Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Crafting in Advent... Coasters

Happy Wednesday All!

One more week and Christmas is upon us. If you're like me, you're all spent out! As in, no more $$ for the "oh I forgot" gift, or "White Elephant" kinda thing.

I'm here today with an easy-peasy craft for you to do. I got the idea on Pinterest from a blogger called Beneath My Heart. I've linked you to the Pin on my Advent & Christmas Board. Click on it, and you will be taken to her blog.

What you will need for this craft:
  • Porcelain Tiles (4x4)
  • Fun Cocktail Napkins
  • Thin Cork  
  • Mod Podge (matte or glitter)
  • Mod Podge ClearAcrylic Sealer Spray - Gloss 
  • 1/8th inch ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Craft Sponge 

First, you make sure your tiles are clean. A set of ten tiles at Lowes is around $18. Four coasters in a set. Then you dip your craft sponge into the Mod Podge and put a thin layer on the tile, then stick the napkin down. I cut the napkins so that only one layer went onto the tile and pretty close to 4x4 as well.


After the above dries a bit (I would say an hour. I was doing other things, so it went by quickly.), trim the excess napkins around the edges and put another thicker layer of Mod Podge on the tile. I used the glitter version on these light color coasters. FYI - I tried the glitter on the darker napkin version and you can not see the design well, so I used the plain matte version for my second go.


After that dried (honestly it was over night, because we have so much going on, that is when I got back to it.), I decided I didn't like how the edges looked and I added this 1/8th inch ribbon from Stampin Up!  I love how it turned out. I simply used my glue gun and went all the way around.


Just so you can see the difference, the one on the left is not trimmed with the ribbon.


Here is the finished set. Well, actually, I still have to add a 4x4 piece of cork to the bottom, but it's not here yet. If it comes before the post goes live, I will add a picture.



Finish the set off by stacking them and tying a nice ribbon around them (you know how they come in a store), maybe pair with a nice bottle of wine and a pretty bag with tissue paper... Great hostess gift.

I hope you found this post helpful in some way.
Hugs & Blessings,
Emily

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Crafting in Advent - Mason Jar Luminaries

Good morning.
I hope you are enjoying your Advent Season. We are here at the Davis house.
We are on a budget, like so many of our friends, and we make our decor/gifts (not all). Yesterday I told you that we had a craft day with friends as part of Advent.

One of the crafts we made were these fun, and inexpensive Mason Jar Luminaries.

What you will need for this craft:
  • Mason Jars (various sizes)
  • Glue or Mod Podge
  • Craft Sponge
  • Glitter
  • Washi Tape or Stickers
  • Ribbon
This is such an easy and fun craft.  You simply take Elmer's Glue or Mod Podge and a craft sponge, like this one:


And you put glue on the inside of your mason jar. You can put it as high up the side of the jar as you like. Here is a picture of the supplies and the jars in progress.

Christopher and I made.
You pour glitter inside the jar and roll the glitter around the inside. We dumped our excess onto paper plates (it was easier if the children each had a paper plate).  Note, there is a small striped jar that we actually put a line of glue, then glitter, and let it dry a bit... then repeated the process as we added color.  You can see it in progress in the photo above, but the finished jar is in the last photo.

These, my friend and her children made.
How fun for the children to use all kinds of glitter and washi tape. And if you are like me, this craft cost me nothing extra because I am a canner and have plenty of jars AND I'm a crafter, so I had tons of glitter and glue/modpodge.

Finished product.
Afterwards, we put votive candles in the jars. I don't have a picture, bt they look very pretty all lit up. Inexpensive and fun family time. Extra special with friends added.

I hope you are enjoying these craft posts.

Hugs & Blessings,
Em

Monday, December 14, 2015

Crafting in Advent.... Christmas Trees

Ahem.... dusting off the cobwebs to share some crafts for Advent.
Hi there,

How have you all been?
I miss you. I miss blogging and being creative... AND... well, let's just concentrate on today.

This year, we are really trying to take time out to be with family and friends.  If you read my family blog, you will note that I have figured out I try to do too much. So this year, we are concentrating on what Advent is really about... AND on having fun with it all.

Every year, I put Advent Cards in the Advent Calendar. There are scattered treats and a gag gift or two, but the cards is really where it's at.  This year, we changed them up a bit. I add to them as Christopher gets older. The morning of the 10th, he brought me the "Make a Christmas Craft" card and said, "how convenient"! haha

Last Thursday, we invited friends over to Craft with us. So much fun. There is still glitter and garland all over my downstairs and I kinda like that the house is so sparkly. I planned three crafts: Christmas Trees, Coasters, and Mason Jar Luminaries.

Today, we are going to talk about the trees. Here is my Advent & Christmas Board from Pinterest. There are several tree-craft pins. This is the pin that started it - Handmade Christmas Trees.  I take that back, years ago, I saw this post Santa Cone Decor from the Thrifty Decor Chick, and I knew one day I'd make some cone trees.

We had pom moms, gold-sprayed pine cones, candy canes, red and gold balls, bells, buttons, ribbon, glitter, glue guns, garland and I really have no idea what all else!  The best part was that the sweet four year old (I think she's four) had the best trees. Sure, I helped her with them, but she designed them. Love that. HAHA

These my friend and her family took home.

I made.
Christopher made.
See the monstrosity, I made that (the kids painted the acorns).
How cute is she? Toldya it was the best one.
How'd we do it? Well, we had both green floral cones and cardboard cones we made (thanks to Kristin). Um, I found out, I'm not good at the cardboard cone making (you're welcome). All the trees were different, so there is no REAL how-to, just your imagination and a glue gun. Lots of glue.

Tools: 
  • Glue Gun.
  • Good scissors.
  • Wire cutters.
  • Craft items you want to stick on a tree, cones to make the trees.
  • Paper to cover the table with.
  • Your imagination, laughter and Friends.
Anywhooooo (here is a picture of one of the pages of cards (printed onto business cards). You can choose whatever activity you like. If I know we have certain plans, that card goes into that particular date.  If you want the file, leave a comment and your email and I will send you the file.


And here is the list I drew from this year, for my cards:


Tomorrow's post will be about the luminaries. Wednesday - the coasters. Check back for them. You could make either in a day and have cute grandparent gifts or hostess gifts.


Laura, from Day By Day, In Our World, asked me to link up with her 40 Days of Seeking Him link-up. So I am.  There are many great posts there. Please click on the attached link and check it out:
#40DaysofSeekingHim Gaudete Sunday Link-up.

Have a great day.
Many Blessings,
Em