeks) and 2-1/2" (mitten snowball); three 1" (mouth). Set aside one 1" half-ball and one 2-1/2" half-ball for future projects.
     
  2. Cut 1-3/4" x 12" rectangle from foam sheet for hat brim. Cut one hat pattern from foam sheet, cutting along outline. Carefully cut mitten pattern from center of hat pattern; cut two mittens from foam sheet.
     
  3. To create nose, use fingers to shape tip of foam cone to a point. Use knife to shave foam, and fingers to smooth foam, into carrot shape; base diameter should measure about 1-1/4".
     
  4. Refer to diagram to position hat over foam disc (face). Cut and discard portion of disc directly under hat crown.
     
  5. Using stencil brush to "scrub" paint into foam surface, paint pieces as follows: hat, hat brim, eyes, and five 1" half-balls (mouth) black; cheeks pink; nose orange; mittens red. While paint is still wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
     
  6. Insert toothpicks into half-ball snowball cut in Step 1, as well as remaining foam balls. Mix equal parts white glue and water in small bowl. Holding each ball by toothpick and using stencil brush, apply glue/water mixture to foam surface and sprinkle with glitter. Stand toothpick in scrap foam until glue sets. Apply glue/water mixture and glitter to face in same way; let dry.
     
  7. Apply glue to ends of three more toothpicks and insert halfway into flat edge of head. Apply glue to pick ends and head edge; press hat onto toothpicks. Glue brim to hat, covering seam where it meets head. Glue ribbon across hat, just above hat band. Glue bird to brim.
     
  8. Apply glue to end of toothpick and insert halfway into flat base of nose. Cut three toothpicks in half; glue pieces into flat sides of cheeks, eyes and mitten snowball. Apply glue to pick ends and foam edges; press pieces into face and mitten. Glue mouth half-balls to face.
     
  9. Fold one chenille stem in half and twist ends together around top center back of wreath for hanger. With hanger at 12 o' clock, arrange face, mittens and snowballs on wreath.
     
  10. Tear 6"-wide scarf from plaid fabric, tearing from selvage to selvage (finished edges). Fold scarf so one end is about 8" longer than the other. Place scarf on wreath as shown, with longer end on bottom.
     
  11. Cut wire in half; fold each piece in half. Use folded wires to secure scarf to wreath at fold and opposite side. Fold longer scarf end forward over second wire.
     
  12. Bend remaining chenille stem into 3"-wide "U" shape. Glue stem to back of hat 1" below top edge. Glue all foam pieces to wreath. Using chenille stem, wire top of hat to wreath.




 

Chimmney Snowman




Wouldn’t this cute snowman look great upon your fireplace mantel or entry table?
Typical Project Completion Time: 2 hours
Materials Needed
STYROFOAM®Brand Foam:Balls, one each: 3″; 2″
Sculpturing Block, 18″ x 4″ x 4″
Other Materials:Acrylic paints: black; orange; metallic silver
Paint for STYROFOAM, white
Paper: Christmas carol sheet music; white card stock, 8-1/2″ x 11″, two sheets
Cream felt, 9″ x 12″ sheet
Silver chenille stem
White/iridescent glitter: ultra-fine; fine
White feather angel wings, 3-1/2″ tall, one pair
Allspice balls or small beads, two
Powdered blush
Serrated knife

