Witch Ornament Made From a Glass Christmas Ball

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Glass Christmas balls seem to be available at every yard sale. Since the price is right, I can’t help but buy them. With a little creativity, I discovered they could be transformed into decorations for other holidays. Restyle your ornaments into Halloween witch ornaments. Hang them from a black spray painted branch, give to teachers as gifts, or sell them at fall craft shows.

Things You Will Need:

White tissue paper
Ruler
Decoupage medium
2-inch glass Christmas ball ornament
Paintbrush
Polymer clay
Oven
Craft glue
Lime green acrylic paint
Paper plate
Compass
Scissors
Black felt
Hot glue gun
Blush and cotton swab
Black acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Wooden skewer
Black permanent marker
Gray curly doll hair
Muslin scrap
Miniature spider
Embroidery needle and black floss

y491Tear small pieces of white tissue paper approximately 1-inch in diameter. I used old tissue paper patterns. Do not use colored paper as the dye may bleed.

Apply decoupage medium to the surface of a 2-inch glass Christmas ball ornament using a paintbrush. Place the tissue paper over the medium and press it down with the paintbrush. This will give the ball a wrinkly texture. Perfect for the face of a witch. Allow the medium to dry.

y487Roll a 1/2-inch ball of polymer clay for the witch’s nose. Form the ball into a 3/4-inch-long cone shape. Bend the point of the cone to make a crooked nose. Roll a tiny bit of clay about the size of a BB. Press the small ball onto the side of the nose. Bake the clay in the oven according to the package directions.

y489Lay the covered Christmas ball on its side, on a surface that will prevent it from rolling. I used a candle holder. The side facing up will be the front of the witch head. Apply craft glue to the center front of the ball. Place the nose on the glue with the hook of the nose positioned downward. Allow the glue to dry.

Paint the entire head and nose using lime green acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Cut a paper plate into quarter pie shapes. One pie shape is the pattern for the cone of the witch’s hat. Using the pattern cut one pie shape from black felt. Using a compass, trace a 3 1/4-inch circle on card stock. Cut out the shape. This is the pattern for the hat brim. Cut one brim from black felt.

y488Cut an “X” in the center of the hat brim. Apply hot glue around the neck of the hanger on the Christmas ball. Place the hat brim over the neck. Roll the pie-shaped felt into a cone. Overlap 1 inch along the edge of the cone and hot glue to secure. Apply hot glue to the inside opening of the cone. Center the cone on top of the brim. Squish the cone down to secure. Fold the tip of the cone down to the brim. Secure with hot glue.

Apply blush to the cheeks using a cotton swab. Dip the blunt end of a skewer into black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes. Allow the paint to dry. Dip the pointed end of the skewer into white acrylic paint. Apply a dot in each eye. Using a permanent marker, draw a crooked smile.

Apply hot glue to the head, just under the brim. Tuck gray curly doll hair under the brim.

Rip a 1/2-inch-wide by 3-inch-long strip of muslin. Tie a knot in the center of the strip. Hot glue the strip to the hat. Hot glue a miniature plastic spider to the knot.

witch-ornamentUsing black embroidery floss and an embroidery needle, stitch through the top of the hat. Bring the two ends of the floss together with 4 inches of floss extending from each end. Tie the ends in a knot, 1 inch from the end.

Enjoy!

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Sliced Log Ornaments and Tags

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More “using what I have” projects.

1-DSCN7285I sliced a log using our miter saw to make this jolly snowman ornament.

4-DSCN7291You know me, I couldn’t stop at making just one…

2-DSCN7288…so I made several for my upcoming craft show.

5-DSCN7293After a bit of experimenting, I decided to also make gift tags.

7-DSCN7302This time I sliced a skinnier log. The slice was made at a 45 degree angle to make a wider surface. I also like the way the sides taper at this angle. I liked them so much…

6-DSCN7294…so I made several for my upcoming craft show.

If you are in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 16th, come shop at the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Craft Fair.

Enjoy!

Country Easter Egg Ornies

Easter is just around the corner. Have you purchased a bag of plastic Easter eggs yet? My kids are grown, so I can finally skip the plastic grass and eggs. I still like decorating for the holiday, so I decided to try a more decor friendly twist using the old eggs I already have.

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What do you think about country western Easter eggs?

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I made this one into a hanging ornie, but I think several of them would look adorable in a bowl or basket. If making it into a hanging ornie, heat the end of craft wire in a candle flame and poke one hole in both the top and the bottom of the egg. Remove the wire. Ignore the two holes on either side of the center. They were there already, just not where I wanted them.

Ouchie Alert! You will want to keep a bowl of ice water nearby to dip burned fingertips.

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Starting at the top of the egg, apply a dot of hot glue. Don’t cover up the hole you made. Place the end of twine in the glue. Let it cool a bit so you don’t end up pulling it off. Note: I used baling twine, but jute could also be used for a similar look.

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Adding more hot glue as you go, wind the twine around the egg in a spiral. Push the new row snugly against the previous row. When you reach the bottom of the egg, don’t cover the hole you made. In my photos you can see the original color of the egg through the rows, but as I stare at it in my hand I can’t see it. Really! I wouldn’t lie to you! This project was done before the flash went out on my camera. I think the flash must have brightened the space between the rows. Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Wrap a 1/2-inch-wide ripped strip from a red bandanna around the center of the egg and tie the ends in a knot.

