This is just another one of those, “you already know about this but maybe you forgot and thanks for the reminder” kinda projects.
Hey, I never claimed to be a genius…just helpful.
Pine cone Ornament
Get dressed. Go outside. Find this:
Actually, you should find more than one..then take them home…
(even though they are beautiful in their natural habitat.)
I mean, I know it’s not rocket science but it doesn’t have to be. When these have pretty little lights surrounding them they will look like you snatched ’em right out of a Pottery Barn catalog. As Ina would say, “How easy is that?”
I am a cliché’ of a woman in one way; I like things that sparkle.
I take that back.
I LOVE things that sparkle.
I especially love sparkly things on Christmas trees surrounded by lights. Here’s to things that glitter and shine.
Get some of these again…
and some spray glue and some glitter…
and some regular glue.
No, you don’t have to give Martha your money.
This seemed just like Elmer’s to me.
And maybe some paintbrushes if you want.
Draw some designs with your glue on the outside…
(You could write names, dates, messages or even use stencils!)
Sprinkle and set aside to dry.
Spray the inside of your ornament with the spray glue…
Errr…That’s a little too much.
If you make a whoopsie, just drop a little bit of water in there.
You’ll swoosh it around and then pour out the excess.
This just thins out your glue a bit.
It will still work.
Pour in some glitter. Tape over the hole and shake. Pour out the excess glitter.
And now you have:
For the ones you set aside, allow those to dry for a day and then take them outside and brush off the excess glitter. I used a soft bristled paintbrush and it worked really well. It’s easy to drop them when you do this so I suggest sticking a finger into the hole at the top as opposed to holding it.
Stay tuned! There’s more!
So this year is going to be quite different for RPK and I. Not only are we having turkey day alone together but we are doing the same for Christmas as well. Last T-day, I cooked for 6 people and the one before that, I cooked for just he and I. That was our first Thanksgiving together in our own home. We have also usually traveled to North Carolina for Christmas minus last year. Our trip was canceled at the last minute due to the pilots being scared to land in Providence (where we were) because the weather was so crazy. We ended up having an impromptu Christmas in our own place. This meant buying one of the last packages of tiny ornaments they had at Michael’s and placing beads on hooks as opposed to ornaments and using a rosemary bush as our tree. (How ’bout that pile of presents, ‘eh?)
Oh yeah. We totally used socks for our stockings too. They looked completely ridiculous.
Of course, it was a beautiful thing. But as I said, this year is different. This year we will have a tree. A real one. In our house. With decorations and real ornaments. And real stockings. In a city that we will live in for a very long time. However, you can’t just go out and buy all the ornaments you want right away.
(Or maybe you can. What do I know? You very well could be a millionaire.)
These are things that must be gifted and collected over time. But you don’t want your first tree looking naked or repetitive either so here are some ideas for making some of your own ornaments. They are inexpensive and since you made them, you can choose when and if they should get scrapped and replaced with a nicer one down the road.
This was also a really nice craft date for me and RPK. I’m going to really love seeing the ornaments, year after year, we made together for our last Christmas alone, before we have this wee one.
Here are some ideas for those super neat blank and plain ornaments. You can find them at all the craft stores now a days. They come in 4 or five different sizes. They don’t come with ideas on how to make them pretty though and staring at all those DIY glass balls can get kind of intimidating. You can also totally do this with your kids. I think it’s nice to let them make “real” ornaments instead of just things made out of popsicle sticks. If you are uncomfortable with glass, they are also selling ornaments exactly like these but plastic. No one will ever know the difference.
For marbled ornaments:
Get creative! RPK used a toothpick to swirl his paint around and got a beautiful super marbled look:
O.K. The hard part is letting them dry. They will take a week, sometimes even two or three, depending on how much paint is still in them. Leave the caps off and just let them sit upright for that time. After a week, stick a toothpick into the bottom of one to see if it’s totally dry or not. This will be the thickest part of the paint accumulation and when that’s dry, you can put the tops on.