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Christmas Dioramas

1 Dec

Recently of a trip to my home town to visit my family my sister and I went to a crafting night at the local art center.  We made dioramas, it was a terrific evening.

My home town took their old library and made it into an art center for the town to enjoy.  They have different artists work on display and offer many  classes and workshops through the year.  It is a wonderful place to go, have fun and meet people.  Nice to see this build put to use.

To make the dioramas, there were tea cups to choose from, a wide assortment of small decorations, and glue.  We used both Tacky glue and hot glue. Add glitter, pompoms and little snow flakes and with in an hours time you have made a diorama or two.

Webster definition of diorama is: a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted background. Not sure that is really what I achieved, but it was fun and I am doing more of these little projects. You can use lids, match boxes, cookie cutters pretty much anything that will hold your display.  I have been collecting old Christmas cards to add as background.  Here are a few more diorama ideas: Click on picture to follow to link.

Holiday Ornament

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Outdoor Christmas Decorations

5 Nov

How did the holiday season get here so fast?  I know a lot of people think it is still too early for Christmas ideas, but if you are a crafter and don’t like waiting until the last minute it is time.

I like this idea from Kristie’s Corner.  You could take the frame idea and make it your own.  Remember to pre-drill your holes so the wood won’t split when you screw in the screws.  Also we get really windy in December so I think I will add screw eyes to the bottom and stake it to the ground.

This looks so pretty with the giant ornaments, from Hallmark channel.  I did a check internet check to see if you could find the balls to make this ornaments and they have bright fitness balls out there, so it is doable. giant ornament
I like this tree from Powerful Mothering.  There are no directions but with a little craft know how, not a hard thing to make.foruntous-225x300

Christmas Crafts for Kids

16 Dec

If you are looking to have some fun crafting with your kids The Crafty Crow has links to 25 tutorials for ornaments to make with kids.  The Crafty Crow is always a good place to find craft ideas for kids and also book reviews.treeccSanta plastic eggbird

Up-cycle Ornaments

14 Dec

When we decorated the tree this year I noticed a lot of bulbs that just stay in the box and never get on the tree.  Time to take care of all those little guys, but it just doesn’t feel right to toss them.  So I am up-cycling a few.  Here are some ideas I collected.

Decoupage and glitter renew this ornament from Everlasting Blooms.DIY owl ornament 018Holiday Crafts and Creations uses paint and Mod Podge in a unique way to get a terrific result.easy_to_make_christmas_ornaments_swirl2I haven’t used these paints from Martha Stewart, but Sand and Sisal’s results have me wanting to make a trip to the craft store.DIY-Sea-Glass-OrnamentsAt The Picket Fence decorated a clear bulb with a gold paint pen and beads and achieved beautiful results.DIYGoldDotOrnament_zps3dd0f41c

Christmas in Felt

9 Dec

No secret that I like felt.  I have posted a number of felt ideas on my blog.  It is fun to work with, doesn’t ravel, comes in many colors and pretty economical to use.  You need sharp scissors and a steady hand to make felt decorations look good.  Don’t like little choppy edges. Felt can be found in the acrylic and wool.  Wool is my favorite and you can hand dye it to get fun colors.  You can also take an old wool sweater or piece of wool throw it in the washing machine with hot water and dry it in the dryer to make your own felt.  Felt lends itself to embroidery and beadwork.  Here are a few ideas for this Christmas season.

There is no tutorial for this Christmas tree ornament, but I think you can get the idea from the pictures at Made Stuff.tree01This great garland comes from Molly’s Sketchbook.  This looks great in felt and I think it would also lend itself to polar fleece.  Polar fleece like felt doesn’t ravel, but it has a softer feel to it.twisted-taffy-felt-garland-600-4-1All Things Hand Made has a garland made with felt circles. (could also be done with rectangles)garlandThese two are simple garlands, but you could make flowers, trees shapes, felt balls wherever your imagination takes you. For example:pennygarland

Love these little Santas from Better Homes and Gardens.101879930.jpg.rendition.pThis design from Nana Company shows how a simple design can become elegant with a little detail work.mittens

Bell Jar and Pasta Ornaments

8 Nov

When I saw these pretty little snow scenes in bell jars I wonder where in the world do you find small bell jars.  Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life came up with a great idea she found at the dollar store.  They are the tops to plastic wine glasses, so clever.  It would be really easy to get carried away with making this cute ornament.bell jarsPasta, glue gun and paint can get your creative juices flowing.  Here are a few examples.

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Christams Star Ornaments

6 Nov

I am sure it comes as no surprise that many of the decoration on my tree are handmade.  It just feels like my family is there with me when I look at those decorations and I can’t part with them.  So in the next few weeks I will post different decorations that you can make for your tree or home.

Scrapper Girl took a few things from around the house (or craft store if you aren’t a saver) and made this charming Noel display.  I think this is a craft that you could easily take and make your own and fun for the kids to help too.dec-2Rosy Posy has an idea for a star made from cinnamon sticks. Won’t that make your home smell wonderful?starThis would be a nice one for those with a fabric stash from Sofie Legarth. It is in french but if you take the address and drop it into Google, press search, it will take you to a translated site.  The strips of fabric are 8 x 30cm which is about 3 1/8 x  12 1/2 inches.  I love the colors she selected. star2

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