Saturday, November 24, 2012

Golf Ball Snowman Ornament

Turn an old golf ball into a snowman ornament.


You will need:

-  Felt in red and black
-  Golf ball
-  Eye screw
-  Drill
-  Glitter or beads in green and red
-  Acrylic paint in white, orange and black
-  A thin ribbon in green
-  Wire, ribbon or fishing line
-  White slick paint (optional) for snow accent
-  Hot glue


Here it the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Drill a small hole in the top of the golf ball and insert eye screw.  It should screw in very easily.
2.  Paint golf ball with white acrylic paint - it might need two coats and allow to dry
3.  With the end of a paint brush or skewer, dip into black acrylic paint and make eyes and mouth
4.  Paint an orange triangle for the carrot nose
5.  Cut black felt into a circle and cut a hole in the middle
6.  Cut a strip of black felt and make a tube for the top of the hat
7.  Glue on the circle/brim
8.  Glue on the tube/top part of hat
9.  Cut red felt into a strip and overlap to create a scarf - use hot glue to tack it together
10.  Glue the snowman to the scarf
11.  Take thin ribbon and glue around the hat for trim
12.  Put a glob of hot glue on the hat and sprinkle with red beads or red glitter
13.  Put a glob of hot glue on the scarf and sprinkle with green beads or green glitter
14.  Optional - take slick fabric paint and run some along random edges of the snowman's scarf and hat to look like snow and sprinkle a white or iridescent glitter on it while wet - let everything dry

Your snowman is ready to be enjoyed!  It's a great ornament to decorate the house, or to put on a package!

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Golf Ball Santa Ornament Craft Tutorial

Create this fun craft for the holidays!  It's Santa!


You will need:
-  Golf ball
-  Acrylic paint in red, black, flesh and pink
-  Felt in red and white
-  One white pom pom
-  Eye screw
-  Drill
-  Wire, ribbon or fishing line
-  Hot glue or a tacky glue

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Drill or start a hole in the top of the golf ball.  
2.  Take eye screw and it easily screws into the golf ball.
3.  Paint the golf ball a flesh color and let dry - if you add the wire, you can hang it to dry
4.  Paint two dots for eyes in black (use the back of a paint brush or the back of a skewer)
5.  Make a red dot for the mouth
6.  Use pink to make rosy cheeks - optional to do a little white hair with white acrylic paint
7.  With the pointy end of the skewer, draw a black outline around the mouth
8.  Allow all painting to dry
9.  Cut white felt into mustache, beard, eyebrow and hat trim pieces
10.  Cut red into a cone shape for the hat
11.  Glue cone shape together and glue to top of head - leave a hole in the top of the hat so the wire, ribbon or fishing line can stick out and it can be hung
12.  Glue trim a around bottom of hat
13.  Glue eyebrows, beard and mustache pieces in place
14.  Glue pom pom into place
15.  Allow to dry and enjoy your ornament

It's a great gift for a golf enthusiast!  Perfect gift topper!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays!

Mona










Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Plaster Snowman Bowl Craft Tutorial


Here is a cute craft that is functional too!  
You will need:
-  Plaster of Paris
-  Water
-  Balloon
-  Parchment paper
-  Acrylic paint in orange and black
-  Resin
-  Disposable brush

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Put parchment paper down on your work surface.
2.  Blow up balloon
3.  In a bowl, mix plaster according to directions on package - I did 2 parts plaster to 1 part water
4.  Take some plaster  and put it on the parchment paper - that will serve as your base
5.  Take your balloon and gently roll it around in the plaster - making the bowl as deep or shallow as you want.
6.  When it is thick enough on the balloon, gently lift the balloon out of the plaster and set it on the base.  If it sits on its own, GREAT!  If not, be creative and rig something up for it to lean on.  If it isn't as  thick as you would like, you can take a spoon or popsicle stick and kind of frost it as you would a cake.  You may think you are out of the woods for it to pop, but you are wrong, it can spontaneously pop, so beware!  If and when it does, say whatever makes you feel better, wipe the plaster out of your hair and try again!
7.  Allow to dry over night.
8.  When dry, pop balloon and the entire thing should easily lift off of the parchment paper.
9.  Be careful with it.  It is very fragile!
10.  I painted 2 or 3 coats of white acrylic paint over the entire thing, inside and out.  You can even do a couple of coats of Mod Podge, if you think that would help give it strength.  Paint on your carrot nose with the orange acrylic paint.  Then, paint on the coal eyes and mouth with the black acrylic paint.
11.  Allow everything to completely dry.
12.  Working on parchment paper - I think parchment paper may be my FAVORITE paper to work on - prepare your resin (according to package directions) and carefully drip and brush the entire thing with resin.  My snowman had a hole in the bottom and I let the resin pool at the bottom and fill the hole.  I threw some glitter in while the resin was still wet and now... no more hole!
13.  Allow to dry overnight.  Depending on how thick it is, you may or may not want to coat it with more resin.  Up to you.  You are at a critical time at around 12 hours after putting on the resin.  You are working on parchment paper because the resin pulls right off of it.  Yay!  You will likely have resin pooling around the bottom, as I did, see video tutorial above.  Now is the time to trim that off with scissors.  It's not wet anymore, but it's still pliable and able to be cut with scissors.  If you let it go longer  and it's fully cured, you would probably have to file or sand it down, which is a much bigger job!

