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

Snowflake Mitten Holiday Ornament


Crochet an adorable little red mitten with a white snowflake for a holiday ornament this season. The crochet ornament can also be used as a table accent, as shown in the image holding utensils. Make this holiday ornament crochet pattern today.



 

 




Materials:

  • Yarn: RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 Skein 311 White A and 319 Cherry Red B will make 7 to 8 mittens.
  • Crochet Hooks: 3.75mm [US F-5], 5mm [US H-8].
  • Split lock stitch marker
  • yarn needle
  • sewing needle
  • white thread


Finished Size: 6½” long
Gauge: Snowflake measures 3¼” across with smaller hook. 16 sts = 4”; 16 rnds = 4” in sc with larger hook.


Instructions:

  1. With larger hook and A, ch 26; join with a slip st to form a ring taking care that ch is not twisted.
     
  2. Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in joining and in each ch around changing to B in last sc; join with a slip st in first sc – 26 sc. Fasten off A.
     
  3. Rnds 2-5: With B, ch 1, sc in each sc around; join.
     
  4. Start Thumb-Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in first 12 sc, [2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in last 12 sc; join – 28 sc.
     
  5. Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in first 13 sc, [2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in last 13 sc; join – 30 sc.
     
  6. Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in first 14 sc, [2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in last 14 sc; join – 32 sc.
     
  7. Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in first 15 sc, [2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in last 15 sc; join – 34 sc.
     
  8. Rnds 10-13: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join.
     
  9. Top of Mitten-Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc in first 13 sc, ch 1, skip next 8 sc (thumb), sc in last 13 sc; join – 26 sc.
     
  10. Rnd 15: Ch 1, sc in first 13 sc, skip ch-1, sc in last 13 sc; join – 26 sc.
     
  11. Rnds 16-23: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join.
     
  12. Rnd 24: Ch 1; [draw up a loop in next sc] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – sc2tog made; [sc2tog] 12 times; join – 13 sc.
     
  13. Rnd 25: Ch 1, [sc2tog] 6 times, sc in last sc; join – 7 sc.
     
  14. Fasten off leaving long yarn tail. With yarn tail in yarn needle, weave through remaining sts; draw up firmly; fasten securely.
     
  15. Thumb-Rnd 1: With right side facing and larger hook, attach B at ch-1 of thumb opening; ch 1, sc in 8 sc of thumb; join.
     
  16. Rnds 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join.
     
  17. Rnd 4: Ch 1, [sc2tog] 4 times; join. Fasten off leaving long yarn tail. With yarn tail in yarn needle, weave through remaining sts; draw up firmly; fasten securely.
     
  18. FINISHING-Edging and Hanging Loop: With right side facing and larger hook, attach A at joining of beginning ch; slip st in each ch around, ch 10, slip st in same st as last slip st. Fasten off.

 

Snowflake:

  1. With smaller hook and A, ch 5; join with a slip st to form a ring.
     
  2. Rnd 1: Ch 1, [2 sc in ring, ch 3] 6 times; join with a slip st in first sc – 6 ch-3 loops.
     
  3. Rnd 2: Slip st in next sc, ch 1, [(2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc) all in ch-3 loop] 6 times; join.
     
  4. Rnd 3: Slip st in next sc, ch 1, [(sc, ch 3, sc, ch 5, sc, ch 3, sc) all in ch-3 loop, ch 2] 6 times; join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
     
  5. FINISHING: Using sewing needle and thread, attach snowflake to top of mitten.




 

Clay Angel Ornament


Create a polymer clay angel ornament to add a homemade touch to your next Christmas tree. This angels holds red and white candy canes for a bit of holiday color.



Materials:

  • FIMO® Soft Polymer Clay (2 oz. blocks) — White (2), Cherry Red (1), Flesh Light (1), and Caramel (1)
  • AMACO® Polymer Clay Template
  • FIMO® Gloss Lacquer
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters or rubber stamps — 13/4" and 21/4"
  • Heart cutters — 3/16" and 1/2"
  • Scallop-edged scissors
  • Fun Wire™ Pearlized Gold, 24-gauge
  • 22-gauge floral wire
  • Gold elastic cord
  • Powder blush
  • Eye pin
  • White acrylic paint
  • Ball stylus
  • AMACO® PolyRoller or Pasta Machine
  • Ceramic tile for work surface
  • X-Acto® knife
  • Club-shaped or flower-shaped canapé cutter (1/2")
  • Darning needle
  • Small gold beads
  • Unlined index cards
  • Pearlescent glitter

Steps:

  1. Read template instructions and tips. Write the following headings on an index card: Dress; Wing; Collar; Sleeve; Head; Neck, Hand, Feet; Candy Cane; Red Hearts; and Gingerbread Men. Leave a two inch space under each heading to place the clay balls. Tip: If you are going to make lots of angels, laminate the card for re-use.
     
  2. Cut the quantity of clay needed for specific ball sizes. This is easy with the template and drawings that come with it. With the White FIMO® Soft make the following size balls: one 11/8" ball for dress, one 11/8" ball for the wing, one 7/8" ball for the collar, two 5/8" balls for the sleeves. With the Flesh Light FIMO® Soft make one 7/8" ball for head and one 5/8" ball for the neck, hand, and feet. For the candy cane make one 5/8" ball with the Cherry Red FIMO® Soft and one 5/8" ball with the White FIMO® Soft. Make one 1/2" ball of Cherry Red FIMO® Soft for the red hearts. For the gingerbread men make one 7/8" ball of the Caramel FIMO® Soft. Place each piece of clay on the card in its place.
     
