Make Sculpted Clay Poinsettia Ornaments

Sculpted Clay Poinsettia

Hello all! I think this is my first official 100% Christmas post of the season. The Homemade Clay Olive Wreath was almost Christmasy, but I plan on keeping that up all the time, so I guess it doesn’t count. So YAY! Happy Christmastime! The best part is that this post is part of a blog hop. I love blog hops because you and I get to see so many other great projects from amazing bloggers!

We have a rule in this house that the tree doesn’t go up until after Thanksgiving. No exceptions! I am in total agreement with this one because I love Christmas, but you have to keep the Christmas season in the the Christmas season. This is only the second year that we’ve had an artificial tree, so it is super tempting to put it up. But I can’t, and won’t. If I did for pictures I’d end up taking it down. And that would be WAY too much work. So that is why you won’t see these poinsettias on my tree…yet.

Aren’t poinsettias fantastic? Aside from being poisonous, they are gorgeous and they come in all sizes. So I usually buy the big bushy ones at Costco, but this year we have the fluffy goldendoodle, Henri, who eats things he shouldn’t. He eats socks and washcloths and underwear. I’m at the point of watching the girls take off their socks and putting them directly in the laundry basket, with the lid on, to prevent the eating of the socks.  I don’t want Henri to eat the poisonous poinsettias. So, I decided to make clay ones to tie to the tree. I bought a silk poinsettia pick at the craft store, to model my poinsettias after.

Scuplted Clay Poinsettia

What you will need to make these gorgeous flowers ~ Sculpey III Polymer Clay, a rolling pin, craft knife,  small gauged wire, toothpick,  Elmer’s e Advanced ProBond Advanced Glue (my favorite glue), aluminum foil, Glass Glitter

Scuplted Clay Poinsettia

Roll out a dollar coin pinch of clay until it is less than 1/4 inch thick. With the craft knife, cut out a variety of sizes of leaf shapes. After studying the poinsettia, I realized that the shapes and sizes of the leaves aren’t uniform (that makes this project way easier!)  Once you have your leaves cut out, lightly trace the vein markings with a toothpick. Then pinch the base of the leaf and scrunch the sides.

Scuplted Clay Poinsettia

I used the plastic veins on my silk model leaf to make the veins in the clay.

Scuplted Clay Poinsettia

When you have 5 or 6 of the same size, put them together like the photo above.

Scuplted Clay Poinsettia

Cut about 6-inches of wire and lay it across the two joined leaves (like the photo above.) Join together the rest of the leaves for the first layer.

Cut out smaller leaves and layer them on top of the bottom layer of leaves. Squeeze them down in the middle. You can use pieces of squished up foil in between the layers to separate the leaves and to give them elevation.

Scuplted Clay Poinsettia

Once you have three layers or so, transfer to a baking pan and bake the clay according to the package directions. Keep an eye on it. This (below) is what happens when you bake the clay too long. Crispy brown at the edges. Still pretty, but not Christmasy. I will either paint those ones, or glitter the brown parts.

Scuplted Clay Poinsettia

Once the flower is cooled, grab your glue and spread it in the middle. For the center of the flower I used a mixture of glass glitter and some left over plastic crystals from one of those Makit & Bakit ornament crafts (see here.)

Let the glue dry, then tie them to the tree!

Polymer Clay Poinsettias

So I want to write a epilogue to this post. Can I even write a epilogue if this post hasn’t been posted yet?? Anyhow, Henri and Jonesy, the doodles, decided to have a party while the parents were away one night (we were at work.) Out of 13 poinsettias I had made, 4 survived. The rest were in pieces and/or in the bellies of the two beasts. Additionally, they had eaten packs of Sculpey III clay (green to be precise, don’t ask how I know), some glitter, glue, the kids’ homework, library books and part of the sofa. I cried. Both dogs are okay. It’s been over a week and there has been no health issues. But I still want to cry. I may make more to put on my tree. But I may not.

