Salt Shaker Snowmen

I have been wanting to make these snowmen for a long time and finally found some motivation to get crafting and give it a whirl! I call this a hodge-podge project because you can use whatever supplies you have on hand to make and decorate them. I had a stash of old buttons, jewelry, and ribbon, that I broke out to complete this project. Here’s my take on the Salt Shaker Snowman!

First off, please ignore the messy background of my pics! I hope I’m not the only one whose craft area looks like it was hit by a hurricane! Lol. So the basic supplies you’ll need are salt shakers and heads. I got the tall shakers from the Dollar Tree and the short ones from the thrift store. The large wooden beads came from Michael’s, which I had on hand. You could also use white, round Christmas ornaments for the heads. This could definitely be a full “dollar store craft” because you can find shakers, white ornaments, and all kinds of seasonal accessories there!

Fill them up with whatever you’d like. I chose white vintage buttons for one and some silver tinsel for the other.

Hot glue your heads in place.

I had this white fur lying around for the sock gnomes I plan on making some day! Haha…so many projects, so little time! Anyway I thought it would look cute around their necks and hide the hot glue. I would recommend painting the heads white before you attach the fur or other neck decorations. I forgot this step and had to paint around the fur afterwards, which was kind of a pain. I used white acrylic craft paint.

Start adding your accessories. I keep a drawer of vintage jewelry pieces, beads, buttons, and just a bunch of random little items that I will draw from for projects just like this! I strung up some little tiny pearls on a thin piece of wire to accent the neck. I twisted it off and just tucked the excess under the beads.

Glue the tops of the shakers on to create their “hats.”

Originally I had planned on making noses out of Sculpey. I decided that was too much work and improvised. I clipped off the ends of two orange colored paint brushes and glued them on. You could also just paint on a nose if you’d prefer.

I used the pointed end of some paint brushes to dab on black eyes and pink cheeks. It’s a great way to make perfect little circles.

As an afterthought I decided to add my favorite sealing coat: sparkley Mod Podge! Probably would have been best to do this after I painted them white, before adding all of the accessories and face.

The tall guy is has a vintage button theme. The white rose on his hat is actually an old button. I added the off-white ribbon scarf to match the off-white buttons inside. The smaller one is more “blingy,” with his bright silver tinsel picking up the bright silver hat and sparkly accents.

There’s so much room to customize these snowmen for your theme or decor. Pinterest has a ton of different salt shaker snow-people so give it a look to get some ideas! You can make them super simple, or jazz them up with lots of bling. Hope everyone has been having a nice Fall, enjoying some crafting, and staying safe!

 

 

 

Wood Slice Snowmen Ornaments

This post is at the request of a few readers who saw these cute little guys hanging from my tomato cage ornament displays in the last post. I thought I’d share how I made them, since they are soooo easy and soooo cute!

I got these wood slices at…you guessed it…the Dollar Tree! However, I only found them once. I have tried to get more but I can’t seem to find them at my local dollar stores anymore. If you can’t find them at DT, you can get similar ones at any craft store, or you can order them in bulk online. I am very lucky because I ended up having my husband cut a ton more slices for me from some old birch stems that were on our property! 🙂

Start by painting them white, using whatever acrylic paint you have on hand. I did two coats.

I did a little icy blue highlight on the sides to give them some dimension. This step is optional but I like the subtle color it adds.

Then, paint your noses.

And last, two tiny black dots for the eyes.

To hang them, use some small screw eyes. You can find these at any home improvement store. With a little muscle, you can just screw them in with your hands. Sometimes you need to finish screwing them in with a little pair of pliers, as they can get tough to turn.

Then hang them with a piece of twine, ribbon, or a wire ornament hanger. I used red and white bakers twine. I also did a top coat of my favorite sparkly Mod Podge to seal them and give them a little shimmer!

I made a few using two wood slices to make a “whole” snowman, instead of just the face. It’s the exact same process except you’ll use a total of 3 eye screws for these. One screw on the top to hang, and two more to connect them (you will need pliers to open one up, to slip the other on to). Finish with whatever accents you’d like; I added a homespun fabric scarf and a rusty tin star.

I love the they came out. I mass produced them for my craft show in October. Hopefully it does not get cancelled, but you never know these days. Hope you all are staying healthy and safe. Thanks for following along! Happy crafting!!! 🙂

Tomato Cage Ornament Displays

So I’ve been churning out ornaments for the October craft show, but have been trying to figure out an easy way to display them all. I didn’t want to throw them in a basket together because the hooks would get all tangled up. Upon seeing these galvanized metal tomato cages at the home improvement store, I thought about how they resembled a Christmas tree shape, and the thin wires would work great to display the ornaments. It’s cheap, and you can customize to your color scheme or holiday!

