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Are the kiddos are at home and in need of entertainment? - making ornaments is a fun way to spend time together. Get involved as a family, turn on some holiday tunes and have some creative time. If your tree is getting too full of ornaments, I'm sure Grandma & Grandpa and Aunties & Uncles would love some for their tree's too!
#1: Half Eaten Gingerbread Men
I first came across this ornament design by Noodle-Head.com "Half Eaten Ornaments". I love this take on making Gingerbread Man ornaments with a laughable approach. These will definitely be on my list for next years projects. One of the simple details here is using a red button with white yarn/string to make them look like peppermint candies. Genius! Original pattern by Elsie Marley here.
This is a perfect way to dress up your house for the Holiday's and might even be okay rolling over in to January. You can also include the kids! Instead of making real, edible gingerbread men make these up and let them decorate them with puff paint (aka "frosting"). You can also add embellishments such as buttons, ribbon and rick rack to give them a little extra cuteness. Just glue any extra's on.
- Gingerbread Man Template (Two sizes are included in the PDF Template and Instruction download)
- Large Brown Paper Grocery Bags
- String, Twine, Ribbon or Raffia Swag
- Something for tracing. I like to use white chalk. If using something permanent, trace on the non-showing side.
- Sewing Machine (although you could hand-stich each, it would be a lot of work!)
- Stuffing (100% Polyester Fiberfill - any cheap kind)
- Puff Paint - I mainly use white, but that's your prerogative
- Optional Embellishments: Rick Rack, Ribbon, Lace, Buttons...etc.
Paper Bags: Cut down the middle of ONE side (on the crease). Then cut around/off the bottom of the bag and discard.
Templates: If you are using a permanent marker/pen, trace on the printed side of the paper so that it won't show when you put them together. I personally like to use white chalk and trace right on to the showing side. I also trace and cut them a little fatter than the template.
Trace as many as you can fit, reversing the pattern to make them fit better. You will need TWO cutouts for each final gingerbread man.
Because I am going to start doing a number of small scale sewing DIY projects for you soon I wanted to open that can of worms with a little bit on Fat Quarters. So that you understand the layout and where a Fat Quarter actually comes from, see the diagram below.
So, what is a Fat Quarter? Traditionally, a Fat Quarter is a 44" x 36" piece of material cut in to quarters making each quarter 18"x22". Fat Quarter's are most commonly used is in the quilting world where they generally use a quilt-weight cotton which in most cases will measure 44" wide, but sometimes measures 42" wide (which would make your Fat Quarter 18"x21"). There are also Fat Eigth's, but I won't get in to too much detail about them here. Getting Fat Quarters out of a yard of fabric is super easy, here is a tutorial to help you out.
This is a super-fast, easy ornament project almost anyone in the family can participate in. It is also a great way to recycle all the burned out lightbulbs collected over the year(s) (start saving in January for this project next year). If you don't have a stash of burned out bulbs start asking your family, friends and neighbors.
What You'll Need:
- Old Lightbulbs (normal size)
- Wooden Craft Balls (hardware or craft store)
- Scrap Fabric (for scarves)
- Rafia or Twine
- Wire (baling wire, craft wire, hanger wire - anything you can bend and twist easily)
- Paint (acrylic) & Brushes: White, Black, Orange and any other colours you may want.
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
As we move into mid-November, it's officially time to declare my favorite time of year: cooler temperatures and long coats, multicolored scarves, gloves, and hats to go with it! It's a great time to redecorate the home, change the colors of your bedroom, or go shopping for a new sweaters for yourself, the kids, or possible Christmas gifts...who knows what you may find?
This week on What's Crafty on Etsy, we'll look at all kinds of fun items for winter to help you get yourself into the spirit.
If you like modern design but feel white walls are just too plain, perhaps I have just the thing for you. Etsy user designedDESIGNER has a variety of wall decals for sale to suit rooms of all sizes and colors. This set, called "Birds in the Urban Forest", comes with six trees, birds and loose leaves for you to arrange as you wish. The price beats wallpaper (which is so last century anyway). If you have a baby's room to decorate, there are some precious options as far as that goes as well.
