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Did you know that you can make a beautiful Christmas decoration out of an old spaghetti sauce jar? You can – and you can do it with FolkArt Enamels! They paint beautifully on glass and are very durable. Plaid designer Kirsten Jones used them to create this fun and whimsical Christmas vase. Use it to display a sprig of holly or evergreen. It really brightens up a table and adds holiday cheer. Here’s how to make this project.
I’m in love with gorgeous glitters this holiday season! I love all the shades of FolkArt Extreme Glitter – although it depends on which project I look at which ones I like best. It’s constantly changing! I love the red and greens in this Peace holiday sign by Plaid designer Kirsten Jones. The peace symbol continues to be all over everything this holiday season . . .
I think one of the most gratifying holiday crafts is an ornament. Typically they aren’t large (unless you are decorating the tree in Rockefeller Plaza), and you can complete one in a few hours at most. I’ve also seen several fun shapes at the craft store . . . like the one above. The ornate aspect of the ornament above was achieved with FolkArt Extreme Glitter, gems and some gold ric-rac. A lot of bling for just a little investment! Designer Karen Embry made this beautiful ornament, and you can too. Find the complete instructions here.
I think this project from Ana of When Creativity Knocks is SUPER creative – and I had to share! Have you ever thought to make a christmas ornament out of a wood bangle bracelet? Using stamps, FolkArt Acrylic Paint and FolkArt Extreme Glitter? Neither have I, but Ana did. When Creativity Knocks actually filmed this video at Maker Faire in NY, and it’s completely appropriate for an upcoming weekend craft. View the full video here.
Have you made an ornament with FolkArt Extreme Glitter yet? No? Well you really must. Not only is the paint gorgeous as you can see, but it’s a fun and economical way to celebrate Christmas and holiday crafting. Making glitter ornaments is easy, and you can make several of these at once for fabulous gifts. I show you how make the ornament above (with free line art!) on Infarrantly Creative today for her Pennywise Presents series. Please visit here for the complete tutorial.
PS – the glitter comes in eleven fabulous colors. Go here for the palette.
I have a funny stocking story for you. I have four brothers, and they are all younger (yes, I know, I’m a saint) – we all had the exact same stocking handknitted by my grandmother, and each had our name at the top. They were all the same pattern, so they were all the same length; my grandmother was pretty consistent in her knitting.
At some point I decided that the size of the stocking corresponded to the amount of gifts received, so I started to stretch mine. I would step on the toe end and PULL up at the top. I’d do this every night, and I did it for a few years. Over time my stocking started hanging way lower than anyone else’s – the only problem was, I didn’t get any more gifts than my brothers. NUTS!! My plan was foiled. It’s still funny to see the stockings hanging up at my parents’ house, with mine dangling lower than anyone else’s. This picture of handmade stockings reminded me of that time in my life, and it’s a great Christmas memory. The colors are very similar to the ones in my childhood stocking, so I hope you enjoy.
This color palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic colors (from left to right): Winter White, Calico Red, Bright Green, Holly Leaf