Friday, December 9, 2016

Sledding Down the Slopes - A Sled Ornament Day 9 of the Twelve Days of Christmas


These ornaments are simple and fun to make especially if yu buy the prepainted popsicle sticks.

Supply List:

Painted popscile sticks

Mini craft sticks

Standard color popscicle sticks

Hot glue gun

Glue sticks

Paint

Small paint brush

Twine

Scissors

Holiday stickers (optional)


Directions:

Layout 5 painted poppsicle sticks in a staggered design and glue them together with hot glue. Note: instead of painting the popsicle sticks - they can be purchased in packs of colors already painted. I have also noticed that Pinterest crafters cover the popsicle sticks with Washi tape.


Then hot glue two mini popsicle sticks at the top and bottom of the sled.


Hot glue the sled blades on each side.


Wait for everything to dry before turning the sled over.


Once everything is dry a holiday sticker can be added to the front of the sled and a twine or ribbon loop can be glued onto the underside of the sled.

See you on the slopes! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Back at the Lodge Ski Ornaments - Day 8 of the Twelve Days of Ornaments


I made these ornaments last year also. They are so simple to make and look fantastic on the Christmas tree or tied onto gift packages.


Supply List:

popsicle sticks

paint

paint brush

toothpicks

snaps

thin ribbon

twine

scissors

glue gun

glue sticks

Directions:

Paint the popsicle sticks in a color that matches your Christmas themed colors. You can also buy pre-painted popsicle sticks.

After the paint dries glue two popsicle sticks togather to resemble crossed ski's.



Hot glue a metal snap to the end of each toothpick.


 At the top of the toothpick glue a small ribbon or twine loop.to resemble the ski pole handles.


Glue a toothpick pole to one of the ski's and cross the other ski pole over it and glue into place.


Glue a piece of ribbon or twine to the back of the ornament. 


See you at the Ski Lodge! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

For Unto Us a Child is Born - Day 7 of the Tweleve Days of Ornaments


I ordered a bag of nativity ornament/keychains from the Oriental Trading company.


Each kit came with the keychain, string and beads.


And each kit also came with and instruction sheet.


The first couple took awhile to make - then I got into a groove and was able to finish all 12 keychain/ornaments in a couple of hours. 


For unto us a child was born. Oh come let us adore him.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Snowflake Ornaments -Day 6 of the 12 days of Ornaments (for Meals on Wheels)


I made 50 of these little snowflakes for a Meals on Wheels winter themed treat. These were incredibly quick to make compared to the Give Thanks wooden signs - which took forever to make.


I bought two of theses little snowflake kits in January on super duper sale! And I actually remembered to make them this winter for Meals on Wheels.


I actually had a lot of fun making these little snowflakes. I am so glad that I remebered to use these little kits.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ugly Sweater Ornaments - Day 5 of the Twelve Days of Ornaments


I love making these Ugly Sweater Ornaments! And you can use up any stickers, rhinestones or beads that you have in your craft cabinet. This is also a fun project for teen girls to make.

Supply List:

Shirt shaped cookie cutter

Red, white and green felt

Black marker

Sharp small scissors

Christmas themed stickers

Christmas colored adhesive rhinestones

Tiny white pom poms

Christmas colored small beads

Ornament hook

Tacky glue

Scotch tape 

Red, white and green embroidery thread 

Needles


Directions:

Using the fine tip black marker trace the shirt cookie cutter. Or make your own cardboard patter,



I usually trace a bunch of sweaters at the same time.


Then I cut out a ton of shirts at the same time.



I sorted through my craft cabinet and found all sorts of stickers, mini beads and buttons, rhinestone stickers etc.



On the front of each sweater place one large sticker.


Try to find colorful stickers with some dimension.


On the back part of the bottom sweater tape or use tacky glue to adhere the ornament hook.


Sew some buttons or beads on the top piece and then sew both pieces together in a contrasting thread with a blanket stitch.


Each sweater should look a little different! Sequins would also look cute sewn on these sweaters.


I was also thinking of sewing little snowflakes on the sweater. But then I decided to use up some of my supplies - making room to buy more craft supplies.


A set of Ugly Sweater ornaments would make a cute hostess gift, They would also look cute tied onto the top of a Christmas gift. Or used as an invitation to an ugly sweater party.

I will NEVER wear an ugly sweater! I can only make them!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Beaded Peace Sign Ornaments - Day 4 of the Twelve Days of Ornaments

I have made these ornaments with red, green and pastel beads - but you could use small beads and make them into necklaces and use your favorite colors to make them! Peace be with you!


These ornaments are so simple to make. They also look darling tied onto a Christmas gift.



Supply List:

Beads

Wire (I used 20 and 26 gauge)

Wire cutter

Needle nose pliers

Coordinating ribbon

Directions:

Cut a piece of wire a little larger than the size of the circle that you want. Twist one end so that the beads don't slide off.


Beads often go on sale or use a coupon to buy them. 


The wire is always in the bead/jewerly section at the craft store.


Once your cirle is complete - wrap the wire together and twist around  - cut off any excess with the wire cutter. Use the needle nose pliers to squeeze the wire so that the ends are secure.


Cut a piece of wire a little larger then needed - bead and attach to the top and bottom using the needle nose pliers to secure the ends.


Twist a piece of wire that will be used to make the final peace sign section. Bead each side and cut off the excess wire with the wire cutters and use the needle nose pliers to secure the ends.


You can use all sorts of beads to make Peace Signs! 


These wire Peace Signs would also look fantastic threaded onto a thick ribbon to make a garland.


In about 2 hours I made over 25 ornaments. 


Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Beaded Snowflake Ornaments - Day 3 of the Twelve days of Ornaments



These little snowflakes are really easy to make and would look pretty on a package instead of a bow.

Supplies:

white wire

beads

scissors

glue gun and glue sticks

rhinestone buttons

Directions:



Cut 4 pieces of wire into equal sized pieces. Then tie the wire into a knot in the middle. 


Now spread the pieces of wire apart. 


Start beading and twist the end of each beaded wire into a circle.


I used two different sizes when beading the snowflakes.


There is an unsightly wire knot in the middle of each snowflake.  So heat up the glue gun.


Hot glue a rhinestone button in the middle of each snowflake over the unsightly wire knot.


The flower gemstones also looked pretty over the wire knot.


Here is a close up of the knot.  Now you see why the knot needs to be covered by a rhinestone button.


The rhinestones really make the snowflakes pop! I am going to use silver ribbon to make the hanging loops. 

"I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January. " - Lucy