Candle stub or paraffin
Pencil
Ruler

Round wooden toothpicks, three
Medium flat paintbrush
Disposable palette
Water basin
Paper towels
Scissors
Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
Thick, white craft glue
Photocopier
Optional: Large rubber bands
Project Instructions
1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin and cut foam block to 7″ tall; set aside larger piece for future project. Cut 3/4″-thick slice from bottom of 3″ foam ball. (Note: If Sculpting Block is not available, purchase smaller sizes of blocks and glue together. Once glue is dried, trim block to 7″ x 4″ x 4″.)
2. Glue end of one toothpick halfway into bottom of 3″ ball. Apply glue to flat side of ball and glue other end of toothpick into center top of block. In same way, glue 2″ foam ball to top of 3″ ball, forming snowman.
3. Photocopy sheet music onto both card stock sheets; trim to 7″ x 8-1/2″. Wrap and glue card stock around sides of foam block, overlapping ends slightly. Note: Place large rubber bands around block to secure paper until glue dries.
4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply foam paint to snowman and top of chimney, letting paint run down sides to resemble snow. While wet, sprinkle paint with fine, then ultra-fine, glitter. Let dry completely.
5. For hat crown, cut 2″ x 8″ piece from felt and tightly roll into 2″-tall cylinder; glue end to secure. Trace one end of crown onto felt twice; cut out one circle on line and one circle 3/8″ beyond line. Glue top and brim to crown; glue hat to head. Cut 3″ length from chenille stem and wrap around hat just above brim.
6. Paint allspice balls silver and let dry; glue to front of snowman’s body for buttons. For nose, paint one end of remaining toothpick orange; let dry. Cut tip from toothpick and glue to face.
7. Cut 3/4″ x 8″ scarf from felt and tie around snowman’s neck; spot glue to secure. Glue wings to back of body.
8. Cut remaining chenille stem in half; bend one end of each piece into small loop for hands. Glue and insert straight stem ends into sides of snowman.
Dip pencil tip into black paint and dot eyes; repeat to make five dots for mouth. Use fingertip to apply blush to cheeks.

Snowman Hurricane Centerpiece

Glass hurricane globes are commonly used to protect candles or oil lamps from the wind, thus the name. In this craft project, you will use a hurricane glass to make a lighted snowman centerpiece that looks lovely surrounded by a little Christmas greenery.
Craft Supplies
  • Hurricane Globe
  • Acrylic Enamel or Glass Paints:
    »White
    »Grey
    »Black

    »Blue
    »Orange
    »Red
  • Sea Sponge
  • Paint Brush
Craft Project Instructions:
Clean the hurricane globe thoroughly with a glass cleaner or dish soap and dry completely before applying paint.
On a paper plate, pour grey paint in a circle and immediately beside the grey, pour an equal amount of white paint. Dip your sea sponge into the paint, making sure both colours adhere to the sponge. Dab gently over the entire outside of the globe with this mixture, adding more paint to your sponge as recquired.
snowmanhurricane (13K)Leave some areas unpainted (small dots) on the globe to allow the light to sparkle through. Allow this paint to dry completely.
Once your paint is dry, begin painting the face. Starting with the eyes, and referring to the photo at right, paint the outline of your eyes with black paint, paint the centre with blue and add a small line of white and a couple of dots to the blue painted area. Paint the nose to form a carrot shape and outline with a very fine line of black paint and add a few little lines for wrinkles in the carrot. Paint the mouth as shown with black paint.
To add the rosy cheeks, use a very damp and very small piece of sea sponge dipped in red paint with most of the red paint removed on a paper towel. Dab a very light circle with the sea sponge for the cheeks.
Variations:
You can use the painted snowman hurricane glass in a centerpiece, as shown, surrounded by some branches of Christmas greenery and pine cones. Light the hurricane globe with a real or battery-powered candle. As always, never leave a lit candle unattended. If desired, nestle a short strand of Christmas lights in amongst the greenery for even more festive illumination.

Acorn Door Decor




Welcome holiday guests into your home with this unique wrapped package on your front door. Make rustic handmade acorns using craft foam and paint—then add some greenery and tie it all together with a big ribbon bow.

Finished size: 2" x 12" x 24" Package   

Skill:    3    Time:    1    Cost:    1

You will need:

•  Craft foam*:One 24" x 12" x 2" sheet, two 3" balls, three 3" eggs
•  One jar paper paste*: Mocha Crème
•  Acrylic paint*: dark gray, light brown, medium brown
•  Paintbrushes
•  Palette knife
•  Brown Kraft paper
•  Two feet 1 1/2" wired red metallic ribbon
•  Two eucalyptus bunches
•  Two pine sprays with pinecones
•  Two cedar sprays
•  Four evergreen stems with small pinecones
•  Green reindeer moss
•  Twelve 8" twigs
•  18" of brown-wrapped wire
•  Floral shears
•  Floral pins
•  Wire cutters
•  Adhesive tape
•  Low-temp hot glue gun & glue sticks
Paper towels, pencil, ruler, scissors, serrated knife, old candle

*The following products were used for this project: DecoArt Americana acrylic paint, Paper Perfect paint • STYROFOAM craft foam shapes.

Note: For product information, see end of article.


•  To make cutting craft foam easier, rub serrated knife across candle first.
•  See photo for details and placement.

