Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013!!

I have decided to take a little bit of time off for the holidays...don't worry I will be back next year.  

I hope you and your families have a....

Merry Christmas 
Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Noel Burlap Banner

12 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 12!!

I had some extra burlap laying around (I always seem to have some laying around lately) and decided to whip up this little Noel banner for Christmas.

acrylic paint
baker's twine
paper for pattern

I cut this simple pattern out of paper.

 Then cut 4 pieces of burlap out using it.

Next, I spread out wax paper and drew the letters N-O-E-L on each piece of burlap using a vanishing marker.

I used brown paint, but really any color will do.

Then I ran a line of hot glue near the top and laid the baker's twine across it.

Fold the flap of burlap over and glue down, repeat for each letter.

Hang and enjoy!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Snowman Clippie

12 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 11

Here's a simple snowman hair clip that I've made many times.

white ribbon
thin black ribbon (or whatever color you want)

Start by cutting one 5 inch piece of white ribbon, two 4 inch pieces of white ribbon and one 3 inch piece of white ribbon.

Use hot glue to glue each strip into a circle.

Glue the smaller circles inside the larger ones (ie. glue one of the 4 inch circles inside the 5 inch circle, glue the 3 inch circle inside the 4 inch circle).

Glue the two circles together and you have a snowman.

Next make a teeny bow out of the thin black ribbon and stitch together in the center.

Cover the clip with white ribbon as so...

Hot glue the snowman on and then his bowtie.

That's it, pretty simple and quick to make!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ice Cube Snowglobe Soaps!

12Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 10

made these with the girls for Christmas gifts.  This was my first time making soap and I was surprised by how easy it was.  I first saw this idea here.

Ice cube tray
soap dye
soap glitter
small toys or ornaments
soap sent
block of glycerine soap
box of white soap (like Dove)

I had B start shaving off bits of the Dove soap to use as snow on the bottom of our soaps.

Following the directions on the glycerin soap, I melted it and added blue soap dye as well as a few drops of scent.  I also added some of the glitter here as well.

Then I poured the soap into the ice cube trays and let it set-up for a minute or so.

After it had hardened slightly, we pushed the little ornaments into each ice cube and sprinkled the snow shavings on top.

Once they were fully solid, they just popped out and we had little snow globe soaps to give as gifts!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snowflake Gift Bags

12 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 9

I decided to make a few gift bags this year.  I went with non-traditional Christmas colors and I think they turned out cute!

Canvas bags
puffy fabric paint
paint brush
vanishing marker

I started by putting a small dot with my vanishing marker for the center of the snow flake.  Then I just drew staight lines around it.  The first snowflake bag I made (the pink one), I used a piece of paper for the center dot, to  make the snowflake off center of the bag.

Once I had the snowflake sketched on the bag, I put a line of puffy paint and then painted it flat with my paint brush. Don't forget to put a some newspaper or wax paper inside the bag to avoid it from bleeding through.

I wasn't too concerned with the thickness of the lines, I wanted it to look a little worn.

 Here are the finished bags....