Mr. Frosty Ornaments

Forgive me, but I’m on an ornament making kick right now. I want to be ready for the tree when we get it. Plus, my craft supply closet is overflowing, and I’m challenging myself to only use what I have for the rest of the year. And maybe all of January too. Seriously, it’s gross.

I was digging through my stuff and found these wooden discs, and I had enough to make a snowman..or four!!!!

Supplies: Wooden discs {various sizes}, sand paper, hot glue gun, white acrylic paint, ribbon, paint pens {for the face and buttons, use can use acrylic paint too}, Mod Podge or craft glue, foam brush and epsom salt

First, sand the edges of the discs so they are nice and smooth. Using the hot glue gun, glue together your discs like above and then paint both sides white. Once the white paint is dry, paint it again. Then glue the ribbon on to the back (for hanging).

Using the paint pens, or acrylic paint with a fine brush, paint on a face and a cute carrot nose.

Look at poor Mr. Frosty taking an epsom salt bath..he must have some sore muscles.

Once the paint dries, use the sponge brush to paint on the glue, and sprinkle on the epsom salt. I did both the front and back. Gently tap Mr. Frosty on the edge of the bowl to get off the excess salt and then set him in a safe place to dry.

Of course you can use clear crystal glitter instead of the epsom salt..but I **love** epsom salt right now {and I have a ton}. Your choice!

Linked to: Whipperberry

Snowflake Ornaments

A while ago I mentioned here that I wanted to make most of the ornaments for my Christmas tree this year. There are a couple reasons for this, but the most important reason is..toddlers! Yes, the Sparkletots destroyed an ornament or three last year. Cheap, expensive, new or old, the kids did not care and no ornament was safe. It doesn’t help that our floor is concrete, any thing glass that gets dropped/falls breaks. Sooo, the goal for this year’s tree is Toddler Resistant Ornaments. They don’t have to be made of rubber bouncy material, but maybe just be a little less likely to break when dropped, or if they do break they don’t shatter into a million sharp pieces.

That’s where this stuff comes in:

Crayola Model Magic. This stuff is like clay, but when it dries it has an almost foam-like consistency, but still has the look of clay. It truly is magic. I have searched high and low for a recipe to make my own Model Magic, but haven’t found anything that can replace the original. Each bag makes about 13 to 14 ornaments.

Supplies:

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Candy/chocolate mold {I used snowflake ones by Wilton}
  • flour
  • drinking straw
  • craft glue
  • glitter
  • ribbon

Start by dusting a very light coat of flour on your candy mold. If you put too much on it, the flour will get into to grooves and then the clay can’t get the cool texture. Grab some Model Magic and roll it into a ball, a little smaller than the size of a golf ball. Slightly flatten it in your hand, then spread some flour across the surface of the Model Magic. Press the clay into the mold, making sure to cover the whole area of the mold. Smooth out the back with your fingertip. Then ever so carefully lift up the edge of the snowflake. Go slow and try to get your fingers between the clay and the mold, to support the clay.

Lay the snowflake on a flat surface and use the straw to punch a hole in the top. I usually put the hole at the spot where I first lifted the snowflake from the mold, since it would often get a little misshapen there.

They take a day or so to dry. I flip them over the next day to dry the backs. Once dry use a paint brush to brush off the residual flour. I love the way they look at this point, and intentionally left some like this. But for the others I added sparkle!

For the light silver ones, I sprayed them with a coat of silver glitter spray (Krylon). For the others, I diluted craft glue with some water, then painted on a light coat of the glue with a brush. Then I doused the snowflake in glitter. Then let it dry, tie on a ribbon and hang it on the tree!

Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, At Home With K, Today’s Creative Blog, My Girlish Whims

Falling Snowflakes Canvas Art

During the fall, I made some art for my wall using six square canvases and foam leaves. My original idea was to do this with snowflakes to represent falling snow, but it was September and snow in September would be silly (especially in Arizona).

Supplies:

six square canvases {I got a pack of 7 at Michael’s..use your coupon!}

foam snowflakes 1/2 to 1 inch {Either ones that stick, or you can glue them on. Here’s a good deal.}

glue

foam brush

paint {I used Snow (Titanium) White from DecoArt}

Stick the foam shapes on the canvas. I stuck them so the lower three canvases look like the snow is piling up at the bottom. If you are going to paint them white or a light color, try to use white or light colored snowflakes. They are easier to cover with the white paint. Then, with the foam brush, start painting the snowflakes and the canvas. Last time I made the mistake of painting multiple coats on the leaves, but not painting the whole canvas. This led to it looking funny in certain lights.

Can you see the white blobs around the leaves? It bothered me. So this time, I painted the entire canvas with each coat. I don’t see any blobs this time. Yay!

I’m debating on spraying them with a fine mist of silver glitter spray. Yes or no?? I love my little indoor winter scene.

Linked to: Designer Garden, Whipperberry, Remodelaholic, Nifty Thrifty Things, Under the Table and Dreaming, Blue Cricket Design, Mushki Loves, Organize and Decorate Everything, Tip Junkie, Centsational Girl, Tales of A Trophy Wife, I Gotta Create

Layered Ribbon Trees

In case you didn’t see my guest post over at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Handmade Holidays featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam series, here is my project…

When I started making the trees I tried to keep three things in mind:

1) I wanted a little winter forest

2) It needed to match my more contemporary/modern decor

3) I wanted to use varying shades of silver and white, with lots of sparkle


Supplies:

  • two 18×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
  • two 15×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
  • two 12×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
  • wired ribbon** or fabric
  • straight pins
  • scissors
  • adhesive spray and glitter (optional)

** If using wired ribbon, be prepared that this project requires quite a lot of it. The 18×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cone required just over 20 yards of the ribbon. If you have a spool from a warehouse store then you are set! To be more cost conscious, you can use 1/2 yard of fabric (for each tree) cut into ribbon size strips.

