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

Mini Sculpting: The Bumble

I have always loved the movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and even more so now that my son shares this love too!  I have been dying to try to sculpt my favorite characters and now that I saw the perfect way to display my characters I’m giving it a shot.

The Bumble is near and dear to me because when my son was two and we watched the movie he would always run and hide behind the couch whenever the Bumble appeared on the screen! It was so adorable and now that he’s a little bit older he loves the Bumble too.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Sculpey modeling clay
  • Aluminum foil
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Gray acrylic paint
  • White doll hair (I purchased a Santa ornament with a flowy beard at the dollar store)
  • Hot glue sticks

TOOLS NEEDED:

  1. Shape some aluminum foil for the torso and cover with modeling clay and then sculpt the pecks using a scraping tool.
  2. Next shape aluminum foil into the desired size and shape for his head.  Use the bake and bond to add a small roll of clay to the face and add more to the top of it then create a triangle shape to lay over it creating the nose. Attach the nose by smoothing the clay on the edges with the side of the needle tool and your fingers; to shape the nostrils better if needed after attaching the nose use the needle tool.
  3. Add bake and bond to the side of the head where you plan to attach it to his body, smoothing the clay from the head to the body with the sides of your sculpting needle and fingers.
  4. Shape more aluminum foil for the arms and cover with modeling clay.  Add more bake and bond where you intend to attach the arms and attach same way you did for the head.
  5. Shape more aluminum foil for the legs and feet making sure that they are flat enough to allow him to stand once completed and cover with modeling clay.  Shape the toes by using the cutting tool and smooth out the ends with your fingers.
  6. Use the scraping tool to shape the eyes by scraping around and outward then smoothing out with the sides of a tool or your fingers.  Use the crescent shape tool to create the under eye circles.
  7. Roll pointy fingers, add bake and bond, press on top of each other gently, roll a ball adding more bake and bond and gently press on top.
  8. Add bake and bond to the ends of the arms and attach the hands to the arms in the same way as the other pieces.
  9. Roll two pieces of clay out thin and cut with an exacto knife to make the edges sharp and shape into a half circle shape for the teeth.
  10. Bake the teeth in oven for about 5 minutes, allow to cool down and add to the mouth.
  11. Bake the bumble for 15 minutes.
  12. Once cooled, paint him white with gray accents on the arms, legs, body and head.  Paint the teath and eyes white.
  13. Paint the hands and face blue.
  14. Paint the Iris black.
  15. After all of the paint is dry cut short strips of white hair.  Lightly coat areas with hot glue and allow to cool slightly before pressing hair into place.  Repeat layers as needed, gently rub to remove any hair that may be glued into place.

    All that is left to do is make Yukon Cornelius, Hermis, Rudolph, Santa!  Once they’re all complete I create my dollar store snowman display with each scene from the movie for you all to see.  Merry Christmas and happy crafting! 🎄🎅🦌

    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, Christmas DIY Gifs, Crafting, Dollar Store, Dollar Store Crafting

    Snowman Ornament with a Knit Hat


    You all know how much I love the dollar store and this year I saw a cute idea for making knit hats as ornaments, but I thought it would be even cuter if you combined it with a snowman head!  I was disappointed when I went this weekend and saw there was no more foam balls, but then I realized that I could actually get the ornaments in a larger quantity and do the same thing! – a total bonus! These are so cute and easy, they’ll have you running straight to the dollar store right away!

    MATERIALS NEEDED:

    • Small plastic ornaments from the dollar store (or foam balls of equivalent size)
    • Snow-Tex to make it look like real snow
    • Diamond Dust for sparkle
    • Yarn
    • Toilet paper tubes
    • Small bells
    • Air drying clay
    • Black acrylic paint
    • Pink acrylic paint
    • Orange acrylic paint
    • Hot glue and gun
    • Ornament hooks
    1. Start off by covering a generous layer of Snow-Tex to cover the whole ornament.
    2. Prop on toilet paper tube to dry.
    3. Cut off the end of a toilet paper tube to the desired width for the rim of your knit cap.
    4. Cut a lot of yarn at least 10 inches long.
    5. Now we simply make a loop and we put it in our little circle, completing this all the way around.
    6. After you have finished the ring, pull all the ends through the tube and tie it off with a bell on a piece of yarn.
    7. Cut off the extra length to create the pom-pom on top.
    8. Once the Snow-Tex is dry, sculpt a carrot by rolling out a cone shape from the air drying clay and rub onto the head. 
    9. Use a clay too or side of a tooth pick to make indentions to make it look like a carrot.
    10. Hot glue the hat to the head.
    11. Once dried, paint the eyes and mouth with black paint.  Add the rosey cheek color in a pink circle and paint the carrot orange.
    12. Add an ornament hook and done!

    Super cute and easy! These are a great dollar store make over to wow your friends and family with a nice ornament for a Christmas present, you can even use it on the outside of present to compliment your wrapping job!  Merry Christmas everyone!

    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 Crafting, Dollar Store Crafting, Halloween, Halloween Crafts, Trunk or Treat

      It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Trunk or Treat

      Happy Halloween! This year we chose to do It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown for our Trunk or Treat theme.  It was super easy and cheap! 😁

      I was able to get two large pieces of cardboard from a bathroom renovation project at work to spray paint for the sky and grass areas.  I hand drew cardboard cutouts made on a large sheet of craft board from the dollar store and painted them with acrylic paint that I had on hand.

      The Snoopy pumpkin was made by spray painting a tall skinny pumpkin and a butternut squash white.  The scarf was made by cutting up an old red sweatshirt and his nose was fashioned out of black modeling clay.  I used real and fake pumpkins purchased at the dollar store.  

      The trick or treating ghost kids were made from round plastic table cloths purchased at the dollar store with eye holes drawn on with a Sharpie.  I made the witch mask from green, white, and black felt.  I used cotton batting and rolled the nose, securing it with hot glue.  The witch hat was also purchased at the dollar store.

      We stood the ghosts up by using 5 gallon water jugs with wooden dowels in the middle with duct tape.  For the heads I used some paper mache balloons and a styrofoam craft head I had left over from other projects.  I put white modeling clay at the bottom of the table cloths to prevent them from blowing off in the wind.

      It was qiuck, easy, and lots of fun to make!