Snowman Santa Wood Bead Ornament

How to make a Snowman Santa Wood Bead Ornament

Every year I like to make a new ornament or two for my Christmas Tree.

The Snowman Santa Ornament is an easy project that the whole family can make.

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Directions:

  • Paint three wood beads with white acrylic paint.
  • Tie the ends of the Natural Twine together to create a loop.
  • Bend the small wire at the top of the looped twine to help you pull the wood beads.  String all three beads onto the natural twine.

  • Tie a knot at the top of the beads and trim off the excess twine.

  • Place the Santa Hat on the top of the beads to determine glue placement.  Remove the hat and add a small amount of glue on each side of the bead.  Add Santa Hat.
  • Give the Santa Hat a bend and glue in place with glue.
  • Thread the red and white twine through the needle, insert it into the top of the Santa Hat to create a hanger to hang the Snowman.

  • To Make the Scarf:  Cut a small thin piece of red felt.  (approx. 1/2″ x 7″)  Cut two small strips of white felt and glue them on each end of the red felt strip.  Fringe the ends of the red felt.
  • Tie the scarf around the top bead.  Add a small dab of glue to keep the scarf in place.

  • Use a paint marker to draw a simple face on the Snowman.

A Cute Little Snowman Ornament to hang on your Christmas Tree.

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The Bow Maker Die for Paper Crafters

I recently got a chance to play with the Bow Maker Die from The Maker’s Movement.

While I will admit that I was confused for a brief moment on how it worked.

Once I figured out how easy it was to use, I wanted to share this simple project

and tutorial with you.

 

The Bow Maker is a four-piece die set that is deep etched, which makes it so easy to cut through cardstock, thick paper, and even fabric. They are great for greeting cards, birthday cards, scrapbooking, gift tags, and much more fun projects.

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I decorated a little jar I found at  Dollar Tree and topped it off with a cute little paper bow.

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It makes a quick, simple, and inexpensive gift.

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Directions:

  1. Die-cut decorative scrapbook paper using the Bow Maker Die.  The dies cut four pieces, two bow loops, a center, and a bow base.
  2. Gently curl the paper on the two bow loops using your fingers or a small round marker to make the paper pliable for bending.
  3. Bend the ends over and glue to the underneath side of the paper using a quick setting glue like Rapid Fuse*.  (you could also use a small glue dot)
  4. Stack and glue the bow loops onto the bow base.
  5. Glue the center around the middle of the bow.

A Merry Little Christmas Tiny Book and Book Case

A Merry Little Christmas Tiny Book and Book Case

A perfect little album for adding small Holiday photos and writing special memories on the

pages.  The set would make a nice little gift or to use as an ornament to hang from your tree.

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Directions:

  • Place a piece of white mat board over the Tiny Book Die and place between the two cutting plates on the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine*.  Crank the handle to run the die through the rollers of the machine to cut out the tiny book.
  • With the book base flat, adhere the scrapbook layers onto the front and back of the book.
  • Cut the words “merry” and “Christmas time” out of gold adhesive craft vinyl and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.  You could also use small Christmas Word Stickers.
  • Cut a Small Scallop Square out of white cardstock and the Nested Scalloped Frame Die.
  •  Apply the vinyl word “merry” using a small piece of transfer paper onto the top left corner of the scallop frame.
  • Apply the words “Christmas time” on the spine of the tiny book.
  • Adhere adhesive craft foam under the small scalloped square.  This creates a small shadow box frame for the front of the tiny book.
  • Cut a small 1 1/4″ piece of coordinating scrapbook paper and place under the craft foam on the small frame and adhere to the front of the tiny book.
  • Glue the holly embellishment inside the frame.
  • Gently fold book along score lines.
  • Wrap twine several times around the front cover.
  • Cut two pieces of cardstock 2 3/4″ x 11″.  Score both pieces of cardstock every 2 1/8″ to create a long accordion piece.  You will end up with a small tab at the end of both strips.  Use the first tab to connect the strips.  Cut the second tab off.  Refold to make a long accordion strip.
  • Adhere both ends of the cardstock into the front and back cover.

Tiny Book Case Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper 6″ x 8 1/2″.
  • Place the scrapbook paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  Crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  The machine adds a complete layer of adhesive onto the entire piece of scrapbook paper.  Repeat with the second piece of scrapbook paper.

