SKI PEOPLE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

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Cute little guys to hang on your tree. Children can do all the painting however, I recommend Mom or Dad do the hot gluing and prune shear cutting to avoid injury.

 

 

 

 

 

YOU WILL NEED:

Round topped wooden clothespins ( can find in local dollar store, Walmart or craft store

Bag of Popsicle craft sticks

Ruler

Wooden skewers

Pruning shears to cut Popsicle sticks

Assorted paints

Flesh color for hands and face

Black or silver for skis

Whatever color you wish for ski persons pants and shirt

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Decorative thin cord or ribbon to hang your ornament

Kitchen Twine of any color for scarf ( Dollar Tree stores have bag of three colors each in children’s craft section all year round)

Old wire cake cooling rack  ( this is my all time favorite thing to dry crafts on when you paint both sides at once)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Paint head of clothespin with flesh color.

2.Paint skier’s shirt front and back and set on rack to dry.

3. Once dry, paint skiers pants. and set on rack to dry.

4. Can paint boots if you wish to . I did not.

5. Paint some Popsicle sticks , front and back, the  color you wish the shirt to be and set aside to dry. These will later become the arms.

6. Once dry, measure  how long you need arms to be and cut that length off Popsicle stick with pruning shears. ( PARENTS PLEASE DO THIS PART TO AVOID INJURY) . Touch up with chosen colored paint.

7.  Paint flesh colored tips onto both sides of ends of arms to represent skiers hands. Set aside to dry.

8. Round off corners of  flat part of the Popsicle stick with pruning shears. This part will become skiers shoulders. Touch up exposed wood and set aside to dry.

9. Paint Popsicle sticks front and back black or silver and set on cooling rack to dry. These will become the skis.

10.  Using pruning shears, cut Popsicle  sticks in half. You will need one Popsicle  stick for each pair of skis. Touch up with paint where the exposed wood is and set aside to dry.

10. Cut off point of skewer and paint skewers the color you chose for skis and set aside to dry.

11. Paint hair on your skier.

12. With the end of a skewer dipped into paint, dot eyes and make smile.

13. When clothespin is totally dried, hot glue the clothespin to the skis. Be sure rounded part of ski is used for front of skis.

14. Glue arms on with arms partially extended ( see photo).

15.  Take your black or silver skewers and cut to make the poles the skier will hold. DO NOT CUT THESE FIRST. Depending on how far you extended your skiers arms will determine the length you will need to glue to side of hand facing skiers body and then to side of skiers pant leg near ski.

16. When gluing on poles to hands and skis I took hot glue and placed with skewer to avoid large area of glue.

17. Now, if you wish, you can braid colored kitchen twine to make a scarf. Place dab of hot glue on back of neck and attach hanging ribbon or cord and this will also hold scarf in place. Glue scarf to side of skiers shirt near arm to hold in place.

You will create memories for your child each Christmas when you bring them out to place on tree.

REINDEER FLOWER POTS

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MATERIALS:
1.SMALL CLAY FLOWER POTS
2. WHITE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (glossy or flat your choice)
3. RED ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (or what color you wish your scarf to  be but remember, you will  need red for reindeer tongue if you choose to have open mouthed smile).
4. BLACK ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for eyes )
5. TAN OR LIGHT BROWN ACRYLIC PAINT
6. SMALL PAINT BRUSH ( I used 1/4 inch angular shader brush)
7. LARGER HANDLED PAINT BRUSH (to make eyes) OPTIONAL
8. TOOTHPICK OR WOODEN SKEWER ( for eyebrows and dotting eyes)
9. GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS ( you can use regular household glue but I find it messy and takes longer to dry. ) CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE HOT GLUE TO AVOID BURNS. 10. POM POMS ( the color of your choice for ear muffs)
11. PIPECLEANERS  the color of your ear muff Pom Poms. (May use black if you don’t have ones the same color )
12. RED OR BLACK POM POM (for reindeer nose)
13. DARK BROWN PIPECLEANERS (for reindeer antlers.
14. PAPER OR OLD PLASTIC LID (for putting paint on)
15. GOOGLE EYES (optional)
 DIRECTIONS:
1. Take clean clay flower pot and paint tan or brown on top and sides to the rim of flower pot. Do not worry if you get some on the rim as you will be painting that a different color.( I personally prefer a lighter shade of brown so that reindeer antlers are a better contrast)

2. After you are satisfied with the coverage of the coats of tan paint, let dry.

3.  Begin  painting the scarf color on the rim .(I found it easier to hold my other hand inside flower pot and turn as I painted). Paint till you have the coverage that you like .

