Merry Christmas, friends and may God bless you.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
I've had a lot of fun playing with Christmas images this month but to close this list I felt it was important to focus on what Christmas really means. So I'm closing with this nativity image. It was a really fun repainting project, starting with a Halloween decoration I found on clearance, making the transition from dark and lurid to meaningful with a little acrylic paint.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
When I first started making puppets I admired Muppets but figured they were far beyond anything I was capable of creating. Yet the notion won't leave me along. So for one of my final crafts this Christmas season I thought I would make a first attempt, with this penguin. It's a little rough, especially along the top of the head but a hat covers that flaw well.
Friday, December 22, 2017
Last year I added stars to the lights I hang over my bed. Since I still haven't gotten around to adding the flamingo covers to my lights, I thought I'd decorate them again. This is another idea I found on Pinterest, and it's super simple. All you need is some drinking straws and tape. What better way for a geek to decorate.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
When we were kids, my mom taught us to make snow globe type decorations out of cotton balls, bouillon jars, beads, and the like. When I found myself in possession of an empty bouillon jar I knew just what to do with it. And, it turns out, Tsum Tsums make great snow globe fillers.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Today's craft is another kit. Actually, it's part of a kit. The box included the entire nativity set but I've only finished a few pieces. Still, with the holy family and a few animals I feel like the essentials are present.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
This is a case of a craft I saw on Pinterest, was inspired by, but didn't have the exact same materials. The original was made out of a soda bottle and paper clay. As our soda bottles have a deposit, I substituted a sports drink bottle. I used tissue paper, cardboard, and hot glue in place of the clay. The result is more of a gnome home than a fairy house. It's just the right size for a flocked owl I had lying around.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017
I'm not totally on board with the whole adult coloring book trend. I do own one, though, because it's Doctor Who. And because a big part of the show is the annual Christmas episode, I figured there must be a Christmas image to color. I wasn't disappointed.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Having been raised in a Bible believing family, sheep will always be the animal I most associated with Christmas. I've wanted to make a sheep puppet for a while. I consider this little fellow a first attempt. He's fairly basic, though I'm fond of the fluffy yarn for his fleece.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
When my Tsum Tsum collection grew to include both Loki and Thor I had the idea to use them in my Christmas projects. I kept imagining them as children, examining presents under the Christmas tree. This little scene was the result.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
There's something infinitely charming about a standard wooden nutcracker. I found this one at the dollar store. While the overall shape was nice, the paint job left a little to be desired. A fresh coat of acrylic paint has him looking a little tidier.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Monday, December 4, 2017
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.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
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.