So all you really have to do spray paint them…that’s it! I went with these three colors.

I did about 3 coats on each cage. The metal hangers on the ornaments may scratch the paint here and there, so I wanted to make sure I had thick coverage. If you’re worried about scratches on the paint, you could finish them with a hard clear sealer of some sort, or maybe even wrap the wires in fabric instead.

Be sure to spray in all the nooks and crannies, including the underside of the wires.

The pictures don’t really do them justice! In real life they are super cute and the colors really pop!

I tied the top pieces together with a rubber band to create the triangular tree shape. The rubber band works good because it grips well and won’t slide off.

Once your peak is tied off, you can decorate it to fit your theme. One of my cages will have just Halloween and Fall ornaments, so I am going to top it off with this witch’s hat.

The other cages will have Christmas and Winter themed ornaments. I am going to put one of these metal stars on one, and probably a Santa hat on the other.

I have many more ornaments to make, so hoping they will be full soon! I think one on each end of my tables at the craft show will add a lot of visual interest to the booth, giving it height as well.

How else would you “decorate” the tomato cages without interfering with the ornaments being displayed? Or just leave them as is? Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Snowball Bucket Ornaments

I know it’s June…but I was accepted into a big craft show at the end of October so I am working away at some new Christmas and winter themed ornaments! I saw a version of these on Pinterest and put my own spin on them. Introducing the snowball bucket ornament!

The little white metal buckets can be found at the Dollar Tree, in the party section. I believe they were either for wedding or baby shower favors, and come two to a package. I picked up a variety of white pom-pom’s at Michaels. For variety, some are plain and some sparkly. 🙂

It seems like a waste to fill up the entire bucket with the white pom-poms, since you wouldn’t see all of the ones in the bottom. So I decided to use some cardboard to fill the bottom of the bucket.

I cut a strip of cardboard and folded it into a triangle and hot glued it to the bottom of the bucket. This acts as a little platform. Then cut out a small circle of cardboard and glue on top of your platform. This gives you something to glue the pom-poms onto.

I painted the cardboard circle white, so that if it showed through at all, it would be less noticeable.

Next, use a hot glue gun to cover the cardboard with your pom-poms. I did one layer of the small ones first.

Then I started piling on some of the bigger, sparkly ones, mixed in with some more smaller ones. Keep adding them until you are satisfied with your pile of “snowballs.”

Similar ornaments on Pinterest had the words “snowballs 5 cents” handwritten on the side of the bucket. I tried it and didn’t like how mine came out. You could do this with a paint pen or Sharpie, but know that once you write it, it is permanent! Not a lot of room for error, but if you have a steady hand, then go for it!

Instead, I opted to make little tags using some brown craft paper. I wrote the words and then cut out a tag shape around it. This way, if you mess up, you can just add a new tag and not waste a bucket. You could even get fancy and print out little tags if you don’t want to hand-write them.

I used a small safety pin to attach the tags to the bucket handle. For a little accent, I added a homespun fabric ribbon. On others I added a light blue bakers twine bow. You could finish them off with twine, ribbon, or whatever decorative accents you would like!

FYI, the Dollar Tree sells Baker’s twine in every color, in their craft section. I have hordes of it because I use it for all different projects.

I am debating if I should put little hangers on them like the one pictured above, or leave as is, and people could hang them from their tree from the bucket handle. Which do you prefer? Thanks in advance for your thoughts! Hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying some crafty adventures!

Baseball Mason Jars

Hello crafty friends! Hope this post finds you safe and healthy! I was recently asked to make some baseball themed mason jars as gifts for the senior baseball Moms, since my brother-in-law is the coach. I jumped at the chance, because who doesn’t love mason jar crafts! I used short, fat mason jars that are going to have succulents planted in them. I thought I’d share the process since painting mason jars is a popular project these days and can be customized for pretty much any type of theme you want!

I started out with these short mason jars which can be bought just about anywhere. I got these at Wally world. If they are brand new jars, you are ready to start painting. If they are old jars or have been used before, it is a good idea to wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue or oils. This helps the paint to adhere better.

The key to painting mason jars is getting the right kind of paint. Chalk paint works great and can be found any any craft store or place that sells paint. I used Kilz White Chalk paint also found at Wally world, which is AWESOME, but a bit pricey.

I ended up painting a total of 3 coats to make it an opaque white. Each coat should dry completely before you start the next coat. Give it at least a few hours between each coat.

When painting, it’s easiest to paint the rim first, and then go around and do the sides.

Next I used a paint pen to draw on the red baseball stitches. I have tried many types of paint pens and like this brand the best. I get better results with this than the Sharpie or ArtDeco brands, but that’s just my preference. Use what you like to work with!

First draw a circle like this:

And then do the tick marks all facing one direction like this.

