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Christmas in June - Crafting Your Own Ornaments and Enter the Contest
The Search is On!
Although it is only June, Christmas will be here before we know it, and I am on the search for some good paper ornament crafts! I am issuing a challenge to my favorite crafters out there, asking you to send me your best paper creations for the holidays! I am especially interested in paper ornaments for the tree (flat and shaped), and if you will email me with photos and instructions and send it to me, I will post it both in a holiday crafting hub, along with the runners up (attributed to you, of course), plus I will feature it on my blog, Taz's Corner, where I write about art and crafts! I have a large stock of vintage and handmade jewelry left from my online shop, and the winner will win a goodie from my jewelry stash! The prize will be valued at around $25.00-$30.00!! You can visit my shop at Ice Originals Art and Vintage on Etsy.com if you want to look it over. Everything there has free shipping.
Anyway, back to the hunt for ornaments. Every year I wait or forget, until time to decorate the house and tree, and then, between shopping and making plans, I forget to make the ornaments I have been planning to make all year! This time, I am really going to try and be different. I am going to try to plan ahead and get some things done, so I won't be doing everything "last minute"!
I have been so caught up in the "altered art" and collage world, I have barely stuck my nose out for anything else, and it dawned on me today that I REALLY needed to be thinking about those Christmas ornaments I have always wanted to make. I am have some ideas of my own that I will share, but would really love to try some of your ideas also! Remember to recycle items and use scraps where you can! You get extra points for recycling!
I have some glass ornaments, the simple round balls in gold and white, and I am going to try painting on them, using acrylic paints. I think if done in layers and allowed to "cure" for a couple of days, these would work out really well. If they do, I will also make some as gifts for the family. My sister loves it when I make things just for her! One year, at Thanksgiving, I bought three miniature decorative pumpkins and painted faces and hair on them to make her a "pumpkin family". She had those things for years, until they finally ruined. They were real vegetables, and I figured they would rot quickly, but they stayed in
great shape for three whole years! Amazing. I always paint my Jack-o-Lanterns so they will stay good longer. I like to paint silly faces on them with acrylics or even colored Prismacolor Markers and they turn out much better than my carving would. This is also a great idea for the kids, and you don't have to worry about sharp knives.
Great Paper Ornament Idea from YouTube
Have Your Ideas Ready!
There are tons of neat videos on YouTube for making ornaments! I went there and within 5 minutes found several ideas I wanted to give a try. I am ashamed to say that I haven't utilized YouTube as much as I should when searching for inspiration, but I am getting where I go there more and more often! There is a wealth of ideas and information there to look through. I included a couple of them here that caught my eye. I like the idea of recycling toilet paper rolls, since they are always in the trash. I also want to try my hand at altering or decorating some aluminum can lids. I need to get a can opener that doesn't leave the sharp edges on the lids, first. I don't want to slice a finger while working with them! Just think what nice ornaments they could make, if decorated on both sides! You could decorate right on the metal, or glue on cardstock or watercolor paper and decorate on top of that.
Anyways, let me hear from you about the paper Christmas ornaments! I am looking forward to your entries. Remember-anything goes as long as it's base is paper and extra kudos for recycling something! I will announce the winner in two weeks on June 8th, 2010! Good luck crafters and artisans! Email your entries with pics and directions, or if you have any questions to me at Lthykeson@yahoo.com.