  • Cut a piece of mat board 6″ x 8 1/2″.  Adhere a piece of the scrapbook paper onto both sides of the matboard.
  • Place the covered mat board, outside pattern down, onto the Tiny Book Case Die sandwiched between two cutting plates onto the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine*.  Crank the handle to run the die through the machine.
  • Gently fold the Tiny Book Case along score lines.  Glue both sides of the bottom section of the case closed using Rapid Fuse Glue*.
  • Paint the Miniature Drawer Handle* with white acrylic paint, after the paint has dried, glue it onto the top of the book case.
  • Die-cut a small white handle (from the book case die).
  • Wrap elastic around the slots of the handle and glue onto the underneath side of the elastic.
  • Glue the wood snowflake embellishment onto the front of the handle and add an adhesive pearl to the center.

The Merry Little Christmas Time Book and Book case is one of the projects made in

Sue’s 2020 Virtual Holiday Workshop.  (There are still a few kits available.)

The cost of the kits are $25 plus shipping.  For more information or to order a kit click here.

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Organizing Your Holiday Craft Supplies

Creative Christmas Crafting Organization Tips…

It’s that time of year when thoughts are leaning towards the Holidays.

As a crafter, it’s my favorite time of year to do craft projects.

But, as a blogger, there’s a lot of crafting, creating, and sharing to do.

For fun, I thought I’d show how I organize my Craft Supplies for the

Ultimate Holiday Crafting Season.

Of course, my go-to storage comes from Deflecto.

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To prepare for the busy season ahead, I like to transition my space with

all my Christmas Crafting Supplies conveniently close.

I like to mix a little old with the new to make it interesting.

I never know what will inspire the next project.

Here a few of the products I used for my Holiday Crafting Organization.

I use the Deflecto Interlocking Tilt Bins* to keep my jingle bells, small

wood embellishments, paints, bottle brush trees, all neatly organized and

easily accessible.

I use a lot of ribbon during the Holidays.

I use the Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* that fits into the large section of the

Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* and add all my favorite holiday

ribbon rolls. As you can see, it holds several.

The small and medium containers hold my glue guns and adhesives.

The Stackable Caddy* is great for grab and go crafting.

The Deflecto Caddy Storage Tray* is perfect for holding my floral embellishments and beads.

Not only is it efficient, but it’s really pretty to look at.

(It fits nicely into the large compartment of the Deflecto Stackable Caddy*.)

I use the Deflecto Stackable Open Cube* to hold the Holiday Dies and

Stamp Sets that I will be working on soon. It’s also a great place to stash

cut cardstock ready to be folded into cards.

I use the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* to hold paint brushes,

scissors, pens, and pencils. It looks great and keeps everything neat and

tidy. (and…it fits nicely into the stackable caddy)

When working on cards it’s great to have my markers organized and close

at hand. I love that I can unfold the Expandable Marker Accordion*

into several different configurations.

It’s a perfect companion to have on my desk.

I hope you enjoyed the tour into my Holiday Crafting Organization.

Now it’s your turn to… Update your Holiday Craft Space and enjoy the difference it makes.

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How to make a Red Buffalo Plaid Frame

 

How to Make a Red Buffalo Plaid Frame

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Directions:

  • Add strips of painter’s tape onto the frame to make stripes.  Rub your finger over the tape to make sure that the tape is securely on the frame and has no gaps.
  • Paint inside the stripes with black paint.  Be careful not to apply the paint too thick.   Only one thin coat of paint is needed.

  • Remove painter’s tape.
  • Allow black paint to fully dry before continuing to the next step.

  • Rotate the frame and apply the tape in the opposite direction.  Make sure the tape is securely on the frame.
  • Paint additional stripes.

  • Lightly sand the frame after dry.  Sanding brings out the woodgrain and helps to hide any little imperfection.
  • Wipe the frame smooth with a clean cloth.
  • Apply the Carta Bella Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to front of frame.

The Red Buffalo Plaid Frame was made in Sue’s 2019 Holiday Workshop.

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A Merry Little Holiday House

How to make A Merry Little Holiday House.

A cute little holiday decoration using the Eileen Hull House Ornament Die.

Perfect for gift giving.  Just add a small battery operated tea light and see it glow.

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Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Red and Black Buffalo Plaid paper 6″ x 8″.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As the paper moves through the Creative Station it adds adhesive to the underneath side of the paper.  You get full and complete adhesive covering on the paper.
  • Cut two pieces of Mat Board* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the buffalo plaid paper onto each one of the mat board.  (underneath will be plain)

  • Lay covered matboard on top of the house ornament die and sandwich it between two sizzix cutting plates.  Run the die, mat board and cutting plates through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*.  The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses that you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two houses shapes.

A Merry Little Holiday House bits and pieces.

  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses.  (This tab is used if you want to make it an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Super Glue to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  Leave bottom tab unglued so that you can add a small battery operated tea light.

  • For the Roof:  Cut a piece of Black Corrugated paper 2 1/2″ x 4″.  Fold in half and glue to top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white matboard over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine.  Trim around matboard to create two small windows.  Glue windows frames onto house.

