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Old December 6th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #42
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Christmas 2006 Crafts

Here are the crafts from chat:

Easy Snowman Pin

You will need:
Lightweight cardboard
Brown paper bag
Polyfill
Man's black sock
White acrylic paint
Craft glue
Hot glue
Buttons for the belly
Small beads, embossing powder or black felt pen
Ribbon or strip of fabric
Pin backing
Draw two circles on the cardboard to make your pattern, about 2 inches for bottom and 1 inches for head.
Fold brown bag in half, trace snowman, and cut out two pieces at same time.

Paint with two or more coats of white paint. Make a small slit in the center of back bottom (this will be used to stuff a little poly fill in after glue is dry). Glue together around outer edge. I used Aleene's tacky glue.

Hot glue two buttons on belly, I used a small red and green one. I put two dots for eyes and five dots for mouth. I used embossing powder for mine but if you have small beads that would look great.

The hat is made with a man's black sock. Cut a strip from top about 1 1/2 inches x 3 inches and hot glue around top of head. Tie ribbon or a strip of fabric around hat and neck. Hot glue a pin on back. Add some glitter highlights for a little more sparkle.

Cornstarch Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornaments

You will need:
1 cup Corn Starch
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
In a large saucepan mix corn starch and baking soda. Add water and stir until smooth. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is the consistency of slightly dry mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and cover with a damp cloth. When cool enough to handle, coat hands and surface lightly with corn starch and knead until dough is smooth and pliable.
Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with holiday cookie cutters. To dry, place on a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until hard. For best results, allow to cool and brush loose powder off ornaments before painting. Makes about 16-20 ornaments.

Doily Angels

Materials:

White crocheted doilies - for the full angel you'll need two: 4" and 6" diameter.
Rubber band
Fabric stiffener
Gold flecked acrylic paint and/or gold glitter
Craft/white glue
Paper plate(s)
Wax paper

Make a cut in the paper plates, from edge to center. Overlap the edges to make two cones, securing the edges with a stapler. Cover each cone with a plastic sandwich bag.

To make the top angel shape:

Pour the fabric stiffener (available at the craft store, or make your own by mixing equal parts warm water and sugar) into a bowl. Dip a small doily into the bowl, saturating it thoroughly. Wring out the excess back into the bowl.
Place a cotton ball in the center of the doily. Wrap a rubber band around the doily to secure the cotton ball for the angel's head.
Drape the doily over the paper cone. Pull the back of the angel's skirt together (you can hold it in place with a paper clip if you need to). Fold the rest of the material down so that you have two wings spread out at the sides.
Lay the angel gently on her back (with the wings spread out) on a piece of wax paper. Leave to dry (24-48 hours).

To make the bottom skirt:

Mix a little bit of gold paint or gold glitter with the fabric stiffener in a bowl. Dip the larger doily into the bowl and wring out the excess.

Drape over the second cone. Arrange the skirt in nice folds and leave to dry.
When both doilies are dry, glue the angel top to the bottom skirt. Decorate with gold cord, ribbon on the bottom skirt. For the halo, use a small piece of wired cord, or gold ribbon dipped in fabric stiffener and shaped into a halo. Glue the halo to the back of the angel between the wings. Our angel shown here is holding a few small gold roses. Her sleeves are actually one piece of gold wired ribbon, glued at the shoulder and bent in the middle.
If you want to just make a simple tree decoration, just follow the instructions for the top of the angel. Attach a piece of string between her wings and hang from your tree.

Beaded Angel Ornament

You will need:
28 8mm beads (dress)
1 16mm bead (head)
42 3X6mm beads (halo and wings)
1.5 Yards 24 gauge wire
Instructions:

1) Find the center point of the wire. Bend wire into L shape at center.

2) Slide 7 (8mm) beads to the bend in the wire.

3) Slide 6 beads onto one end of the wire keeping them near the end. Thread other end of the wire back through the 6 beads and pull tight. Flatten out the rows as needed. *Flatten out rows as needed.

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4) Slide 5 beads onto one end of the wire, push the other end through all 5 beads, and pull tight.

5) Continue adding beads using the same method until there is a row with just one bead.

6) Take the longer end of the wire and thread 17 3X6mm beads on it. Pass the through the row of 3 (8mm) beads and then thread 17 3X6mm beads on the wire and then pass it through the row of 1 (8mm) bead.**
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7) Pass both ends through the 16mm bead.

8) Take the longer end of the wire and thread 8 3X6mm beads. Take the other end of the wire and form a hanger loop. Take both ends of the wire and wrap them around the wire just below the halo.

9) Cut off any extra wire, adjust the wings and SMILE!

Doily Candy Bowl

Materials:
White crocheted doily, 4" - 6" diameter.
Small margarine container (empty)
Fabric stiffener
Narrow ribbon
Craft/white glue
Wax paper
Plastic wrap or sandwich bag
Christmas florals (optional)
Christmas candy
Extra bowl

Turn the margarine container upside down and cover with a plastic sandwich bag.
Pour the fabric stiffener into a bowl. Dip the doily into the bowl, saturating it thoroughly. Wring out the excess back into the bowl.

NOTE: If you don't want to buy fabric stiffener, you can make your own by
boiling equal parts of sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved.
using liquid starch, OR mixing white glue with a little water

Drape the doily over the margarine container. Press down over the sides, but let the edges flair out. Set on the wax paper and allow to dry overnight.
Thread the narrow ribbon in and out through the holes in the doily bowl. Leave both ends on the outside and tie together into a bow.

If you want, glue a Christmas floral or other decoration to the side. Fill with candy and enjoy!

Tiny Clay Pot Christmas Bells

You will need:

Several tiny (1.5 - 2.0 inch) teracotta clay pots.
Tiny ringers to go inside.
Acrylic paints or patio paints
Ribbon
Tinsel or lace
Turn the pots upside down and paint them Christmas-y colors with a very fine brush. Paint Christmas tree's, or holly, or snowman,...you get the idea. Then take a piece or ribbon and affix the ringers inside with a loop to suspend from the tree coming out of the bottom hole in the pot. To cover the knot, tie on a bit of tinsel or lace.

This craft is really good because you can personalize each ornament.
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