We are all so so impressed with the pattern designs that folks are creating with Seamless!
Original Pattern By: Gwenwhyfair
Original Pattern By: thisgirldesigns
I'm a last minute decorator. Every year I see the note and huge reminder on my calendar to decorate for Halloween starting October first. And every year October flies by and I'm scrambling to decorate the weekend before Halloween if not the day of. And every year I swear I will decorate next year on October first so that I can enjoy my fun decorations for the entire month; not a week. This year wasn't any different than any other year and I'm back to square one with promising myself to be more on the ball next year. Something tell's me the cycle will not change, but I can always hope right?
So here's a fun, less-than-an-hour project for you to do on Halloween weekend!
– Cardboard (cereal boxes with thinner walls works perfect)
– Black Paint or even Chalkboard Paint
– Jute Twine (any length of: rope, ribbon, twine, etc. you feel like using)
– Chalk or White Paint
– Box-Cutter or Xacto Blade
– Heavy Duty Paper Cutter (optional, will make it easier)
– Corner Cutter (scrapbooking punch-out / optional)
Did you know that blue has proven to be one of the most calming colors for use in the home? Its presence causes humans to experience tranquil emotions. Studies also show that people are more productive in blue rooms, and that blue is a good color to wear on a job interview because it symbolizes loyalty.
There's a lot more to blue than meets the eye, and if you've ever found yourself attracted to it but you don't know the reason why, perhaps now you have a bit of insight. We'll focus on the calming color in our Etsy treasure hunt this week, bringing you all manner of fun finds that ought to chill you out and make you feel pleasant and mellow. And perhaps serve as useful as well, which would be a lovely bonus!
A journal is always one of those things that gets my creative juices flowing. I find I am always attracted to a pretty binding, rough edged pages, and a touch of vintage charm when it comes to a book I want to write in. A journal like this from Etsy user Conduit Press fits all those descriptives, taking a page from an old Rand McNally map of England and Wales for its cover. Binding is hand-stitched and the pages are hand-torn. A lot of care and love went into this, and I'm sure it would be a joy to use! You can also find books with secret cut outs on the inside at the shop -- any literature lover would simply love to have one of these private hiding places on his or her shelf!
Last week, we gave you some ideas about how to spice up even the simplest of outfits with our favorite picks from Etsy's handbag sellers. Of course, any woman knows that a handbag is not her only choice when it comes to accenting an outfit -- there's also shoes, hairpieces, and of course, one of our very favorites, jewelry. Do you like precious stones? Handcrafted metals? Whimsical designs? We've got you covered. Follow me this way for some choice picks from the talented crafters of Etsy's ranks.
Many women will agree that Swarovski crystals & beads can produce a stunning variety of wearable collectibles. Etsy seller Candybead uses them to great advantage, capturing all the brilliance of the rainbow in pieces both bold and delicate. All items are made by hand come in an organza drawstring pouch, so they would make ideal gifts. We liked the soft cream rose pearl bracelet above, but the orange bracelet that kicks off the post is also from the same crafter, showing off a wide range of style and color options. She also indicates that she loves custom orders on her profile page, so don't be shy -- ask for any combo you want!
On the whole, Etsy is a kind of gloriously overwhelming experience. Every time I go look at it to get this column started, I find myself wanting to buy a dozen things before I even surf past the first page. It really is a website you need a guide to. This week, we thought we'd bring you the best of homemade handbags from Etsy's selection, proving that you don't have to spend a fortune to look infinitely chic on a day around the town.
A simple structure with a bright pop of color always works. Etsy seller BadKitty Hawaii makes these from high quality Japanese cotton fabric, lines them by hand, and adds a magnetic snap closure so your stuff doesn't leak out onto the floor. Even better, the bags come in a variety of colors and styles, so if yellow and blue isn't your thing, you can likely find something that is. Oh, and there are wristlets and clutches too, and the shop accepts custom orders.
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