Enjoy your snowman bowl!  It makes a great gift for someone else or yourself!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Sunday, November 18, 2012

String Christmas Tree Craft

Here's an easy craft to brighten up your holiday decor.  It's made of string so NO REAL CANDLES - BATTERY OPERATED ONLY!!!


You will need:
-  Four packages of embroidery floss -  3 different greens and one red
-  Liquid starch
-  Five wooded skewers
-  Hot glue
-  Little bit of green glitter
-  Styrofoam cone
-  Plastic wrap
-  Red acrylic paint





Here is the video tutorial:














Directions:
1.  Wrap styrofoam cone in plastic wrap
2.  Fill bowl with liquid starch
3.  Unwind your first color  - darkest green - and carefully put into starch.  DO NOT JUST PUT THE WHOLE THING IN THE STARCH, IT WILL TANGLE AND KNOT.... I might know this from experience...  also hold on to the end....
4.  Wrap the tree in a random pattern with the dark green, the second darkest green, the red and then the lightest green.
5.  Set aside to dry overnight.
6.  Carefully pull out cone from tree - the plastic wrap should release easily.
7.  Take wooden skewers and cut off a length of the point end... this will be for your tree topper
8.  On parchment paper, arrange the pieces into the shape of a star.  Put a dab of hot glue into the middle and push each one gently into to glue.
9.  Allow to cool and paint.
10.  Allow to dry and put a small dab of hot glue in the center and sprinkle with green glitter.
11.  Carefully hot glue to the top of the tree and VIOLA!  You are done!!

Hope you try it!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona







Glittered Stemware Craft Tutorial


This is possibly one of the easiest crafts and inexpensive to boot!  It's perfect for customizing your stemware so everyone remembers which glass is theirs.

You will need:
-  Stemware from the dollar store.  They are GREAT glasses for A BUCK!
-  Mod Podge
-  Glitter - I was able to find a few colors at the dollar store, but you may have to look elsewhere if you want a wide array of colors, which... I DO!
-  Painters tape
-  To finish the glass and make sure the glitter stays put, you can put on another coat of Mod Podge, do a spray lacquer (make sure to cover all non glitter areas, so you don't get it all over the glass!), or I used a Triple Thick and brushed it on.  My first choice would be to spray, but it's too cold for me to spray outside and I DO NOT like to spray inside!  So Triple Thick was the winner for me!


Here is the video tutorial:









 Directions:

1.  Take a piece of painters tape and wrap it around the stem.  I wanted the glitter to go up the stem a little and the tape gave it a nice clean line.
2.  Brush Mod Podge on the stem and base, below the painters tape.
3.  Apply glitter to wet Mod Podge.
4.  Allow to dry.
5.  When dry, put finish over the glitter.  I brushed Triple Thick.  If I had the ability to spray finish, the would have been my first choice ONLY because it's a little easier and quicker.












That's it!  Pour yourself a drink!  I might use these everyday!  I can fancy up my orange juice in the morning, or my glass of water for dinner!

These are not dishwasher safe.  You will need to hand wash them, but it's so worth it!

Have fun!  Happy Holidays!  Happy Crafting!  And thanks for stopping by!

Mona




Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fuzzy Feather Boa Christmas Ornament

Do you want to add a splash of color and a bit of fun!  Dig out an old boa and start crafting!


You will need:

-  Feather boa
-  Styrofoam ball
-  Hot glue
-  Fishing line
-  Something to make a hole in the styrofoam ball - I used a wooded skewer
-  Paint in a similar color to your boa

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  I painted the styrofoam ball red, incase it was ever seen.  It provides a bit of camouflage.
2.  Poke a hole in the ball with a wooded skewer.
3.  Feed the fishing line through, know it and secure with a dab of hot glue.
4.  Begin winding the boa around the styrofoam ball, while hot gluing it into place at various intervals.
5.  When you come to the end, snip it off and start on the other side.
6.  When it cool, you are ready to hang!!

