Snowman Hurricane Shade

3-DSCN3068-001A last-minute quickie for the holidays.

Add a warm, whimsical glow to your dining table with a snowman hurricane shade.

1-DSCN3058-001This snowman started out as a clear glass hurricane shade I picked up at a yard sale. The shade was classic for everyday use, but I wanted something a little more festive for the holidays. I chose to use acrylic enamel as the base for the snowman to ensure the paint would be durable and less likely to scratch or flake from handling. This is a quick project that can be completed in about an hour, including drying time.

Things You Will Need:

Clear glass hurricane shade
Window cleaner
Paper towel
Sea sponge
White acrylic enamel paint
Paper plate
Paintbrush
Powder blush
Bath towel
Orange acrylic paint
New pencil
Black acrylic paint
Black paint pen
Christmas fabric
Scissors
Measuring tape

Thoroughly clean the outside of the shade using window cleaner and a paper towel.

2-DSCN3063-001Wet a sea sponge and wring it out so that it’s damp, but not dripping. Pour white acrylic enamel paint onto a paper plate. Place the hurricane shade over your arm. With the other hand, dip the sponge into the paint and dab it on the glass. Repeat until the entire outer surface of the shade has been painted. Carefully stand the shade on your work surface to dry.

Using a paintbrush and powder blush, paint two large cheeks on the center-front of the shade.

Lay the shade on a bath towel to prevent the shade from rolling. Dip a paintbrush in orange acrylic paint. Pointing it to one side, paint a 2-inch triangle with a 3/4-inch base between the cheeks for the carrot nose.

Dip the eraser end of a new pencil in black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes spaced 1/4 inch apart and 1/2 inch above the nose.

Draw a smile using a black paint pen. Allow the face paint to dry.

Rip a 2-inch wide by 36-inch long strip from Christmas fabric. Stand the shade right side up on your work surface. Wrap the fabric strip around the bottom of the shade. Bring the ends together and tie into a bow on the front of the snowman. Trim the ends of the strip as desired.

3-DSCN3068-001Light a tea candle in a glass votive holder. Place the snowman hurricane shade over the candle. The candlelight will shine through the snowman head.

For a snowman hurricane shade that can be displayed throughout the winter months, substitute a winter novelty fabric for the Christmas fabric.

Enjoy!

Recycled Sweater Christmas Stocking

DSCN3830Recycled Sweater Christmas Stocking

When I see old sweaters at yard sales I have to buy them. The fact that yard sales in my area are often held when the temperature is over 100 means sweaters are practically given away. These sweaters are a cheap craft resource for holiday crafts. In my opinion, this Christmas stocking design looks much more upscale than the original sweater it came from. Can’t you just see a bunch of these hanging over a cabin fireplace, or down the rail of a pine garland clad staircase? Depending on the size of the sweater and the size of your stocking pattern, you should be able to get at least two stockings from each sweater. Three, if you open the sleeves and use the cuffs as the top edge.

Things You Will Need:

Adult-size sweater
Stocking pattern
Straight pins
Scissors
Sewing machine
Iron
Measuring tape
Rickrack
2-inch pompoms (two)
Hot glue gun

DSCN3812Turn an adult-size sweater wrong side out and lay it on your work surface. Align the bottom edges of the sweater. Place an existing Christmas stocking, or a paper stocking pattern on the sweater. Align the top edge of the stocking shape (pattern) with the bottom edges of the stocking. Pin the pattern through both layers of the sweater. Cut around the pattern. Note: The top of the stocking (bottom edge of the sweater) is not to be cut. It will be the finished edge for the the top opening of the stocking.

DSCN3820Remove the pattern. Pin the side and bottom edges of the sweater stocking shape together. Sew the pinned edges using a straight stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew around the edges once again using a zigzag stitch on the seam allowance. This will finish the raw edges and prevent the knitted stitches from unraveling. Turn the stocking right side out. Press the seams with a warm iron.

