Earlier this week, July 18th, to be exact, was National Ice Cream day. Yum, right? I mean, who doesn’t like ice cream? Okay I could probably give you a list of people who don’t like it or can’t eat it, but let’s pretend the world is perfect and ice cream is fat free, calorie free, and absolutely perfect for every single person in the world to eat. My bizarre holidays calendar informed me that July 18th is ALSO National Caviar day. You have to wonder who decided to pair those two delicacies. Frozen boob juice and fish eggs? Bizarre. You know I loved it and HAD to make it work. (I’m being possessed by Tim Gunn. New season of Project Runway OMG!)
On Tuesday I released these three weird little circles, and today I pretended it was two days before Christmas and I was finally getting around to making ornaments with my kids. Now I’m craving eggnog. This is a super quick and easy project and looks fabulous hanging from your healthiest houseplant while you wait for it to actually be Christmas, Festivus, or the Day of the Broom Tree (a holiday that I am inventing).
- Circle digistamps
- Marker paper or cardstock
- Wood shapes or other backing
- Markers, acrylic paint, and assorted mixed media menu items
Print out your favorite digistamp or draw yourself a pretty picture. I printed mine on Bee brand bleedproof marker paper, which is probably my favorite paper EVER. I’m not here to tell you what paper you can use until Bee decides to hire me as their spokesperson and pays me in paper and hookers, so use whatever paper you like. Once you’re all printed, color your little heart out.
Now it’s time to look suspiciously around your house, twirl your handlebar mustache, and figure out what you can dismantle and turn into an ornament. You could use chipboard, cardboard, matboard, old tupperware lids, old CDs (thanks Ann!), clean salsa lids, etc., or you could do what I did and dig around until you find some wooden stars and use those!
Because I like adding text to stuff more than I love eating stale air-popped popcorn at 3 in the morning (don’t judge), I glued down some dictionary pages then painted my stars in two shades of turquoise with dark purple acrylic sequin waste stenciling. Eventually I’ll get tired of turquoise and sequin waste.
Once that dried, I used gel medium (Golden’s self-leveling clear gel) to attach my round guys to my stars and then added dots around the edge with white acrylic. If you are one of those crazy glitter fairies, throw some glitter on there. If you have the economy pack of feathers from My Cousin’s Chickens ™, then go ahead and feather it up! Do whatever makes you swoon.
To finish them off, use a hole punch or Crop-A-Dile and pop a hole in the top and make a wire loop. To do this, cut a piece of wire about 6-7 inches long and feed it through the hole until you have a tail a little over an inch long.
Wrap your short tail around the long piece a couple of times and then trim off the excess. Make a loop with the longer piece and then wrap the end around your previous wrap until you have a big globby, messy, yet totally secure loop.
Trim off any excess and hang ’em up! You could use them as gift tags, really obnoxiously huge earrings, gas station bathroom keychains, or accessories for your ficus.
If you want to make ornaments just exactly like mine so you can prance around with them hanging off your glasses like you invented the term ‘dork’, you can get the full set of circles in our shop for almost nothing through the weekend, and I bought my stars on this website right here: clicky!
Dark Dreams Pink Houses Wonderland Wall art
Greetings, Mr. Bond, and Happy Easter. I’d like to introduce you to my minions. OMG AREN’T THEY CUUUUTE!!??!
Aaaand now you know why I don’t write screenplays anymore.
I don’t know what it is about the mating habits of T-shirts, but they seem to multiply faster than rabbits. Possibly even faster than bacteria. I could abandon my relatively comfortable life and embark on a quest to educate the humble T-shirt on various methods of contraception, but instead I’m going to cut them up and do a three-part series of upcycling tutorials. Way easier and probably way less awkward.
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