Monday, November 30, 2015

Oh Christmas Trees!





Hi there, with the holidays so close it's time to start making some crafty gifts.  I found some cute little glass containers that I can decorate with tiny little trees and then fill them with some fun candies or cookies to give out to family and co-workers. 

I decided to do some etching on the glass containers and then add some fun glass paints, decorating the top lids and then simply filling them up with some fun candies latter on.  

I wanted some fun trees, hand traced to make each one different, this bottle shows a tree on each side, as you can see on the two photos below, I used the Etchall® Designer Tip to create each little tree, following the instructions, you leave the etching cream on the glass for 15 minutes, then you can rinse the cream off under running water, dry and your glass is ready to decorate anyway you want.


Here you can see a close up of the etching cream, and you can see how I made the trees.



 This photo shows the etched trees on the glass once you rinse off the etching cream. I have some Viva Decor Glass effect gel paints and I used the green, white and red to add some color to each tree.




















As you can see on the photos above, I etched the bottom of the glass on all four sides, so that I could add some white paint and make it seem like they are sitting on snow. 


Below you can see I added just a little of the green gel paint to the trees, leaving some of the etching on the edges of each tree. The tree toppers are read and I added a bit of white on the trees representing tree decorations. 



Now, I was thinking you can add candies, or cookies, or just a simple light inside.


This shows what it looks like as a pretty decoration with a battery light inside

Here is the final etched glass showing the pretty Christmas trees that were so easy to make thanks to the fun etching products from Etchall's website.  Check out their website, with the holidays they have specials you can take advantage of and give etching a try, it's easy and fun.  I can't wait to finish making these, not sure how many to make, but there will be different sizes for sure.  



Monday, November 2, 2015

Time for Giving...... Gifts with Heart!




I love to create all types of crafts, sometimes they are based on the season we are in, or just something pretty that I can give to someone, for  a birthday or just because.  I went to an art center that is near my home about two weeks ago on a Saturday evening, it as a ladies DIY night, now I've never attended this type of event before and figured it might be fun to craft along other ladies, since at home I usually craft alone most of the time.   It was fun, there were about ten ladies in including the instructor.   So the set up was a craft on your own, there were 5 tables for 5 craft projects and one table that had all these hot glue guns ready for us to use.   The projects were simple, we were told how to do each project, simple and easy was the idea, and it was.   There were a couple of people that had never done this before, but the projects were easy.  I had fun, I got to craft along with other people and made some nice items that will make great gifts for the coming holidays.

 Here you can see two pumpkins I made using fabric, we were instructed to use hot glue to create these pumpkins but I decided to use a needle and thread and do a running stitch to gather the fabric, I did use hot glue to close it up after the stuffing was added, and we had all sort of things to use for the stem, from corks, to tree branches and brown paper that had been rolled to make it look like stem, we also had buttons and moss and lots of other stuff.  It was all up to us how we decorated them,  I thought I would add some leaves by cutting a piece of fabric and some burlap and well below you can see how my cute little pumpkins came out, now all I have to do is decide who will get these for Thanksgiving. 

I had seen a picture of pumpkins made out of metal lids, we had a huge box to chose from, some were silver, others gold and some were very rusted.  I chose to use gold and no rust.  I counted up 20 metal lids and gathers some cord, I folded the cord about 4 to 5 times, then ran the cord through the center of all the lids, making sure they were all facing the same direction, once they were all strung, I pulled the cord together as tight as possible, make a few knots, cut the extra cord, and then just had to add the stem and create some leaves and my pumpkin was done. 

I ran out of time so I took the materials to make a table runner from a piece of burlap home.  I took out some fabric paints and decided to make it very simple, I hand drew some leaves using fabric paint and glitter paints and on the other side I just used some black fabric paint for write the word "Family".  I'm not sure if I want to do more, I think simple is the key here, and was thinking this runner might be part of the pumpkins gift, all three items seem to look good together.


I did make the other two projects but didn't take photos of them, one was a fabric necklace made using marbles and the other a scarf.  I will be keeping these.  

It was a fun experience, I will be looking forwards to future events that involve crafting along with others, and I will be making a lot more gifts to give out for Christmas, everyone in the family looks forwards to what I make for them, it feels good that people appreciate all your hard work, I love making handmade gifts for family and friends.

For more ideas go visit the Designer Crafts Connection 

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