5-DSCN4577I added a button over the knot using more hot glue.

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Cut a 4-inch length of craft wire. Insert the wire through the top hole and out the bottom one. You will have wire extending from each end of the egg. Thread a red wood bead on each wire end. Grasp one end of the wire with the tip of needle nose pliers. Curl the wire around the plier’s nose and remove. This creates a loop. Repeat on the other end of the egg.

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For hanging, thread a bit of twine through the loop at the top of the egg and tie into a hanging loop.

Enjoy!

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Bead Garland Hearts

I was putting away my Christmas decorations the other day…

Okay, that’s a lie…Let me rephrase that.

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I was thinking about putting away my Christmas decorations the other day…(Better?)…when the wood bead garland distracted me.

The red beads kick-started my imagination since I have been brainstorming Valentine’s Day ideas for quite a while.

The red beads looked so enticing. I decided to transform them into little country valentine hearts.

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No, I didn’t use the ones that were on display. They are still up. ;) No, I used a stash of bead garland I already had in my craft supplies. They seem to be available at every auction and yard sale I visit, and I can’t pass up a bargain.

I cut the garland apart and had a pile of pretty red beads.

After a bit of experimenting, I figured out how much wire and how many beads I would need for each heart. Here’s my little tip: I used 18-inch wire floral stems when figuring out how much wire was needed. After stringing the beads and forming the heart shape, I cut off the excess wire. I then subtracted the leftover inches from the beginning length to determine how much wire was needed for each heart. After that I was able to craft several hearts in an assembly line.2-DSCN4414

Those little loops on the ends are the “knots“.

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I started with the valley at the top of the heart.

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The little twist doesn’t look very attractive, but it isn’t noticeable when the heart is finished.

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The bottom point was made with one bead. I finished off the heart with a raffia bow over the twist.

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I had two different size beads from two different red garlands.

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The smaller hearts were done the same way, I just adjusted the wire and bead amounts.

I think these are decorations that may remain on display long after the Valentine’s Day holiday. Uh hum…that is if I get Christmas put away by then. ;)

Enjoy!

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Necktie Angel-Tutorial

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During my thrifty shopping adventures at yard sales, thrift stores and auctions, I often come across bags or boxes of old neckties. Most people aren’t interested in these offerings, which is why the prices are usually dirt cheap. I, on the other hand, am not one of those people who can pass up the sampling of beautiful fabrics, designs and textures. They have to come home with me. My latest score of neckties inspired this necktie angel. It works up very quickly.

Things You Will Need:

Old necktie
Measuring tape
Scissors
Needle and thread
Stuffing
Hot glue gun
1 1/2-inch wooden ball
Blonde curly craft hair
1-inch-wide gathered crochet lace
6-inch round doily
Spray starch
Iron
1/4-inch-wide ribbon
Fishing line

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Step 1
Measure up 10 inches from the front tip of the necktie and cut across the width. You will not need the rest of the tie for this project. Turn the necktie end with the back facing up. Hand sew the flaps of the open end to the lining and along the unstitched edges of the center seam. You want to create a pocket with an opening along the top. Do not stitch the front of the tie to the back.

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Step 2
Fill the tube of the necktie with stuffing. This will fill out the tie to create the body and gown of the angel. Fold the top, open end 1/4 inch to the inside of the tie. Sew a running stitch around the folded opening. Gather the opening closed. Knot and cut the thread. This end is the neck of the angel.

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Step 3
Apply hot glue to the top of the neck. Place a 1 1/2-inch wooden ball over the glue. Hold the ball in place until the glue has cooled.

Step 4
Apply hot glue to the side, top and back of the head. Arrange curly blonde craft hair on the head. Trim and style the hair as desired.

Step 5
Cut a 6-inch length from 1-inch-wide gathered, crocheted lace. Sew a running stitch along the gathered edge of the lace. Wrap the lace around the neck of the angel. Gather the lace and stitch the ends together at the back of the angel.

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Step 6
Stiffen a 6-inch round doily using spray starch and an iron. Sew a running stitch across the center of the doily. Pull the thread to gather the center of the doily. This will form wings on each side of the gathered center. Knot and cut the thread.

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Step 7
Apply glue to the gathered center on one side of the wings. Place the center of the wings on the back of the neck.

Step 8
Cut a 10-inch length from 1/4-inch-wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a bow. Apply hot glue to the back of the knot. Place the bow on the center, front of the angel, just below the head.

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Step 9
Cut a 4-inch length from a white and gold pipe cleaner. Form the length into a ring. Twist the ends together. Apply hot glue to the halo and place on top of the head.

Step 10
Cut a 12-inch length of fishing line. Thread one end in a needle. Insert the needle through the neck from one side of the head to the other. Adjust the fishing line so that an equal amount of the line is extending from each side of the head. Bring the ends together. Tie the ends together using an overhand knot. This is your hanger.

Easy Peasy! Now…get your groove on. You still have a week.