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Christmas Tree Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Everyone!

Christmas is almost here! In anticipation I created this Christmas Tree Mixed Media Canvas. I just love everything about the Christmas season and this canvas put me in the holiday spirit!

I did a video tutorial that goes over all the steps and I will try and describe what I did in the instructions below (but the video might be easier to follow along with all the steps, lol).

 

 

Materials: (Affiliate links)

  • Canvas: http://amzn.to/2BaGRH
  • Dina Wakley Stencil: http://amzn.to/2ySBrKY
  • Liquitex Glass beads: http://amzn.to/2ySpaWR
  • Artists Loft Paint: http://amzn.to/2zjU3qA
  • Blue Mica Powder: http://amzn.to/2B9JVDc
  • Deep Water Mica Powder: http://amzn.to/2yThMdN
  • Finnabair silver wax: http://amzn.to/2jcRaz7
  • Finnabair bronze wax: http://amzn.to/2yTtqFD
  • Laser cut snowflakes (Similar): http://amzn.to/2jcRVYU
  • Gel Sticks: http://amzn.to/2BtzMyk
  • Gel Pen: http://amzn.to/2oC3Rsy

Instructions:

Start with an 11×14 canvas and cover it with old music. This is a great way to break up the background and start a canvas.

Now it is time to add color and texture. I used the Dina Wakley stencil and added glass beads to the bottom. Then I painted the sky with a few different blues and the snow with white. Don’t forget to paint the edges. for sparkle I added Mica powders and spread them out with water and let it drip to the bottom. Let this all dry before going on to the next step.

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas


Now it is time to prep the tress. Find 3 different Christmas papers that will work for trees and cut them into triangles.

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

Then I used a gel stick to add color to the edges and smeared it in then I added a white line on top with a gel pen. This added dimension to the trees.

For the snowflakes I painted the wood cut out with liquid watercolors and then added some Finnabair wax on top. For the tree trunk I painted them with a Finnabair wax.

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

I glued it all on the canvas with hot glue then I added white splashes with watered down white acrylic paint.  Seal it all with a spray sealer when you are done then hang it up and you decor is now complete!

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

 

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

What season or holiday should I do next for my next canvas?

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Easy DIY Gift Ideas

Easy DIY Gift Ideas

Need a last minute gift? Here is a list of easy DIY gift ideas that will help you check everyone off your list.

Hello Everyone!

Are you at a loss as to what to get or make some of the people on your list? I have the same problem, I get craft-blocked (kinda like writer’s block, but for crafting, haha) when it comes time to make a gift.

So I thought I would go back through my posts and compile and easy list for you reference, easy gift ideas at your finger tips. These gift are great not only for Christmas but for Birthdays, Easter, Weddings, House warming, and almost any occasion.

Just click on the link and it will take you the post with all the details you need to make your own DIY gifts.

  1. Button Magnets. Vintage buttons glued on a magnet make a really cute gift.
  2. Wood Burn Coaster. This gift is fun to personalize with initials or something they like. Just burn in the design, seal it and add felt and you have a gift that will be treasured.
  3. Gift Bag Art. There are a lot of wonderful gift bags at the Dollar Store. Just cut to size and frame and you have a gift that can fit almost any occasion
  4. Vases. Empty jars and beverage containers make wonderful gifts when they are all decorated with raffia, jute, flowers, and rhinestones. 
  5. Christmas Mason Jars. These jars are a very versatile gift just by changing out the flower on top, add candy to the jar and you are good to go. 
  6. Agate Coasters. These coasters are a beautiful addition to any home and are super easy. Just paint on the edge with a paint pen and add felt the bottom. 

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Santa Mixed Media Canvas

Santa Mixed Media Canvas

Christmas is almost here, and this Santa mixed media canvas is perfect for your holiday decor.

Hello Everyone!

Lately I have been inspired to make mixed media canvases, and with Christmas fast approaching I have the perfect subject for my art.

I had this beautiful paper and glittery star that became the focal point, the rest was just details.

Now I will be honest, I didn’t take any pictures of me actually doing the mixed media, but I think I can explain well enough and as always please ask if you have questions.

I really enjoy making mixed media canvases, all inspired by Finnabair.

