Candy Santa Sleigh Favors

I am sure you’ve seen variations of these candy Santa sleighs over the years, but incase you haven’t, I thought I’d share this easy favor you can make for upcoming holiday festivities!

First, pick out your candy. You need a flat candy bar for the sleigh, candy canes for the runners, some version of a “Santa” and some kind of goodies to stuff in his bag.

I happened to have these little mesh baggies that I have saved over the years. I thought they would make perfect little Santa bags. You can get them at any craft store.

I chose this particular candy bar because of the cardboard exterior, which I thought would hold up good to dabs of hot glue. Even though theres potential for the hot glue to melt the chocolate here and there, it is preferred since it dries instantly. To use a regular tacky glue would be messy and time-consuming.

I used two dots of hot glue on each candy cane and some tape for extra security.

Next, fill the sacks with some kind of candy goodie. Use a dab of hot glue to stick them to the sleigh. Once dried, use a bit more glue to prop up your Santa. A dab on the bottom of his feet and the back of his legs was plenty to hold him in place.

Then, embellish as much as you’d like. I added some small bows and tags.

Aren’t they so cute?! ❀ I’ve seen other ones where you stack mini candy bars on the back to create a mountain of “gifts” on the sleigh…so there are options if you don’t wanna use the little baggies.

Happy Holidays to all my fellow crafters! Hope you are enjoying the season! πŸ™‚

“Melted Snowman” Painted Stones

I live on Lake Ontario and have a stash of beach stones in my craft area for a few years now. They were smooth and round and I knew I wanted to paint them someday. After getting them out and stacking them I suddenly saw a glimpse of a little melted snowman! Stones, paint and super glue are really all you need. This is a super easy craft project and would make a great paper weight or a cute little shelf-sitter.

You can make the bodies and heads as big or small as you’d like based on your preference. The only recommendation I would have is make sure your stones are smooth and kinda flat.

I used some regular acrylic paint. Apply two coats so they are nice and bright white.

Stack them how you’d like and glue them in place. I used super glue and it worked really well.

Use a paint pen or fine tipped brush to paint eyes, mouths, buttons, arms, and a nose. Paint pens worked great for this project.

I used a small stencil brush to make subtle pink cheeks. I always like pink cheeks on my snowmen, but you don’t have to. Make the face however you’d like. πŸ™‚

I tore some thin strips of homespun fabric for the scarves. You could also paint them on!

A small circle of fabric on the bottom will keep them from scratching whatever surface they’ll be sitting on.

You might notice I changed the large snowman’s mouth. Originally it was a squiggle but I decided I didn’t like it. Painting over it won’t work, as the white paint doesn’t cover the black without doing a millions coats. So instead, I sanded it off with a fine grit sandpaper. Then, I re-painted it white, and applied a new mouth with my black paint pen. I like the circle mouths because it gives them more of an “aww crap, I’m melting!” look…lol!

I also applied a coat sparkle mod podge to seal it and give them a sparkle. I am kinda obsessed with this sparkle mod podge incase you haven’t noticed. I think it gives a magical feel to a lot of Christmas and/or holiday crafts!

Dr. Seuss Inspired Star Tree Topper

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas crafting is in full force! Recently my Mom was looking for the star tree topper that was in the Grinch movie (the Jim Carey version) and couldn’t find one anywhere. I decided to give it a whirl and make one. This is my attempt at the Dr. Seuss style tree topper and my first experience with paper mache in many years. It was a fun, messy project, and I love how whimsical and Seuss-ish it came out!

The biggest challenge was how I was going to create the swirly shape of the star. I planned on finding a normal star shape and using foil to mold the curled points. Instead, I got super lucky and stumbled upon this star at the At Home store. It was already the perfect shape! I had a coupon too. SCORE!

Paper mache calls for strips of newspaper so I cut some up ahead of time.

I added some foil around the points just to give the paper some more form to cling to, and to bulk up the star which was mostly hollow.

