Stamped Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments

With a few supplies including wood pieces from Midwest Products (www.midwestproducts.com), such as these 1/2”x1/4” strips and some alphabet stamps, you can easily create these sweet little holiday crafts that are perfect for displaying your favorite sentiment.

I purchased a Balsa Economy Bag from my local Michael’s Crafts and a handsaw to cut and arrange pieces as shown.

Use a firm cutting surface (such as a wood plaque) and gentle pressure to cut small, thin strips of wood for the tree. Use tacky glue to adhere the pieces in place and allow them to dry for an hour or so. Paint the trees in the color of your choice, I chose DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Olive Green for the “branches,” Burnt Umber for the “trunk,” and Snow White for the wood circle.

When the paint is dry, use tiny alphabet stamps and a favorite holiday sentiment of choice to stamp solvent ink on the branches.

Slightly age your branches and wood circle with chalk ink in a coordinating green color tone.

Decorate your Christmas ornaments by gluing tiny rhinestones to the trunk, in between spaces that you have left for the branches.

I also used vintage encyclopedia pages and a sequined embellishment to decorate my circle. Use a toothpick and tacky glue to adhere stones to the edges of the paper.

Don’t forget to paint the back of your trees for a professional finish to your Christmas ornaments.

Wrap silver tinsel around the top and bottom of your trees and trim on the back using scissors so it doesn’t hide the sentiment.

 Add a twine hanger with tacky glue and your inspirational tree ornaments are complete!

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

 

Snowman Pillowcase Stocking

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This melt-your-heart, super-sized snowman stocking will be the envy of every child on the block – and its made from a pillowcase!

Materials

  • Standard white pillowcase
  • Felt: black, orange, fuchsia, lime green
  • Tulip Caribbean Blue Cool Color Spray
  • Tulip Soft Brushable Fabric Paints: Tropical Green, Turquoise, Hot Pink, Orange Mist
  • Green/white check ribbon, 60” length
  • Black snaps, seven

Tools

  • Foam alphabet stamps
  • Circle templates: 4”, 6”, 8”
  • Cardboard
  • Black permanent marker
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Freezer paper
  • Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, safety pin, newspaper or plastic tablecloth (to protect work surface), masking tape

Directions

Size

20”x30”

Stocking

1. Cover work surface with newspaper or plastic tablecloth. For ground, use tape to mask off about 2” on bottom of pillowcase.

2. For snowman body, draw 4”, 6”, and 8” circles on freezer paper and cut out. Using photo as guide and hot, dry iron, press circles to center of pillowcase, with largest circle on edge of tape.

3. For snow, cut 1” circles from freezer paper. Iron circles around snowman body.

4. Insert cardboard into pillowcase. Spray pillowcase Caribbean Blue, darker at top and lighter at bottom. Let dry. Peel off tape and circles and remove cardboard.

5. Lightly drybrush cheeks Hot Pink. Use marker to draw stick arms and outline snowman and snow.

6. Print and cut out patterns. For scarf pattern, cut various-sized strips from fuchsia felt and adhere to scarf. Adhere hat, nose, and scarf to snowman.

7. For eyes and buttons, make tiny cuts into pillowcase. Attach snaps to pillowcase through cuts.

8. Use sponge scraps to dab paint colors of choice onto foam alphabet stamps. Stamp name across bottom of pillowcase.

9. For hanger, make 1” cut on both sides of seam on open end of pillowcase. Attach safety pin to ribbon and insert through pillowcase casing. Remove pin.

10. Fill pillowcase with gifts. Pull ribbon ends to tighten and tie closed.

Tips

  • Use a hair dryer to speed up drying time when spraying or stamping fabric.
  • For added effect, highlight “snow” areas with crystal glitter paint.

by Mary Ayres

Greetings for the Holidays Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Send a little hug for the December holidays, courtesy of this cute ‘n cuddly fellow.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft Cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Papers: Borders, North Pole, Candlelight, Cute Cuts
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Stickers: Alpha & Bits, Miniatures
  • Cherry Arte Journaling Spot

Tools

  • Open scallop border punch
  • Black journaling pen
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/2”x5-1/4” kraft side-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut green dot paper panel to fit bottom third of card, leaving narrow kraft border visible. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Cut yellow, polka dot, and red strips to cover top two-thirds of card. Use pen to draw faux stitched border around each strip. Overlap and adhere strips to card, leaving same narrow kraft border visible.

STEP 4

Cut 4-1/2”x1” strip from striped side of Cute Cuts paper, being careful not to cut into desired penguin image on opposite side. Border punch bottom long edge and adhere to card over top edge of green dot panel.

STEP 5

Adhere journaling spot to card with foam tape.

STEP 6

Detail cut penguin from Cute Cuts paper; adhere to card with paper adhesive and foam tape.