Now the Trim The Tree Blog Hop!
Trim the Tree this Christmas with more than 35 ideas to inspire from your favorite bloggers! #trimthetree

Have you started decorating for the Holidays?  Over 35 of your favorite bloggers have come together to share their fun and festive ideas.  From Ornaments to Tree Skirts,  you are sure to be inspired by all of these amazing homemade ideas to Trim the Tree! 

Trim The Tree 1

1. Advent Calendar Pocket 

2. Polymer Clay Poinsettia

3. Yarn Wrapped Ornament 

4.  Vintage Green Paper Ornament

5. Trim the Tree Garland

6. Ribbon Stuffed Ornaments

7.  Wooden Star Ornament

8. Melted Snowman Ornament

9. Felt Christmas Tree

10.  Santa Star Ornament

 

Trim the Tree 2

1. Vintage Map Ornament

2. Yarn Joy Ornament

3.  Embossed Wood Bird Ornament

4. Snow Man Wood Slice Ornament

5. Christmas Garland

6. Tree Skirt for under $20

7.  Star Painted Ornament

8. Neon Christmas Tree Topper

9. Wooden Spool Christmas Tree

 

Trim The Tree 3

1. Gingerbread Cookie Ornament

2.  Wood Etched Cork Garland

3. Bow Christmas Tree Garland

4. Travel Map Ornaments

5. Homemade Glitter Ornaments

6. Felt Candy Ornaments

7. Make Love Ornament

8. How to Decorate your Tree like a Pro

9.  Joy Ornament

10. Glitter Pinecone Ornament

 

Trim The Tree 4

1. Scented Gingerbread Ornament

2. Diy Tree Skirt

3. Pinecone Decorative Tree

4.  Wood Slice Ornament

5. Wood Slice Child Silhouette Ornament

6. Tips for Decorating the Christmas Tree

7. Mason Jar Lid Ornament

8. Gold Basket Weave Ornament

9. Rustic Christmas Tree Garland

10. Starfish Christmas Ornaments

 

Linked to: Link Party Palooza

 

 

 

Homemade Clay Olive Wreath


Homemade Clay Olive Wreath

I’ve been in love with olive wreaths and laurel wreaths for a while now. I always see them doodled on chalkboards. Of course the white chalk on black chalkboard is gorgeous and I wanted to replicate that look, but a little less one dimensional. This wreath is so easy to make and is a great statement for a wall.

Supplies ~ baking soda clay, rolling pin, craft knife, sanding block, hot glue gun and sticks, copper wire

Handmade Clay Olive Wreath

Start by rolling out your clay on some waxed paper or the glossy side of some freezer paper, about 1/4 inch thick. Then, with the craft knife, cut out long leaf shapes, some small some bigger. You can use a toothpick to draw vein down the middle if you want.

Set the leaves aside and let dry for 24 hours.

Handmade Clay Olive Wreath

 

Grab your copper wire (or any other large gauge wire) and form a ring. Use the hot glue gun to glue the ends together. The glue sticks to the copper surprisingly well.

 

Homemade Clay Olive Wreath

 

Make sure that your clay leaves are dry. If the edges have any roughness, smooth them down with a sanding block.  Then just start gluing the leaves on. You can go all the way around and then start layering them on top of one another, or just layer them from the start.

 

Handmade Clay Olive Wreath

I wanted the copper wire to show through a bit, but ended up covering it up with the leaves. Then it’s done! Hang it on a nail and enjoy for the holidays!

It’s quite striking on a dark background…

Homemade Clay Olive Wreath

Homemade Clay Olive Wreath

 

Linked to ~ Link Party Palooza

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail

Boy do I have a treat for you today! Today 40 of my favorite blogs and I are having a Cocktail Party Blog Hop and sharing our favorite recipes for cocktails, desserts and treats. All perfect for an evening soiree.

2014 Holiday Cocktail Party Blog HopI love myself some bubbly and there’s never a better time for a sparkling wine than during the holidays! Brut sparkling wine is a perfect base for a cocktail because the flavor is crisp and clean, and you can easily dress it up with a variety of mixers.