4. Turn the flower pot upside down and set down as you would a normal flower pot, so you can paint the very edge of the rim with the scarf color and let dry.

5. Put a little white paint on a piece of paper or old plastic lid  and dot the back of  small paintbrush handle into paint then dot scarf  all the way around . If you want scarf to have hearts rather than dots,  you put two dots side by side and pull down with brush handle to connect dots at bottom to form hearts. Set pot aside to let dry thoroughly.( If you are not sure you can evenly space, start with entire front first then sides. This will ensure any uneven spacing will be in the back and not visible.)

6.  Once it has completely dried, if you are not using google eyes,  put small amount of black paint onto paper or old plastic lid and take back of  small brush handle and dip into black paint to dot eyes. Then in a circular motion you draw eyes the circular size you wish them to be OR  use larger handled brush to make dots for eyes.
(It helps to tap onto paper or lid (one time only) if you have too much paint on handles end.  It will make perfect circles. Let eyes dry,  lying flower pot on its side flat. I achieved this by resting into an old crumpled towel to keep pot straight and avoid eyes from dripping.)

7. Once eyes are dry , dip end of small paint brush into black paint and  mark
where smile will end on each side. Then make a semicircle smile or make an open mouth to show tongue and/ or teeth. Let dry completely resting again on towel to keep straight while drying.

8. Paint nose red or black if you have no pompoms. (Pom poms look nicer though because they give dimension to your reindeer.)

9. Once eyes are completely dry, if you have not opted to use google eyes,  dip pointy end of toothpick into white paint  place dot or apostrophe shape ( ‘)  into eye in same place on each eye to mimic shine. Let dry.

10. Dip pointy end of skewer into black paint n draw eyebrows. Again, place onto towel to keep straight till dry.

11. Then take toothpick, dip into red paint and make tongue inside open mouth if you chose to have open mouth reindeer smile. Once that has been laid flat to dry, you can then add teeth if you so desire.

12. Insert 2 dark brown pipecleaners  into hole of pot  and bend inside of pot. Then pot some hot glue on end of skewer to place under bent pipecleaners so they may stick to pot. Bend antlers as desired.

13. Hot glue ear muff colored pipecleaner across top of flower pot hole and down side to where your Pom Pom earmuffs  will be.

14. Hot glue ear muffs where they should be.

15. Hot glue google eyes in place. I found it easier and less messy to put tiny glue dot or tiny dab of hot glue on back of  google eye and place onto pot. Remember, just tiny amount so that when you press google eye into place, no glue will be seeping out from around eyes .

 VARIATIONS :
You can personalize reindeer by dipping skewer into black paint and putting name or greeting  across front of scarf.
Have a blessed day!

Christmas pom-pom teddy bear

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POM POM TEDDY BEAR

YOU WILL NEED:
LARGE POM POMS
MEDIUM-SIZED POM POMS
SMALL POM POMS
ONE TINY BLACK POM POM (for nose)
SMALL GOOGLE EYES
RIBBON
ANY ORNAMENT YOU WANT YOUR BEAR TO HOLD ( optional)
DECORATIVE STRING FOR HANGING ON TREE (optional)
HOT GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS ***** Children should not use hot glue guns to avoid burns*****
NOTE: Bear can be made in the color of your choice and may sit on a shelf or hang from Christmas tree.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Take two large Pompoms and glue together. This will be the bear’s stomach and back.

2. Glue one large pompom on the pompom on the back side to represent bears head.

3. Glue two smaller pompoms for bear’s feet and hands.

4. Glue  two smaller pompoms to represent bears ears.

5. Glue smaller Pom Pom to front of head for bear’s snout

6. Glue small black Pom Pom to snout to represent nose.

7. Tie ribbon around bear’s neck and make bow.Cut to size

8. If desired, glue a mini Christmas tree ornament onto bear.

9. Thread needle with transparent thread and push through head of bear leaving a large loop for hanging bear on the head of bear and come out behind neck of bear. Then make another stitch from backside of neck going through to front of bear’s neck. Knot and tie off. Bow of Ribbon will then hide end of threads.

10. Glue on google eyes. I found it easier to hold google eye with tweezers and put small dab of glue on back of eye and then place. This eliminates the notorious glue strands that will not look nice on the pompom.

Have a blessed day!