STEP 7

Adhere sentiment stickers from Miniatures sticker sheet and Alpha & Bits sticker sheet to card with foam tape.

Tip

Replace penguin with another holiday character of choice cut from Cute Cuts paper.

by Kerryn Fry for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)

Tabletop Christmas Tree

The holiday season is in full swing and today I’m sharing a pint-sized Christmas tree full of handcrafted ornaments that will help brighten up any décor or make a wonderful gift for someone special. Using a box of holiday-themed chipboard embellishments as the base for the ornaments makes this project come together in a snap. Here is a view of the front.

I found the 2’-tall tree at a craft store (used a coupon!) and added the red-and-white checked ribbon to the burlap base. Then came the fun part – adding bits of trim, stickers, glitter, buttons, and other embellishments to create the ornaments. A Crop-A-Dile came in handy for punching holes in the chipboard, and assorted twine, thread, and wire was used to create the hangers. Here is a look at the back…

…and a view from the side.

I should warn you that making these little ornaments is so much fun that it’s hard to know when to stop. Here is a closer look at a few of my favorites:

A bit of red glitter glue on the scarf and a few buttons adhered with adhesive dots dressed up this chipboard snowman.

On this ornament, green-and-white baker’s twine was used for the hanger and stickers decorate the front. Brush baby powder or cornstarch over any exposed area of the sticker to neutralize the adhesive (such as the back ends of the December 25 sticker here).

A little bit of glitter can have a big impact. I used it on this ornament, along with a scrap of ribbon, as well as on the sweet gingerbread house below.

Some pieces hardly needed any embellishment – this tree was already glittered and I only added the adhesive gem to the top.

Others were a bit more involved. The tag base for this one was die cut and threaded with ribbon and wire. The front was decorated with a dimensional sticker.

To create the topper, I die cut cardstock and green patterned paper and adhered them together. I added a large white brad behind the “Joy” sticker.

The ends of the brad wrap around the top of the tree to hold it in place.

Now… are you ready for the best part of today’s post? Me & My BIG Ideas has donated a terrific prize packagewhich includes the chipboard embellishments used to create these ornaments – for one lucky winner. To be entered in the drawing all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and we will announce the winner on December 12, 2012.

Supplies

  • Tabletop tree – Michaels Arts & Crafts
  • Assorted holiday-themed chipboard embellishments, stickers, and patterned papers – Me & My BIG Ideas
  • Small Craft Zots adhesive– Therm O Web
  • Stickles Glitter Glue in assorted colors – Ranger
  • Crop-A-Dile hole punch – We Are Memory Keepers
  • Other: assorted ribbon, trim, wire, buttons, and brads

Until next time… happy crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.typepad.com)

Advent Tree

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Count the days ’til Christmas with this bright and cheery Advent Tree. Simply move a light bulb onto the tree for each day, then add the star at the top on Christmas day to reveal a fully decorated tree!

Materials

  • Craft foam: brown, 1-1/2”x2”; blue, 11-1/2”x18”, two; white, 11-1/2”x18”; green, 11-1/2” x 18”
  • 24 pre-cut craft foam light bulb shapes

Tools

  • Aleene’s Adhesives: Spritz-On Reposition-It! Tacky Glue, Reposition-It! Tacky Glue, FunCraft Foam Glue
  • Markers: black medium-tip; silver metallic

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler or yardstick

Directions

Note

Use photo as guide for creating this project.

Advent Tree

1. Print and cut out patterns. Follow directions on patterns.

2. For calendar, use one blue sheet, black marker, and ruler or yardstick to draw four 2-1/4” wide vertical lines. Measure and draw a 3-1/2” wide horizontal line from top edge; measure and draw four 3” wide horizontal lines from first line. Use marker to write in numbers, 1-25. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for foam glue to adhere other blue sheet to top 1/2” of calendar. Use marker to draw a wiggly outline along the side edges of banner.

3. For top, middle, and bottom of banner snowdrifts, cut from width of white foam sheet and cut strips so one long edge is straight and other is a random wave. For top snowdrift, cut foam to measure 2” on left side and 4” on right side. For middle snowdrift, cut waves to measure between 1-3/4” and 2-1/2”. For bottom snowdrift, cut waves to measure between 2-3/4” and 3-1/4”. With Figure 1 on pattern as guide, use black marker for the following: write “Advent Tree” on top snowdrift and draw snowflakes to each side of words; write family’s name on middle snowdrift; write “Christmas Countdown” on bottom snowdrift; outline edges of each snowdrift and around “Christmas Countdown” as shown.

4. To assemble the banner, adhere top snowdrift to top of banner so straight edges are aligned. Adhere middle snowdrift to center of banner at overlap, and bottom snowdrift to bottom of banner so straight edges are aligned.

