I didn’t start out intending for this to be a DIY Christmas, but as I continue to make gifts, I realize many of my presents this year will be hand-made. These ornaments are some of my favorites so far. Each year, I get the grandkids themed ornaments — Kaye gets an angel, Mikey gets a bear, and so on. Usually I buy them, but this year I used a variety of material — acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, an old map, for example — to create each child a one-of-a-kind ornament directly from Grandma’s hand to their Christmas trees!
In general, there are two approaches to Christmas prep. One approach is to buy gifts throughout the year, prepare early, and roll into Christmas with ease. The other approach is to freak out in mid-December about all the things you still need to do. I belong to the first camp. I have many of my gifts bought, I’ve made a number of them, and I’m working on using my crapsmanship skills to make one-of-a-kind Christmas wrappings. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been seeing many posts from others about dried orange slices DIY. I can’t help thinking about the time I tried it myself. This just reinforces my talents as a crapsman! Read about my CRAP ALERT in this revisit from December 2014 :
I made a pretty ornament using a $2.00 paper mache ornament from Hobby Lobby and an inexpensive decorative paper napkin. Read the rest of this entry
I’m apparently not the only crapsman in the family; my sister Laurie Loo made the cute sign above. Here are her comments:
“I don’t remember if I used hot glue or a regular craft glue. The green and red piece between the J and O is a different decoration than I had originally; the other one came off in storage and I don’t like this one as much. I had a piece of green velvety like material that I covered the back with and then broke sticks to write the word. “
Don’t look too closely to see all the crapsmanship, but I love my new porch decorations. My friend Cindy and I crapped, I mean crafted, these today and had a blast. I got the idea from this Kirkland’s ad:
Cute, huh? I wanted to invite Mrs. Santa to the party, so I bought two 10″ x 6′ boards for each of us from Home Depot and red and white chalk paint from Michaels; I raided my crafting stash for black and green paints, brushes, and a couple pouncing tools.
We started on the Santas since we had the Kirkland’s ad to help us with the design. We sketched the patterns with pencil directly on the board, painted as carefully as we could, …
We laughed because my Santa (on the right) had squat little legs (like my own!), and Cindy’s had a slightly Urkle look. Despite our crapsmanship, er, I mean our charming individuality, we forged on to Mrs. Santa. She was a little bit trickier because we had to create our own design, but we each gave her a scalloped collar, white apron, and a button-up blouse. We made some green dots on her collar and apron by using a pencil eraser as a pouncer.
We used a hair dryer to speed the process along.
Here’s Cindy with her North Pole pair. I’m reworking Santa’s feet to make his legs a little more proportional, and we’ll both put a layer of gloss ModPodge over both to give them a shine and some protection.
Mine will adorn my front door for December’s to come (unless some jealous neighbor steals them) and lend a little holiday cheer to Lake Side Drive!
I had this fun red yarn, but not enough to knit anything with, so I decided to experiment with it for a Christmas tree decoration. I got a papier-mâché tree form from Hobby Lobby. (I first picked up a styrofoam form, which would work, but I find it’s harder to glue.).
Using some strong craft glue in a long row down one side of the tree form, I simply wrapped and wrapped and wrapped the yarn, starting at the top.
At the bottom, I wrapped the yarn around the stem and then secured the tail with glue.
Because I hadn’t glued the whole piece, I had some wiggle room with the yarn to adjust it to cover any spots I’d missed. This was an easy and inexpensive project, and I think I’ll do two more trees with different yarn. Now onward to Hobby Lobby!
P.S. — I’ll post a beautiful picture of my trees in place once I lug my Christmas decorations down from the attic!
A week ago or so, several friends got together to craft. Each of us brought something to teach the others. Shonnee was showing us a cute card holder made with burlap, ribbon, and clothespins. I was inspired to turn this idea into an Advent calendar.
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My five-year-old granddaughter, Meghan, and I did a few Christmas crafts as gifts for her parents. Meghan added the thumbprints and I added the string. Read the rest of this entry
This “JOY” sign was SO easy to make, and it will look great by my side door once I get a few more decorations in place. The process was a breeze and the materials were cheap. I bought white J and Y letters and a half-priced wreath for the O. My son Robert found a scrap piece of siding — about 1 foot by 4 feet — at a building site. I painted it a light shade of green, using house paint I had on hand. Read the rest of this entry