REINDEER CLOTHESPIN ORNAMENTS

YOU WILL NEED:

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1. Package of flat clothespins ( or two pkgs. depending on how many you wish to make. Each reindeer takes three clothespins.). each reindeer takes two clothespins. You can make with three clothespins if you wish side views to show back and front legs.
2. Brown or tan acrylic paint. (You can leave unpainted if you wish or mix dark brown paint with a bit of water to give a stained look)
3. Black acrylic craft paint
4. White acrylic craft paint
5. Red acrylic craft paint ( for reindeer tongue , if you wish open mouth smile)
5.Tiny red Pom Pom for Rudolph’s nose

6. Mini tree ornaments to hang on reindeers neck
7. Mini garland ( optional ) to make wreath

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8. Paint brushes (0ne small handled brush and one slightly larger)
9. Old plastic lids ( one for each child if doing with children)
10. Jars or styrofoam cups for water to wash brushes
11. Paper towels
12. Shower curtain from dollar store to protect work surface if doing with children
13. Thin  Ribbon or wire for hanging
14. Hot glue gun and glue sticks (CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE GLUE GUN TO PREVENT BURNS. PARENTS CAN DO THIS STEP.)
15. Tiny google eyes ( optional)

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Inspect clothespins for uneven wood between clothespins. If you cannot brush out with dry paintbrush use a piece of sandpaper to smooth.

2. Paint both clothespins entirely with brown paint. Don’t forget the inside. Set aside . Allow to dry. ( I use a muffin cooling rack)

3. When clothespins are dry, take black paint to resemble hooves on bottom part of clothespin. Set aside to dry.

4. If you cannot find tiny google eyes (they ARE hard to find) Put a tiny amount of white paint onto plastic lid. Take the second clothespin and dip the back of a  larger paintbrush handle into white paint and make two white dots for beginnings of reindeer eyes. Set aside to dry.

5. When eyes are dry, take smaller brush handle and dip into black paint. Make black dot in center of white dot and set aside to dry.

6. Dip end of pointy toothpick into black paint and paint the reindeer’s smile. Leave enough space to glue on reindeer’s tiny pompom nose.

7. Have parent hot glue flat ends of two leg clothespins together then reverse the second clothespin so that open ends are facing up and appear as antlers, and hot glue to body portion of reindeer, putting ribbon or wire in between before gluing. Glue reindeer faced clothespin slightly higher than bottom clothespin so that reindeer has a chest area ( see photo before gluing).

8. Attach mini Christmas ornament and hot glue in place on chest or in back of neck area.

9. If making wreath to go around neck measure twisted garland and do not cut till you have measured size that looks best. Hot glue in place behind the neck area.

So lovely for Christmas tree ornament, a Grandma or teacher gift from children, or to decorate a gift.

Have a blessed day!

CHRISTMAS CLOTHESPIN SNOWFLAKE

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YOU WILL NEED:

Package of clothespins ( the kind with springs on them) Need 8 for each snowflake
White craft paint
Paint brush
White glitter
Wooden circles or hearts ( for centers, I put then on front and back for stability and looks. Find too in local dollar store.
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon for hanging
Re-sealable plastic bag to store springs for a different project
Wire muffin cooling rack ( for allowing painted clothespins to dry)
Newspaper or waxed paper
Clothes hangers ( to clip on finished snowflakes to hang till  dry)
Clips or ornament hanger wire ( to hang ribbon onto clothes hanger)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Twist clothespins to remove wire springs and store wire springs in plastic bag for another craft.

2. Paint all sides of clothespins white and place on wire rack to dry. You can place paper under rack to protect work surface.

3. Once dry paint a second coat.  Set aside to dry.

4. Paint center pieces of wood on both sides and set aside to dry.

5. Once dry, hot glue flat sides together keeping points on same end. Do this to all of them EXCEPT CLOTHESPIN NUMBER EIGHT. BEFORE HOT GLUING NUMBER EIGHT hot glue ribbon ends to one flat side of clothespin then hot glue other clothespin to it.

6. Hot glue point tips of two opposing clothespins together to form a long stick and then hot glue others individually to join in the center.

7. Once all eight clothespins are joined in the center, hot glue centers on.

8. Paint another light coat of white paint on front and back sides and sprinkle both sides with glitter.

9. Hang ribbon to ornament hook or wire and place on clothes hanger to dry. Several can fit on

NOTE: MANY CRAFT STORES SELL MINI CLOTHESPINS WHICH MAKE SMALLER SNOWFLAKES. THESE ALL, NO MATTER THE SIZE,MAKE GREAT TREE ORNAMENTS AS WELL AS LOOK GREAT ON GIFT BOX WITH OR WITHOUT BOW. THE RECIPIENT OF YOUR GIFT WILL HAVE AN ORNAMENT AS WELL.

