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Christmas Canning Jar Craft

Here’s quick craft that can be used as a last minute gift or a Christmas dinner favor for your guests.

What you need

m&m's, canning jars, Christmas tags/small ornaments, twine, printed out m&m poem(found on the internet)

m&m’s trademarked candy, canning jars, Christmas tags/small ornaments, twine, printed out m&m poem(found on the internet)

Directions

1) Cut twine long enough to go around the neck of jar and to be tied into a bow 2)  Attach tag or ornament to bow 3) Fill with m&m's(the candies have to be m&m trademarked candies because of the imprinted m)

1) Cut twine long enough to go around the neck of jar and to be tied into a bow
2) Attach tag or ornament to bow
3) Fill with m&m’s(the candies have to be m&m trademarked candies because of the imprinted “m”)

4) print out m&m poem, making sure font is small enough for poem to fit on round canning jar lid 5) Cut out poem 6) Glue poem onto canning jar lid

4) print out m&m poem, making sure font is small enough for poem to fit on round canning jar lid
5) Cut out poem
6) Glue poem onto canning jar lid

A fun and yummy gift to give to that special someone!

A fun and yummy gift to give to that special someone!

Christmas Crafts

Christmas is only a few days away but there is still time to a few crafts for the Christmas tree or to give as little heartfelt gifts.  Decorating the Christmas tree doesn’t have to be with expensive baubles, though they can be beautiful but a tree done up with handmade ornaments from loved ones makes a Christmas tree just as beautiful and will also hold a special meaning. The following are a few …

Snowman Face Ornaments

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Items needed for this craft are- 2″ branch, small eyelet screws, ribbon, saw, adornments, paintbrush and white, orange, & black paint

Directions

1.  Find a dry branch about 2 inches in diameter 2.  Cut the branch into discs about a 1/4" thick

1. Find a dry branch about 2 inches in diameter
2. Cut the branch into discs about a 1/4″ thick

3)  Screw in the eyelet screws at the top of disc

3) Screw in the eyelet screws at the top of disc

4)  Paint the front and back of the discs white, I leave the bark unpainted for a more rustic look

4) Paint the front and back of the discs white, I leave the bark unpainted for a more rustic look

5)  When white paint is dry, paint on snowman faces. You can also use paint pens to do this also

5) When white paint is dry, paint on snowman faces. You can also use paint pens to do this also

6)  Tie ribbon through screw eyelet

6) Tie ribbon through screw eyelet

7)  Use adornments if desired

7) Use adornments if desired

Here are a few other ideas for ornaments

Hand sewn and painted ornament

Hand sewn and painted ornament

Hand painted glass ornament

Hand painted glass ornament

Cinnamon dough ornament cut out with a cookie cutter

Cinnamon dough ornament cut out with a cookie cutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand painted bell

Hand painted bell

Painted salt dough ornament with the impression of a child or grandchild's hand or foot

Painted salt dough ornament with the impression of a child or grandchild’s hand or foot

Salt dough ornament with the impression of your pet's paw(be sure to wash paw after impression)

Salt dough ornament with the impression of your pet’s paw(be sure to wash paw after impression)

 

 

A Blessed Thanksgiving

As you come together today remember the blessing of family.  Enjoy the time you have together.  Know that each member of your family holds a piece of the story to your family tree.  Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

 

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Hip, Hip, Hooray for the Grand Old USA

Happy Birthday America! I hope everyone is enjoying the patriotic festivities with family , friends, and of course food(not to mention the fireworks).  In honor of the great Red, White , & Blue birthday I am going to share the directions to make my version of primitive wood fire cracker ornies.

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Materials needed are:

1.  a 1 inch diameter wood dowel

2.  red, white, and blue paint

3.  silver cord or twine or sinew or candle wick (your choice, I used silver cord)

4.  drill with small diameter bit or screw driver with small diameter screw

5.  diluted walnut colored stain

6.  coping saw

7.  Tacky Glue

8.  clean cloth

 

Directions:

1.  Cut dowel into 4 inch pieces with the coping saw.

2.  Drill a hole in the tops of each dowel piece about 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep, if you don’t have a drill use a screwdriver and small diameter screw  to make the hole( just be sure to take the screw back out)

3.  Paint the top with the hole blue and paint the blue down an inch from the top.  Let dry.

4.  Paint small white stars around the dried blue painted part of the dowel making sure the stars are spaced evenly.  Let dry.

5.  Paint the bottom 3 inches of the dowel white.  Let dry.

6.  Paint Red stripes down the white painted bottom part of the dowel.  Making sure that the red stripe is evenly alternating with the white.  Let dry.

7.  Paint the whole painted dowel with the diluted walnut stain then quickly wipe off the stain with a clean cloth leaving the painted dowel looking “old and dirty”.  Wipe as little or as much as you would like depending on the look you are wanting to achieve.  Let dry completely.

