Tuesday, November 19, 2019

DIY Wrapping Paper and Bow Holiday Tree

Wondering what to do with that extra wrapping paper you have from wrapping all those presents? Why not make a wrapping paper and bow tree for the holidays! Wrapping paper is so versatile to blend in with any type of decorating scheme.  And the fun part is topping your tree with an adorable bow made using your Bowdabra to complete the look! 

Stop by Bowdabrablog for my complete tutorial on how to make this lovely wrapping paper and bow tree! It's the cutest and really looks impressive for holiday decor!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Hot Glue Mold Ornament

Welcome to the November Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop hosted by Erlene @ My Pinterventures.  If you aren't familiar with the Pinterest Challenge, it's a monthly event that challenges us to not just be pin hoarders, but to make it happen by creating a few! 

My project was inspired by this one - using clay in molds for decorative ornaments. The only problem, it didn't work for me when I tried it. I was all pumped up to make ornaments using clay I already had on hand to make decorative trim on ornaments.   I had nearly a tub full of air drying clay, and this post stated that just about any type of clay would work. Although paper clay was used, I should have noted that she did say there might be cracks when removing the clay from the molds - and that she liked the look the cracks gave! Well, not me! When I tried taking the clay out of my molds, that's what the clay did - crack! And I couldn't make them look decent, either. No matter what I tried. So I had to come up with another plan. Using hot glue in the molds! 

Materials Used:
Cake Border Silicone Mold
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Glass Ornament (square shape ACMoore)
Small scissors
Buffalo paper (online image)
Mod Podge/ brush
Washi tape
1/4" Ribbon

I knew hot glue would work and conform to just about any type of mold and with no cracking, either!  Problem solved! So, if you have a glue gun that takes regular size sticks, I would recommend using that. It takes less time to fill up the mold and you probably won't go through as many glue sticks, either. 


Begin with placing the tip of the glue gun as far into the mold as possible when filling with hot glue. The glue will settle in the bottom and you can direct the nozzle in spots you might have missed.

 It usually takes only a few minutes for the hot glue to set, but I would wait until the hot glue cools off completely. There might be a few spots where the glue is still warm and tacky.
 Once the glue is cool, the design can easily be removed from the mold.
 Then use small scissors to remove any excess glue or strings.  
Since buffalo check plaid remains trendy, I found a free black and white check pattern online and added the words "Merry Christmas" to copy and print out on  using my laser printer.
 and then applied it to the back of the ornament (reversible) using Mod Podge, 
 and smoothing it out with plastic wrap.

 Since I could barely see "Merry Christmas," I added another piece to the middle of the oval trim and glued that to the center of the glass ornament for a 3-D effect!
 To brighten the glue oval frame, painted on Mod Podge and sprinkled glitter on top.
Then let dry for a beautiful sparkling effect!
 Next, wrapped the sides of the glass ornament in matching black & white check washi tape .  .  .
  adding a red bow to complete the look!
How cool is this!
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Pine Cone Acorn Ornament DIY

The holiday crafting season is on!  And if you're like me, there are so many projects you have in mind to create!  And the best part is when you don't have to run out and buy the materials you need to make them! That's why I love joining the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge each month - to be inspired to use what I already have in my stash!  

 Every month a group of bloggers are challenged by Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Everyone is allowed a $10 allowance for necessities to complete their project (i.e. paint brushes, glue, etc), but the bulk of it must be created from their own stash of goodies.