STEP 1: Preparation. Use knife to cut 1" from larger rounded ends of craft foam eggs. Cut craft foam balls in half lengthwise.  Use palette knife to cover the smaller rounded ends egg parts and three of the half balls with the paper paste. Let dry on paper towel for 24 hours. Note: Drying time may be longer in higher humidity locations.

STEP 2: Make acorns. Use hot glue to attach egg parts to half balls. Paint egg parts with light brown paint and half ball parts with medium brown paint. Lightly brush dark gray paint across half ball parts, wiping away excess paint with paper towel. Let dry completely. Use wire cutters to cut three 2" pieces of brown-wrapped wire. Insert ends into tops of acorns.

STEP 3: Wrap package. Wrap craft foam sheet with brown paper as you would a gift package. Wrap ribbon around width of package, overlapping ends slightly. Cut extra ribbon. Insert a floral pin to hold ends in place. Wrap ribbon around length of package in same way. Embellish package with red ribbon secured with adhesive tape or floral pins.

STEP 4: Embellish package. Insert pine and cedar sprays vertically into center front of package. Use hot glue to secure. Hot glue eucalyptus stems between sprays. Cut 24" of ribbon and make a 4-loop bow with tails. Wrap center of bow with 6” length of brown-wrapped wire. Use floral pins and hot glue to secure bow to center of package on top of greenery sprays. Cut ribbon ends at a slant.

STEP 5: Finish. Hot glue acorns to evergreens on package as shown. Insert twigs through brown wire loops on tops of acorns and hot glue in place. Use hot glue to cover exposed stems or glue with pieces of green reindeer moss.
For hanger, cut 6" of brown-wrapped wire. Apply hot glue to ends and insert into top center on back of package.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Glitter-Striped Shell Ornament


Materials

  • Tun shell (seashellcity.com)
  • Glue pen
  • Glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels)
  • Metallic cord
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 1 pearl bead                                                           

Steps

  1. Step 1

    The natural spots on a tun shell provide the "dots" on these ornaments. Using a glue pen (ours appears blue but dries clear), work in sections to add stripes to shell. 
  2. Step 2

    Sprinkle with glitter; gently tap to remove excess, and let dry. 
  3. Step 3

    Make hanging loop from metallic cord: Hot-glue knotted end of loop to inside tip of shell. Slip 1 pearl bead over loop, and secure in place with a dot of glue.


Felt Angel Bear Pocket


Materials:
1 piece 4" X 6" white
1 piece 4" X 6" tan plus
1 square tan felt
1 piece 1" X 12" burgundy (red) felt
One 8mm jingle Bell
Burgundy or red gold, dark green and black embroidery floss
Acrylic paint in green, holly red, black and white
Hot glue and glue gun or craft glue
Small amount of stuffing
Paint brush 
Embroidery needle Read all instructions carefully before beginning. The pocket ornament is worked by hand using blanket stitching. You may machine stitch around outer edge. Just be sure to pin pieces together to hold as you stitch. Matching thread seems the best way to go for effect.
Blanket Stitch
 
diagram of blanket stitch
Diagram of the Blanket Stitch
  1. For the decorative finish along the edge of the ornaments, use a blanket stitch using two strands of embroidery floss.
  2. Beginning on the underneath side, come up to the right side of the work. Work the stitches about 1/4" apart and in depth as you work all the way around to your beginning point. Remember to leave an opening for stuffing.
  3. With right side of the fabric up, working from left to right, with the right side of the edge toward you, hold the thread with the thumb and insert the needle from the right side, catching the top edge of the piece you are working with, then bring it out from under the edge and over the thread. Draw the thread through by pulling it toward you forming the blanket stitch. Do not pull the thread too tightly.
Bear Pattern
Bear
  1. Cut bear, muzzle and pockets of tan felt, wings of cream.
  2. Using 3 strands red floss work blanket stitch across the top of pocket. Work holly berries and leaves. Berries are 3 strands red worked in 3 French knots. Leaves are a daisy stitch each side of berries of green floss. Or you might prefer to dot berries of red acrylic paint with paint brush end and leaves of green acrylic paint and small tip brush. Let dry.
  3. Place muzzle on bear face and work small blanket stitch around muzzle with 2 strands gold floss. Dip end of paint brush in black paint and dot nose. With gold, 2 strands outline stitch ear markings.
  4. Using 4 strands black floss run muzzle center from nose tip to lower muzzle center. Secure thread.
  5. Blush cheeks.
  6. Dip paint brush end in black paint and dot eyes. Let dry. With dotter dipped in white paint, highlight one side of each eye. Let dry. 
  7. Place body front and back together. Place pocket over lower bear body front. Pin together. Work blanket stitch all around using 2 strands gold floss leaving side opening where shown for stuffing.
  8. Lightly stuff bear being sure to stuff feet, arms and ears.
  9. With 2 strands red floss work blanket stitch around wings. With 2 strands green floss work small running stitches just below blanket stitches. Using 2 strands gold floss make 3 stars each side of wings as shown on pattern piece. Make a "+", go through this with an "X
  10. Glue wing to back of bear at neck. Make a small stitch at neck center front through all thicknesses and pull to tighten. Secure thread. This gives the bear a puffier look.
  11. Tie a bow with cranberry felt, 1 & 1/8" X 12". Trim ends. Glue bow to neck center front. Glue 8mm gold jingle bell to bow center. 
  12. Run crochet thread through center back head. Tie a knot. Pull thread ends and knot at the end for hanger, if desired.