Then do the same on the other side of the line, like a mirrored image of the stitch.

I did one side of all the jars first and let them dry, before proceeding to the other side!

When you do the stitches on the other sides, draw them pointing in the opposite direction. This is how a real baseball stitches are.

Once fully dry, spray them with a clear sealer. I used Aleene’s Matte Finish sealer. Spray lightly at first to make sure the red lines to do run. If it’s your first time making these, I always recommend having one “test” jar that you do each step on first, to make sure things are coming out the way you want them to. I did two full coats of sealer.

I added some twine around the top and tied in a bow. Raffia or ribbon would look great too. Maybe ribbon in the color of your favorite team. Customize them however you’d like!

I think they came out super cute and will make great gifts! What kinds of projects are you guys working on these days? Happy Spring! 🙂

Dollar Store Gnome Ornaments

Hello! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these crazy times. I am back with a project I actually did a while ago but just realized I never posted! I created these little gnome ornaments using some unfinished dollar store Easter egg ornaments. They came out super cute and were pretty easy.

Here are the egg ornaments I used. I found them at the Dollar Tree. I grabbed a ton because there are so many possibilities with them. At 5 for $1, you can’t go wrong!

I used tape to create the straight lines of the gnome body and some of their beards. Please note that you can totally skip the tape steps and paint them free-hand if you’d like! If you are going to use the tape method, here’s how.

Using some tape, make a triangle shape. Make the triangle as tall as you’d like your gnome to be. I would have preferred to use masking tape but I was out. Hope you can see the clear tape lines okay.

If you’d like a straight, pointed beard, then add two more pieces of tape on the bottom to create a diamond shape.

Using acrylic paint, fill in the bottom half of the diamond with white for the gnomes beard. I created a small peak, or rounded top to the beard, just to give the beard some shape. It may need two coats. Let each coat dry completely before applying the next coat.

Then fill in your hat. Once the beard is dry, peel away the bottom pieces of tape and fill in the red body around the beard. Once the entire gnome body is dry, peel all of the tape away. Fill in the outside with whatever background color you’d like.

The gnome on the right has a “textured” beard. This was just an experiment. I used some salt mixed into some white paint and a bit of white glue. Then just dabbed it on. It came out pretty good, kind of like the textured snow paint you get at the craft store. If you decide to try it, be sure to seal it when you’re done. I can not confirm how long this lasts or how good the quality is, as it was my first time playing around with this kind of textured paint.

Next, add your nose. You can paint one on, or use a small wooden disc like these. I happened to have these on hand and the small ones worked perfectly. You could also use a button for a 3D effect, and paint it flesh colored.

Then add any details. Again, I had this stuff on hand. My craft stash is ridiculous and has accumulated over the years, so I can often find random little “accents” like this. You can always paint these types of details on, or check out the dollar store or craft store for little accents you can add!

The same little wooden discs that were used for the nose can be used for the hands!

I even found these cute coffee cups at Michaels and thought the gnomes might look cute sipping some hot cocoa or coffee while they are out there in the snow. 🙂

When you’re all done, add a coat of sealer. I used sparkle Mod Podge to give them some holiday bling.

Use twine, string or ribbon to hang them. I used bakers twine. This can be found at Dollar Tree in a variety of colors.

Here are the finished products. You can’t appreciate the “sparkle” in the photos, but in real life, they are very shimmery!

Here are the next ones in progress…can you guess what they will be???

 

Easy Family Craft: Story Stones

Since we’re all stuck at home, I thought I’d share a fun, easy craft project that you can do with the kids. My friend asked me to come up with a family-friendly craft idea for a Facebook group, so I thought I’d share it here too. This cool thing about this project is that it allows for multiple activities. The projects consists of 3 steps: going for a hike to find your stones, creating pictures on your stones, and then telling a story using the pictures you have created. Here are the steps.

Head outside for a nature walk. Find between 10-12 stones. They can be different shapes and sizes, but flat ones tend to work the best for this project. When you get home, you will want to clean them so there is no dirt or debris on the surface. Give them a rinse with some warm soapy water and let dry.

Next, create a variety of images on the stones. You can use any of the following mediums on the stones:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint pens
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Cut out pictures of objects from magazines and glue on the stones

Acrylic paint and paint pens are the best options, as they are thicker and have the best coverage. Create a bunch of different images; think animals, plants, people, hobbies, or anything that interests you!

Once dry, take turns telling a story using the pictures on your stones. Tell a funny story, a scary story, or create a theme for your stories. You can use just your own, or throw everyone’s in a pot and draw them randomly to tell your story! Go to Pinterest and search “story stones” for many links and variations on this project.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I’m taking advantage of down time to get creative and come up with some new projects. Thank for stopping by and happy crafting! 🙂

DIY Grapevine Wreath With Pinecone Flowers

Happy first day of Spring! In light of all the craziness in the world I thought I’d post a cheerful Spring-inspired project that is easy and fun! I found the grapevines and the pinecones on my property. If you can’t find them in nature, they can easily be obtained at any craft store or even Wally world!

