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Nature Inspired Christmas Craft And A Little Magic

Here are the final results of my crafting binge the other day so you can head into the weekend with some fun craft ideas.  This first one has to be the easiest craft ever.  I had some river rocks and floral wire left over from a flower arrangement so using some pinterest inspiration I wrapped the wire around the rocks, stamped some Christmas themed note cards and voila!

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I added some Mod Podge to the stamps so they wouldn’t bleed.  You could also switch out the cards every season and if you had bigger rocks you could display your Christmas cards this way.  So easy–definitely my kind of craft!

Next, I saw this wonderful tutorial on Pinterest to make really authentic looking magic wands and thought I would give it a try.  You basically get chopsticks, beads, a glue gun, and paint.  Glue the beads to the end of the chopsticks and then cover that end with glue.  I used three glue sticks on each wand.  Then paint the whole thing and voila!  Magic wands:

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Using a lot of glue gives them that gnarled appearance that any good hand forged wand would have. icon smile Nature Inspired Christmas Craft And A Little Magic   Also, I found really large chopsticks at a Japanese dollar store.  These are about 20 inches long which makes them more Wizardly looking.

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These were fun but definitely more labor intensive.  There’s a lot of time waiting for them to dry so you can do the next step.  (The boys kept asking “When are they going to be ready?  Are they ready yet?  When are they gonna be ready?”).  In addition to what’s detailed in the Pinterest tutorial, I added German glitter to different parts of the wand and then sealed the whole thing with Mod Podge.  I also used ASPC but any paint would do.  I realized early on that dipping them in the paint and then using a brush to remove the excess saved a lot of time.  These would make great gifts for Harry Potter lovers.  I will have these available at our studio sale December 15th.

We’re finally getting a tree this weekend and doing some fun Christmas outings with the kids around the East Bay.  What are your holiday plans (if any) this weekend?

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Christmas Crafting Bug

I have been bit hard!  It’s my dirty little secret that I love crafting but am actually really bad at it.  I always wanted to be good at it and make gorgeous family heirloom scrapbooks or something like that but my crafts always end up pretty sad and actually way more effort, trouble and money than they are worth.  So a few years ago I gave it up.  Only occasionally with the kids would I break out all my old acrylic paints or my bags of felt.  It really was only because the kids wanted to…:)

But the other day I saw some great inspiration photos on Pinterest of so many cool Christmas crafts that I got inspired again.  I don’t know what got into me but I churned out three separate crafts projects in one afternoon and they weren’t half bad!  I think the fact that I spent almost no money on them helped immensely–way less pressure!  Most supplies I had on hand.

The first one might actually have been my own idea since I can’t find the pin on my pinboard.  I had a full can of primer from a previous painting project and a basket full of pine cones from last Christmas.  The pine cones were getting a little rough after being handled a lot by three pairs of little hands so I thought I would try dipping them in the paint.  Here’s how it went:

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Definitely use pliers or something like that for dipping…

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Mmmm–delicious!

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This is where it gets messy.  I stood there for what seemed like an eternity waiting for all that extra paint to drip off.  (It was actually probably more like 45 seconds).

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Even with with letting all the excess drip off, a lot of paint pooled up on the plastic as they were drying.

And finally, after letting them dry for a day and a half, I added some German glitter and Christmas twine to make ornaments:

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They also look really cute hanging on doorknobs!  I think I made about 10 of them and I still have about 6 more drying.  It’s actually good that my studio sale with Camille and Wendy got cancelled last week due to rain as now I will have these and other crafts for sale when we try again (weather permitting!) on December 15th.

I’ll have more on my crazy crafting binge soon.  Have you done any Christmas crafts this year?

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