5. To assemble the tree, center and adhere trunk to top of middle snowdrift. Center and adhere tree pieces to banner, overlapping edges slightly: tree bottom to top of trunk; tree middle to top of tree bottom; tree top to top of tree middle. Adhere tree snow layers to overlapped edges of tree, beginning with first tree snow layer and ending with fourth tree snow layer.

6. Use silver marker to draw bulb threading, to highlight bulbs, and to color in star as shown. Let dry. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply tacky reposition glue to back of bulbs and star. Press bulbs onto calendar squares and place star on the 25th. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply pump-spray reposition glue to back of entire advent calendar. When dry, banner may be placed where desired without the use of tools or hardware, and removed quickly and easily when the season is over.

Tip

If you are unable to locate pre-cut Christmas light bulb shapes, cut your own from craft foam.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Merry Little Christmas Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Banners, and presents, and polka dots – oh my! Bright, playful chipboard stickers highlight this adorable, retro design.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft Cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Papers: Quadrants, Borders, North Pole, Candlelight, Cute Cuts
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Stickers: Alpha & Bits, Chipboard Icons, Miniatures

Tools

  • Open scallop border punch
  • Brown ink pad
  • Black journaling pen
  • Derivan KindyGlitz Chrystallina Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/2”x5-1/4” kraft side-fold card. Sponge edges with brown ink.

STEP 2

Cut polka-dot panel, slightly smaller than card front, from Quadrants paper. Use black pen to draw faux stitched border around edges; adhere to card.

STEP 3

Cut 4-1/2”x2” panel from red side of Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Cut two 4”x1” strips from green side of North Pole paper; border punch one long edge of each strip and sponge edges brown. Adhere scalloped strips beneath top and bottom edges of red panel; adhere piece to card 3/4” from bottom edge.

STEP 4

Cut white, green, and red journaling card from Cute Cuts paper; mat on yellow side of Candlelight paper, leaving narrow border. Adhere upside down to card, 1/2” from left and bottom edges. Adhere red banner sticker across top of journaling card.

STEP 5

Sponge edges of chipboard tree and pink star stickers with brown ink. Adhere stickers to right side of card as shown.

STEP 6

Detail cut assorted packages from Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Remove chipboard package stickers from sticker sheet; sponge edges brown. Using photo as guide, build package border along bottom of card, using foam tape to add dimension.

STEP 7

Remove two small round stickers from Miniatures sheet, sponge edges brown, and adhere to packages as shown.

STEP 8

Remove sentiment sticker from Alpha & Bits sheet and cut after “yourself.” Sponge edges brown. Mat stickers on yellow side of Candlelight paper; sponge edges brown. Mat again on red side of Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Adhere to card with paper adhesive over tree and foam tape over journaling card.

STEP 9

Highlight tree and packages with glitter glue; let dry.

Tip

Create a smaller scene on a kraft package tag instead.

by Kerryn Fry for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)

Upcycled Pickle Jar Votive

How about recycling your old pickle jars into a beautiful seasonal votive? Suzanne Czosek with you today, sharing a recent upcycled home decor design. I started with a pickle jar that I soaked the label off of to create this:

1. Once the jar was clean and dry, I started a multi-layering technique with paint and inks to create the pretty texture and effect. Between each step, I let the surface dry.

2. To begin, paint the surface of the jar with white acrylic paint.

3. Using the Ranger Tim Holtz Metallic Distress Stains, in any order, streak colors down sides of painted jar. Repeat multiple times, varying colors to create a streaky effect.

4. Apply a thick coat of Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy over the entire jar.  Let dry until paint begins to dry and crackle; this may take awhile.

5. After the paint crackles, you are done on the outside. The surface of the glass will be exposed and the crackle paint is very delicate, so put it somewhere where it won’t be bumped.  An alternative to working directly on the glass is to use vellum paper cut to fit around the outside and follow the same steps.

6. Turn the jar on its side and pour clear embossing powder over surface. Heat from inside using heat gun to melt embossing powder.  Be careful as the glass will stay hot for awhile. I did this on my craft mat, which is heat resistant, and waited in between sides to let it cool off. Turn jar over and repeat embossing until entire surface is complete.

7. Finish the rim of the jar by applying gold Krylon Leafing Pen around the top. This adds a lovely gold finish.

8. I found the beautiful pearl trim at my local fabric store.  Use the Leafing Pen to add a touch of gold to the pearls to coordinate with the jar rim. Glue the pearl trim around the top edge of the jar.

The crackle effect allows the perfect amount of light to filter through and create a beautiful autumn or holiday glow.

Happy Crafting!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Deck The Halls

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

There’s no time like the present to get started on your holiday gift ideas. Stitch this quick-and easy design on a bag or tea towel for a festive gift.