  3. Condition each piece separately by kneading with your hands to soften. Roll into a ball using the template for measuring the diameter and place back on card. Do Flesh Light first, then White, Caramel, and finally, Cherry Red. Wash hands between colors with cool water and soap.
     
  4. CANDY CANES: Roll the White ball into a log 4" long using the ruler on the template then cut in half. Repeat with the Cherry Red ball. Twist a red and white log to make cane. Smooth and curve top. Repeat with other red and white logs.
     
  5. RED HEARTS: Flatten the Cherry Red ball between your hands into a pancake. Roll out flat and cut lots of 3/16" hearts (you can use the extras in future projects).
     
  6. GINGERBREAD MEN: After flattening and rolling Caramel ball, cut lots of club shapes or flowers. If you’re using a club cutter, slice bottom stem to make legs. Make a small hole in each “arm” with a darning needle for threading the elastic cord after baking.
     
  7. Pre-bake canes, hearts and gingerbread men for 15 minutes at 265°F (129°C).
     
  8. DRESS: Flatten White ball into a pancake a little larger than the heart stamp or cookie cutter then roll out to about 1/8" thick. Press stamp or cutter into clay then cut out with scissors. Top of dress is the point of the heart. Make small box pleat to gather upper part of dress slightly.
     
  9. SLEEVE: Roll each White ball into a long cone shape (21/4"). Press fatter end of cone on work surface gently to flatten end. Trim off narrow end so sleeve is 13/4" long. Lay along heart with narrow end at top of dress.
     
  10. COLLAR: Flatten White ball into a pancake a little larger than the 13/4" stamp then roll out. Press stamp or cutter into clay then gently lift from work surface and cut out with scallop-edged scissors. Lay heart-shaped collar over dress and shoulders, folding point of heart 3/4" over to back of dress. Press the pre-baked heart in place.
     
  11. NECK, HANDS, FEET: Flatten and roll out the Flesh Light ball then cut out four 1/2" hearts. Roll three into three separate balls. Place the fourth underneath the indentation at dress bottom, leaving curves to show as toes. Press dress firmly onto feet. Press one ball down to flatten slightly then press onto collar to form neck. Set the other two balls aside.
     
  12. HEAD: Re-roll Flesh Light ball to soften. Push a one inch piece of florist wire into head where it will join the neck. Gently lift the angel and press the head down onto the neck making firm contact. Pierce two holes for eyes. TIP: If you are right-handed, make the left eye first for ease in alignment. Powder cheeks with blush.
     
  13. HAIR: Cut ten 21/2" lengths of Pearlized Gold Fun Wire™. Bend each into a “U” shape, cross wires over and pull ends in opposite directions. This will form a loop like a seagull. Hold the middle loop between your thumb and index finger of your left hand. With your right hand, smooth wires down to meet and form bottom of heart. Twist ends together and cut off excess. You only need a 1/4" tail. Make ten or more. Why more? They won’t all be the same size and if you have more, you can choose the five that are most alike. Press them into head, placing the most nearly perfect one on top.
     
  14. HALO: Cut a 41/2" length of Pearlized Gold Fun Wire™ and bend it around the bottle of FIMO® lacquer to shape. Draw wire together tightly. Hold wires together and turn bottle, not the wires, to form tail. Trim tail to 1/4" and insert into head about 1/4" back behind the top wire heart. Trim the eye pin to 1/2" and push into head just behind the halo. Turn the opening of the eye pin so that the elastic will thread through from side to side and angel will hang straight.
     
  15. WINGS: Follow step 8 for dress, but omit pleat. Press four pre-baked hearts into wing. Lift angel onto wings, placing head in center of heart. Gently press head to make firm contact with wing. Slide X-Acto® knife gently under whole sculpture to ease it off the work surface. Press bottom of wing to make contact with back of collar. Lay angel down.
     
  16. HANDS: For gingerbread angel, press a small ball of Flesh Light FIMO® Soft to bottom of each sleeve. Pinch ball at free end to flatten and create fingertips. Twist darning needle into hand to make a hole for threading through garland. For candy cane angel, press a small ball of Flesh Light FIMO® Soft to bottom of each sleeve. Place two candy canes on dress. Lift sleeve across canes to hold them in place. Press hand onto candy cane. Second hand is just like gingerbread angels’, but with no hole.
     
  17. Bake angels at 265°F (129°C) for 40 minutes. Turn oven off but leave angels in until they are thoroughly cooled.
     
  18. Use White acrylic paint and ball stylus or end of small paint brush to make dots on cheeks, toes, and hands. Decorate gingerbread men as shown in photograph. Re-dip for each dot so they will each be the same size.
     
  19. Glaze gingerbread men with FIMO® Gloss Lacquer. When dry, thread them onto gold elastic cord in this order: gold bead, man, two beads, man, two beads, man, last bead. Thread one end of cord up through one hand and the other end up through the other hand. Make an over hand knot in the cord, guiding the knot down close to the top of the hand using the point of the darning needle. Trim excess cord. Thread piece of gold elastic through the eye pin as a hanging loop.
     
  20. Sprinkle glitter onto wax paper. Brush back of angel with lacquer and lay the angel down onto the glitter to coat back and hide any imperfections. Let dry; apply another coat of lacquer to seal glitter. NOTE: Never use clear nail polish on polymer clay. Within a few months it will become very sticky




 

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.