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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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.

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

Elf on the Shelf North Pole Airlines:  How to Make Your Own Biplane for Your Elf

Half of the fun of the Christmas season for my little guy is finding his little elf buddy “Tattle” mid adventure each day.  Tomorrow he will find Tattle flying North Pole Airlines on his way back from providing Santa with his daily report.  Today I will teach you how to make your own using everyday recyclables.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Cereal box or other cardboard box of similar thickness 
  • Paper towel tube
  • Paper straws
  • Crafting sticks
  • Metal Brad fastener
  • Hot glue gun and glue 
  • Scissors 
  • String
  • Hole punch 
  1. Cut out a wing to desired length and then traced the other to cut out.
  2. Cut support beam for wings in an hour glass shape.
  3. Cut slits in the wings close enough to your cardboard tube to be able to glue into place the supports to the sides.
  4. Cut slits into the supports to slip pieces together.
  5. Cut strips for the tail piece making slits in the center.  One on the inside edge and one on the outside as pictured below.
  6. Cut slits into the end of the tube to slide tail into place and then glue edges.
  7. Cut a hole for elf to sit in.
  8. Use your hole puncher on the end of the wings on top and bottom.
  9. Tie string from one wing to next allowing for a little slack.
  10. Measure your paper straws in the for the outer wing support and push through each hole securing with hot glue.
  11. Make a hole in the center of each crafting stick and secure with metal Brad fastener, taping the back to keep the propellers spread.
  12. Glenn onto the front of the plane.
  13. Tie string to the end of the tail of new each side and create a loop to hang the plane from.

I hope that this helps bring magic to your little ones Christmas elf hunt too!  Merry Christmas!