This is perfect for the holidays, but can be a fun ornament/decoration any time of the year!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Snowman Collage Art Craft Tutorial

You will need:

-  Wood plaque
-  Mod podge
-  Construction paper
-  White all purpose paper
-  Snowflake paper punch
-  Acrylic paint (light blue, cobalt blue, glitter blue, pearl blue, white)
-  Paintbrush
-  Contact paper
-  Fine white or iridescent glitter










Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Use the different light blue colors to paint the background.  Take the cobalt blue, watered down, and create streaks over the light blue.  Then use the cobalt blue to paint around the edges to create a border.
2.  Take a piece of contact paper and punch out a snowflake (with snowflake paper punch).
3.  Use a stencil brush and white acrylic paint to stencil snowflakes on the background, top with the fine glitter.  Allow to dry and shake off excess glitter.
4.  Using the snowflake punch, punch out a bunch of snowflakes -- out of a regular white paper.
5.  Using the snowflakes and the Mod Podge, begin to layer the snowflakes into a snowman.  Make it multiple layers so little to none of the background shows through.  Allow to dry.
6.  Using construction paper, cut out blue pieces for the top hat, orange for the carrot nose, black for pieces of coal, brown for the stick arms and yellow for a crescent moon.
7.  Place each piece and Mod Podge into place.
8.  Allow everything to dry and then put one or two more layers of Mod Podge over the entire piece.
9.  Allow to dry and enjoy your ART!!

Hope you try it.  It takes a little patience, but offers a folksy sort of feel to some winter artwork!


Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!!

Mona


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mint Christmas Tree Craft

Here is a fun and festive craft to brighten up your holiday decor!



You will need:

-  Styrofoam cone
-  Mints
-  Hot glue
-  Green acrylic paint
-  Five clean and dry pistachio shells
-  Red paint and a little glitter
-  Green ribbon/raffia
-  Small clear marble
-  Skewer stick


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Paint the styrofoam cone green and allow to dry.
2.  Starting at the bottom, hot glue the mints on the tree.  Go around one line at a time, until you reach the top.
3.  Paint a skewer stick -- break it like 2/3rds of the way down and paint it red.
4.  Arrange the pistachio shells on a piece of parchment paper.  Put them into a flower shape.  Put a glob of hot glue in the center of all of the shells, making sure all shells are secured and allow to cool.
5.  Paint the flower red and allow to dry.  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle some glitter on the wet paint.
6.  Put a dab of hot glue in the middle of the flower and attach the small marble.  Allow to cool.
7.  Make a rough bow with the raffia (loop back and forth, six to eight times) and wrap a piece around the middle.  Put a dab of hot glue in the middle and do one more wrap.
8.  Separate ribbon and hot glue at base of stick.

Put it on a candleholder and you are done!

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona






Christmas Flower Ornament Recycling Craft




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Here is an easy craft that is made out of recycled toilet paper rolls.  

You will need:

-  One empty toilet paper roll
-  Scissors
-  Three small glass marbles
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Red glitter
-  White glue
-  Green ribbon
-  Hot glue

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Flatten the toilet paper roll and cut a piece that is approximately 1/2 inch (or less - I don't measure, so eyeball how wide you want the petals to be).

2.  Cut five petals total.  Put a dab of hot glue near the top of each one and glue to the next petal to secure them in place.  Now it should look like a flower.

3.  Paint entire flower with red acrylic paint.

4.  When dry, paint with glue and sprinkle with glitter.  Allow to dry.

5.  Put a glob of hot glue in the center, where all of the petals meet and attach the glass marbles.

6.  Punch a hole in one of the petals - I used a hole punch - and string a ribbon through and make a loop to hang the ornament.

That's it!


For another fun Christmas craft using toilet paper rolls, check out the Frosty Christmas Star!  For all kinds of fun stuff, click on the Tutorials tab to see all my crafts!!  There is something for everyone!  

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Thanks for stopping by!   Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Twig Wreath Ornaments Craft Tutorial


I created these two wreaths with different looks for Christmas.  One uses traditional colors, while the other uses non-traditional colors.

You will need:
-  Card stock
-  Twigs
-  Brown acrylic paint
-  Dowel rod caps
-  Hot glue
-  Ribbon
*Depending on how you want to decorate your wreath, depends on the other color of acrylic paint you would need and if you want to glitter the dowel caps, you would also need white glue and glitter.