Take the ribbon and fold it across itself, then fold it down to form a point. Cut it off the spool.

Take your ribbon point and pin it to the very bottom of the Styrofoam™ Brand cone, so that the ribbon hangs over the edge. Repeat the process all the way around the cone. For the next row, pin the ribbon so that the point overlaps the edges of the two ribbons below it. Repeat this process until you reach the top. Once at the top, cut the ribbon strips longer. Fold the sides of the ribbon in, so that the wire edges don’t show. Pin the point down on the tree, and take the longer end and roll it in and pin it to the top, being careful to hide the pins in the ribbon.

I try to make the top of the tree look pointed, but that is just a personal preference.

I used fabric on the dark gray trees, and to give them a sparkly, icy look, I sprayed the finished tree with adhesive spray and applied liberal amounts of glitter.

Linked to: Today’s Creative Blog, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello, Shabby Art Boutique, Funky Junk Interiors, Blue Cricket Design, Organize and Decorate Everything, Nifty Thrifty Things, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A to Z, I Gotta Create

Holiday Monogrammed Pillowcases

Today I want to bring up something that everyone has dealt with, either over the holiday or anytime of the year…house guests. You know, the mother-in-law that always wants to “help” or the cousin that doesn’t want to do anything and sits in front of the TV all day. We’ve all had them and possibly been them. It can be awkward, because day-to-day things still need to happen, and no one likes being hovered over while you’re cleaning the toilets, right?

I discovered that the most helpful thing you can do for yourself them is to make your house guests a little space of their own. A place where they can retreat to and not make the bed or leave out their skivvies if they like. (icky)

Nothing says “mine” like a little monogramming. I made some personalized pillowcases for the house guests, using the freezer paper method.

Supplies: pillowcases, freezer paper, iron, piece of cloth, scissors, X-acto knife*, acrylic paints, textile medium (found at craft stores), foam brushes

*If you have a Silhouette or other cutting machine, use it! It will save you half the work.

1. Make sure you wash and dry your pillowcases. Read the directions on your textile medium; mine said not to use fabric softener.

2. While your pillowcases are washing, pick out your design and font for your freezer paper stencils. Keep it simple. Some fancy fonts will have a lot of little pieces to iron on individually, so I’d avoid that. If you are cutting out your stencils by hand, you can print directly on to the freezer paper using an ink jet printer and cut out the design using a X-acto knife. Just make sure it prints on the non-glossy side. I took the short cut and used my Silhouette.

3. Iron your pillowcases. I do it on the table instead of an ironing board so that I can see the entire pillowcase.

4. Start ironing on the freezer paper stencils you made. Start with the biggest designs first, for me that was the letters. Place the glossy side of the stencil down and cover with your piece of cloth, then slowly move the iron over it. The great thing about freezer paper is that if you find you don’t like the position, you can just peel it up and re-iron it!

5. Once you have everything ironed on, take a step back and make sure it looks how you want it to. If you are using a white pillowcase, hold it up to a window.

6. Start mixing up your paint and the textile medium. Remember to follow the directions on the textile medium bottle. Mine (Delta Ceramacoat) says to use a paint to medium ratio of 2:1. Place something like magazines or newspaper inside your pillowcase to prevent any paint from bleeding through to the other side. I didn’t see any paint go through, but just in case.

7. Using the foam brush, gently paint your pillowcase. Brush from the edge of the paper into the middle, so that you have less chance of seepage underneath the stencil. Do two coats for adequate coverage.

8. Once the paint is dry, carefully peel up the freezer paper. You’ll need to heat set your creation. I turned the pillowcase inside out and ironed the painted area for a good 20 seconds. Then wait for 7 days and wash the pillowcases on cold and air dry. Again, check your textile medium instructions.

There you have it! Fun pillowcases to help your guest feel at home and comfortable, and it’s something they can take with them when they leave!

**These pillowcases were originally shared over at Sweet Rose Studio for the Handmade Holiday Series. If you haven’t seen the series, you should hop on over, there are some amazingly creative ideas!**

Today’s Creative Blog, Remodelaholic

Magical Santa Key

Many of the homes here in the desert don’t have fireplaces, including mine. We really don’t need one because it doesn’t get THAT cold. But not having a fireplace has definite drawbacks…no mantel to decorate, or hang Christmas stockings from…and how the heck is Santa going to get in if there is no chimney??

Inside this inconspicuous little box is the answer to that question.

The Santa Key! It’s a key full of Christmas magic that you hang outside your front door on Christmas Eve. Santa then is able to use it to get into your house and put presents under the tree.

Supplies: vintage looking key, spray adhesive, glitter, ribbon, decorative accents, hot glue gun

I found the key in the dollar section at Michaels. It was originally a rubbed bronze finish, but everybody knows that magical things have to sparkle, like fairy dust. So I took the key outside, sprayed it with spray adhesive and covered it in silver glitter.

Once my glitter was good and stuck on there, I brought the key inside and tied a ribbon on it..but it wasn’t fancy enough for Santa. So I made some poinsettias out of ribbon and sparkly rhinestones and attached them to the ribbon. Everybody knows that poinsettias are Santa’s favorite flower.

So on December 1st the Sparkletots will hang the Santa Key next to the door. That way we won’t forget to put it outside on Christmas Eve!

Linked to: Blue Cricket Design, Lil’ Luna, Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Yesterday on Tuesday, Whipperberry, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello, Be Different Act Normal, Under The Table And Dreaming, Today’s Creative Blog, Home Stories A to Z

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