Handprint Ornaments

I saw this idea on Pinterest, and immediately knew we had to make it. As any parent of a small child knows, they grow WAY too fast, and I thought that this was a great way to spend some quality creative time with my little one, while making a keepsake for us to look back on through the years. She loves crafts just like I do, so she was all for it!

Materials:

– a plain, plastic ornament (it can be matte or shiny, just make sure there is NO design or glitter on it. The plainer the better, ’cause you will dress it up!)

-fabric ribbon in a coordinating colour (to hang your ornament)

-white and orange acrylic paint 

-a foam brush

-an egg carton to use for drying the ornaments

-a black permanent marker

-a small brush or cotton swab

Make It:

-make sure that the ornament tops are secure and tie ribbon on for hanging.

-this step is probably the most fun and resulted in lots of giggles! Paint the palm of your child’s hand with the white paint using the foam brush. Make sure all of the hand is covered, including the tips of the fingers

-have them hold their hand out, fingers apart. Hold the ornament right side up by holding onto the ribbon at the top, and place the ornament in their palm. Have them cup their hand around the ornament, being careful not to move the ornament around so that the paint doesn’t smudge. 

-you should have a tiny handprint on the bottom of the ornament, with the thumb and fingers wrapping around and up the sides which will look like snowmen

-place the ornament handprint-side up into the egg carton to dry

-once dry, paint on carrot noses and add faces, arms, and buttons with the black marker

-on the opposite side (where there are no snowmen) paint on the year, your child’s name, or a holiday greeting. I chose to add the year so that we would know how old she was when we made these.

-add some “snowflakes” by dipping the cotton swab into the white paint and then adding some dots around the snowmen.

You can also add trees, glitter, or other embellishments, but we decided to keep ours simple. We actually ended up making a few of these to give out as gifts to family, and we kept one too of course. This was a fun and easy craft, and something that can be done every year and held onto forever!

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Have a sugarrific day!

M xoxo

Another wreath!

Since I made wreaths for Halloween/Fall, you know I had to make them for Christmas too. Also because I was tired of the one I had and needed something new. And my neighbour stole my decorating idea, but that’s a story for another day.

I saw ornament wreaths all over Pinterest and in the stores, and decided I wanted to make my own. I wanted lots of colour to match my multicoloured lights, so I went in search of ornaments. I think I ended up purchasing about 80 of them, maybe more. I have to admit that after being mesmerized by so many different colours and textures, I may have gone a little overboard. I got most of them at the Dollar Store, so it wasn’t too expensive, plus you can never have too many ornaments, right?!

Christmas Ornament Wreath

Materials:

-wreath form (I got mine at Michael’s again, it was some straw-type thing, but I knew I needed a solid surface for the ornaments to stick to so it worked out well)

-plastic ornaments in large, medium, and small sizes (lots of them!)

-hot glue gun and glue sticks

-ribbon in coordinating colours

Make It:

-this went much like the Halloween wreath. First, cover all work surfaces with newspaper to avoid a hot glue and glitter mess. You can also spice things up by using a current Shoppers Drug Mart flyer and then watching a family member look all over for it. Ooops. It was quite amusing 🙂

-I made the bow first again, and attached it to the wreath form with some hot glue. This way, I knew where to place the ornaments around the bow. Also make sure to attach some ribbon for hanging. You can also add a small ornament or other accent to the bow, like I did with the snowflake.

-I then started to attach the ornaments in a kind of zig-zag pattern around the wreath form, alternating large and medium ornaments. I left the small ones to use as space fillers at the end. You’ll want to watch your placement so that the wreath still looks like a wreath, and since the ornaments are difficult to manipulate once they’re glued on. Then just keep adding ornaments until the wreath is full. I also used bits of a garland in between the ornaments to fill in spaces and add some sparkle.

I’m not gonna lie, this took forever. Like 4 hours.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I couldn’t rest until the wreath was as close to perfect as possible. For my first ornament wreath, I think it turned out well. I’ll be sure to wrap it very well at the end of the season, since I’m not sure I want to do this again next year!

Here it is! So sparkly and irresistible, just the way I like it 🙂

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Have a sugarrific day!

M xoxo

I don’t just bake, I love non-edible crafts too!

As you may have guessed, I don’t only enjoy baking, but pretty much anything “crafty”. I love making things, refurbishing items I already have, and just making things prettier in general. It’s so much more fun for me to make something myself than to purchase it at a store, plus it ensures that each item is a one of a kind. ‘Cause I don’t like having the same stuff as everyone else. And since this blog is all about being creative, I want to share my other crafts with my loyal followers too 🙂

Anyway, this brings me to my latest non-edible project. I decided to make wreaths a while ago, back in October actually. I think having a nice wreath on your door is very pretty and elegant, and I went with the Halloween/fall one this year instead of other (scary) door decorations, as my little one suddenly decided she was scared of everything to do with Halloween. I know that wreaths are not a new thing, and that they are readily available in stores, but as usual I decided to do things my way by making my own.

So, I will share with you how I made these. I didn’t take “in progress” pictures, but they are pretty easy to make, although it does take a bit of time to ensure they look just right.

Halloween/Fall Wreaths

Materials:

-wooden or styrofoam wreath form (I got mine at Michaels)

-fall leaves, pumpkins, gourds, berries, etc.

-Halloween garland (black sparkly leaves with purple sparkly berries-I loved this!)

-ribbon in coordinating colours

-hot glue gun and glue sticks

Make it:

-first, I covered my work area with newspaper. This is a must. Hot glue and sparkles can get everywhere fast.

-I then wrapped the black garland all the way around the wreath form, securing with a few dabs of glue here and there.

-the next step was making the bow and securing that to the form too. Warning- I am not a professional bow maker. I just sort of made loops and secured it with wire until it looked like a bow. Then added glue to make sure it stayed put. You can also buy an already made bow, to make things easier.

-next I started adding the “foliage” to the wreath. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, just kind of go along and fill in the space on the wreath form. Keep adding items until it looks full and “fluffy”. Make sure that every piece you add is securely glued to the form, because if it isn’t you may have some runaway leaves or berries or pumpkins each time you open/close your door. 

-when it looks nice and full, hang it on your door and you are done! Now sit back and enjoy the envious looks from your neighbours 🙂

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