Christmas Stocking Tree Stand



MATERIALS

Branches
round wood dowels cut to the following lengths:
26", 22", 18", 14", 10"
We used a dowel of 1/4" diameter. The thickness of the dowel is your choice, but it must fit through the main post and it must be strong enough to hold your stockings when they are full. If your stockings will be heavy, you may want to use larger dowels for the branches, a larger trunk, and slightly larger base.

Trunk (main post)
One wood dowel of 1" diameter, cut to about 68" length.

Base
Cut a 2" x 4" board into two sections that each measure about 2 feet. Cut two more squares from the 2" x 4" board that measure 4" x 4".

Other Materials
Drill, saw, glue, nails, hammer
Paint
Paint brush
Glitter and other decorative items of your choice

ASSEMBLY

Tree
1.   Measure down about 6" from the top of the trunk and mark the spot with a pencil.

2.   Measure 24" from the bottom of the trunk and mark the spot with a pencil.

3.   Measure the distance from your top mark to your bottom mark and divide by four. At equal distances from one another (which is the number you got by dividing by 4), make three marks between the top and bottom mark.
4.   Your shortest branch will be at the top, and each branch down gets longer. Your longest branch will be on the bottom of the trunk. Drill a hole for each branch, drilling each hole PERPENDICULAR to the one before it. Hole should be a size that creates a tight fit for the dowel. We drilled each hole to 1/4" and then sanded the dowel just enough so it would fit through tightly.

5.   Push your branch through the hole.


Base
1.   Glue or nail the two base squares onto the underside of one of your base cross pieces, even with the ends, to serve as "feet". (refer to photo).

2.   Glue or nail the two base cross pieces together, with the piece with feet on top, and with the two pieces perpendicular to one another.

3.   Drill a hole into the center of one of your base pieces, large enough to accomodate your trunk.

4.   Glue or nail your trunk into the base.
NOTE: You can change the dimensions of your tree, but be sure that the base is large enough to accomodate the tree when fully loaded. If your base is not wide enough, your tree will tip over!



Shovel Door Decoration



Christmas Craft Project - Shovel Door Decoration

Materials: 1 Provo Craft® shovel (available at craft supply stores); 1 lg holiday sprig of choice; 5 to 6 miniature pine cones; white glitter spray paint or spray snow; 1 pkg. Plastifoam® white balls - 1 1/2"; glue gun and sticks; red berries.

Instructions:

1. Glue holiday spring lengthwise along front of shovel handle 1ith foliage end facing downward.

2. Glue Plastifoam® balls on base of shovel in pile as shown in photo above.

3. Spray pine cones with snow or white glitter paint, allow to dry thoroughly.

4. Arrange pine cones on handle as desired and glue in place.

5. Glue tips or stems of berries and place between pine cones

 


String-Light "Wall" Tree with Felt Star Ornaments

In a child's room or a hallway, a string-light tree is as festive as an evergreen.
To create one, use adhesive hooks (four along the bottom, one at the top) to hang lights in the shape of a Christmas tree. Felt star ornaments add to the twinkle effect -- ivory and white are particularly chic, but you can make them in any color. 

