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Post by Alina on 18th November 2014, 11:32 am

Easy and Cute Winter Decoration: Charming DIY Sock Snowmen

Christmastime is fast approaching; sadly, that also means that our funds are dwindling thanks to the endless holiday expenses. Since you know you’ll be spending a lot on gifts and food, why not spend a few minutes to make your own home decorations? We found these adorable DIY snowmen that are very easy to make. If you’re a crafter then you’re likely to have all the necessary tools and components at home already: white socks you’re willing to part with, rice, rubber bands, buttons, pins, and a small piece of fabric.
Since these jolly little snowmen really don’t take long to make, you could really have some fun and fashion one for each member of the family to rest above your mantelpiece or on windowsills. That’s what’s great about this project: there’s room for customization and personal touches.
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If you don’t have any of those map pins for the eyes or nose, you could simply draw them on with a marker, or glue little beads on instead.

If you’re planning on keeping these little guys for more Christmases to come, use thread, string or pipe cleaners instead of the rubber bands – over time the rubber bands will degrade, become brittle and eventually break.
If you’re worried about attracting unwanted mice with the rice stuffing, you could also try sand or (unused!) kitty litter; just make sure whatever you choose is weighty enough so that your snowmen don’t fall over or blow away.

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Re: Christmas DIY

Post by LuisaBradusca on 18th November 2014, 12:56 pm

Suuuuper! I really have to do this! santa

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Re: Christmas DIY

Post by LuisaBradusca on 18th November 2014, 1:17 pm

Simple and Affordable DIY Christmas Decorations


 
1. Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments
 
Tutorial
2.Simple Filled and Painted Ornaments
 
Tutorial
3. Recycled CD Mosaic Ornaments
 
Tutorial
4. DIY Hot Air Balloon Ornaments
   
Tutorial
5. Christmas Tree Ornaments Made Out Of Old Computer Memory Chips
 
Tutorial
6. Santa Hats!!! Crafting….Crafting….and More Crafting…. 
 
Tutorial
7. Rustic Snowflake
 
Tutorial
8. Stemware Snow Globe
 
Tutorial
9. Christmas Tree Mobile Consisting Of Suspended Bulb Ornaments
 
Tutorial
10. Santa Hat Chair Covers
 
Tutorial
11. Ice Cream Ornaments
 
Tutorial
12. Pastel-Colored Trees Made Out of Pasta




13. Cheap Straws Into Beautiful Gold Ornaments
 
Tutorial
14. santa silverware holder
 
Source
15. Yarn Ball Wreath
 
Tutorial
16. Delightful tea cup Christmas ornament
 
Source
17. Christmas Tree made from Books
 
Source
18.How to make Waterless Snow Globes
 
Tutorial
19. Plastic Cup Snowman Craft
 
Source  &  Tutorial
20. DIY Glitter Vase
 
Tutorial
21. Reindeer feet cute craft for little ones
 
Source
22. Christmas Tree Made Of Feathers
 
Source
23. Epsom salt/gold spray paint DIY christmas wine bottle craft
 
Source   You can get “How to” inspiration from  1   2
24. Christmas Wreath made from Toilet Paper Roll
 
Source
25. Fruit Christmas Tree
 
Source
26. DIY Christmas Ball Ornaments
 
Source
27. Minimalist Ladder Christmas Tree
 
28. Interesting Rudolph made from old puzzle pieces
 
Tutorial
29. Jingle Bell Stockings
 
Source
31. Tissue Paper Christmas Tree
 
Tutorial
32. Christmas tree&ornaments made from wine corks
   
Source
34. Ornaments in a shadowbox
 
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35. COUNTRY ORNAMENT DIY
 
Tutorial
36. Easy paper ice cream ornaments
 
Source
Plastic Bottles Into Snowflake Ornaments
 
Source
How to Make a 3D Paper Snowflake
 
Tutorial
Folded Paper Christmas Tree
 
Giant Advent Calendar DIY
 
Tutorial
Popsicle Stick Snowflake Wall Decor
 
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Snowman hand-painted wine bottle with lights inside
 
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Glittered Christmas Light Bulbs

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Re: Christmas DIY

Post by Alina on 18th November 2014, 2:41 pm

confused1 absolutely amazing~!!!!


