Sunday, December 5, 2010

Soda Can Ornaments

What CAN be easier? These ornaments are fun and fast to make, and they cost you almost nothing.

You will need one soda can, in this case it doesn't matter if it is regular or diet (ha ha ha)

Start by dissecting your soda can like so

I don't have craft scissors but my heavy duty kitchen scissors work just fine

Split your can body like that

Then across, like you see on this picture

Now create your petals

Pinch each petal in the middle of the wider end

Using top and bottom of your can as two bases attach your petals using Gorilla Glue

Two ornaments out of one soda can - how cool is that?!

Let the glue dry and then spray paint front and back of your ornaments

It looks pretty already doesn't it? You can stop here if you like this result or you can continue with me.
When your paint is dry apply Gorilla Glue to the center of the flower
and sprinkle some gold beads

Let it dry again. Then outline the edges of the petals with glitter glue and sprinkle with gold glitter
I am using

Shake off excess glitter

and there you have it - your beautiful Christmas Tree ornament

Have a great day and stress free season.

I am linking this project to my favorite link parties

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snowmen Project for a 3-year old

Since we are talking snow, why not to have a project directly related to this subject. For the past few days my daughter's favorite book is "Snowmen at Night" by Caralyn Buehner. She only talks about snowmen and trying not to fall asleep at night to see what they are up to - so cute!
So you can imagine when I told her that we are going to do a project with snowmen she was ready to go in a second.
Before the project, I've cut out some shapes out of craft foam like trees, snowmen noses, and hats for snowmen in different shapes for her to choose from.

I've used my circle paper puncher to get some perfect circles "to build" our snowmen

then we added some miniature pom poms

and the most exciting part - for the first time my 3-year-old used glitter!!!!!!

and that's what we've got. Take a look!

Playing snowmen (we added some painted cardboard "trees" as well)

Tired snowman.

It was a very fun project! I hope you'll try it!

Have a great day.

Let It Snow - 3D Snowflakes

December is here and it always brings my childhood memories and some of them are about making paper snowflakes. It was a fascinating moment for me as a child to watch how a folded piece of paper and a pair of scissors could produce something as delicate as a snowflake. Well, I have experienced the same fascination again when I came across this TUTORIAL - it brought my childhood memories on a new level - Snowflake in 3D what can be better?!
Here is my take on it:

Let it snow!
Have a great day!