  • Add the “Merry” chipboard sticker from the Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to the front of the house.
  • Make wreath out of a 6″ piece of the craft pine stem.
  • Create a small bow from the red twine and glue onto front of wreath.
  • Glue wreath to front of the house.

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Merry Little Sticky Note Holder

Need a inexpensive gift idea to give a teacher or co-worker?

The Merry Little Sticky Note Holder is a quick and easy project that you can make

in just minutes.

How to make a Merry Little Sticky Note Holder

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Directions:

  1. Score a 5 ¼” x 9” piece of cardstock at the 2 ¼”, 2 ¾”, 6” and 6 ½” mark.
  2. Fold along scored lines.
  3. Make a ½” guide line on end of the scored cardstock for applying sticker border. Apply a small border on the guide line. Add a second border to the back of the first.
  4. Paint “merry” and “small ornament” from wood cut outs with white acrylic paint.
  5. Wrap red and white twine around top flap and tie ornament and greenery. Glue merry onto front flap.
  6. Add restickable mini tab to the inside of the flap and add sticky notes.

You can purchase the Warm My Heart Sticker Sheet and Christmas Wood Shapes from Adornit.com or I have several left over from my Holiday Workshop Kits available in my Etsy Shop.

         

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Christmas in a Pickle Jar

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Christmas Crafting with Repurposed and Recycled Items…

Sometimes you have to find and save something for awhile before their purpose is revealed.

Like the base used on my Christmas in a pickle jar.  (the inspiration for this project)

This past summer we had a new ceiling fan installed in my son’s room.

It was flush mounted to the ceiling, so, they didn’t use all of the parts that came with the kit.

I came across the unused parts in the garbage and decided to save them.

FYI…It’s not hoarding if you use them.  (I’m just saying.)

Because I wanted to be informative when writing this post,

I emailed my brother for the correct name of the part.  I am told it is called a canopy.

I glued the canopy onto the jar using Beacon Glass, Metal & More Premium Glue*.

Here’s what I used for my Christmas in a Pickle Jar:  

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I painted the pickle jar lid and the old knob with semi gloss black spray paint.

I added a circle cut from a decorative scrapbooking paper and glued it onto my lid before

gluing on the knob.  (I could have added a hole and screwed on the knob, this was easier.)

I spruced up the plain little wreath by adding a new bow and jingle bell and a small holly

berry embellishment.  I added the ribbon to the neck of the jar before gluing on the wreath.

The little wood deer would of looked fine just as it came.

Instead, I decided to rub brown ink onto the deer to give it a stained look.

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To make installing the deer a little easier, I glued the finished deer onto the front of one

of the trees before I placed it in the jar.

The Cream Bottle Brush Trees* come with a little wood base.

I added a super sticky craft glue dot under the base of each Cream Bottle Brush Tree*

before adding to my jar.

You can use a liquid glue instead of the sticky glue dots.  (this was just faster and easier for me)

Next, I added Epson Salts into my jar for snow.

A great Holiday Gift Idea.   

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How to build a Snowman with Smoothfoam…

How to make a Snowman Using Smoothfoam balls and snowtex

Making a Snowman is pretty easy.  All it takes is a little patience and time.

(and a few ingredients)

Here’s what you’ll need to make a Snowman:                  (*amazon affiliate link)

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Directions:

  1. Cut a small section off the bottom of the 4″ Smoothfoam ball so that it sits flat.
  2. Cut a couple of 3″ sections from the bamboo skewer.  Stick the skewer into the center of the 2″ and 3″ Smoothfoam balls.
  3. Add craft glue to the ends of the skewers before sticking the three balls together to form the snowman base.  (Allow glue to fully dry before continuing to the next step)
  4. Using a palette knife, smooth Snow-tex over Snowman base.  Here’s where the patience comes in… Allow a couple of hours for the Snow-tex to completely dry.
  5. Paint the entire Snowman base with white acrylic paint.  This fills in and helps cover any area missed by the Snow-tex.
  6. For a Frosty Look…paint the Snowman base with Craft Twinkles Glitter Paint.
  7. Cut a thin strip of grey felt and glue around the base of the hat to create a band.  Glue holly embellishment onto band to cover seam.  Glue to the top of the Snowman head.
  8. Cut a strip of gingham fabric and tie around neck.  Cut small slits into the ends of fabric for fringe.
  9. Use two small black brads inserted into the head for the eyes.  Use five micro black brads insert as the mouth.
  10. Cut the pointed end from a bamboo skewer and paint with orange paint.  Stick into head for the nose.

Here’s a Close up of Mr. Snowman.  Isn’t he Handsome?

This project was created for Smoothfoam and sponsored by Smoothfoam and DecoArt.

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