DSCN3828Lay the stocking flat on your work surface. Measure across the width of the stocking at its widest point. Double that and add 24 inches. Using your new measurement, cut a length of rickrack in a color that coordinates with your sweater.

Measure 1 inch down from the top edge of your stocking. Starting on the front seam of the stocking and 12 inches from one end of the rickrack, pin the rickrack around the stocking. The rickrack will meet again on the front seam of the stocking. Both ends of the rickrack will have approximately 12 inches extending. These tails will be ties. Top stitch the pinned rickrack around the stocking.

Tie the rickrack tails in a knot against the seam, then tie into a bow. Trim the tails to the desired length.

Burrow a hole on one side of a 2-inch diameter pompom. Apply hot glue in the hole. Place one end of the rickrack in the glue. Squeeze the edges of the pompom hole around the rickrack end. Repeat with the remaining pompom and and rickrack end.

Cut a 5-inch length of rickrack. Fold the rickrack in half, matching the two cut ends. Place the ends inside the stocking, against the back seam. Sew across the cut ends of the rickrack. This is your stocking’s hanger.

Other trims and tassels handmade with yarn can be substituted.

DSCN3830Enjoy!

Snowman Suitcase

DSCN2285Snowman Suitcase

I feel like I have been gone forever, but a lot happened since my last post. We moved! From Thanksgiving weekend until this past weekend we have moved, unpacked, put things away, decorated the house with normal and Christmas decor and I am more than halfway through with my Christmas baking. Whew!

Now it’s time to address my blog. I had so many tutorials I wanted to post for Christmas, but with only a week to go…, well, let’s just say I’ll post as many as I can before the big jolly guy comes down your chimney. ;)

Greet your holiday guests at the door with a snowman painted vintage suitcase. Its whimsical message will have all those who enter your house grinning with Christmas spirit.

DSCN2269Vintage suitcases are not difficult to find. Yard sales and auctions are great sources for picking them up for practically nothing.

Things You Will Need:

Vintage Suitcase
White acrylic latex paint
Paper plate
Sea sponge
Light pink paint
Stencil brush
Paper towel
1/2-inch dowel
Black acrylic paint
Ruler
Black paint pen
Orange acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Wooden skewer
Christmas or snowman fabric
Scissors
Craft glue

DSCN2273Pour white acrylic latex paint onto a paper plate. For large craft projects like this, I save money by using wall paint left over from previous home projects. Wet a sea sponge and wring it out well. Dip the sponge in the paint and sponge the paint over the surface of the suitcase. Paint everything, including the hinges and the latches. The handle does not need to be painted. Allow the paint to dry.

Pour a small amount of light pink paint on a paper plate. Wad up a paper towel. Dip a stencil brush into the paint. Scrub the wet brush into the towel. Working in a circular motion, rub large rounds cheeks onto the front of the suitcase. Note: Before painting, make sure the suitcase is positioned with the handle at the top.

DSCN2279Dip the end of a 1/2-inch dowel in black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes approximately 1/4 inch apart, just above the center of the suitcase front. Draw a large smile using a black paint pen.

Starting in the center of the face, using a paintbrush and orange acrylic paint, paint a carrot nose in a zigzag motion. Allow the paint to dry.

Starting half way up the left side of the suitcase front, working across the top and halfway down the right side of the suitcase front, write “In The Meadow We Will Build A Snowman” using a black paint pen. Dip the blunt end of a wood skewer into black acrylic paint. Dot the angles and intersections on each letter. Allow the paint to dry.

DSCN2282Rip a 1-inch-wide strip of Christmas or snowman fabric. Apply craft glue to the handle of the suitcase. Wrap the strip around the handle.

It does not matter what the inside of the suitcase looks like, as the case need not be opened. It can, however, be used to store Christmas decorations at the end of the season.

DSCN2285Enjoy!

