Bust out your lab coat and goggles, because we're about to get down with some science. Making your own borax crystal ornaments is not only super cool, it's a fun project to do with kids (and keep the education going during that extra long holiday break)!
First, I have to thank my friend Megan for sharing this with me. She knows I'm a kid at heart and, well, easily amused. If you're the same way, or actually have kids to amuse, let's...
Monica says we can use any symmetrical shape to create paper ornaments like these. She made four patterns (star, bell, angel and ball) complete with the sheet music motif
A few weeks ago while sauntering through West Elm, I saw some cute, felted Christmas package ornaments and a how-to was inspired. They're a little gift, to be sure, but my version would make a big impression
It might seem blasphemous to take a scissors (and then FOLD) a perfectly good photo to make an ornament, but the outcome is perfectly delightful!
Photo Jojo shows us how to turn those cute, little airplane-sized liquor bottles into snow globe ornaments. Here's what you'll need to make some:
STOP!! Don't even go down the cheapy Christmas ornament aisle. Look what you can make from paper. One is done by quilling, rolling and gluing pieces of paper.
Amy at Prairie Paper and Ink has created the prettiest ornaments using glitter and stamp pad re-inkers. A very cool thing about these baubles is that the glitter is inside the ball, which means you get all the sparkle without all the pesky glitter dandruff! Amy assures us they're very easy to make too, and you just need a few things to get started.
First we had aluminum can Christmas ball and now this. Using real leaves, the maker begins by simply tracing them onto cut-opened and flatted aluminum cans. A bit of raffia on to top for hanging is a perfect touch.
What you'll need to make them:
- Empty aluminum beverage cans
- pen or pencil
- ribbon, raffia or cord for hanging.
What you'll need to do:
Head on over to Little House in the Suburbs for the entire tut.
Tie a little extra LOVE onto the gifts you're giving this year. If you have scrap fabric piled up, pull out some bright, happy prints and go to town. You can design and create one-of-a-kind, no sew, modern quilt ornaments in no time flat by following these quick and easy steps posted over on Whip Up....
Designing invitations for my baby's Naming Ceremony has had me thinking about fonts, clip art and ornaments obsesively, 24/7, for three days! Briar Press has tons of lovely things of that ilk to download for FREE. Like these little fellow's:
and these two rather dashing chaps:
Via How About Orange (Ms. Jones always finds the nicest stuff!)
This 3D four-point origami star would make a pretty accessory to any holiday gift. The video begins with a crane base. For instructions on how to get to that point, first visit danbergam’s preliminary base and then her crane base video. And for an alternative, don't forget to check out my folded paper star how-to!
Available through Plow & Hearth are these fabulous hand-blown ornaments that just happen to glow in the dark. The photo-sensitive paint inside the ornaments absorb the sun’s mojo during the day and then release it back into the nighttime for up to 3 to 4 hours. A set of 3 ornaments will set you back $19.95. (P & H also have glow-in-the-dark snowflakes too in sets of 4 for $9.95.)
I found instructions for these beautiful folded paper stars in an old magazine called The Workbasket. Not only were the directions indecipherable, the picture illustrations were misidentified. Although your first attempt might be a challenge, it’ll be worth it as the final product will impress your friends and family.
Use them to decorate your trees and presents for your holiday party, or hang them from your light fixtures for your New Years...