Nature’s (Christmas) Gift

Well this project is almost a complete 180 from my last. Fabulous glitter to acorns (accented with gold glitter, of course- but still).

This project is inpired by one of the many ideas I’ve seen online in various places. Pinterest, Martha Stewart, HGTV, various other blogs… I’ve seen them all!

Incorporting my own twist on things, I present this new, rustic ornament. I must admit, I contemplated the glitter for a while- after all, I didn’t want to ruin the natural affect. In the end, I’m glad I added. The ornament will glitter magnificently on the tree (which I’m counting down the day to put up!).

This was one of those things that I’d started making but slipped from my mind for a good month. I’d already prepped the styrofoam ball and gathered the acorns from my front yard but hadn’t really assembled it. AKA, it was perfect for a creative Saturday afternoon.

To make, you’ll need a small styrofoam ball, brown paint, acorns, gold glitter, glue, hot glue gun, and a thin ribbon.

Start by painting the styrofoam ball brown. While you’re letting it dry, lightly dip the edges of the acorns in glue and then in gold glitter.

Once both have finished drying, plug in your hot glue gun. Wait a few minutes until it has heated up then begin placing the acorns on ball.

This part was a little tricky for me. I found it was best to do 2 things:

1. Begin placing acorns in one place then filling them around in a pattern. This helps to limit the amount of awkward space that can’t be filled because it’s too small for an acorn.

2. Have various sizes of undecorated acorns to use to create holes for the little stems. Before putting a decorated one on, find one that’s a similar size and use the non-pretty one to place where you want and figure out where to put the hole. Then fill the hole with hot glue. This cuts down on the pressure you have to exert on the actual acorn and thus the amount of glitter you accidentally take off.

Once you’re finished covering the entire ball with acorns, fill an empty space between the acorns with hot glue and add a pretty ribbon so you can hang it on the tree.

Have fun making yet another gift for the season- for loved ones or yourself!

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Sparkle Time

Hello all!

My rampant Christmas crafting continues as the weather gets (slightly) cooler- let’s be honest, this is Houston. My mantra: make ALL the crafts! Continuing on the ornament trend we’ve got going, I made the glitteriest, sparkliest, most dazzling, stunning ornament EVER! My secret? This glitter:

I attended a workshop back in October, and one of the projects inluded using it. It’s called Stampendous! Silver Halo Glitter Mix. I had to have some or else I would die. I mean, let’s be honest here- there’s really no comparing other kinds of glitter to it.

(And yes- there are MANY different kinds of glitter).

In the pictures, you really can’t tell the difference that well which is a shame. Believe me though. If you’re making a statement ornament, there’s no other option.

The project is a bit messy, but très facile. Simply get a paper mache ornament, cover it in PVA glue, and then cover in glitter. I found it easiest to glitter it in sections allowing each side to dry before moving on the the next.

I can’t wait to see how the ornament looks when reflecting tree lights. Get ready to be dazzled!

 

And It Begins…

I’m addicted. To Christmas crafting. Honestly, it’s kind of obsessive. My friends think I’m crazy, but hey! There are WAY worse things to be addicted to, right? Look at the things I’ve made in the past month:

Scared yet? In answer to common questions, I have no idea how I find time to make this stuff. I have a life. I go to school. I participate in school activites. And I find ample time to bake, read, and, of course, craft. I guess the timing issue will remain one of the great mysteries of life.

Anywho, our first craft of the season are these darling little ornaments made of vintage sheet music and glitter.

The ornaments are simple to make but take a while as they need time to dry, once in the middle of the project and then again at the end. Create a bunch to give as a small gift to loved ones this Christmas season. Family and friends will be delighted with them and touched that you made them. To begin, you will need a plain, glass ornament, glue, old sheet music or music paper, silver glitter, a paint brush, and ribbon.

First, rip the music into small, nickel size pieces. Using glue, cover the ornament with them and let dry. Mix together glue and glitter and apply a thin coat of the mixture to the ornament. Remove the silver covering on top of the ornament. Cover it in glue then dip in glitter. Let dry then replace over the hole in the top of the ornament. When everything is no longer wet, use a matching ribbon to hang directly on the tree or set aside to wrap and give as a gift.