Happy Halloween everyone only 23 more days until the fun begins! I made this Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkin diaroma for a contest at my son’s school. First prize is discounted tuition of $150.00 and 2nd is $100.00. My fingers are crossed for a win!
I broke one of my water globes recently and I am terrible about watering my potted plants. I saw an old wine bottle and tested it to see if it could do the same thing abd voila an idea was born.
I’ve been really into sculting and I love fairy gardens, so I thought what a great way to disguise the bottle for it’s new use. This isn’t a tutorial, but I’ll list the materials that I used to make this.
- Wine bottle
- Modeling Clay (sculpey)
- Modeling Clay Tools for adding texture/shape
- Acrylic paint
- Glow in the dark paint
I painted the windows and underside of the mushrooms with glow in the dark paint so it will light up in the dark.
- Wine glass
- Acrylic Paint for Multi Surfaces in Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, and Lite Green
- Clear Acrylic Spray Finish
- Fine Tip Artist Brushes
- Table Salt
- FloraCraft Diamond Dust
- Stars Shaped Cookie Cutter
- Wallet Sized Photo
- Bottle of Wine
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Red and white striped string
- Mix equal parts flour and salt, then add half of the amount of water. (1 cup flour, salt and 1/2 cup water).
- Roll out dough into a 1/4″ thickness and then use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut a star shape.
- Use a tooth pick to create a hole in one of the tips of the star to hang the ornament.
- Once you have cut out the desired amount bake in the oven at 210 degrees for three hours.
- While baking, paint a wine glass in a up and down pattern of Christmas lights alternating colors.
- Once dried, paint in the blank areas “let’s lite it up!” in alternating colors.
- Once the ornaments have come out of the oven and cooled, spare with clear acrylic spray and then sprinkle the diamond dust on top and scary a second coat to help secure the diamond dust.
- Scary a even layer of clear acrylic spray onto the wine glass.
- Cut out the head from a wallet sized photo and hot glue into place.
- Cut a small piece of string to secure the ornament onto the wine bottle.
I think the best gifts are the ones hand crafted with love. They just really seem to show the recipient how much you care about them to put in the time and effort to create a special gift for them. Merry Christmas! Five more days to go wild, happy crafting!
As you can tell, I am inspired by the Grinch Who Stole Christmas this year and plan to give out these cookies in addition to my Grinch Cookies that I made last time.
To avoid food coloring dyed hands I used latex gloves when mixing the food coloring for deep color you need to add TONS of food coloring. You can easily see that mine look more pink than red. Also, this did not yield 4 dozen. I barely ended up with 3. They also took about 4 extra minutes to bake, maybe I cut them too wide.
After my second batch I discovered that if you chill the dough for an hour they stay round when cut.
Today my 3.5 year old son and I are making delicious Grinch cookies for Christmas gifts this year. They’re pretty easy and yummy too. I have got love Pinterest for the idea of my tin.
Many people wondered how many it can yield, I used a tablespoon size and it produces 50 cookies when doubled. Make sure you coat your hands in the cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture before handling dough to avoid it sticking when you roll them into balls.
Check out my Christmas Crafts for instance on upcyclying tin cans for Grinch cookie tins. Merry Grinchas everyone! Click the link and get baking!
We had our first snow day of the season, which is rather early for Western Washington which gave me time for a little crafting. I thought about using my Cricut, but I really love to paint – it’s really relaxing.