Just in time for the holidays! Kelli Murray shows us how to make your own ornaments and gift tags using oven bake clay!
Supplies: Sculpey oven bake clay, rolling pin, bakers twine, paint (I only used black), cookies cutters, paint pen and paint brushes. (Not pictured: a straw)
Begin by rolling out your clay into a thin, even sheet (about 5/8" thick). Using your cookie cutters, cut out shapes in different sizes. I decided to just use circles but you can use any cookie cutter shape you have in your cupboard!
Next, poke holes in the tops of all your ornaments using a straw.
Bake according to the directions on the package. If you are using the original Sculpey oven bake clay, it should be on a glass sheet or dish, baking at 275°F for 15 minutes for every ¼ inch of clay thickness.
After you have baked the clay and let them cool, design to your heart's content! I originally thought I would use both black and metallic paint but I ended up loving the simplicity of the black paint alone on the clay. Some I painted with black acrylic paint, and others that required a finer line I used an extra fine point paint pen. I then finished the ornaments with bakers twine.
The smaller sized ornaments work great as personalized gift tags on a gift box. And the larger ones are perfect for decorating your Christmas tree! If you love these ornaments....but would rather just purchase them, Kelli is selling the personalized clay gift tags and the ornaments featured in this post in her etsy shop. Thanks so much Kelli!
Lately I've been addicted to collecting cute tea towels and cloth napkins, mostly from Etsy.com. They are fun to collect and useful for food photography and entertaining! They're also really easy to make at home. Here's how I made two cute cloth napkins:The stamping process is simple. I use the same method from this DIY project. I simply cut shapes from craft foam, brush paint on and stamp it onto the cloth napkins. The larger the shape, the quicker the process!Since I use fabric paint these napkins are totally washing machine friendly. They are reusable, so they save paper towels too.
I can't wait to share my new kitchen with you. It's about halfway finished. Yesterday we had a new countertop installed, and it's so pretty! I'm anxiously awaiting a mint green fridge... it should be here soon! I'm having fun putting all the details together. xoxo. Elsie
Every year we do an advent calendar as a countdown to Christmas! I fill the packages with treats, toys, and activity cards to mix it up and keep it interesting. I came across this, this, and this on Pinterest and decided that building a wooden advent tree as our calendar would be perfect this year!
To build the tree, I sourced scrap wood from old pallets and cut them from large to small—you can cut the wood any size you'd like. I then sanded wood and covered it with a matte sealer. The beauty of this project is that you can make the tree as straight and clean or as wonky as rough as you'd like. After the tree was built, I wrapped up small prizes and treats and made activity cards to hang from push pins.Now we are just eagerly awaiting December first so our countdown can officially begin! xo. Katie
Don't you just love these mini triangle shelves!? Today husband and wife team Josh + Sarah show us how to make your own.Supplies needed: 1"x4" by 6-foot pine boards (x2), wood glue, sandpaper (100 and 220 grit), miter saw, measuring tape. *Optional: paint (we used acrylic) or stain,gloss medium & varnish (for acrylic paint).
Step 1. Set miter saw to 30˚ Step 2. Cut 1st 30˚ angle then flip board and measure long end 6". Step 3. Cut 18 6" (long side) pieces with 30˚ angles on either end. (*Length is optional, you can make these as big or small as you like, as long as all sides are equal.) Optional Step: Cut 2" (long side) pieces with 30˚ angles if you'd like to add inset shelves for the triangles that will hang upside down. Step 4. Sand off all burrs and rough spots with the 100 grit sandpaper, making all the pieces nice and smooth.Step 5. Arrange the first triangle (as pictured). Step 6. Glue together using a thin yet generous smear along connecting edge. Be sure to press pieces nice and tight together. Wipe off any excess glue. Repeat for all 6 triangles. Let glue dry for at least 4 hrs. Step 7. Sand any exposed, dried glue. Now you can paint your shelves if you choose to.
Tip: When painting smaller pieces, use a tack to keep it from getting too messy!You could give these as a gift or hang in your home! Thanks so much Josh + Sarah! (You can meet them on Instagram: Josh @subtletakeover and Sarah @arrowandapple)