Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 13

Last year, one of my favorite Christmas decorations was a model farm house I'd treasured as a kid with some Christmas elements added. It was only natural that I add to the scene this year with some pipe cleaner trees, a sheep paddock, a hay ride, and an outdoor nativity.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 14

I have, in recent years, developed a fondness for sloths so I knew I would incorporate a sloth into this list somewhere. When I came across an angel ornament in an old craft magazine I knew I'd found the opportunity. A couple of pompoms and a bumpy pipe cleaner make a pretty cute sloth.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 15

Today's craft is one that you could easily do with small children. All you need is some tongue depressors, markers, and a little glue. This version has only Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus but it wouldn't take much to add some shepherds, sheep, and Magi if you desire. The adults are a little less than half a stick, Jesus more like a third.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 16

I've had this project from the book Puppet Mania on my list for a while now. While the book shows how to make a chicken puppet, I figured it would work for several different Christmas designs. I had originally thought to make it a penguin or nutcracker but the design really came together once I settled on a snowman. The base of the puppet is a wooden spoon with the addition of a layer of Model Magic clay.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 17

I'm a fan of craft kits, even really simple ones like this one which was built entirely out of pre-cut, self adhesive foam pieces. In my experience, the key is to add your own elements. Even something as simple as the garland I added to this penguin.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 18

I've been known to occasionally attempt to replicate something I saw on Pinterest. This project wasn't meant to be a replication, exactly. It was certainly inspired by a pin. Either way, it was a fun way to use the top of a stretched out sock.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 19

I've been experimenting of late with what you might call childhood craft supplies, in particular crayons and construction paper. While a part of the appeal is the low cost of these materials I also genuinely enjoy the combination of these two textures. I'd hoped to do this picture on black but I am apparently out of black paper. It works almost as well on yellow.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 20

Who doesn't love egg carton animals? They're simple, yes, but there's something endlessly appealing about that simplicity.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 21

Doctor Who has this amazing ability to give us monsters that are as likeable as they are terrifying. The robotic Santas from The Christmas Invasion are pretty creepy, yet when I found an empty Santa shaped tin among my craft supplies I knew that was the transformation waiting inside.

The original:

My version: 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 22

I've had variations on this Doctor Who LEGO display up for a while but they've always just sat on this shelf by themselves. With the addition of some new Christmas elements, my display screamed for a backdrop. Luckily I've had some large sheets of packing paper set aside for a while. A little bit of paint set things right.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 23

I'm a fan of most forms of puppets, even simple ones like this craft foam and tongue depressor construction.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Crafty Christmas Countdown: 24

I got a great deal on some kraft card blanks this fall so I did a series for my craft fair last month. Here are a few of my favorites (minus the penguins, which sold before I remembered to take any photos).