Materials

  • Star templates
  • Wool felt, 18 by 18 inches, by Ecrue                                                          
  • Ribbon
  • Mini white lights, 2 1/2-inch spacing, 50-light strand (used for tree's interior)                                      
  • Mini white lights, 2 1/2-inch spacing, 100-light strand (used for tree's perimeter)                                                         
  • Adhesive mini hooks, in Clear, by Command                                                          
  • Floral wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print star template.
  2. Step 2

    Iron 2 pieces of felt together with iron-on fusible interfacing.
  3. Step 3

    Trace star onto felt, and cut out.
  4. Step 4

    Sew a loop of ribbon through the top of each star, and hang on tree with floral wire.

Decoupage Holiday Ornament


 

Tear out photos, designs and words to decoupage a holiday ornament. Make sure to select some paper in holiday colors for your ornament.  




Materials:

  • Tulip® Fashion Glitter™ 23554 Red Fine Jewel
  • Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage™
  • Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®
  • Photo
  • Decorative papers
  • Paper towels
  • Foam brush
  • Foil
  • Glass ball ornament


Instructions:

  1. Cut or tear words or special designs from papers you wish to be predominate on ornament.
     
  2. Cut or tear additional pieces until there are enough to cover ornament. If paper is torn it will leave a ragged white edge, which will make it look more like a collage.
     
  3. Cover work surface with paper towels. Shake bottle of Collage Pauge well. Squeeze a puddle onto foil. Working in a small area at a time, quickly brush Collage Pauge onto ornament and onto back of a strip of paper. Smooth paper onto wet glue on ornament. Brush a coat of Collage Pauge over paper. Dip fingers into water. Smooth out any air bubbles, starting at center and working outward in a circle.
     
  4. Repeat procedure until ornament is covered. Repeat procedure to add words or special designs.
     
  5. Apply a coat of Collage Pauge. Let dry, we recommend hang dry.
     
  6. Embellish with glue, sprinkle with glitter.




 

Snowman Glass Ornaments


For Christmas, you're probably looking for the perfect craft. These Snowman Glass Ornaments will be a lovely addition to your holiday decor. They would also make a great gift.



Materials:

Plaid Supplies-

  • 4006 - FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Engine Red, 2 oz.
  • 4008 - FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Pure Orange, 2 oz.
  • 4032 - FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Licorice, 2 oz.
  • CS11301 - Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.

Other Supplies-

  • Silver chenille stems
  • White & light blue felt sheets
  • Scalloped pinking shears
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Fine point black marker
  • Coordinating fabric
  • 1/8” stencil brush
  • 1/2” flat brush
  • #1 liner brush
  • Frosted glass ball ornaments

Instructions:

  1. Paint faces as shown. Create cheeks using very dry stencil brush.
     
  2. Cut donut shape out of white felt to fit over bottom of girl ornament. Use scalloped pinking shears on outer edge. Write name with marker then glue to bottom of ornament. Wrap chenille stem around neck & secure with glue. Wrap & twist stem around top of ornament to form bow.
     
  3. Cut small donut shape out of blue felt to fit over top of boy ornament. Cut small strip of felt for top of hat.
     
  4. Write name with marker & glue to inside of inner circle.
     
  5. Glue chenille stem around hat then glue to top of ornament.
     
  6. Apply Mod Podge to fabric length, folding over three times to form approximate 3/8” strip. Form into a ring with a scarf-fold end. Insert bottom of ornament into ring & glue into place. Let dry completely.

 

 

FIREPROOFING CHRISTMAS TREES

FIREPROOFING CHRISTMAS TREES

Into 1 gallon water mix

1 cup ammonium sulphate (available from garden supply store)
1/2 cup boric acid (available from drugstore) and
2 tablespoons borax (available from grocery or hardware store)
Mix well. Pour into a spray bottle. Spritz on tree and pour the remainder into the tree stand instead of in water.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Snowman Tree Decor


Add to your collection of snowmen. This snowman tree decor is a perfect decoration for the Christmas holiday. You can make it as a gift too. Garland, beads and glitter make this one heck of a craft. It's quick and easy too.
 