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail

For the Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail, you’ll want to rim your glass with sugar. The sugar adds an extra touch of sweetness, which I find balances out the depth of the cognac. To do this you will want some simple syrup, some granulated sugar, edible glitter and edible glitter stars.

Just grab some adorable champagne glasses (these are from Crate and Barrel) and dip the rim into a bowl with about 1/4 an inch of simple syrup. Then dip the rim into a bowl of granulated sugar. Now you can strategically place the edible stars on the sugar. I did this by pouring some into a bowl and gently touching the sugared rim to the stars in the bowl, where ever I wanted them. Lastly sprinkle just a small amount of the edible glitter around the rim. Easy huh!

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail

The hardest part about making this drink is to remember to pour the champagne/sparkling wine slowly. I mean SLOWLY. You don’t want it to bubble and fizz up and ruin your gorgeous rim!

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail
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Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 1 drink
 
Ingredients
  • Cocktail:
  • ½ ounce Cognac
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine or Champagne
  • Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. To make the cocktail add the cognac and Grand Marnier and simple syrup to your sugar rimmed champagne flute. Slowly pour in the chilled champagne, taking care that it does not bubble up and ruin the rim of the glass. Gently mix ingredients and serve.
  2. To make the simple syrup:
  3. Heat equal parts sugar and water on the stove until sugar is fully dissolved. Store in the fridge in a mason jar.

2014 Holiday Cocktail Party Blog Hop

Please take a look at the blogs participating in this Holiday Cocktail Party!

Appetizers

Domestic SuperheroJust Us FourThe Blue Eyed DoveSweet PeaGlued To My CraftsPatricia Eales NutritionLemons and LaughsCupcakes&Crowbars – Sowdering AboutVegetarian GourmetYesterday on TuesdayMom Home GuideMy Craftily Ever AfterThe Love NerdsOne Krieger ChickKenarry: Ideas for the HomeA Dish of Daily Life

Cocktails & Mocktails

One Artsy MamaThe Blue Eyed DoveSparkleAlbion GouldSouthern State of MindEat Drink EatA Labour of LifeMy Creative DaysShelstringI’m Bored Lets GoBlue Crab Martini

Desserts & Sweet Treats

Major Hoff Takes A WifeThis Is The Life I Have ChosenCrazy for CrustSypsie DesignsDIYfaerieLittle Blog on the HomesteadLiving Better TogetherLaura’s INKlingsLife Made SweeterTried & TrueFrugElegancePlay. Party. Pin.

 

xoxo

Sparkly Wintery Wreath

I absolutely love making wreaths. Seriously. I mean for $15 (sometimes less) you can get all the supplies you need and craft something festive for your front door! This wreath is SUPER SPARKLY! (it was really hard to capture the intense sparkle in the pictures)
Wintery Wreath Supplies: 18 inch grapevine wreath, 18 silver berry floral picks (half of them glittery), pinecones, DecoArt Snow-Tex, glue, silver and white acrylic paint, glitter, floral wire, hot glue gun and glue, wooden laser cut snowflakes.

20131202-143340.jpgStart by tucking in the silver berry stems evenly around the wreath, using either the floral wire or hot glue to secure them in place.

20131202-103656.jpgI found a bag of pine cones left over from a couple years ago. Using the DecoArt Snow-Tex and a popsicle stick, I put a little Snow-Tex on each of the pine cone’s scales. Snow-Tex is cool stuff that DecoArt sent me a couple of years ago. It reminds me of grout for tile. It’s gritty and doesn’t seem to stick well to your project when it’s wet. But miraculously, it dries hard and sticks fast to whatever it’s applied to. I sprinkled the cones with clear glitter before the Snow-Tex dried. 

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Once dry, the pine cones were glued on in groups around the wreath with the hot glue gun.

I found the large wooden snowflakes at Lowe’s and the small ones in the button section at Joann’s. I painted some of them white and some silver. Then glittered them with coarse German glass glitter. I love this stuff. It doesn’t get more real than glittering with SHARDS OF GLASS. Hello sparkle!

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Glue the snowflakes around the wreath. That’s all! I love how easy this is!

