Archives for November 2014

Simple Christmas Tree and Santa Hat Tic Tac Toe Kids Can Make

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Just as their website says, “Sculpey III is the perfect medium for anyone who likes to create.  Once cured, Sculpey III bakes hard and takes on a matte, bisque-type finish. It’s easy-to-use and stays soft until you bake it.”

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hatI decided to make a super simple project as it has been some time since I worked with clay.

The pieces for this game took just a few minutes to shape. I tried to make them about the same size/ height, (and there are tools for measuring your balls of clay if you are making beads), and I think they turned out super cute.

To make the trees, I took 3 colors of green and mashed/rolled them together. I used a little brown Sculpey to make the the tree trunk so they would sit a little higher.

I baked them per instructions on the packaging (about 20 minutes).

The game board is made out of contrasting Christmas themed scrapbook paper.

Sculpey is an oven bake clay that maintains tooling and detailing beautifully. I have this awesome tool kits, so….

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Next time I decide to craft with this medium, I think I will make jewelry or maybe Christmas ornaments!

Use Shimmering Vases to Create Ambience in a Room

Terri_O_makes_antique_looking_vasesThese vases take just moments to create and they glow beautifully!

This project is perfect to create some ambiance for any occasion. The technique I am using is to give the glass an antique look. It’s super simple and you can create any color you like.
IKEA offers many sizes and styles of glass vases. I choose three different heights.

Glass vases:
Large Cylinder skew # 602-233-28
Medium vase (Bladet ) skew # 301-221-99
Small vase (Bladet) skew  #601-505-31
Small push lights skew # 802-448-67

In order to create the antique look you will need:
1 part vinegar 3 parts water in a spray bottle
For paint I used Krylon Looking glass for silver mirror look and gold

To create the antique look:
1.    First clean the inside to remove dust.
2.    Lightly spritz inside of vase then quickly spray paint the inside. Be careful to not over spray. Less is better! Let dry.
3.    Place push lights at the bottom of the vase. Enjoy!

Watch the how-to video on Sonoran Living.

IKEA
 www.ikea.us/

A Paper Forest You Can Craft for Christmas

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Oh! A forest!

Do you ever get a craft, want to remake it, and have to deconstruct it?

It took me a few minutes pondering, as to how to fold it, but once I figured it out, these trees came together simply.  I used double sided Christmas paper from Graphic 45 and my trees came out lovely, but I did need to put them between books to compress after my glitter had dried. As you can see, the original tree uses sheet music — much thinner paper.

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You will start with whatever size circle you want to make your tree. If you have a circle cutter, great. An upturned glass works just as well. Fold as shown. Embellish edges with glitter, buttons, rhinestones, etc. Add a wire hook to hang it.

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Put a bit of glue on the end of a twig and squeeze the bottom of the tree to insert the “trunk”.

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squeezeOh! A forest!

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You can make this Christmas Cone in about 10 minutes!

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Christmas cones are super simple to make. All you need is:

double sided paper, ribbon, lace, glue and a couple of staples.

1.  Make your cone shape out of a square of paper. Trim excess.

2. Glue it. I used Aileen’s Craft Glue and simply held it for a couple of minutes until it dried enough to hold the shape on its own.

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3. Cut a length of ribbon and staple it inside as shown below.

4. Cut a length of lace and glue to upper rim of cone.

5. Add a bow.

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Now all that remains to do is add sweet treats and deliver your gift!

Make a Wire, Paper, and Glitter Butterfly

Terri O butterflyHi there, Terri’s assistant Carol here.  At night, to justify my TV watching, I am trying to keep my hands busy making something.

wire-butterflytraceI had the remainder of a spool of green wire that was pliable enough to wrap with my fingers so I wrapped up a butterfly. (I have seen wire critters in craft and $ stores).

Then I decided it needed paper and glitter. This glitter from Crafty Chica is mostly silver but it also has some different colored flecks. The paper is double sided, so my butterfly will look pretty on the flip side.

Thank goodness for non-stick craft mats.

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Buttons became the body.

I do not think I will use it as a Christmas Tree ornament, but maybe a package topper.

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nonstickAs I pulled an increasing amount of stuff from my craft room/office to the living room table I put it all on a tray that can go back and forth for easy clean-up.

Do you craft in front of the TV?