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Merry Crafty: 4 Holiday Crafts for Gifting or Keeping

by • December 1, 2014 • 2014, December 2014, Decor & Crafts, Home

MASON JAR SNOW GLOBEsnowglobe_enliu_materials

What you need:

Wide mouth Mason jar (we recommend Kerr Brand as they are easier to see through)
Fast-acting super glue
Hot glue gun
Small Styrofoam ball
Small tree figurine
Your favorite figurine (we used Olaf from Disney’s Frozen)
Glitter
Cool tap water

To Make:

1. Cut the styrofoam ball in half and make sure it fits the middle inside of lid. Trim or shave edges as necessary.

Snow globe by enliu

Snow globe by enliu

2. Place figurines on Styrofoam and place jar over lid to check height. You may need to shave off some of the Styrofoam to make figurines fit in the jar.
3, When satisfied with position and height of figurines, super glue the pieces in place on Styrofoam (should be done by adult).
4. While the glue is setting, fill the empty jar almost to the top with cool tap water.
5. Test water level by inserting the lid with the figurines into the jar of water, tighten, and turn upside down.  Make sure the water level is over the top of the figurines with a little room to spare at the top.
6. Remove the lid and add desired amount of glitter to the water. Stir.

7. Before placing the lid back onto the jar, prepare a seal with the hot glue gun by running a ring of glue around the inside of the lid, then quickly closing the lid on the jar and tightening.
8. Shake and enjoy!

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GLITTER TWINE BALL ORNAMENTtwine_ornament_enliu_materials

What you need:

Small balloons (we recommend 5” balloons)
Jute twine
Mod Podge
Glitter
Foam brush
Cling Wrap
Plastic cup
Glue gun

To Make:

1. Blow up balloon to size of ornament you would like and tie.
2. Wrap Cling Wrap around balloon. This prevents the twine from sticking to the balloon. If it does not “cling” enough, tape the edges with scotch tape.twine_ornament_enliu_balloon
3. Hold the end of the jute twine to the base of the balloon (or tape down) and start wrapping the twine around the balloon. Once you are satisfied with the wrapped balloon, bring your twine to where you started and hot glue the two ends of the jute twine together.
4. Pour some Mod Podge into a plastic cup and mix in glitter as desired.
5. Using the foam brush, generously paint the twine with the glitter Mod Podge, making sure to cover all of the twine.
6. Let dry.
7. Once completely dry, pop the balloon and carefully remove it, along with the cling wrap, through the openings in the twine.
8. Attach ribbon, thread or wire ornament hanger of your choice.

Twine ornament by enliu

Twine ornament by enliu

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FELT HOLIDAY STOCKINGSstocking_enliu_materials

What you need:

Felt (pick any colors you would like for the cuff, body, and stocking accent)
White yarn
Large sewing needle with large eye for threading
A few pins
Fabric glue

 

To Make:

1. Cut out 2 pieces of felt for the stocking using any size or pattern you would like. We found a free pattern on Pinterest.
stocking_enliu_process2. Cut out 2 pieces of felt for the cuff.
3. Match the cuff to the outside of the stocking and pin.
4. Thread the needle and knot the end of the yarn. We suggest measuring about 3-4 times the length of the outside edge of your stocking to determine the length of yarn.
5. Sew the outside edges of the stocking together using a blanket stitch.  Be sure to capture all 4 layers of felt on the sides, but do NOT sew the top edge together.  (See the “How To” above.)
6. Blanket stitch each cuff’s top edge to its corresponding layer of stocking felt.

Felt stocking by enliu

Felt stocking by enliu

7. Blanket stitch the bottom edge of the cuff.  Do not stitch it to anything, as this is just for decoration.
8. If desired, use the yarn to stitch a name into the cuff. Small straight stitches allow the letters to round out better than long stitches. We recommend

stitching the name into the cuff only.
9. Cut a small piece of felt for the loop to hang the stocking. Fold it in half and sew it to the inside corner of the stocking.
10. Determine a shape for your accent and cut it out of another color of felt.
11. Use the fabric glue to attach the accent shape to the front of the stocking, and let dry.  Be careful not to soak the felt, as the glue will show through as it dries.

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HOLIDAY ROLLER STAMProllerstamps_enliu_materials

What you need:

Lint Roller
Craft Foam
Scissors
Ink Pad (we used Green and Red)
Kraft Paper or Blank Card
Stickers, rhinestones, or any other accent items

To Make:

1. Determine a stamp design for lint roller.  For our design, we used trees and ornaments, and simply printed the images on plain paper for a pattern.  You could also freehand a design.
2. Cut out stamp design on craft foam.  We taped the pattern to the foam to ensure our designs were accurate.  You could also draw the design on the foam before cutting.  More detailed shapes may require a tiny pair of sewing scissors or an X-Acto knife.
3. Ensure your lint roller has a fresh sheet exposed and place the foam stamps on lint roller.  Be sure there are no large gaps around the roller or your roll will be uneven.
4. Press the roller onto ink pad, making sure that the foam stamps are completely covered with ink.
5. Test roller on a scrap piece of paper to get a feel for how much pressure to apply.
6. Once you get the hang of it, roll stamps with ink onto Kraft wrapping paper or card.  Let dry.
7. If desired, add accents to the print.

Holiday roller stamps by enliu

Holiday roller stamps by enliu

 

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