Category Archives: Ornaments/decorations

Mini list of holiday projects

Working on my mini list for Christmas

Window decor (hanging ornaments)
Wreath for the front door for November using my Halloween hair wreath and glittering butterfly
Wreath for Dec made from green coffee filter flowers and ornaments
hand made Christmas cards (possibly small 4×6″ paintings instead)
Rice hot socks with lavender
Pesto from home grown basil
Ornament making salt dough kits for 5 kids
Painting for mom
A garland of bird ornaments for grandma
Christmas journals (journals for listing gifts and cards)
Organizing new art room and art supply storage in garage

Faux Arabic Lanterns

I had a great time turning an old stretched out sweater and a rotisserie BBQ cage into two faux Arabic lanterns for my front room.

A BBQ rotisserie cage I got at a thrift store for 30% off

I cut the cage in half (more or less) with wire cutters and tape to keep the little bits from flying around

This is an Old 4x sweater that got stretched out to about a 6X and I wear a 1-2X now but did not want to waste the material

The sleeves fit perfectly over the cage and I held them in place at the top with paperclips while I painted it

Due to the way the grid was placed the lanterns are slightly different sizes, I painted the sweater material with gold craft paint after spraying it with clear spraypaint to help keep it from all absorbing in too much

I then painted it with gold glitter craft paint

I wired them with the lamp sets from some Chinese paper lanterns and removable plugs (this was an adventure because I was exhausted and kept putting parts on the cords before running them through the top of the lantern)

I painted the small bulbs that were in the original lanterns with glass paint (the color is so much stronger than store bought colored bulbs) one has red and one has a blue green bulb

 

 

 

Cinnamon Clay Ornaments (Ginger’s Victims)

This year I made Cinnamon Clay Gingerbread men with little bites out them looking all scared, since a dear and wicked friend name Ginger did not like me calling them ginger victims I changed the name to GINGER’S VICTIMS

Recipe (Large batch)

1 1/2 cups Dollar store ground cinnamon (this was not quite 1 and a half 4.25 oz bottles save the remaining cinnamon for rolling out the clay)
1-2 tbs Pie mix spices (ground cloves, ginger and nutmeg)
1/2 cup white flour
2/3 cup Applesauce (not chunky)
2/3 white craft glue (I buy this in Aug for $.25 a bottle and it will take 1.5 bottles)

Directions:

1. Stir the clay mixture with a heavy spoon then knead the mix together by hand until you get a nice clay like texture
2. You can let the dough sit about 30 mins with saran wrap over it but i would not let it sit longer since the batch I did this with never dried quite right (also dont substitute other spices for hte cinnamon and no more than 1 tbs of ginger, it doesn’t set up the same)
3 .Dust a sheet of wax paper with a little of the remaining cinnamon and devide the batch into manageable amounts (about 1/3 to 1/2) and then dust the top and roll it out using at rolling pin or smooth canister (I used an empty spray paint can)
4. I made mine about 1/3 to half an inch
5. Begin cutting out just like cookies with a cookie cutter (for victims you will just use a small knife and cut away little Bites) use a drinking straw to put holes in them for hanging and place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet
6. Take what is left over and a small handful of fresh clay and knead it together and start again at  step 3. until all the forms are done.
7. Dry the Cinnamon clay in an open space, in sunlight if you can and flip them 4 or more times a day  (do NOT heat them in the oven) after the 2nd day I put them paper towles or newspapers
8. decorate with puffy paint and string them with ribbon or ornament hooks

It will take 4 to 6 days for them to dry depending on how dry your house is and how often you flip them