CHRISTMAS WREATH

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                                         YOU WILL NEED:

1. White acrylic craft paint ( to mimic look of snow aka flocking )

2. Inexpensive tube of Christmas balls from local dollar store

3. Wreath from local dollar store

4. Hot glue gun and glue sticks

5. floral wire

6. Holly berry plant from local dollar store and any other cute items you may  want   on your wreath

7. Pine cones you have purchased or gathered yourself  ( Rinse with soap and water if gathering yourself and let dry. Do not soak or pine cones will close)

8. Any other pretty thing you want to include. Using odd numbers looks best and  is     a well-known florist secret for beautiful arrangements.

9. One inch paint brush.

10.  Coat hanger. I hang my painted wreaths on a hanger on my shower curtain rod till they are dry.

11. Old shower curtain or washable/ disposable table cloth . Also can be found at dollar store. THIS PROTECTS YOUR WORK SURFACE FROM PAINT SPLATTERS.

12. Wire cutter or sturdy scissor capable of cutting thin wire

PREPARATION:

1. Open your wreath and arrange wreath until it looks very full. You may look at dollar store wreaths and think they are too skimpy. However, all my photos were from those skimpy looking wreaths. Trust me…. With a little time and patience they open beautifully and once all your items are attached they look very full.

2. Take paint brush. Dip into paint and scrape most of paint off to avoid blobs. Then begin brushing paint onto different parts of wreath all around to mimic fresh fallen snow. NOTE: Be sure to get paint inside the leaves facing in the middle of wreath.

3. Hang wreath around top of hanger and place somewhere to dry. As I said before, I used my curtain rod on bathroom shower curtain. Very helpful and out of the way if you are making more than one.

4. Take dried pine cones and hold at wider base . Dip brush with paint and run paint brush down pine cone to the ends till all the tips of pine cones leaves are coated well.  Set them aside to dry.

5. Take all Christmas balls and remove top hanger piece and place back onto ball after putting drop of hot glue inside. ( I do this to ensure they will never fall apart.)

6. When pine cones are dry, wrap wire around wider end of pine cone under leaves of pine cone and twist. Leave enough wire to attach to wreath later. More is best as if you cut wire too short and you would have to start over. Can wrap wire around coat hanger and hang by wreaths if you cannot finish that day and need work space.

7. Take dried wreath and place pine cones, unattached, on top of wreath in place where you’d like them to go. This is sort of like a test run. you are just playing with placement to see where things look best. Then place wire through ornament holder top on balls and randomly place balls around the wreath, again NOT ATTACHING, till you think it looks as you want it to look.

8. Leave all things lying on top of the wreath in the place that you chose. Cut berry plant into many smaller pieces and attach each to a single strand of wire and place where you think it looks nice.

9. Add any extra things you like , placing where you like best and then when you are satisfied with look of wreath, begin attaching.  NOTE: IF YOU CHOSE TO REMOVE ITEMS FROM WREATH  AND ATTACH, TAKE A PHOTO OF IT FIRST TO ENSURE EVERYTHING WILL BE PLACED BACK ON THE WAY YOU LIKED IT.

10. TAKE TWO OR THREE PIECES OF WIRE AND TWIST AROUND TO MAKE THICK WIRE. DO THIS LAST. You need to turn wreath fully decorated all ways before determining which part should be the top.

FLOWER POT SNOWMAN

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MATERIALS:

CLAY FLOWER POTS

WHITE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (glossy or flat your choice)

ORANGE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for nose. You can mix yellow and red to make orange)

RED ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (or whatever color you wish your scarf to be)

BLACK ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for eyes )

SMALL PAINT BRUSH ( I used 1/4 inch angular brush)

LARGER HANDLED PAINT BRUSH (to make eyes) OPTIONAL

TOOTHPICK OR WOODEN SKEWER ( for eyebrows and dotting eyes)

GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS ( You can use regular household glue but I find it messy and takes longer to dry. Adults beware: CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE HOT GLUE TO AVOID BURNS. )

POM POMS ( the color of your choice)

PIPE CLEANERS  that are the color of your Pom Poms. May use black if you do not have the same color.

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Take clean clay flower pot and paint white on top and sides to the rim of flower pot. Do not worry if you get some on the rim as you will be painting that a different color.

2. After you are satisfied with the coverage of the coats of white paint, let dry.

3.  Begin  painting the scarf color on the rim . (I found it easier to hold my other hand inside flower pot and turn as I painted). Paint till you have the coverage that you like .