Materials

  • Charles Craft Ecru Huck Towel with 14-count inset
  • Charles Craft Natural Small Tote with 14-count inset
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Gold Blending Filament

Tools

  • Needle

Stitch Type

  • Blended Needle: 1 strand floss/2 strands blending filament
  • Cross Stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate size of finished design: 3-1/2″x5″; stitch count: 50 w x 69 h

Deck the Halls

1. Print pattern and key.

2. Stitch design centered on inset.

by Lois Winston for Charles Craft

Stamped Tag Trio

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use contemporary tools to create the look of yesteryear on these clean and elegant package toppers.

Materials

  • Manila tags, 4-1/2”x2-3/8”, three
  • Cardstock: white smooth; blue, green, red textured
  • K&Co. Elizabeth Brownd Visions of Christmas Paper Pad
  • Red grosgrain ribbon
  • Natural baker’s twine

Tools

  • Inkadinkado Cling Mini Stamp Sets: Village Park, Village Quarters, Village Signs and Tags, Village Expressions, Village Toys and Gifts, Village Shoppes
  • Inkadinkado Accessories: Clear Small and Medium Blocks, Stamping Surface, Glitter Powder Tray
  • EK Tools Tools: Cutterpede Straight Edge Trimmer, Honey Bee Scissors
  • Ink pads: black solvent; blue, red, green pigment; light brown dye
  • Colored pencils
  • Inkadinkado Clear Embossing Powder
  • Herma Dotto Blue Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, pencil, heat tool, hole punch, sponge dauber

Size:

4-1/2”x2-3/8”

Directions

1. Cut light tan patterned paper to same size as manila tag and adhere to tag. Turn tag over to back; punch hole through patterned paper.

2. Stamp desired scene onto tag using black solvent ink; let dry. Using photos as guide, color images with pencils; leave some areas uncolored for vintage look.

3. Stamp sentiment in blue, red, or green pigment ink; heat emboss with clear powder.

4. Carefully edge tag with light brown dye ink; let dry.

5. Cut slightly larger tag shapes from white and coordinating cardstock. Layer and adhere tags together. Punch hole through all layers.

6. Holding red ribbon and twine together, loop trims through hole in tag for finished look.

Tip

Add some sparkle to snowy areas with a glitter pen or glitter glue.

by Jennifer Brown for EK Success Brands (www.eksuccessbrands.com)

Snowman Lawn Greeting

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Let it Snow! This cheery fellow is a fun way to greet your guests during the holidays with wishes for the winter season!

Materials

  • Metal bucket, 10” tall
  • Wooden items: fence post, 54” tall; plaques, 1⁄4” thick, 3”x10”, 3”x12”, 3”x14”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: White, Pumpkin, Hydrangea Pink, Black, Opaque Yellow, Opaque Red, Rhythm in Blue
  • Fleece fabric: red, 3⁄4 yard; blue, 1⁄4 yard
  • Yellow rick rack, 5⁄8” wide, 32” length
  • Ribbon: green polka dot grosgrain, 1” wide, 18” length; yellow satin, 1⁄4” wide, 8” lengths, two
  • Buttons: red, white, 1⁄2”; white snowflakes, 3⁄4”, six
  • Artificial greenery, small amount

Tools

  • Delta Stencil Magic Whimsical Dot Alphabet Stencil Mania Stencil
  • Delta Stencil Magic Stamp and Stencil Sponges
  • Delta: Metal Primer, Exterior/Interior Varnish, All-Purpose Sealer
  • Hammer and nails
  • Adhesives: Delta Sobo Glue, masking tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply sealer to post and primer to bucket. Basecoat post and bucket White, small plaque Opaque Yellow, medium plaque Opaque Red, and large plaque Rhythm ‘N Blue.

STEP 2

For signs, position stencil on plaque; secure with masking tape. Stencil lettering White. Paint White wavy lines around edges and add White dots to Rhythm ‘N Blue sign.

STEP 3

Print pattern. Transfer details to bucket. Paint cheeks Hydrangea Pink and nose Pumpkin. Add Tangerine details to nose and paint eyes and mouth Black. Add White highlight dots to eyes and cheeks.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply varnish to signs and bucket.

STEP 5

For hat, position red fleece around bucket with 1” overlapping at back; glue in place. Roll up 3” to make cuff; glue hat to bucket and rick rack around cuff line. Stuff hat with plastic bags. Gather hat at top; tie green ribbon bow. Thread yellow ribbon through white button; tie bow. Glue button to green bow. For fringe, trim fleece above bow to 4”; cut 1”-wide fringe.

STEP 6

For scarf, tie blue fleece around bucket; knot and spot glue. For fringe, cut 4” slits, 1” apart, in scarf ends. Thread yellow ribbon through red button; knot and tie bow. Glue greenery to face, button to greenery, and snowflake buttons to greenery and scarf.

STEP 7

Using photo as guide, nail signs to post. Adhere bucket onto top of post.

by Cheryl Ball for Delta Technical Coatings, Inc.