Merry Christmas

The month of December I was able to slow down for once and relax. I was able to put my Christmas tree and decorations up early and enjoy them. I also had time to catch up on my DVR, as well as even watch some cheesy made-for-tv holiday specials. :) I also had time to revisit some of my old holiday DIY posts, and clean them up a little for my blog. I especially reflected on 25 Days of Crafts that I did back in 2013 with Cathie of tinsel + trim. It was so fun to go back through all our crafts…remembering all the late nights we spent working on them. :) We were so crazy trying to attempt that.

So whether you have the time off or not, I hope you all had some time to enjoy the festivities, and reflect on the season. Here is a sneak peak of my house all ready for the big day.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

 

Frank

Frank is my resident deer.

He greets me everyday as I walk down my stairs. Most people don’t even notice he is there, however I think he likes that.

I didn’t name him Frank, but ironically my Grandfather’s name was Frank…and my Grandfather was quite the huntsman.

The other day I realized that Frank needed some jewelry…so I gave him some. I took some brass ornaments from Ferm Living (that I had bought post-Christmas) and some long ballchain, and repurposed them into dangling adornments, and got on my tippy toes and hung them from his crown. :) I think he likes them!

(Note: This trophy head is an antique, and a gift from a friend. I am not a hunter, nor will I probably ever go hunting in my life. But someone was proud of this fella, and I’m happy to let him live on in my house.)

 

Day 9: Ribbon candy ornament

Everyone has their favorite Christmas treats. Whether it’s cookies or candy, there is always one that always shows up during the holiday season. Homemade cookies were our favorite treats growing up, however if there was candy…it was Frango chocolate mints. YUM.

Another favorite holiday staple is ribbon candy. Started in 1856, F.B. Washburn Candy Corporation is credited to creating the first ribbon candy in Brockton, Massachusetts. For day 9, Krafty Kath brings you another candy-themed ornament. It’s colorful ripples will add more glitter to my Christmas tree, and who says a girl can’t have too much glitter?

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TIME TO COMPLETE

Approximately 3-4 hours total prep, baking, cooling and finishing.

MATERIALS

  • 2 round wooden beads (12mm)
  • 2 colors of Fimo clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife
  • Clay pin tool or toothpick
  • Clear glitter
  • Paint brush
  • Glittering glue (or Modge Podge)
  • White #5 embroidery thread

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Paint 2 wooden beads with your craft paint and set them aside to dry. These will be little baubles that will top your ribbon ornament.

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Step 2:

Break off 4 sections of Fimo (2 sections in each piece.) Slowly soften it into a 5″ long square shaped piece. It takes awhile to get Fimo malleable. Just squeeze it in your palms for a bit to warm it up.

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Step 3:

Take your rolling pin and roll it lengthwise to make it 6″ long.

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Step 4:

Cut your clay into 2 skinny pieces approximately .25″ wide.

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Step 5:

Repeat steps 1-3 with the other color of clay. You want to have 3 strips of one color and 2 of the other. Totaling 5 strips.

Step 6:

Take the 5 strips and stack them up close together, alternating colors. Squeeze the stack lightly to make sure they stick together.

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Step 7:

Take your rolling pin and roll it lengthwise until it’s approx 1/8″ thick.

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Step 8:

Cut the ends so you have a squared off rectangle.

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Step 9:

Start to form your ribbon by pushing each end towards each other creating the ripples. Be careful, if your clay gets too dry or cold it can break when you are forming it. I found it helpful to hold my fingers on where I wanted it to bend for awhile to get it warmed up. Smooth out any rough edges.

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Step 10:

Once you have your clay formed into the ribbon, take your pin tool or toothpick and put two small holes on one end of the clay. This is where you will insert the thread to hang your ornament.

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Step 11:

Place your clay on a foil lined baking sheet and bake it in the oven.

Each oven heats differently so if you haven’t baked Fimo before read the instructions on the back of the package. I baked mine at 225 degrees for 60 minutes.

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Step 12:

Once you bake the clay take it out of the oven and let it cool completely.

Once it’s cooled, apply your glitter glue (or Modge Podge) with a paint brush. Once it’s lightly coated with glue, dip your brush in the glitter and apply it to the clay. Let it dry completely.

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Step 13:

Cut a piece of the white embroidery thread and thread it through the two holes made in the top of the clay. String two beads at the top

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Now you can hang it on your tree and dream of sugar plums!

Day 7: Icicle ornaments

When I was young, our next door neighbor used to give me and my sister a new ornament each Christmas. After many years of her generosity we had so many ornaments we were able to decorate our OWN tree with those ornaments. They have since traveled with us to our new homes, and our new experiences. I still hang these ornaments on my tree each Christmas and remember those memories.

So for day 7 of 25 days of crafts, we set out to make new memories with an icicle ornament. Cathie and I both had never painted on glass before, and realized it was much harder than it seems! With a lot of trial and error (and a lot of laughing) we tried our hand at this craft. Now that I can say I’ve tried it … I have great respect for the art form.

MATERIALS

You can create one icicle ornament in about 15 minutes, not including drying time. If you are working with glass for the first time, allow yourself additional time (and balls) to practice.

  • Glass balls
  • Silver glass paint
  • Iridescent or glitter glass paint
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Narrow brushes
  • Ribbon

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Before painting, clean your ball with glass cleaner. It also helps to remove the cap and hook, which you can do by gently squeezing the hook on either side and slowly pulling up and out.

Cut a toliet paper tube in thirds, and use one of the pieces to stand your glass ball upright. This will also help keep it standing when it’s drying.

Apply a small amount of silver glass paint to your brush. Starting from the top, pull your brush down along the curve of the ball about a 1/3 of the way. Start with more pressure and release to a light tip for the bottom of the icicle.

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Step 2:

Continue applying icicles in various lengths and widths around the crown of the ball.

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Step 3:

To round the tips of the icicles, paint from the tip of the icicle up toward the base. This will help minimize any hard edges.

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Step 4:

Apply a light layer of the iridescent or glitter paint over each icicle.

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Step 5:

After allowing the paint to dry, reattach the hook and cap. String a piece of ribbon through the hook and tie a bow.

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Woot! You just made an icicle ornament and a new memory!

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