For this challenge, I'm making an Acorn Ornament using a paper mache egg, twisted cord trim, pine cones, hot glue, mod podge and glitter. All found in my stash! So it costs me absolutely nothing to make! And I really like that!!!!
Let's start by wrapping the 5 inch paper mache egg with trim that I got a few years ago but never used.   First, place a dab of hot glue on the center end of the narrow portion of the egg and begin rolling the trim together as tight as possible in a coil on top of the glue. Do not cut the trim off the roll until finished wrapping.
Continue wrapping the trim around the egg, adding a dab of glue to secure trim as you wrap .  .  .

until the egg is just about covered with trim.  To finish, place a dab of glue in the center and coil trim as tight as possible like in the beginning, cutting off excess trim and securing in place in the middle.
Next, it's time to remove the individual scales from the pine cones. I've done quite a few projects using pine cones, and still had plenty left over in my stash.  But, I must say the store bought pine cones seem to be the best for removing scales. They don't crumble and split like the ones found on the ground. And the easiest way for me to remove the scales was to start at the base of the cone.  Here the first few rows of scales are easily removed with your fingers.  They come off rather quickly. Once you've gotten these off,  the larger ones might be a bit more difficult and you will need something like the flat head of a large screwdriver to pry them off.
Once you've removed about 75 or more scales from pine cones - depending on the size of the egg, begin cutting off the tips to make all of them somewhat even in size.
Then pick a spot on the trim wrapped egg to start placing the scales (to look like an acorn.) Begin with the larger pieces and hot glue them on in a row around the egg.
Once the first row is finished, stagger the placement of the pine cone scales for the second row, overlapping the first row and so forth.
Continue gluing on the scales, staggering and overlapping each row .  .  .
as you move toward the top.

And then begin using smaller scales closer to reaching the top.
Just before closing the top with pine cone scales, make a hanging loop out of the trim by folding a strip together and knot. Then hot glue to center. Glue on additional scales to close. 

For a decorative effect, paint Mod Podge on the scales and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry and brush off excess loose glitter. 

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Easy Clay Angels

Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

It's Day Three - Holiday Kid Activities and I'm sharing a fun kid's activity on making easy clay angels!

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Easy Clay Angels
Kids love playing with clay, so why not get them crafting this holiday season by showing them how to create adorable angel ornaments using two simple cookie cutters. A circle and a heart! You won't believe how easy the angel is to make!  And the best part, instead of an ornament, the angel can also be used as a topper for Christmas presents or given as keepsakes to family and friends. 

Air Dry Clay
Circle and Heart Cookie Cutters
Rolling Pin
Parchment Paper
Crochet Doily (dollar store)
Dull knife
Acrylic Paint/brush - white
Wire for hanging

Let's get started by rolling a small amount of clay into a ball and then smoothing it out thin using a rolling pin. Kids love doing things like this!
Next, cut out a circle using the cookie cutter and then do the same with the heart cookie cutter, too! (not shown)
To create a texture in the clay, lay the crochet doily on top of the clay circle and heart and press the rolling pin over them  .  .  .
creating a lovely impression from the doily. Watch how fascinated the kids will be doing this! 
 Kids can also personalize the angels by using different kinds of stamps like this snowflake stamp, too!
Next,  fold over the circle sides, overlapping into a triangular shape that's narrow at the top and flairs out at the bottom, for the body. This is so easy for kids! Just fold one side and then the other, overlapping!

And then make wings with the heart by .  .  .

taking the dull side of a knife (adults might need to help with this) and slicing three quarters of the way through the middle of the heart at the bottom. Be sure to leave the upper portion intact.
Then spread the heart open leaving the uncut area together for a cute set of wings!

Place the angel body on top of the wings and use a finger to pinch down to seal together. You can use a skewer stick to make a small hole in the back for a hanger.

Then with a small amount of clay, roll into a ball for the head and gently place it between the opening at the top. Press the clay of the head, body and wings together to seal at the top. 
Make a halo by rolling a tiny piece of clay back and forth in the palm of your hand for a small coil and then shape into a ring.  Attach to back of head, pinching together.  Use a tad bit of water to seal, if needed. Let the clay angel air dry at least 24 hrs. or longer. You'll know when it's ready!
Paint the angels white and sprinkle with glitter while the paint is still wet. I thought the glitter was white, but it shows up in the photos as pink and blue. But I love the glistening effect and kids will too!

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