Here are the grapevine “before.” I had the green floral wire on hand.

Using small pieces of the wire, go through and tie off your vines where they are coming apart, to create long bundles to work with.

You could use a wreath form if you’d like, which can be found virtually anywhere, including the dollar store. To get started, I just winged it and made a random circle with my longest vine.

Keep layering the vines and tying them down when needed. There’s no exact pattern, just tie the vines together where they are loose.

Looking nice and round!

Once you’re done with the wreath, start with the pinecones. You’ll be using the bottom part of the cone as the face of the “flowers.” Cut each pinecone in half, about 2/3 down towards bottom of the cone. You’ll have to use some big garden shears or heavy-duty pruning scissors.

Next hot-glue them onto the wreath, staggering them.

Add as many pinecone flowers as you’d like. You could go all the way around or do a couple small bunches; whatever looks good to you! Also, if you’re heavy handed with the glue gun like me, be sure to do it over a piece of cardboard or newspaper to protect from drips.

You can stop here and have an all-natural wreath, or you can continue on and paint the pinecones to add some color. It’s up to you and what kind of look you’re going for!

I chose bright, Springy colors. I painted them with my DecoArt multi-surface acrylic paint. I did 2 coats on each cone.

Choose your colors for the center of the flowers. I used yellow center for the blue, purple, green and pink flowers, and a brown/black for the center of the yellow flowers.

Once dry I will spray with a coat of clear sealer to help preserve them.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I have found it very therapeutic to use all this down time at home to get creative and work on all those craft projects I’ve been putting off. Happy crafting!

“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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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!

 

 

DIY Fall Carnival Game ~ Dollar Store Ring Toss

Once again I’m working on a craft project for my local scarecrow festival! Most of the supplies for this game were got at the Dollar Tree. The rest of the supplies I had on hand, however you really could get everything you need at the dollar store if you needed to!

I started out with a bunch of foam cones that are found in the faux flower/craft section of the Dollar Tree. My husband seems to thing these are going to break once the kids start playing, but I’m thinking it’s going to be fine after testing it and whipping the rings at them…lol. They are pretty secure and it’s a harder foam; not a soft foam that easily dents. You could also use the plastic orange cones found in the athletic section of Wally world.

I used acrylic paint I got from Lowes. These are sample jars that I like to get for crafts since they come in a huge variety of colors. Any acrylic would work fine.

Paint the centers orange and the bases yellow so they look like candy corns.

While those were drying I spray painted a big piece of scrap wood black. You also could use a heavy foam core board, or a big piece of cardboard. Wood is ideal because it is heavier but other materials could be used as long as you have a way of anchoring it down. 

I used some heavy duty glue to adhere the foam candy corns and a few small scarecrows, also got at the Dollar Tree, to the board. Use a very strong glue to ensure they stay attached to the board.

Next use stamps, stencils or free hand the “point” numbers below each cone or scarecrow.

Next I used stamps to write out “Ring Toss” along the bottom of the board. You can write whatever you want or write nothing…it’s up to you!

The rings are made from kids glowstick necklaces that come 4 in a package at the dollar store. I taped them to make sure they don’t come apart. They are lightweight and are the perfect sized rings for this game!

The game is pretty self-explanatory but I decided to make a small instruction sign using a chalkboard sign I already had, since the game is going to be at a festival. I made a line in the grass using orange duct tape.

That’s it! Easy and hopefully a fun little activity for kids to play while walking around the festival this year. Next on the agenda is a pumpkin tic tac toe game! Be back soon!

 

Thrift Store Mickey Mouse Dessert Stand

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th! Having some extra time off means extra time to get crafty! I have been wanting to make this Mickey dessert stand since I saw a similar version on Pinterest years ago. It was super easy and cheap. Would be great for a kids party or if you just plain love Disney like me! 🙂

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I found the red vase and black plate at Goodwill. You could use a shorter dish for the base, a smaller black plate, etc., to customize the size of your stand! The buttons and silicone adhesive I had on hand. Make sure to use a strong glue made for glass or ceramic.

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I applied a generous amount of the silicone adhesive to make sure it was nice and sturdy.

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Let dry completely.

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I could not find yellow buttons so I painted them!

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Once dry, glue on the buttons. Proceed to bake many desserts so you can use your new stand! 🙂

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Total cost was less than $5! Woohoo! 😀

Have a great weekend!

“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! 🙂

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. 🙂 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! 😉 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. 🙂

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! 😀

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