4. Turn the flower pot upside down and set down as you would a normal flower pot, so you can paint the very edge of the rim with the scarf color and let dry.

5. Put a little white paint on a piece of paper or old plastic lid  and dot the back of paintbrush handle into paint then dot scarf  all the way around . If you want scarf to have hearts you put two dots side by side and pull down with brush handle to connect dots at bottom to form hearts. Then let dry thoroughly. ( If you are not sure you can evenly space, start with entire front first then sides. This will ensure any uneven spacing will be in the back and not visible.)

6.  Once it has completely dried,  put small amount of paint onto paper or old plastic lid and take back of  large brush handle and dip into black paint to dot eyes. Then in a circular motion you draw eyes the circular size you wish them to be OR  use larger handled brush to make dots for eyes.

(It helps to tap onto paper or lid if you have too much paint on handles end.  It will make perfect circles. Let dry,  lying flower pot on its side flat. I achieved this by resting into an old towel to keep pot straight and avoid eyes from dripping.)

7. Once eyes are dry , dip end of small paint brush into black paint and  mark where smile will end on each side. Then make dots into semicircle smile. Let dry completely resting again on towel to keep pot straight while drying thus avoiding dripping.

8. Paint carrot nose by dipping skewer point into paint and drawing the carrot nose then fill in with skewer. Again rest into towel to keep straight and avoid dripping and Let dry completely.

9. Once completely dry, dip pointy end of toothpick into white paint  place dot or apostrophe shape ( ‘)  into eye in same place on each eye to mimic shine. Let dry.

10. Dip pointy end of skewer or toothpick into black paint n draw eyebrows. Again, place pot into towel to keep straight till dry.

11. Then take toothpick, dip into white paint dragging once onto lid or paper to remove blobs of paint n draw fine lines across top of carrot nose.

11. Hot glue pipe cleaner across top of head covering flower pot hole and down side to where your Pom Pom earmuffs  will be.

VARIATIONS :

1. Take twine or ribbon and loop through jingle bell and tie knot at bell and also at where it will be inserted into flower pot. Insert the loop  from inside of flower pot through flower pot hole for hanging. Knot will prevent it from coming all the way out of top so that bell can jingle inside. However, you may want to put a dab of hot glue around inside of flower pot around hole to prevent ribbon or twine from slipping back through from weight of jingle bell . I recommend doing this by first inserting ribbon then placing dab of hot glue on skewer n placing on top of knot. And pulling ribbon up on outside till knot touches pot on inside and hold till dry. This will avoid burns working in such small areas.

2. Secondly, you can personalize by dipping skewer into black paint and putting name or greeting  across front of scarf.

SNOWBALL ORNAMENT

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YOU WILL NEED:

Angel hair Christmas balls (inexpensive but have strong styrofoam underneath)

White textured fake snow paint

White acrylic paint

Fine white glitter

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Skewers

Two Old pickle jars  or other glass jars

Paint brush

Sealable sandwich bag ( to hold ornament hangers for later use)

Sheet of waxed paper or computer paper. Either of these can be helpful in returning glitter back to its container)

White or light blue  gift wrapping tissue paper to store your snowballs

Robe or shirt boxes

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Start by removing all the fine hair off the balls and remove the hanger by twisting and pulling and set aside into sealable sandwich bag so you do not lose. You will replace these after completing your snowball ornament.

2. Insert wooden skewer into all balls . These serve as a handle to make painting all sides easier.

3. After painting ball a base coat or two , if needed, insert skewered ball into glass jar to hold until it is dry.

4. Once all balls are dry, remove from jar and begin painting textured snow paint onto entire ball .

5. Over paper, sprinkle fine white glitter onto fake snow. Once completely covered, place ends of skewers back into jar to dry. Because of thickness of fake snow, it may take an hour or more to be thoroughly dry.

6. As needed, fold paper and use as a funnel to return glitter back into glitter jar.

7. Once balls are dry, hold snowball and remove skewer. Place a drop of hot glue onto end of ornament hanger and insert into hole on snowball.

8. Place tissue paper inside shirt or robe box as if you were packaging a gift.

Take tissue paper and fold in half to form a large triangle and twist. This will serve as the separation paper to prevent balls from touching each other or rolling around in box. Just wind around sides of balls so they do not touch other balls.

9. Placing into shirt or robe box with white or light blue tissue paper prevents them from yellowing over the years. (The ones in photograph was taken in 2014, they were 15 years old ! )

ENJOY FOR YEARS TO COME. A DOZEN MAKES A LOVELY ONE-OF-A-KIND HOMEMADE GIFT TOO!