Mini Masterpieces YOU can Paint! (& Tiny Gingerbread House Ornaments!)

Hi friends! I really got a kick out of making these and looking at them hanging on my Christmas tree! They would be really cute on a shelf as well. This project would be a blast to do at a paint party with kids or adults. We will use paint markers making it even more fun and mess free!

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For these mini masterpieces I used low odor oil-based paint markers from our sponsor Pintar. They are vivid, durable and dry with a semi gloss sheen. In addition to the fun project we are creating today these opaque, vivid and waterproof markers are suitable for glass, ceramic, wood, plastic and if you are a rock painter they are great for that too and best of all there is no mess! You get 24 colors- 20 big 5mm tip markers in assorted colors and 4 skinny 1mm tip markers in white, black, gold and silver for $25.97 (list price $62.16.)

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Tip: dab a bit of marker color on each cap so you will have a perfect color reference and you can see what you have if they are standing upright in a cup or stored in their box.

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Watch the video to see how I created these mini masterpieces inspired by the Mona Lisa, Starry Night and The Scream!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

How sweet do these look on the tree?

Next up is a quick and easy ornament. I was so excited to find a die of a gingerbread house at my local craft store. I had visions of decorating it with ric-rac, buttons and beads… however when I die-cut and assembled one it was so teeny tiny I didn’t know how on earth I would decorate it.

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Luckily I had just received these fine tip acrylic paint pens from Pintar! They were perfect to add color and detail to these cute little houses. They have an extra fine, hard, durable tip (like the Extra fine Posca pens) and are suitable for most surfaces. A set of 24 color costs around $23 making them an affordable choice if you want a high quality paint pen assortment.

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I recommend you decorate these little gingerbread houses flat, let the paint dry (it only takes a couple of minutes) and then assemble it.

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To assemble it I folded on the score lines and then added skinny 1/8″ Scor-tape to the flaps (be sure to tape the ribbon on the un tabbed side of the roof) before pressing the little house closed.

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Even though it was smaller than I expected it is still pretty cute!

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Supplies for gingerbread house ornament:

These acrylic paint pens are lovely to use. Personally I will be adding them to my art journal stash because they are so fine, clear, opaque and crisp. You can also use them on all the surfaces that the oil based markers can be used on, including fabric, but if you use them on ceramics you may wish to bake them at 350F for 25 minutes to make them more durable. If it were me I’d choose the oil based markers for rocks (I am thinking of the kindness rocks that sweet people are making) because the softer bullet tip will allow for greater coverage and there is more paint in those and I would save my acrylic pens for details on craft and art journal projects. I really hope you give these projects a try! I want to thank Pintar for sponsoring this blog post and thank you for checking it out! Til next time happy crafting!

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It’s Time To Deck The Halls {DIY & Frugally of Course!}

Howdy friends! I think I have mentioned it several times lately that I am really excited for the holiday season. I have barely done a lick of shopping nor is there anything I am hoping to receive except joyful times with family and friends! I started decorating yesterday (for the first time ever before my kids were nagging me to get the decorations up LOL!) and I enjoyed myself immensely! We decided to wrap the posts on our front porch with red velvet ribbon and reuse the faux evergreen garlands on the bannister. I did not have enough ribbon on hand so I went to AC Moore and grabbed a few spools at 60% off. The ribbon I got was 1 1/2″ wide in a 20 yard long spool and I paid about $2 a roll-reg. $4.99. I was hoping to find wider ribbon but actually it worked out better this way because I could fit the whole spool between the ballasts on my porch so I didn’t have to unwind it and I liked the look of the stripes closer together, like a candy cane! I’ll show the full reveal once I have it all decorated.

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This morning I got up early and started gathering “supplies” for another thrifty DIY Christmas decoration. We have a lot of different kinds of conifers growing on our property that could use a trim. We also have a berry bush that I gather decorative elements from each year. I put them directly in a dish pan with water to keep them fresh for a new project I have planned, I really hope it turns out well! We recently had lots of windy weather and walking on my property I noticed tons of pinecones had been blown down, I am going to gather those up too for my project! Any guesses what I will be making? Here is a hint, I saw some hanging outside the grocery store yesterday and they looked terrific but the $35 price tag was less so. Let me know what you think this project will be in the comments! Oh, and wish me luck!  We have had such great weather the past few days that I thought it would be a great time to get some decorating done. I figured you probably had the same idea so I went through the hundreds of Christmas DIY videos I have created over the years and picked out my 16 favorite Christmas decorating ideas and added them to the playlist below. Feel free to share any of these ideas with friends!

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You also have my permission to make any of these projects to sell at craft fairs or give as gifts. That is why I make the tutorials. 🙂

I hope you have a fabulous Sunday! I’d love to know what projects you are working on today and if you have any christmas DIY requests let me know in the comments below! Happy crafting!

Hmmm, Give or Keep?

Hi friends! I had a lot of fun playing with the clear acrylic shapes from Punch Place Plus yesterday!

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Oh! Before I forget Punch Place Plus has a free shipping code: TFCSpecial valid on orders over $49 through 11/23/15, that’s next week so don’t wait if you want any of these goodies!

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I am always on the lookout for cute gifts to make and fun easy ways to dress up my home for the holidays.

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I think these projects do just that, see how easy they are to make in today’s video!

Supplies

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Next Week I will be making jewelry with more of their supplies, I have listed them below in case you wanted to follow along (or to help you put together a large enough order so you can use the discount code LOL!)

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I guess, now that I think about it there is no need to decide whether I will give or keep these, I’ll do both! They are so fun and easy to make, why not? Be sure to visit Punch Place Plus if you are planning some quick and easy holiday crafts (they have a lot of 18″ doll craft supplies too!) and use the coupon code TFCSpecial for free shipping on your order of $49 or more! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY String Ornaments!

Hi Friends! Looking for a last minute ornament idea to decorate the tree with? Who are we kidding, we all have to-do lists a mile long right? Well, let me introduce you to the zen like relaxation that only comes from wrapping a balloon with string…

OK, there my be some stress when the string slides off or when your kids drip glue all over the place but I still reckon it is way less stressful than baking. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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