Most paper mache projects call for a watered down glue solution. I tried the watered down glue and it was just too runny. I ended up using straight glue with no dilution. I used some wood glue because I wanted to use up the bottle, and then just used regular Elmer’s glue.

Apply as many coats as you’d like, letting them dry completely in between. I did two full coats of the paper mache before painting. I used my trusty DecoArt multi-surface paint.

I mixed some red and black to paint the sides of the points in attempt to make it look more “3D.”

I got the small gold bells at the Dollar Tree.

A little piece of wire tied on the bells allowed me to shove them down into the small openings (some right through the paper that covered the tips of the points) and then used a dab of hot glue to hold them in place. You probably don’t even need the wire, but I did it just for extra security.

I applied one coat of sparkly Mod Podge to seal it and give it a bit of a shimmer! Also painted the base spiral black.

It’s a bit lumpy and bumpy but I think it looks pretty cute and whimsical! Mom loves it so that’s all that matters! πŸ™‚

Grinch and Jack Skellington Peg Dolls

I’m back and in full craft mode!!! There are so many great little holiday projects out there this time of year that you can’e help but get inspired and motivated. I have always wanted to try to make peg dolls of some sort, and thought why not try two of my favorite holiday characters!

Initially I was going to use clothespins, but found these shorter, stumpier peg people at Michaels.

My go-to paint for pretty much everything these days is this multi-surface satin paint by DecoArt. It’s thin enough to go on super smooth, but the coverage is great! AND, is this not the PERFECT Grinch color???

Painted the heads and bodies first…

I will admit the Grinch face was hard. Harder than I thought. That’s why there’s only one Grinch…I have yet to tackle the other one. I drew it on with a pencil first, and it took a few times to get it right.

I used a tiny paint brush so that I could get the variation in thickness in the lines. I tried it first using a fine-point paint pen, but the lines were too blunt. The super tiny paint brush was way better for the details on this face.

The paint pen worked great for the Jack Skellington faces since they were less complex than the Grinch face.

For Jack, I cut out beards from some white felt.

The hats were made from red felt. I just rolled them over and hot glued them. Just kind of winged it.

Hot glue a little white pom-pom on the ends of the hats if you wish!

I used white pipe cleaners for the hat rims and for the edges of the Grinch’s coat. Bent around the paint bottle to get them smooth and round, and hot glued in place.

I love how they came out!!! A bit time consuming, but so worth it!

They make cute “shelf-sitters” but would also make great hanging ornaments!

Also, please note that you should probably not make these types of characters to sell, such as in an Etsy store. There are many legal issues with selling Disney characters without proper licensing. I plan on keeping and/or gifting these little guys.

Anyway, Happy crafting and Happy Turkey Day to all!

 

 

“Buddy the Elf” and Snowman Candles

Calling all Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins!!! Christmas crafting has officially begun! These “Buddy the Elf” and snowman candles were made using the tall prayer candles that are available at most dollar stores. White ones are the easiest to find, and are a great template for a simple snowman. The green candles were perfect for an elf, which I created based on the character Buddy from the Christmas movie “Elf”! I will admit, the Elf candle was a little more time-consuming than I had hoped, but if you’re a fan of the movie like I am, it’s totally worth it! πŸ™‚

Let’s start with the elf candle. Start out by drawing the outline of the jacket using a black paint pen. The nice thing about painting on glass is, if you mess up, you can wipe it off using a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol and start again. Fill in the bottom section with yellow paint. I used Americana multi-surface satin acrylic paint. Unfortunately it took about 5-6 coats to get it opaque. The first few coats showed significant streaking, but it got better with each coat…be patient! Maybe a chalk paint would have been better? Anywho, next use a stencil brush to “dab” on the white collar.

Here are the exact paints and the types of brushes I used. They are supposed to be good on glass, but again, it took a TON of coats to get good coverage. I do like the end result though!

Once dry, draw on the little squiggles on his jacket using a yellow paint pen. I also drew a belt and buckle using black and yellow paint pens. I free-handed it, but you can use small strips of tape to create straight lines if you want.

