Yeah, I know, Christmas is some time over. But these pictures need to be posted somewhere sometime! 😀 So I’m not a crafty person. I like crafts, but I know very little about how to do them and whatnot. But it began with a dollar store close-out sale….
My sister and I made this one together with a twig wreath, red Christmas ribbon, creamy ribbon, green felt, and three fake poinsettias. Thankfully, I’d helped some friends with a wreath before, which is how I learned to use a pencil to shove fabric into the wreath. 🙂
Then came the news that I’d meet up with a group of online friends and the decision to handmake gifts for all of them. And there was a Secret Santa gift exchange at work. Following instructions I’d found on the internet, I made bird-shaped tea-bag holders. I found out just a couple days after they’d dried that my giftee liked cardinals, so I painted them accordingly with acrylic paint and coated them with some semi-glossy, transparent polyurethane varnish. (In case you’re wondering, you wrap the string of the tea-bag around the bird to keep the string from falling into your tea.)
Then came the salt dough Christmas tree ornament shaped like a star holding a match. It’s an inside joke between a friend and me. 😀
Then using the same cornstarch dough from before, I made Narnian tea-bag holders shaped as the Pevensies’ gifts (not counting Edmund; he didn’t have a gift, so I went with his shield). All but the horn are have “hooks” of a kind on the backside to allow them to rest on the edge of the cup; the horn’s mouth performs that function.
Then there came the 3D foil picture, made with hot glue, aluminum foil, a regular glue stick, and black shoe polish (instructions here). The picture is of a cross and a manger and the writing reads, “He made a way in a manger to make a way to the cross.”
And then the hot glue ornament (instructions here).
And the Mirkwood Leaf pendant made of salt dough, painted with acrylics, and varnished. The shape is roughly based on the leaves of Lorien (aka the Fellowship’s cloak pins), but painted with Mirkwoodish colours.
This one is an Arkenstone ornament. The back is based on the decal on the Dwarvish throne. The Arkenstone is a baked marble (which makes the cracks on the inside). Behind it is a bit of white glue and a bit of light blue paint so the stone doesn’t look like the same colour as the dough.
This was the item most up my alley: sketching! Just a bit of Big Hero 6 fanart, but I’m rather proud of it. 🙂
And last but not least, the wrap-around bookmark, a mix of embroidery and cross-stitch on a canvas ribbon. The button is made of salt dough. (And yes, there is a reason why I went with a giraffe and a smiley button.)
And yes, despite the crunched schedule I was on, I finished everything in time, got everything down intact, and had a blast! 😀