Snowman Spoon Ornaments

6-DSCF2250Snowman Spoon Ornaments

My craft show this past weekend was a huge success. It was so good that I was really surprised I still had so much stuff to pack up. Since I only have one more show planned before Christmas you would think I don’t need to make anything new. Uh…you would be wrong. I can’t help it. Creating things makes me happy and content. :)

So, since my youngest comes home from school next week (and he’s bringing a friend), I need to get the house clean and organized. What to do?…What to do?…What to do? No problem. I’ll craft quick and simple projects in between the mundane chores of cleaning.

1-DSCF2226These spoons were my first inspiration. They said “snowmen” to me. And who’s to argue with the voices in my head?! I only had seven, but I reasoned clearing out even a small space in my stash was worth the effort.

2-DSCF2230I cleaned them up and based the bowl of the spoon using a beige paint.

3-DSCF2235After applying a little bit of blush (cheeks) with my finger…,

4-DSCF2242…the rest of the face was painted using a toothpick. Easy peasy!

5-DSCF2248A scrap of my T-shirt yarn was wrapped and glued around the base of the handle for the hat.

6-DSCF2250They still looked a bit plain, so wrapped a mini garland around the length of the handle.

It took a little bit of time, but I was able to drill a hole in the end of each handle for a wire hanger.

Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Christmas Trees-COMPLETE Tutorial

3-DSCN7278Scrap Wood Christmas Trees-COMPLETE Tutorial

I first made these trees and the tutorial last year, but just realized I had never posted the complete tutorial on my blog. Yes, there are snippets and pics here and there, but not the full tute. I’m fixing that oversight today.

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5-DSCN6755Do you have a scrap wood pile full of an assortment of boards left over from previous projects? Don’t let the difference in widths and lengths stop you from being creative. Use them together on one project to make a scrap wood Christmas tree to decorate your porch or yard.

Things You Will Need:

Scrap boards
Measuring tape
Chop saw
Hunter green acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Brown acrylic paint
Wood glue
12 wood screws
Drill, screwdriver bit and 3/32-inch bit
Star pattern
Pencil
Metal flashing scrap
Tin snips
Yellow-gold acrylic paint
Carpet tack
Rusty baling wire
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers

1-DSCN7025Cut branches for the tree using scrap boards and a chop saw. You will need a 9-inch, a 14-inch, an 18-inch, a 24-inch, a 29-inch and a 32-inch-long board. Cut a 45-inch-long board for the tree trunk. The width of each board can be any size from 2 to 4 1/2 inches.

2-DSCN7028Dry brush one side of each branch using hunter green acrylic paint. Dry brush one side of the trunk using brown acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Lay the trunk on your work surface with the painted side facing up. Turn the trunk so that it is pointing away from you vertically. With the painted side of the branches facing up, horizontally place each one across the trunk starting with the shortest branch at the top and ending with the longest at the bottom.

Shift the top branch 5 inches down from the top and the bottom branch 9 inches up from the bottom of the trunk. Adjust and equally space the remaining branches between the top and bottom branches. Center each branch on the trunk.

Apply wood glue between each branch and the trunk. Allow the glue to dry.

Turn the tree over with the back side facing up. Run two wood screws per branch through the trunk and into the branches. Note: Make sure your screws are long enough to go through the trunk and into the branches, but not too long where they will poke through the front of the branches. If cracking wood is a concern, drill pilot holes for the screws before attaching.

3-DSCN7033Trace a star approximately 6 inches in diameter onto a scrap of metal flashing. Use tin snips to cut out the star. Paint one side of the star using yellow-gold acrylic paint.

Lay the tree with the front side facing up. Place the star on the trunk at the top of the tree. Attach the star to the trunk using a carpet tack through the center of the star.

4-DSCN7035Attach a wire hanger. Using a 3/32-inch drill bit, drill a hole on each end of the top branch 1 inch down from the top of the branch and 1 inch in from the ends. Cut a 24-inch length of rusty baling wire using wire cutters. Insert one end through each hole from the front of the branch to the back. Pull the wire ends through approximately 2 inches. Bend the loop of the hanger up. Twist the wire ends around the wire on the front of the branch using needle nose pliers.

5-DSCN7037Enjoy!