Each year I get pictures of my son and give them to family in a picture frame. This year I found wooden unfinished frames for $4.00 and decided to paint and personize them for each recipient. I also made a moasiac wooden frame that hang the pictures from wires that I converted from dollar store “canvas” signs.
This was a great way to add a personal touch using colors and themes enjoyed by each individual for little cost.
Dollar store “canvas” signs
Acrylic paint – in desired colors
Crafting jewels and scrapbooking adornments as desired
Staple gun and staples
Hot glue gun and glue
Paperclips or small clothes pins
Needle nose pliers
Since you don’t really need a step by step tutorial on painting the frames I will just provide instructions for building your moasiac wooden frame that holds pictures from wires.
Tear “canvas” paper off of the frames.
These were approximately 9 x 6 inches tall, so I measured 1.5 inches on each side to mount together with space in the center for a smaller picture.
Hot glue together and then add a couple of staples for added support.
Paint the frame as desired.
Staple each side where you want to secure the wire to hang your pictures cut wires and sucure wire using needle nose pliers to make a knot around the staples.
Use paperclips or mini clothes pins to hang pictures.
I love DIY because it allows for a personalized touch, but also if you think outside of the box you can do it for little cost too! Happy Crafting and merry Christmas everyone!
My sister is probably the biggest Dave Matthews Band fan to walk the face of this planet. She’s been to so many of his concerts I think that she’s even lost counts, following him all the way to the east coast and back!
With that in mind I decided to sculpt a Fire Dancer ornament to give her as a Christmas gift this year and I think it came out pretty amazing considering it was made from aluminum foil, sculpey and acrylic paint.
I separately sculpted the legs, torso and arms and pieced them together by smoothing out the clay together the same way I did in my Bumble sculpting (Mini Sculpting: The Bumble). I screwed a small eye bolt into the head area to hand it before baking it.
After baking it and allowing it to cool off, I painted it red and yellow allowing the paint to bleed into each other to make an appearance of flames.
OMy sister in-law is as crazed about the Nightmare Before Christmas as I am and loves Jack and Sally, So this year I made her a couple of ornaments for her tree. These were particularly fun to make and I think really turned out cute. I’m hoping they can brighten her spirits this year since she recently experienced the loss of her mother and is having a hard time year.
Paint almond shaped eyes horizontally using the white paint. Painting 2-3 coats until you can no longer see the blue coming through.
Trace the eyes in black paint and draw a small arch over each eye making her eye lids, then carefully add her eyelashes and under eye circles.
Add the black pupils to her eyes and once dry add a few white dots of paint for a sparkle in the eyes.
Add a round up turned half circle for her nose in black paint.
Draw her small heart shaped lips mixing a little red and black together for her lips.
Draw aine going over her left eye and the add horizontal lines running through it to make her stitches.
Run a second line underneath that same eye running towards the back of the ornament adding stitch lines horizontally.
Add a line through her mouth running through the one under her eye and add the horizontal stitch marks.
Cut yarn to desired length and hot glue to the top of the ornament using a low temperature glue gun.
Put the ornament cap back on and hang up to enjoy!
Paint his face in your desired look using black paint.
Using sculpey modeling clay, smooth out the shape of his bow tie on a flat surface adding each branch and smoothing it out. Add a small hole with the needle tool to the top of the head to run the string through.
Shape a small pointy heart for the bat head and using a ball tip tool press into the head to create eye sockets secure to the tie with sculpey Bake and bond and bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
While baking, use your needle tip sculpting tool to poke a hole in the bottom of the ornament to run the string through.
Paint the bow tie black front to back and then add white lines.
Once dry, tie an end of the plastic string through the tie and knot it 2-3 times cutting off the extra end. Run other end through the hole pushing it as far up as desired and then add a bit of hot glue to keep it in place.
These are fun and easy to make and are sure to be enjoyed by any Nightmare Before Christmas fan! I hope they’ve inspired you to make your very own! Happy crafting and merry Christmas!
A tradition in my family has been to collect an ornament each year, but ever since I discovered my love of crafting I have been making my own. This year my son and I did a special collaboration with him lending me his finger tips to make my snowmen.