Here is the video tutorial:

Directions:
1.  Trace a larger circle on the card stock and a smaller circle inside of the larger circle.  This is for the size of your wreath.  I used the top of a Solo cup for the outside circle and a pop can for the inside.  Cut out the wreath.
2.  Paint the paper wreath with brown acrylic paint.  I painted it brown so if any of the paper should show through, it would not be as noticeable as if it were white.
3.  Go outside and find twigs or thin sticks and cut them into smaller, random pieces.


4.  Begin hot gluing the twigs onto the paper wreath.  Tip:  I usually will begin by gluing four evenly spaced pieces and filling in between.  Otherwise, you might not work with the curve and end up with some lined up in a straight line.


5.  Continue filling until you have completely filled in both sides with the twigs.




6.  To create the red berries, I painted small wooded dowel rod caps (from craft store) and painted them red.  When dry, I painted them with white glue and sprinkled them with glitter.  Then I hot glued them in place and tied a ribbon on the wreath for hanging.





7.  If you wanted to do the Joy wreath, I painted the dowel caps with a light blue/green and painted over them with the glitter paint in the same color.  I used Martha Stewart paint for those.

8.  To make the Joy sign, I printed (on a laser printer) the word JOY, on card stock.  I took a metallic silver acrylic paint, watered it down and painted over the word JOY.  I allowed it to dry and then cut it into strips because I was going for more of a slat look.  After I cut them into strips, I took a black permanent marker an ran it just along the edges to give it a finished, almost a border look.  It's a very subtle touch, but I think it makes a difference.  I hot glued the JOY into place, by putting a dot of hot glue on each end of each piece and placed them.  I then finished with the dowel caps and hot glued them into place.  Tie on a ribbon and you are done!
 

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Scarecrow Centerpiece Craft - Recycled Materials




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I made this scarecrow craft when one of my YouTube viewer requested a scarecrow centerpiece for Thanksgiving.  I don't know if this is what she had in mind, but this is what I came up with.  So thank you MeganK00 for the request and inspiration!

This craft uses mostly recycled materials and is overall pretty easy.

Normally, I would offer written directions, but I think in this case, the video would better serve to show you and answer any questions.


You will need:

-  Two brown paper grocery bags
-  One brown paper lunch sack
-  Crumpled up newspaper, or shredding from your shredder
-  Permanent marker - black
-  Mod Podge (optional)
-  String - to tie top of bag
-  Acrylic paint - brown, orange and green (poster paint would work well too)
-  Two large buttons
-  Scissors
-  Straw or raffia
-  Frozen food tray (cleaned)
-  Rope
-  Hot glue, or tacky glue


Here is the video tutorial:





  


Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Monday, November 5, 2012

Golf Tee Snowflake Craft Tutorial

If you read a few posts back, I made a golf tee star.  This is exactly the same project, except I substituted white glitter, for the gold.  I wanted to share the different look.  If you are looking for directions, go to the Golf Tee Glitter Star Christmas Ornament post.

Or here is the video tutorial for the snowflake.






Here are some pictures:








It's time to get your festive on!  Happy Holidays!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, November 4, 2012

Golf Tee and Glitter Christmas Tree Ornament

Use golf tees to make these fun and festive ornaments.


 You will need:

-  9 golf tees
-  Green glitter
-  Hot glue
-  White glue
-  Green acrylic paint
-  Fishing line
-  Parchment paper
-  Double sided tape (optional)


Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Lay down parchment paper and put down some strips of double sided tape.  I did this because the golf tees had a tendency to roll and the double sided tape gave it just enough stickiness to stay in place.  
See video tutorial above to see how I laid it out.

2.  Place the golf tees, with the pointy ends together to make a point.  Do this with eight of the golf tees.  The final golf tee should be placed with the wider end down to act as the stem.

3.  Hot glue everywhere the golf tees touch and run a bead along the middle (from the tip of the stem to the top of the tree).  Allow to cool and repeat on other side.

4.  Take a short piece of fishing line and put the ends together.  Put a bead of hot glue at the tip of the tree (on whichever side you would prefer to be the backside) and put the two ends of the fishing line together in the hot glue.  Put another small bead on top to make sure it is secure.  I don't even pretend to be able to tie fishing line, so this is my solution.  Allow to cool.  The fishing line allows you to hang the ornament.

5.  Use green acrylic paint to paint the entire tree and allow to dry.
6.  Using a paint brush, paint the entire tree with white glue and immediately sprinkle with green glitter.  Allow to dry, flip over and repeat with the glue and the glitter.  It is helpful to work in a tray, so it catches any excess glitter and you can return it into the container to reuse.

7.  When it's dry, you can hang it up and enjoy it.   You can use a spray lacquer over it to help keep the glitter on, but it's also fine without it.  Use it as an ornament, or on a gift.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!  Happy Crafting!

Mona