8.  Cut your cord, twine, sinew, or candle wick to your desired wick length, I cut mine around 3 1/2 inches.  Then use your Tacky glue and put a dab of glue in the hole that you made in the top of the dowel and insert your wick material and let dry.

9.  Decorate, decorate, decorate!

 

I hope everyone has a safe and sane 4th of July, enjoy and remember what this day is all about!

 

 

Happy Dad’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s every where!  Enjoy your family, the day, and all the blessings that comes your way.

Happy Mom’s Day

To all mother’s young and old…Have a blessed Mother’s Day!

Wooden Christmas Stocking Tags

Wooden Stocking Tags

Wooden Stocking Tags

Here are some Christmas stocking tags that can be used year after year.  The materials needed for this Holiday project are: preformed wooden tags(or if you are real crafty, you can cut your own design out of Balsa Wood), names printed out on regular paper, craft paint, paint brush, decal applicator, razor knife, and Mod Podge.

Paint edges and back of wooden tag and allow to dry completely.

Paint edges and back of wooden tag and allow to dry completely.

Don't forget a dog bone design or a fish design for your favorite dog or cat family member.

Don’t forget a dog bone design or a fish design for your favorite dog or cat family member.

Cut out name paper with and razor knife to fit tag design.

Cut out name paper with and razor knife to fit tag design.

Brush Mod Podge over entire front of tag and place cut out name paper on the wet Mod Podge.  Use decal applicator to take out bubbles. Let dry completely.

Brush Mod Podge over entire front of tag and place cut out name paper on the wet Mod Podge. Use decal applicator to take out bubbles. Let dry completely.

Paint personal embellishments on the tag.

Cut away excess paper Paint personal embellishments on the tag.

Brush Mod Podge over entire tag and let dry completely.  Do the same to the back of tag and again let dry completely.

Brush Mod Podge over entire tag and let dry completely. Do the same to the back of tag and again let dry completely.

Add twine and tie to Christmas stockings.

Add twine and tie to Christmas stockings.

Enjoy!

Wooden Portraits

This is another version of the photo blocks but on a larger scale…

Wooden Portraits

Wooden Portraits

Materials needed for this project are 2 X 8’s (cut in 9 1/2 inch lengths), 8 X 10 photos printed on standard paper, craft paint, paint brush, decal applicator, fine grit sand paper, picture hangers, and Mod podge.

Cut 2 X 8 down to size and sand edges smooth.

Cut 2 X 8 down to size and sand edges smooth.

Paint sides and edges with selected paint, allow to dry completely.

Paint sides and edges with selected paint, allow to dry completely.

Paint back and allow to dry completely.

Paint back and allow to dry completely.

Cut photo to fit board.

Cut photo to fit board. Brush Mod Podge over entire top of board and place photo in wet Mod Podge. Use decal applicator to take out any bubbles in photo.

Brush a top coat of Mod Podge over entire photo and sides, allow to dry completely and then Mod Podge the entire back of painted board and allow to dry completely.

Brush a top coat of Mod Podge over entire photo and sides, allow to dry completely and then Mod Podge the entire back of painted board and allow to dry completely.

Attach picture hangers on the back of board.

Attach picture hangers on the back of board.

When finished hang on a wall or just set them up on a fireplace mantel.

When finished hang on a wall or just set them up on a fireplace mantel.

I hope this is another project that you will enjoy doing!

 

 

 

Wooden Photo Blocks

Here is another craft that I really enjoyed doing…

Wooden Photo Blocks

Wooden Photo Blocks

Materials needed for this craft is 3 inch wooden blocks(bought from a local craft store), scrapbook paper, personal photos printed on normal paper, craft paint, paint brush, decal applicator, and Mod Podge.

Paint all the edges of the block in your chosen color, allow to dry completely.

Paint all the edges of the block in your chosen color, allow to dry completely.

Cut photos and scrapbook paper to the size of the square block.

Cut photos and scrapbook paper to the size of the square block.

One square at a time paint Mod Podge over entire square and place photo square onto it. Use a decal applicator to get all air bubbles out.  Allow to dry completely and repeat until all squares are done.

One square at a time paint Mod Podge over entire square and place photo square onto it. Use a decal applicator to get all air bubbles out. Allow to dry completely and repeat until all squares are done.

When all squares are completed and dry, apply a top coat of Mod Podge over photo, allow to dry complete and continue  until entire block has a top coat of Mod Podge.

When all squares are completed and dry, apply a top coat of Mod Podge over photo, allow to dry complete and continue until entire block has a top coat of Mod Podge.

When dry, enjoy decorating with them.

When dry, enjoy decorating with them.

I hope you enjoy this craft as much as I did!