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Linked to: Moonlight and Mason Jars, By Stephanie Lynn, Link Party Palooza, Christmas In July

Mini Foil Trees

 

Mini Foil Trees

It’s a wet, drizzly day here in Scottsdale. I feel like that is something that I never get to say. Have I ever mentioned that I love the rain? These kind of days are my absolute favorite. I’m sure it comes from growing up in Oregon. It’s a perfect day for crafting.

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The idea for these little foil trees came about because I was debating whether I wanted to put up my vintage aluminum tree this year, and if I do, how I’m going to decorate it. (Gold ornaments on a silver tree perhaps?) It takes up a lot of space. (I was going to put a picture of it here, but I guess I’ve never taken one. Which pretty much means that I need to put it up this year, so that I can take a stinkin’ picture!)

Anyhoo… Thinking of the tree inspired me to create mini ones. (hello attention deficit disorder.) Oh and this is another project using bamboo skewers. Like this and this.

Supplies: bamboo skewers, aluminum foil, scissors, hot glue gun, wine cork (optional)

Cut the foil into four strips, each about 5 inches long. Make one strip 2 inches tall, one 1 and 3/4 inches, one 1 and a 1/2 and one that is 1 and 1/4 inches tall.

20131122-124510.jpgTake the biggest one and cut it into a fringe. Space the cuts 1/4 inch apart. Do this for the other foil strips. Making sure to keep the cuts 1/4 inch for all pieces.

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Pick a spot about 4 inches from the top of your skewer, and glue the edge of the foil fringe to it. 
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Start wrapping it around, slowing layering the fringe as you move up.20131122-124552.jpg

Keep adding the next smaller size, until you used all the foil fringe and your at the top of the skewer.

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Fluff out the fringe. I gently curled up the ends of the fringe using pencil.
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Then cut off the extra bottom of the skewer. Or don’t. I stuck the skewer in a wine cork, so it would stand.  I can think of a ton of places to put these. Stick one in a cube of cheese and decorate a cheese and cracker platter. Stick one in a wreath. Use them to decorate your gingerbread house. Use them your mini Christmas villiage. Got any other ideas?

Of course the foil wrinkles easily, so be cautious lying these down. But it’s easy to straighten out.

20131122-124803.jpgHave a happy weekend!

 

Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, Moonlight and Mason Jars, By Stephanie Lynn

Geometric Christmas Tree

Geometric Christmas Tree

I love all the geometric decor I’ve been seeing around. It looks so clean and modern. So I decided to make some of my own with a Christmas twist.

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Using bamboo skewers, a T ruler, study scissors, a glue gun and paint, I created these geometric Christmas trees.

Using you scissors and ruler cut the bamboo skewers as follows:

4- 9 inch long
1- 6 inch long
50- 2 and 9/10 inch long sticks

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Start by measuring down 3 inches from the top of a 9 inch stick and make a small mark. Do the same with another 9 inch stick. Glue a 2-9/10 inch stick to where you made the marks, forming a triangle with the three sticks.

Do the same thing 6 inches from the top on the long sides of the tree, and glue the 6 inch long skewer in. Use the 2-9/10 inch sticks to form 3 inch equilateral triangles.

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Continue to repeat this process making each row of triangles longer. For the forth row of triangles add a small stick to the end of both long sides to make the tree 12 inches long.

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Continue process until you have the desired size of your tree. You can then make a square shaped stump at the bottom.

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To make the pyramid effect, glue a small stick to each corner of the triangle and have the sticks meet in the middle. Secure with a drop of hot glue, and hold until it’s dry. Then paint the silly tree. I used DecoArt Glorious Gold.

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Or don’t make pyramids and make a larger tree, like the one above.

I’m so excited to start the Christmas season! I told the Mr. to put up the Christmas ligthts tomorrow. Is it too soon? I can’t wait. Plus it will look pretty for Thanksgiving right? You can tell me if I’m crazy…

Linked to: By Stephanie Lynn, Moonlight and Mason Jars, Link Party Palooza, Christmas In July