Posted in Crafting, DIY, Holiday Baking, Holiday Goodies, the Grinch

Gingerbread Creation Showdown:  Gum Paste Sculpting and Color Mixing

So as it turns out, I am not the Cake Boss! 😉  They’re having a gingerbread house competition at my son’s school and since I have gotten better at sculpting miniatures I had Cake Boss dreams of sweeping the floor with my competition after winning the pumpkin decorating contest in October! 😂😂  So I decided that I would make a Grinch Who Stole Christmas entry and sculp him with gum paste (modeling chocolate).

Since I like to try new things, but am always trying to lower my cost I tried to substitute powdered food coloring with Jell-O – BAD IDEA!  Definitely just use gel food coloring.  I am lucky I had some on hand.  The Jell-O concoction is grainy and pale.  I’m not sure what the trick to this stuff is, but my four and a half years old was impressed and since the judges are his peers my fingers are crossed that I have a shot at winning.

Did the decorating of the house with my son and made Max the dog to sit on the roof.  We used a premade gingerbread kit since these are not my forte and it’s not a rule violator.   The icing bag broke and made a huge mess.  I guess I will have to make my own later on, oh well.  Happy crafting and Merry Grinchmas! 😉

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Christmas DIY Gifs, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store, Dollar Store Crafting, the Grinch

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

I saw the cutest plank wood Grinch project on Pinterest and I have been dying to try it.  The only problem – I don’t have that materials on hand right now but I do have several large tongue depressor sized crafting sticks so I can make a miniature version of my own! They’re cute, easy to make, and work well as a wall hang, door knob hang or ornament.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Crafting sticks (large tongue depressor sized)
  • Acrylic paint in red, lime green, white, yellow, and black
  • Scissors
  • Green feathers
  • White pom-pom ball
  • Green floral wire
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Fine tip paint brushes
  1. Add hot glue to the edge of each stick, be careful not to get big smears on the front.  Rub it smooth after it cools down slightly. Glue five of the side by side.
  2. Paint them red across the top and mix the green with white to make a more Grinch like color.
  3. Cut the ends off of one stick to get a straight edge and paint white.
  4. Once dry, glue across the top to separate the hat and his head.
  5. Cut another stick down and paint it red and once dry glue to the back of him sticking out slightly for the dangling part of the Santa hat.
  6. Next glue a white pom-pom ball on to the end.
  7. Paint merry in red, Grinch in the green color you mixed earlier, and mas in red on the brim of the hat.
  8. Paint the eyes in an pointed almond shape in yellow.
  9. Using a fine tip paint brush, outline the eyes, draw the eyebrows, nose, mouth and other facial details in black.
  10. Cut green feathers and glue to the rim of the brim of the hat. Trim as necessary so they’re not too long.
  11. Cut a few more feathers and glue to the chin trimming as needed.
  12. Cut floral wire to desired length and hot glue into place on the back.

These are so cute I am planning on attaching them to the outside of presents for decoration and an additional gifts for my family.  Merry Grinchmas! 😉🎅

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Christmas DIY Gifs, DIY, Dollar Store, Dollar Store Crafting

DIY Dollar Store “Snow-Tex”

For Christmas this year I am making my own snowman head ornaments and I need a large amount of Snow-Tex, but the cost of it being $3.99 for a meager 4 oz jar is not happening!  I decided to try my own recipe for it fresh from the dollar store – well mostly anyway.  

This product is simple, easy, and will most certainly save you money!  It’s just two simple ingredients:

  • White sand
  • White acrylic paint

Mix sand and paint until you get a thick, spreadable paste and voila!  You won’t be able to see a difference – except in your wallet!

On the left DIY version and on the right $3.99 4 oz jar of Snow-Tex!

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

Christmas Party Snowman Toss

Tomorrow is our company Christmas party and my section was assigned to coordinate the activities. I decided to create this pyramid of Snowman cups so they could toss “snowballs” at them to knock them down.

These are cute and easy to make; it was 4 years old tested and approved! 😉

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Orange craft foam sheets
  • Black craft foam sheets
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punchers in two sizes
  • White paper cups
  • Foam craft balls

  1. Punch larger holes and glue on to cups for eyes.
  2. Cut carrot shapes in varrying sizes and glue on to cups.
  3. Punch smaller holes and rub a generous amount of glue on to the cup in a mouth shape and add the dots to shape the mouth.

I did 15 to stack them about 14 inches high.

Merry Christmas and Happy crafting! ⛄☃️

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store

Christmas in the Office

Two years ago we had a double “D” (desk decorating) challenge where myself and my co-workers had a contest to decorate our desk for a bragging rights as the prize.  My boss turned it into a whole event where we had a building Christmas party and allowed everyone to cast their votes – he even allowed our higher headquarters to vote via email! 

In this challenge I had an ugly desktop hutch that I had on the floor because it didn’t fit on my desk (we had old mismatch furniture) so I had the brilliant idea to transform it into a fireplace.

I used old boxes on each side to create the frame of my fireplace and then I used my white recycling bin paper to make the white”mortar” and red paper cut into rectangular bricks using a paper cutter and taped them on top.  I used cardboard tubes from a roll of wrapping paper to make logs for the fire and then cut different colored cardstock paper in the shape of flames and glued them to the inside.

After I was done I went to the dollar store and scored some stockings, poinsettia garland, nicknacks to give it the “lux” homey Christmas vibe and I painted a window on posterboard from the dollar store with a scene of Santa and reindeer to complete the scene.

This was a lot of fun and was nice to be the first place winner! Merry Christmas!

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Christmas DIY Gifs, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store Crafting

Candy Cane Wreaths

My sister saw a friend from works wreath that she created out of candy canes, so she got infected by the crafting bug and said let’s do it!  We took a quick trip to the dollar store and grabbed some supplies.  They’re super cute and easy, we each are going to make one and even crafted one for my parents anniversary on the 21st.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Hot glue and gun
  • Wire ribbon
  • Regular ribbon
  • Ornament of your choice
  • Peppermints (optional)
  • Assorted candy cane size
  1. We started by creating hearts by hot gluing two candy canes facing inwards by the hook.
  2. Hot glue two sets together by gluing the flat sides together until you form a circle all the way around.
  3. Hot glue your ornament into the center.
  4. Cut small 1-2 inch strips of ribbon to hot glue around 2 candy canes for added stability.
  5. Create a bow at the top and a loop to hang the wreath on. 

    In the second one we used unwrapped (must spray with an acrylic sealant if being used on your door or  it will melt from condensation!) smally canes to create smaller hearts and added the peppermints to the arches of the hearts because my mom really loves bling and this just took it to next level.

    Nothing says Christmas like candy canes! Happy holidays and get crafting!

    Posted in DIY, Interior Design, Ramblings of Crafty Mom

    Crafting Space Make Over

    I recently decided to make over my son’s old nursery turned guest room into my crafting room.  I love feature walls and enjoy decorating as much as I love to make crafts.  

    I decided that despite the amount of time and hard work a design like this would take, I chose to do it anyway because it’s going to look great once completed.
    Once all of the taping is complete I am going to paint it a beautiful Tiffany blue color with red accents. I’m only halfway complete and it’s already taken me 10 hours or more to get this far.

    I’ll post more pictures once the painting is complete!