Materials:

  • 12x 12 canvas (I got mine at Michaels, but you can always get one on Amazon here: Canvas)
  • Paper (I don’t remember where I got this beautiful paper by KaiserCraft, St Nicholas Collection, Papa Noel,  but you can find great paper just about anywhere)
  • Large star (I found mine at the Dollar Store. It was just so beautiful that I couldn’t pass it up. )
  • Large letter, glitter, beads, and other do-dads, stickles, acrylic paint, stencil
  • Mod Podge, modeling paste, Mica Powder, clear gesso, clear spray sealer

Instructions:

Trim your paper to fit your canvas and spread Mod Podge on the canvas.  Place your paper on the canvas, smooth out. I turned my canvas over and let it dry overnight.

santa on canvas

Starting with santa paper on canvas

The next day I covered my paper with clear gesso to give it some tooth. Then I applied modeling paste with a swirl stencil to add some detail (you can’t really see it, but it is there.)

Then I sprinkled on mica powered and spread it around.  (I am in love with these Prima Marketing mica Powders. You can find the colors I used here: Gold, Copper, Pale Silver)

mica Powders

I am in love with these Prima Marketing mica Powders

Once that was all dry I went to town. I added modeling paste to the star and glued it to the center.

I highlighted the stencil with painted and I painted around the edges with a shimmery white color.

Then I added the letters (they were pink, but I painted them and added glitter)

I added the large gems and small beads and micro beads with globs of modeling paste. Then I poured on lots of glitter to stick the the modeling paste (I figured that Christmas decor needs a lot of glitter)

santa mixed media canvis

Our santa mixed media canvis is coming together

I added rows of pearl beads, and key metal elements, and I added stick details to the star. Once everything is dry I sprayed it with a clear sealer, the mica powder is not adhered to anything and it will wipe away, so the sealer is necessary.

Christmas star close-up

a close-up of our Christmas star

I really like how this turned out. I think it is an interesting piece.

Christmas star

Close-up of our Christmas star

santa mixed media canvas

finished santa mixed media canvas

What holiday should I make a mixed media for next? New Years? Easter? Valentine Day?

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DIY Wire Christmas Tree Earrings

DIY Wire Christmas Tree Earrings

Make the holidays merry with these easy DIY wire Christmas Tree earrings.

Hello Everyone

Do you ever dream about crafts, or is that just me? The other night I was dreaming about making wire Christmas Tree earrings, I know a little random but since I dreamt it I just had to try to make them.

Now the funny thing is is that I have never made anything like this before. I don’t usually work with wire, but I found that I love this technique and I have more ideas to make more jewelry.

Christmas tree earrings

I just love how my Christmas tree earrings turned out

Materials

  • Thin Wire- You can find it on Amazon here: Artistic Wire
  • French Hooks- You can find it on Amazon here: French Hooks
  • Star beads- I found mine at Oriental Trading- link here: Star bead, but the local craft stores might have something similar
  • Pliers and clippers and round objects in various sizes (this is to wrap the wire around)

Instructions:

You need to have a variety of round objects in various sizes. I started with a large marker and started wrapping, then I went to smaller marker then a pencil

Starting to wrap my Christmas tree earrings

I am starting to wrap my Christmas tree earrings

A smaller wrap for my Christmas tree earrings

Switching to a smaller wrap

The whole idea is to make the tree get smaller as you wrap it around. I wrapped it around each object about 3 times.  The wire I used was a bit thin, but it is a nice dainty look, but next time I think I will use a wire that is a bit heavier duty. This wire likes to bend a bit too easily for my liking. but I did like how it turned out.

Once I finished wrapping I added a french hook. Then I spent some time adjusting the wire to make sure it looked like a tree. I hind sight I probably should have used green wire, but I didn’t have that in my stash, so gold it is, lol.

When I looked at it I thought it was a bit too plain, so I thought I would add a star bead to the top.

I think the star bead is just what the trees needed! These earrings will be perfect the holiday parties this year.

Christmas tree earrings

The finished Christmas tree earrings


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Painted Christmas Houses

Painted Christmas Houses

You can find these really cute ceramic houses just about anywhere, with just a little paint and glitter they are ready to be put on display. 

My finished Christmas houses on display

Hello Everyone!

December is rolling along and it is time for me to think about decorating. The tree is up, and if you follow me on Instagram you probably have seen our tree by now. (@taketimetocreate).