 

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM* Brand Products:
    • Cone, 12"
    • Balls: 1", 72; 1-1/2", 18; 2", 18
  • Pom poms: 1/4" white (noses), 18; 1/4" assorted (buttons), 36; 1/2" assorted (earmuffs), 36
  • Tinsel stems, assorted colors (headbands), 2-1/2" length for each snowman
  • Metallic silver tree garland, 15 ft.
  • Ultra fine white iridescent glitter
  • 8mm black beads, 36
  • 1/2"-1" satin or grosgrain ribbon, assorted colors (neck bows)
  • 1/4" metallic curling ribbon: silver; assorted colors
  • Pink acrylic paint
  • Liner paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Serrated knife
  • Wooden skewers
  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Cotton swab
  • Disposable palette
  • Paper towels
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Florist wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Thick, white craft glue; low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks

 

Instructions:

Assembly:

  1. Cut a small slice from one side of a 1-1/2" foam ball to flatten. Press and twist flat side of 1-1/2" ball onto a 2" ball until snug. Glue pieces together, forming snowman's head and body.
     
  2. Using photo as a guide, press four 1" balls onto sides of 2" body near top and bottom for arms and legs. Glue pieces together.
     
  3. Push a wooden skewer into center back of snowman to serve as a handle. Coat entire surface of snowman with white glue. While glue is wet, sprinkle glitter generously onto snowman to cover. Gently press glitter into glue to adhere. Let dry and then remove skewer.


Decorations:

  1. Glue two black bead eyes and one 1/4" white pom pom nose to snowman's head.
     
  2. Using dark pink paint and liner brush, paint a tiny smile on face. Let dry.
     
  3. Brush pink chalk or powdered blush on cheeks with a cotton swab.
     
  4. Glue two matching 1/4" pom poms down center front of body for buttons.
     
  5. Tie satin or grosgrain ribbon in a bow around snowman's neck. Trim ends at an angle, leaving short streamers trailing down tummy.
     
  6. Cut a 2-1/2" length of tinsel stem and bend into a U shape for a headband. Place headband on snowman and then glue two matching 1/2" pom poms over ends for earmuffs.
     
  7. Cut a 10" length of metallic curling ribbon and tie in a small bow around snowman's neck. Loosely curl ribbon with a scissors blade.


Topiary:

  1. Cut several 1" lengths of floral wire and bend into U shapes.
     
  2. Cover foam cone with metallic garland, pressing U-shape wires over garland and into foam to secure.
     
  3. Press a toothpick halfway into back of snowman and then press opposite end into foam cone. Repeat to attach each snowman to topiary, using photo as a guide for placement. Glue curls of metallic ribbon to topiary, filling in between snowmen as desired




 

Jingle Bell Hats for the Family


Check out these Christmas hats to knit for the whole family! Think how fun it will be to wear the jester hats for your Christmas card photo, to the holiday parade, and everywhere else this Winter.



Hat Circumference: 16 (18½, 21¼)". Directions are for Children, changes for Women and Men sizes are in parentheses.

Materials:

  • RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 Skein 319 Cherry Red (Child) or 376 Burgundy (Women) or 368 Paddy Green (Men).
  • 16" Circular Knitting Needles: 4.5mm [US 7].
  • Double Pointed Needles: 4.5mm [US 7].
  • 3 Stitch markers.
  • Yarn needle.
  • 3 jingle bells per hat.
  • Sewing needle and thread.


GAUGE: 18 sts = 4"; 24 rnds = 4" in St st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Instructions:

