Posted in Crafting, DIY, Halloween, Halloween Crafts, Hand Painted, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas, Uncategorized

This is Halloween, This is Halloween!

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!

This was made from a hallow carvable craft pumpkin, sculpy modeling clay, air dying clay, acrylic paint, etc.

Posted in Crafting, DIY, Fairy Garden, Hand Painted, Upcycling, Wine Bottle Art, Wine bottle craft

DIY Fairy House “Water Globes” Made from Wine Bottles 

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. 

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Cookie Plate, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store Crafting, Hand Painted

Personalized Cookie/Carrot Plate for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve 

 

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.

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Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store Crafting, Hand Painted

DIY Grinch Sculpted Ornament 

I’ve been collecting ornaments for each year that my husband and I have been married for the last 13 years, but this year I decided to make one of my own.  I started out with Rudolph in my mind and then suddenly I turned it into the Grinch.  He looks much harder than he is to make.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • 3 small Styrofoam floral balls found in $ store variety pack
  • Metal wire
  • Air Drying Clay loo9
  • Limerick green Acrylic Paint
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Yellow Acrylic Paint
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Cricut weeding tool
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  1. Cover one Styrofoam ball adding slightly more on one end, slowly sculpting a pear/curled tear drop shape.
  2. Using the Cricut weeding tool, work in rounded snout/muzzle section working back in layers the creases in his face for his smile.
  3. Tear a small amount of clay and shape it like a tear drop and then use the weeding tool to sculpt his evil eyes using the curved side to shape the eyes.
  4. With the weeding tool create an my shape to make his nose.
  5. Cut a loop of wire and  secure through the head after adding spear shaped hair on the tip of his head.
  6. Cover to more Styrofoam balls with clay connect then together creating the torso shape.
  7. Shape arms and legs working the dough together until it is well connecting it.
  8. Set aside the pieces and allow to dry overnight or use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
  9. Hot glue head onto the torso once dried completely.
  10. Mix lime green and white paint together to get your grinchy color and paint him.
  11. Paint the eyes yellow.  Remember that if you mess up your lines you can always fix with more green paint.
  12. Once the eyes are died, outline them with a thin layer of black and draw his lashes and eyelashes.  Contour his facial lines in black and while slightly wet go over the facial lines in green making them less severe.
  13. Draw a stubby u in each eye for his pupils.
  14. Finish with an acrylic spray.

I hope that you have fun making these too.  Merry Christmas!

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, Elf On the Shelf

Poseable Elf on the Shelf, Why Not?

So of course we all want to pose them and make our elves holding, posing, ect. so why they heck aren’t they just manufactured that way???  I spent the last 45 minutes twisting floral wire from the dollar store so it would be strong enough to shove through each limb.  

This sounds simple, but you have to cut out the stitches from the seams on the arms and legs in order to shove it through as one piece!!  Elf makers stop the insanity and give us poseable elves!!  I would have paid extra for the convenience.  Okay end rant.  Happy posing my fellow parents and merry Christmas.