Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Today I’m sharing some ornaments I painted as party favors for my daughter’s recent end-of-season soccer party.
I spray painted the wooden circles a cream color, then randomly covered them with vinyl circles I cut with my Cricut.  Then I spray painted them pink and removed the vinyl to create the polka dot background. 
After they dried, I used my Cricut again to create a stencil and then painted the names black. 
I sealed them with a glitter mod podge and topped them off with eyelet hooks and tulle ribbon.
They make great ornaments, and after Christmas they’ll make a fun little decoration for their room!
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Photo Garland

Today I’m sharing our simple photo garland for the banister. We’ve used this garland for a few years now, and I still love it.
It’s a simple garland from a discount store, with several black and white photos attached to the garland with silver glittered (decoupaged)clothespins. 
The garland is attached to the banister with candy cane striped pipe cleaners.
Doesn’t get much easier … or more personal.  Guests that walk in the front door are immediately greeted with a look at old Christmas photos.

Photos include trips to see Santa Claus, Christmas baking, family, decorating the tree, Christmas mornings, etc.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Scrabble Ornaments

Here are some fun ornaments I made using pieces from an old Scrabble board game.
I cut the trays to the size I needed, then used hot glue to permanently adhere the letters to the trays.
I added hooks and candy cane striped pipe cleaners for hanging.  Simple and festive!
Merry Christmas!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Gift – Turkey Toes

An easy and fun thinking-of-you gift for just about anyone. 
Turkey Toes
I used double-sided tape to adhere a ribbon around the glass and the turkey printable I found online.

Great way to de-stash the IKEA jars from my craft stash and leftover candy corn from Halloween…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Snowman Ornaments

Just finished hand painting a custom order of snowman ornaments!
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With names on the back:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
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More ornaments (including these snowman!)
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

DIY Digital Image Transfer to Apron

Not long ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and did a craft I’ve never done before.  I took an image I found on the internet, and I transferred it to a canvas apron.  It’s not original or even new, but I thought I’d share my process with you anyway!
First, I found an image online and opened it in my editing software.  The reason it has to be opened into the editing software is so the image can be reversed (a mirror effect) since there is writing on the image.
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I practiced first on copy paper to make sure the image would print backwards.  Once I was satisfied, I printed on this ink jet transfer paper I bought at Walmart.  (I bought the LIGHT fabric transfers because I knew I was putting the image on a light colored apron. Six sheets in a package for about $6.)
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Following the directions, I heated the iron on the highest setting with NO STEAM.  Also, I didn’t use an ironing board (per the directions) because apparently this process requires much pressure.   My setup was this:
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I used a 12x12 scrap piece of wood and covered it with a pillow case.  I ironed the pillowcase first to get out all the wrinkles.
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After printing and cutting out my image (with a small outer margin), I placed it face down on the apron and ironed.  LOTS of pressure.  NO steam.  VERY slowly.  Taking much CARE to get the corners ironed very well. About 2-3 minutes of steady pressure.
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Next, I removed it from the hot surface and hung it up to speed up the cooling time.
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After  a couple minutes it was cool, so time to remove the backing.
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It worked!
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Yay! Now I feel like baking something!
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Monday, November 7, 2011

DIY Christmas Soap Bottle

Today I’m sharing how I altered a large soap bottle that I found at Home Goods for Christmas:
After peeling off the original label, I printed Isaiah 9:6 on a clear label sheet (3M brand) and cut it to size. The label sheet is more frosty than clear, but I think that helps the text stand out.
I added a few embellishments including the rhinestone gems (stickers) and a few jingle bells on a jute string:IMG_6720
A fun project for the holidays!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Apothecary Candy Jars

This project is so easy to make!  It’s basically 3 jars with lids on 3 candlesticks in various sizes. Such a versatile project and they can be filled with lots of goodies for any holiday or occasion.
Here’s my version I created for a customer.  I used 3 candlesticks from my crafting stash.  (You can also find inexpensive ones at discount stores like Ross and just spray paint them.  Or even unfinished wooden ones at the craft store.) I also used finials from Lowes, and glass jars with lids from Hobby Lobby.  I adhered all the pieces together with a tube of Liquid Nails.
Halloween ideas … fill with plastic spiders, candy, licorice sticks, candy corn, eyes, a crow on a nest of shredded paper, etc.Boo
Christmas ideas … fill with hot chocolate fixin’s (marshmallows, hot chocolate mix, peppermint pieces),  nuts/candy, jingle bells, cinnamon sticks, big fat peppermint sticks, ‘snow’ and bottle brush trees, small cardinal on a grapevine wreath ‘nest’, snow globes, snowmen, gum drops, ornaments, tinsel, cookie cutters, etc.
Valentine’s Day ideas … fill with red hots candy, Hershey’s kisses, red licorice bits, chocolates, etc.I Heart U
Easter ideas … fill with jelly beans, Peeps marshmallows, Easter grass, plastic eggs, birds, bunnies, seed packets, faux carrots, faux bluebonnets, etc.
July 4 … fill with lemonade fixin’s (lemonade mix, straws, drink umbrellas), silver tinsel, USA flags, red/white/blue ornaments, popcorn, faux sunflowers, stars, etc.USA
What other ideas do you have to fill these with? 
I’d love to hear!
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