Thursday, December 12th, 2013
A clear glass ornament is like a blank canvas—the decoration possibilities are endless! And even better than a flat canvas, you can embellish both the inside and the outside of a clear glass Christmas ball. Here are 4 of my absolute faves!
You can either pour some paint inside the ornaments and swirl it around, or dip the bottoms in your favorite colors. Visit Hi Sugar Plum for more details.
Crafter extraordinaire Sania Pell used both the inside and outside of the clear glass ornament to make these super-modern and cool Christmas ornaments.
Do you have some extra yarn pom-poms lying around? Blair from Wisecraft had the genius idea of putting them inside the clear glass ball! I’d love to decorate a whole tabletop tree in these!
The melted snowman ornament never ceases to crack me up! This one from Free-n-Fun Christmas is made with epsom salts, but table salt, fake snow, white glitter or sugar would work too!
Keep your little ones entertained with these holiday printables.
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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Those three things pictured in the above photo? These supplies are all you need to make adorable wearables. Apple season is fast approaching, so I wanted to share this project with you so it is on your mind when the sweet, crisp, beauties start rolling in.
Cut an apple in half and coat it with a thin layer of paint before printing. I cut the leaf shape out of the other half of the apple.
Use your new stamp to decorate onesies
or anything that is begging to be printed on (napkins, tea towels, stationary, cloth bags, etc.). Just be mindful to heat set the fabric paint after it is completely dry. You’ll find directions on the back of the container of fabric paint.
Perfect for giving as gifts, these are easy and so fun to make with your little and big ones.
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Friday, April 5th, 2013
The Story of The Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers is one of our favorite seasonal books to read at the beginning of spring. It tells a short tale of the root children who live under the earth waiting for spring to arrive so that they can decorate the earth with their colors and spirits. My two love to imagine the tiny root children busily preparing for the green shoots and warm days ahead. If your library doesn’t own a copy, you might want to suggest that they do!
We’re off to warm our cheeks in the sunshine.
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Monday, December 3rd, 2012
This simple star garland will make your home quietly sparkle. It is easy to make and can be saved and hung year after year. Children can help paint, cut, and thread (wear a thimble!), and they’ll feel extra proud to be a part of making the house fancy for the holidays. For me, the combination of package paper and gold glitter paint produces nice, subdued, DIY cheer.
Brown paper bag
Gold or silver glitter paint (I used FolkArt Extreme Glitter)
Star template (hand-drawn is fine)
1. Cut open the paper bag and paint the plain side with the glitter. For this garland, I used paint that is just gold glitter rather than paint that was an actual gold color with glitter. This makes the stars a bit more subtle. If you are looking for something a bit more punchy, then I think gold paint with a coating of glitter paint would be great. I was inspired by my friend Catherine’s garland, and she used gold paint.
2. Once it is dry, draw stars on the non-painted side, and then cut them out.
3. Gather pompoms, stars, thread and needle in preparation for stringing.
4. Thread the needle with thread (no need for a knot). First thread a pompom, then a star, then another pompom…in that order until all are threaded and you’ve ended with a pompom.
*Notes on threading the stars: So they won’t flip forward, thread a little bit above the center of the star. Place the needle into the front of the star and then out through the back in order to hide the thread behind the star.
5. Spread the garland on the floor, glitter side down, and space the stars and pompoms as you’d like them to hang. Place tape or little dots of glue on the backsides of the stars to keep the thread in place. Be sure to leave 12 inches on each end for hanging.
We hung ours on the bricks, high over our wood stove. If you hang it near a string of twinkle lights, the gold stars will shimmer in the glow of the twinkles.
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