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Re: Christmas DIY

Post by LuisaBradusca on 20th November 2014, 2:26 pm

Pistachio (pista) Shells flower (diy)


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Post by LuisaBradusca on 20th November 2014, 3:36 pm

Pistachios Shell Tree

What you need:

Tools:


  • Cuting craft knife

Supplies / ingredients:


  • Pistachios shells
  • Random sticks
  • Plasticine
  • Bow
  • Moss-(optional)

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Post by Alina on 21st November 2014, 6:42 am

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just amazing what you can do! It's beautiful

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Post by Alina on 21st November 2014, 7:29 am



I chose different shades of blue so you could see how they each look. These could also be done in Christmas colors, red and green or even gold and silver. They would also be fun with pastels or primary colors!
Note: some links below are affiliate links. That means if you happen to buy something, a small percentage of that sale goes back into this site, which enables me to continue to bring you free tutorials such as this one. So, thanks!
As always, a full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post.
For this project you will need the following supplies:

TO MAKE ONE SNOWMAN:


IMPORTANT NOTE: Turns out that the Micron pen never quite dries on plastic. So if you think that people might touch the snowman’s face and smear the ink, you can use black paint dots (using a toothpick) to add the snowman’s mouth instead. If you prefer the pen, note that if it does smear you can easily wipe the smile off the spoon and reapply it.

Paint the clay pot blue and paint the rim white. When dry, use a toothpick and white paint to decorate the pot with snowflakes. When completely dry, give the pots a coat of sealer.

Use a long liner brush to paint an orange nose onto the spoon. Use a toothpick dipped in black paint to add the eyes. Use the black pen to add the smile and eyebrows. Please be sure and read the important note above about the pen.

Cut a 1/2-inch wide strip of felt and fringe the ends. Add a dab of hot glue about 3-inches from the right end. Place the snowman onto the glue then wrap the scarf around several times, securing with more hot glue.

Cut a small square of floral foam so that it fits snugly inside the clay pot. Insert the snowman spoon into the floral foam. Tear or cut a sheet of tissue paper in half and roll it up. Use the tissue paper to fill the inside of the clay pot, covering up the floral foam.

MAKE THE HATS

I’ve made 4 different hats and will show you how to make each one below.

But first the basics. Cut a piece of felt, about 3” x 4”. Hot glue the corner of the felt to the back of the spoon. Wrap the felt around the front of the spoon and glue in place. Wrap the felt around to the back (trimming if needed) and glue it in place. This is how each of the hats below are started.

FRINGED POM HAT

Follow the basic hat instructions and tie a piece of ribbon tight around the felt near the top of the snowman’s head. Trim the top of the hat to about 1-inch above the ribbon. Use scissors to fringe the top of the hat and trim down until you like how it looks.

BEANIE WITH POM POM

Follow the basic instructions for your hat then trim off the top, leaving about 2-inches of hat. Fold the top of the felt down to the back of the snowman’s head and glue in place. Glue a pom pom to the top.

STOCKING CAP

Follow the basic hat instructions but don’t trim anything off the top. Fold the top of the felt down behind the snowman’s head. Use hot glue to hold it in place behind the head and fold the end of the felt together, securing with glue. Glue a pom pom to the end.

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Post by LuisaBradusca on 21st November 2014, 8:13 am

Suuuuper! happy5

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Post by LuisaBradusca on 24th November 2014, 9:09 am

Hello,

here is my DIY Snowmen Very Happy

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Post by Alina on 24th November 2014, 9:10 am

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE SOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! I love them! They are so adorable! Well done, Luisa! Well done! happy5 happy5 happy5 happy5 happy5

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Post by Alina on 25th November 2014, 7:36 am

Luisa, you motivated me to do some Christmas decorations as well Very Happy So yesterday I did this one:

I had in the house some foam balls I bought a few weeks ago. They look like this:


I had some shinny paper so I cut out flowers with a flower punch like this one:



So the result is this:


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Post by LuisaBradusca on 25th November 2014, 7:41 am

Hey! Alina, they look great! party2 

They are so beautiful Very Happy

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Post by Alina on 25th November 2014, 7:53 am

thank you kiss1

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Post by Alina on 25th November 2014, 3:34 pm

I love this idea!


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Post by LuisaBradusca on 27th November 2014, 3:21 pm

It is amazing jump2
Me too...me too...me too want to make this!!! happy3

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Post by Alina on 27th November 2014, 3:44 pm

It's so wonderful and easy!!!

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Post by Alina on 28th November 2014, 8:04 am

TUTORIAL FOR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT SPHERES


 
I'm really proud of myself that I'm getting this out to you well before Thanksgiving, even!  I think this is the furthest in advance I've ever posted a tutorial for a holiday.  Doing the tree for the DC temple Visitor's Center has helped me get all my ducks in a row, although it feels pretty weird to be full-tilt into Christmas stuff before even planning our Thanksgiving feast.  I don't even have all my Halloween stuff put away yet!
 