If you know the movie, the likeness to Buddy the Elf is pretty good. πŸ™‚ I’m happy with him!

Next is the snowman candle, which was significantly less cumbersome! Start with your basic country snowman nose.

Use the black paint pen to draw on eyes and a mouth.

Use your stencil brush or a piece of sponge to dab on some rosy cheeks. Tie on a strip of fabric to create a scarf. Quick and easy!

I’ve got a few ideas for some other designs using other colors. I hope to work on them soon and I’ll be sure to post ’em if they turn out any good! πŸ˜‰ Hope everyone had a nice Turkey Day!

Gingerbread Man Clothespins: Take 2

Do you ever buy random craft supplies that you know you’ll “use for something” but you’re not sure what? I have bins and bins of supplies with no particular project in mind, so I have been trying to use up some of them before I go buy more! I found these clothespins and thought since they are already colored brown, that I could do a larger version of the gingerbread clothespins that I made many years ago. They came out kinda cute!

If you recall, these are the mini gingerbread clips I made back in 2011 for one of my craft shows.

The tiny clothespins were regular wood colored, so I spray painted them brown. The clips I am using for this current project were already the perfect toasty gingerbread color, so that saved a lot of time and mess! I found these at Michael’s. They are a great size too; just perfectly chunky!

I simply used some paint pens to draw on the gingerbread man faces and details. Here’s the step-by-step.

These are the paint pens I used. You can get them anywhere. Even Wally-world sells them now. They are so much easier to use on small projects like this, rather than painting with a tiny brush.

The white squiggles really give them the gingerbread man feel. I made them all a little different; some with squiggles below the faces as well as above…I just winged it with each one. The eyes and cheeks were highlighted with white and pink fine-tipped paint pens.

On some, I drew little green bows. On others I made little bows out of homespun fabric and hot-glued them on. One guy even got a scarf. πŸ™‚

For the fabric bows, just cut a small strip of fabric in the color of your choosing. I liked green for the bows, in contrast with the red buttons and rosy cheeks. Tie it in a knot, and trim the edges to make the bow as big as you want.

Use these guys to clip tags onto gifts, hang up holiday cards on a piece of twine, clip on stockings or gift bags, use as ornaments clipped onto your tree branches, etc, etc, etc…the uses are endless!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! πŸ˜€

Dollar Store Craft ~ Snowman Head Bottle

After my last project, I was in the mood to continue the snowman theme! The result: a cheap glass bottle turned country snowman decor!

I got this $1 bottle at Michael’s because of its unique, narrow shape. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect shape for stacked snowman heads! I labeled this post a “dollar store craft” because the Dollar Tree has a great selection of glass jars, wine glasses, glass candle holders, etc., that you could cover with cute snowman faces!

This DecoArt multi-surface paint is my new favorite. It gives great coverage and I love the fact that it cures, leaving a permanent design. Regular acrylic paint will work too, as long as you finish it with a clear sealer.

I used two different sized foam stamp brushes to create the heads. The foam stamps are quick, easy, and make the heads look like fluffy snowballs!

Looking back, I wish I had stamped the heads closer together, creating a more “stacked” look. I shall have to try it next time. For the next step, paint on long, skinny noses and little rosy cheeks. I made sure to point the noses in different directions to keep it interesting!

Then, paint two little dots for the eyes, and more dots in a semi-circle for the mouth.

I added a homespun fabric accent around the neck of the bottle. I debated on using a navy blue or red ribbon, but I always seem to come back to the homespun! I am thinking this is simply a decoration and not a functioning container, as the neck is too skinny for anything to fit down in the jar. Maybe you could use it as a holder for a sprig of poinsettia or holly berries? πŸ˜€

With this paint, it takes a week to cure and will then be a permanent finish. No need to seal, however, I was thinking of putting on a little sparkly mod podge over the faces. Just to give the jar a little sparkle here and there. To sparkle or not to sparkle; that is the question!Β What do you think???

Happy crafting!

P.S. Thank you for all the sweet comments lately. You guys are the best. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season! ❀

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