This is an old American craft that’s perfect for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day etc. Just straight pins, scraps of fabric, Styrofoam ball and ribbons. The plastic case is made of recycled Coca Cola bottles.
Another weekend project.
Puerto Ricans are mad about snowmen…who knew! I suppose its a novelty for those who haven’t seen nor experienced real snow. I had lots of requests last year for snowmen so I made these little ornaments from 1-1/2 inch and 2 inch styrofoam balls with paper mache clay to form the noses, eyes, buttons and hats. They’re sitting on cork platforms with paper mache clay filler so they’ll sit by themselves on a mantel. Red and green pipe cleaners were used for the scarves and ear muffs. The cap and scarf on the snowman to the far right was made of stretchy T-shirt fabric.
Paper mache clay is one of my favorite mediums for crafting. Its used in place of paper mache (paper strips and paste) over an armiture. It’s simply toilet paper soaked in water, squeezed dry then shredded fine in a food processor. Joint compound, homemade white glue, flour, bleach and gylcerin was whirled with the shredded paper until a smooth dough was achieved.
Bazaars for the holidays are just around the corner. I’m in the groove creating new pieces that hopefully will be irresistible to ornament collectors. This sweet little angel is four inches tall, weighs less than an ounce and is made of wired metallic ribbon gathered over a wine cork. Her head is a one inch Styrofoam ball covered with paper-mache and painted a pale pink. The wings are just a bow made of the same metallic ribbon. Ordinary kitchen twine wrapped around the head creates her hair and the halo is a string of gold pearls. An ivory satin ribbon with a violet satin rose finishes her adornments.Hang this sweet angel on your Christmas tree or the office tree. Give her to a friend or loved one, or dress up a gift box with her for someone special. She will be saved and cherished for years to come.
Its that time of year when all good elves start working to make gifts for the holiday bazaars. I love going to bazaars and finding unique and beautiful arts and crafts. So much fun and really fuels my creative side. This year I’m making these quilted Christmas ornaments. They’re dazzling on a Christmas tree and make a fabulous heirloom gift. read more
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A book exchange is guaranteed to provide plenty of reading material. To get started my friends sent me boxes of paperback books from their various sources. Along with current novels there were some rather old books without covers that I finally found a use for. This wreath was made from pages of an Andrew Greeley novel written in the 80s called Lord of the Dance.
The center is from last Christmas’ decorations. The whole thing cost less than $2 for the hot glue and a paper clasp. I made the page cones while watching TV and assembled the wreath in less than an hour the next day.
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