With any holiday I always feel the need to create some new items. This year I made some painted Christmas houses.  I found the unfinished ceramic houses at our creative reuse center Who Gives A Scrap (I love that place!) With a little paint and glitter they were ready to go.

Materials:

  • Ceramic House (You can get these at a creative reuse center, craft stores, and sometimes the thrift stores will have some unfortunutally painted ones that need an update)
  • Paint and glitter found at the craft store. I really liked this paint, it was white with a little pearl look to it. Perfect for Christmas.

paint-and-glitter

Instructions:

Take your plain ceramic house and paint on a layer of white paint. You can always spray paint the houses, but I just decided to hand paint instead.  This is what it looks like before the paint.

(btw, The houses did come with detailed instructions to paint the house in all the colors, but I did not want to take the time to do any detailed painting. haha. So white paint here I come. )

Painted Christmas houses before glitter

My Painted Christmas houses before glitter

Add the paint. This is what it looks like with the paint. Go over everything, all the little details. Don’t forget the inside of the windows.  Touch up where ever you forgot.

Painted Christmas houses before glitter

My Painted Christmas houses before glitter

Then I decided to add some glitter detail to the snow and trees. Just pick a clear holographic glitter that goes with your paint. I put a layer of mod podge on then sprinkled it with glitter.

add glitter painted Christmas houses

Adding Glitter to the painted Christmas houses

Once they are dry they are ready to be put on display.

I think they turned out really cute. You can put lights in the bottom, but I didn’t have any. So this weekend I will pick up some and then they will look even better!

painted Christmas houses on the mantle

Close-up of the painted Christmas houses on the mantle

painted Christmas houses

Here are the finished painted Christmas houses


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DIY Ornaments from Magic Towels!

Hello Everyone! With the holidays right around the corner it is time to start thinking about decorating. And since we are on a crafting blog, this post is about DIY Ornaments. This is an easy project that takes magic towels and turns them into ornaments and it is fun to do with the kids. 

DIY Ornaments - Dory

My Finished Dory DIY Ornament

I hope you had a wonderful relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. We had a great time, we went to Florida for the week and it was perfect. Stay tuned, I will do a travel journal about the resort we stayed at.

With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would start doing some holiday crafts and today’s is a DIY ornament.

Materials for your DIY Ornaments:

  • Magic Towels (I used a Dory one and an Avengers one, and I got both from the dollar store)
DIY Ornaments - Magic Towel

We start with a simple magic towel.

  • Ribbon
  • Stuffing
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions:

Cut around the shape that you want to make into an ornament. And cut out that same shape in a plain colored wash cloth.

 

Cut out magic towel

Next, we cut out the parts we want to turn into ornaments.

Then you start gluing. Glue the pom-pom ribbon ) around the edge and then glue the black ribbon to the top.  I used hot glue for all my gluing, but if you are doing this with kids then you might wan to use fabric glue. You can also sew these together, but me and my sewing machine are not getting along right now, so my hot glue gun came to the rescue.

Then glue the plain wash cloth to the back, but make sure you leave a little gap so you can add stuffing. Add a little stuffing and glue the gap closed.

The ornament's backing

Then, add ribbon and glue together.

  

And that is it. These are great for kids and easy to do. Kids will like having their favorite characters on the tree.

Avengers ornaments

Here are the finished ornaments.

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Christmas Mason Jars

Hello Everyone and Merry Christmas!

Do you remember the Fall Mason Jars I made a while back? Here is the link incase you missed it: Fall Mason Jars

Christmas mason jar

Well I updated them for Christmas just by making a new flowery top.

Christmas mason jar

Here is how I did it;

Materials:

~Flowers

Christmas mason jar

~Mason Jar lid

Christmas mason jar

~Hot Glue

~Ribbon

Christmas mason jar

 

 

Instructions:

~ Remove the old lid and save it for next year

~ Take a new lid and glue on flowers. For Christmas I used Poinsettias that I found at the Dollar Store

Christmas mason jarChristmas mason jar

Glue ribbon around the edge

Christmas mason jar

Fill with Candy and you are done. I didn’t use any window clings this time because I thought the red and green candies were enough.

Christmas mason jar

Christmas mason jar

Christmas mason jar

I am loving how easy it is to make these jars and how easy it is to store just the lids. And my boys love the candy in the jars Smile

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