Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tutorial: Whimsical Mushrooms and Berries

Want whimsical, enchanting, different and homey?  Try your hand at making these little mushrooms and berries.  They're actually very easy to do with fantastic results.

The original idea came from The Storque-Etsy's Handmade Blog.  However, Allsorts  made some minor changes to come up with these:

Here are the step-by-step instructions to the Mushroom Tutorial.  Before you begin, read the below changes Allsorts made to the project.

"I created three different sizes and made longer stems. Instead of stitching everything together, I made liberal use of my glue gun, except for gathering the mushroom cap. Also, I wanted the mushrooms to appear to be "growing" onto the branches, so I hot-glued a bent piece of wire into the stem before rolling, leaving the two ends sticking out the bottom. Now the mushrooms could be wired onto the branches!"

She goes on to explain how she made the individual berries.  She bought berry stems from Joanne's and sliced the tape that held them together.  Each berry is attached to an individual wire.  After cutting the tape, she separated all of the berries.  Then, she bent each wire over a pencil and hung on the tree. 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Snowman Gift Jars

I love Christmas All Year.   This is an exceptionally active Yahoo Club.  I can't really say I post many entries.  It's not often when I do.  Most of my time is spent reading all the emails and ideas that are shared between the members...and it's A LOT!  I can't keep up with them; but, it's so much fun.  A true treasure trove.  Here is one idea shared by a member.

Snowman Gift Jars and it looks really easy to do!  The only change I would make is the hat would be longer and drape by his little neck.  Maybe, even a little sparkle pom pom to give it some pizazz.  I would still use a little spray glitter...not too much.  You wouldn't want anyone eating glitter off their fingertips after diving into the goody jar.  I am a self proclaimed "Spray Glitter Queen" when it comes to holiday decorating.  Can't help it.  Love it.

These make perfect parting gifts, gifts for the office, neighbors or anyone!  Placed in a nice little blue bag with white snowflake stickers, some curly ribbon, and you're good to go!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tutorial: Arctic Snow House

Here's an adorable little house to add some sparkling fun and decor to your holidays!  Since I'm always thinking about recycling, I picture using the milk or juice cartons and cutting them down to size to make the house; but, use whatever makes you most comfortable.  In this tutorial, a styrofoam block is cut into the appropriate sizes.