With circular needle, cast on 68 (80, 92) sts. Join to work in the round making sure that sts are not twisted and place a marker between first and last sts.
Rnd 1: * K2, P2; repeat from * around.
   Repeat Rnd 1 for ribbing for 4½ (5, 5)".
K 1 rnd, inc 4 sts evenly spaced – 72 (84, 96) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 (3½, 4½)" – 7½ (8½, 9½)" from beginning.
Increase Shaping: [K 24 (28, 32), place marker on needle] twice, K 24 (28, 32) to marker at end of rnd.
Rnd 1: K, inc 1 st before and after each marker – 6 sts inc in rnd.
Rnd 2: K.
   Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 8 (9, 10) times – 126 (144, 162) sts.
Divide and Shape Points
First Point:
Place first 42 (48, 54) sts onto a dpn; leave remaining sts on the circular needle.
Note: Points will measure about 6 (7, 8)" from base to tip. To make points longer or shorter, adjust the number of rows between decrease rows.
Rnd 1: [K5 (6, 7) K2tog] 6 times – 36 (42, 48) sts.
Rnds 2-6: K.
Rnd 7: [K4( 5, 6) K2tog] 6 times – 30 (36, 42) sts.
Rnds 8-12: K.
Rnd 13: [K3 (4, 5) K2tog] 6 times – 24 (30, 36) sts.
Rnds 14-18: K.
Rnd 19: [K2 (3, 4) K2tog] 6 times – 18 (24, 30) sts.
Rnds 20-24: K.
Rnd 25: [K1( 2, 3) K2tog] 6 times – 12 (18, 24) sts.
Rnds 26-30: K.
Rnd 31: [K0 (1, 2) K2tog] 6 times – 6 (12, 18) sts.
Rnds 32-36: K.
Sizes Women and Men Only-Rnd 37: [K (0, 1) K2tog] 6 times – (6, 12) sts.
Rnds 38-42: K.
Size Men Only-Rnd 43: [K2tog] 6 times – 6 sts.
Rnds 44-48: K.
All Sizes: Cut yarn, leaving a 6" tail. With yarn needle, weave yarn tail through remaining sts; draw up firmly; fasten securely.
2nd Point: Place next 42 (48, 54) sts onto a dpn; leave remaining sts on the circular needle and work same as for First Point.
3rd Point: Place last 42 (48, 54) sts onto a dpn and work same as for First Point.

FINISHING: Weave in ends. With sewing needle and thread, sew a bell to each tip. Turn up half of ribbing for cuff
 




 

Bearded Santa Ornament


Use fresh, rather than traditional colors, to create a Santa Claus ornament with a wonderfully textured beard. This would make a great gift at the holidays.




Materials:

DecoArt Products Required
Americana Acrylics

  • DAO1 - Snow (Titanium) White
  • DAO67 - Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • DAO78 - Flesh Tone
  • DA151 - Royal Fuchsia
  • DA235 - Citron Green
  • DA236 - Grape Juice

Snow-Tex

  • DAS9 - Snow-Tex

Winter Wonderland Kit

  • DASK220 - Americana Winter Wonderland Kit (paints included)

Supplies

  • Wood santa ornament


Instructions:

1. Paint as follows: Hat and berries, Royal Fuchsia; hat trim, Grape Juice; face, Flesh Tone.

2. Mix Flesh Tone and Royal Fuchsia and use for nose.

3. Dot in eyes with Lamp Black.

4. Paint holly leaves Citron Green.

5. Stripe hat and highlight with Titanium White.

6. Use Snow-Tex for beard and mustache. Let all dry.

7. To finish, apply Crystal Twinkles as desired.




 

Antique Angel Ornament or Wall Decor


This antique holiday angel is made with inexpensive foam painted with a faux rust finish. Hang from metallic ribbon for a beautiful tree ornament or use as wall decor.
 


 

Materials:

  • 1 sheet 18" x 12" x 1/2"STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
  • Faux finishes: iron; rust
  • Wire-edged metallic bronze ribbon, 1/2" x 1/2 yd.
  • Water-based acrylic primer
  • Water-based acrylic sealer (optional)
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil with dull point
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife and several new blades or serrated knife
  • Old candle
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Stiff-bristled paintbrush
  • Disposable sponge brush
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pattern

 

Instructions:

  1. Use marker to trace pattern outlines onto foam sheet; details will be added later. Carefully cut along traced lines with sharp utility knife or serrated knife. Wax the knife blade first with an old candle for smooth, easy cutting. Note: When cutting around a tight curve, first make several cuts from traced line out to edge of foam sheet; continue cutting along curve, removing small foam sections one at a time. Sand rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.
     
  2. Use pencil tip and medium pressure to indent line that separates wings. Use pencil eraser or fingers to gently indent foam in area inside crook of arm.
     
  3. Use stiff brush to apply one coat primer to front and edges of angel. Let dry.
     
  4. Use disposable brush to apply two to three generous coats of iron finish to all primed surfaces. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.
     
  5. When dry, use disposable brush to apply one to three coats of rust finish over iron finish. More coats result in more "rust"; apply as many as needed to achieve desired effect. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.
     
  6. If desired, use disposable brush to apply one coat sealer to angel. Let dry completely. Note: Sealer will change color of final finish; model pictured did not use sealer.
     
  7. Knot center of ribbon and glue knot to top center back of angel. Tie ribbon ends in a bow as shown.