This is a really simple and cute craft that commemorates tiny fingers for future years.
Mop and Glow
Clear plastic or glass ornament
Acrylic paint – white, black, blue, and orange
Red wire ribbon
Pour Mop and Glow into the ornament and swish around the the inside plugging the end with your finger tip; empty the excess.
Pour red glitter into the bulb and plug the end with your finger tip and shake until glitter coats the entire inside; add more if needed continuing to shake.
Dip finger tip into white paint and make three dots on top of each other in the shape of a snowman.
Use a fine tip paint brush and dot the front with snowflakes.
Draw a black line across the top of his head for the brim of the top hat and draw an hour glass shape filling it in black for the remainder of the hat.
Dot the eyes and add the buttons.
Using the blue paint, draw a line across the neck of the head and then two more going downward for the tails.
Draw the tree branche arms using black paint.
Paint the bottom white for snow on the ground.
This may be ane of my absolute favorites this year! Happy crafting and merry Christmas!
I’m not crazy, my reality is just different from yours.
Off with her head!
I saw a version of these on Etsy a really long time ago and always wanted to have them because I always loved this movie as a little girl. Now that I am a glitter ornament making diva I thought no time like the present – speaking of presents I’ll be giving them away for Christmas too.
Maybe I will just have to make them for myself later on, but for now it’s the time of year to give and honestly it makes me feel really wonderful to give my crafts away. I love the home made stuff, to me it shows how much you care about someone by giving them your time – anyone can make a quick meaningless purchase but home made involves customization and thoughtfulness.
These were really simple, you only need the following items:
Clear plastic or glass ornaments
Glitter – red, light blue, light green, and purple (most can be purchased at the dollar store!)
Mop and Glow
Acrylic paint – black, yellow and white
Fine tip artists brushes
Ribbon – black, green, purple, and light blue
Since they’re silhouettes they’re actually really easy and if you mess up just use a qtip to erase the mistake and try again! You’ll be amazed at how simple they are to make, especially since the price tag on Etsy was fairly high for the amount of effort and cost of materials.
Have you ever wondered if making those ornaments using glitter and Mop and Glow really work? Well thanks to finding glitter in various colors I decided to give it a try and to my surprise in really does!
I purchased some clear plastic bulbs from Michael’s in a big pack with DIY in mind and once I found the green glitter at the dollar store it was decided how I was going to use them! It really is easy and once you fill them you can decorate them in various ways!
Clear bulb ornament
Glitter green and red
Mop and Glow
Acrylic paint – black and yellow
Fine tip art
Optional* silver plastic glue on jewel
Wire red and green ribbon
Fill ornament with Mop and Glow and swirl around the inside, pouring out excess.
Fill with glitter and plug the end with your finger tip and shake until glitter covers the inside completely. Add more if needed.
Paint oval shaped yellow eyes.
Once dried trace the eyes in black adding lashes and under eye bags.
Add half open circles for his pupils.
Draw his mouth, nose and wrinkles.
Tie a bow with the green ribbon around the ornament caps loop.
Complete steps 1 and 2 from the Grinch ornament using red glitter.
Using Elmer’s glue write the word believe on the ornament and cover with glitter.
Glue optional star as the dot over the i.
Tie a bow with red ribbon around the ornament caps.
These are so cute and easy! I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Happy crafting and merry Christmas!
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.
Sculpey modeling clay
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)
Shape some aluminum foil for the torso and cover with modeling clay and then sculpt the pecks using a scraping tool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bake the teeth in oven for about 5 minutes, allow to cool down and add to the mouth.
Bake the bumble for 15 minutes.
Once cooled, paint him white with gray accents on the arms, legs, body and head. Paint the teath and eyes white.
Paint the hands and face blue.
Paint the Iris black.
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! 🎄🎅🦌
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.
UPDATE: The results are in and I’m proud to report that this bad boy tied for 1st place in the contest! Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make one for yourself! 🎃😁
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.
Modeling Clay (sculpey)
Modeling Clay Tools for adding texture/shape
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.
Acrylic Paint for Multi Surfaces in Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, and Lite Green
Clear Acrylic Spray Finish
Fine Tip Artist Brushes
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!