These are the Baby Cousins to the Big Daddy-O ornaments that I made for the other tree, pictured below.  I figured that most of us without 15-foot ceilings and 12-foot trees would appreciate this smaller scale for our 6 or 7 foot trees, but if you want to go big, go for it!


 


To make ornaments 6" wide like these, you'll need to buy 6" styrofoam or, even better, Smoothfoam balls.  These can be quite pricey ($5 to $7 each).  I found some great Smoothfoam balls online at Plasteelcorp.com for $3 each.  Since I made 15, it made a big difference in the price, plus I got free shipping.
You'll also need to use 2 wordstrips instead of 1 per ornament. 
About the text...I used white wording for the large balls, which was not very legible once the glitter was applied.  For the small balls, I printed the wording in black, but I should have made the lettering thinner.  I went back and fixed that after my ornaments were completed, so yours will look better.  Everything's a learning process...
 
 


 Okay, enough chatting:  here's how to make these glittery musical spheres!

  
MATERIALS NEEDED:
3" or 3.5" styrofoam balls
Bamboo skewers
Music note napkins (I bought mine at PianoSupplies.com), cut into small squares.  The squares you see pictured here are too large for this size of ball.  After this picture was taken I cut them in half again once I started working.  Squares that are 1.5" would be ideal.
Modpodge (mat finish) and a chip brush or equivalent, plus a little container for the Modpodge. 
The wordstrips which you can click on and print out here:
"Forever and Ever....Hallelujah..."  wordstrip
"Peace, Good Will Toward Men" wordstrip
"For Unto Us a Child is Born..." wordstrip
 Cut them into the strips, taking care to preserve the black line which outlines the red.  A paper cutter or ruler+rotary cutter are recommended to keep the lines straight. 
NOTE:  many home printers have ink that smears when wet.  For best results, go to a commercial printer or make sure your printer ink doesn't smear.  If it does, just let ink dry at least 2 days before attempting this project.
Clear glitter and a tray/large sheet of paper to catch excess glitter
Ribbon:  skinny 1/8" for the hanger (9" length per ornament) and 1/4" for the bow (about 12" length per ornament). 
Glue gun or craft glue
 
1)  Insert 1 or 2 bamboo skewers into ball.  Brush a generous coat of Modpodge over ball and lay the pieces of napkin down one at a time, brushing a thin layer of Modpodge over top of napkin piece after each one is put down.  A little overlapping is necessary to ensure that none of the styrofoam is peeking through.
When ball is entirely coated, place bamboo skewer+ball into a heavy vase or jar so it can dry without touching anything.
 
2)  When ball has completely dried, brush a thick coat of Modpodge around the midsection of ball.  Wrap word strip all the way around --UPSIDE DOWN--, trimming ends if necessary so that only about 1/4" is overlapping.  Take care to center the strip around the "equator" of sphere in relation to where the skewers are so that the ball won't hang crooked like some of mine did.
 
3)  Carefully brush Modpodge over the strip, using the metal part of the brush to help press down any edges that don't want to conform to the curve of the ball.  If you have used a printer with smudgy ink, wipe away any pink-tinted Modpodge on the music part of the ball before it dries.  Otherwise you will have a pink ball.  Let dry.
 

4)  When ball has dried, coat entire ball again with Modpodge and sprinkle clear glitter over entire sphere.  Don't worry about how cloudy it looks here - it will become clear and legible when it dries.
 
5)  When completely dry, remove bamboo skewer(s) and use the tip of skewer to push the raw ends of skinny ribbon into hole.  Squirt glue into hole to secure skinny ribbon.
Tie a little bow with the 1/4" ribbon.  Using another dap of glue, attach bow to ball right at the base of the skinny ribbon.
ps.  I am NOT moulting, nor is the skin on my fingers peeling off.  It is merely the stubborn remnants of dried Modpodge which had not been scrubbed off yet.  Lovely, I know.
 
And there you have it!  Your very first music sphere ornament (insert Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" here).  Enjoy!

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Post by Alina on 9th December 2014, 10:58 am

my DIY for this Christmas



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Post by LuisaBradusca on 9th December 2014, 11:03 am

Wow party2 

Are suuuuper!!!  jump2 happy5 happy3
I really like them!!!

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Post by Alina on 9th December 2014, 11:04 am

Thank you hug1 hug1 kiss1

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Post by Marcel35 on 3rd April 2015, 12:03 pm

Thanks for all these wonderful ideas buddy. For this Christmas, I am planning for something rocking and that is why I am looking for good and spacious banquet halls in Chicago where I can plan for a memorable party.

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