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

 

 

 

Black Friday Survival Kit with Shopular

Hey there! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet or are you waiting for Black Friday? Usually I’m a last minute Christmas shopper. In the past I have spent upwards of $80 shipping Christmas gifts last minute. What a waste! So this year I started early.

I have never gone out shopping on Black Friday. Word is that the deals are amazing, but the crowds are horrendous and it’s quite the battle for the best deals. Word is that you have to be pretty organized and study your ads to know when and where the best deals are. Well, I think I found a Black Friday helper…

Have you heard of the app for your phone called Shopular? It’s really awesome. Basically Shopular is an app that is like the Sunday paper in your phone. It has listings for the sales and discounts for all your favorite stores and you can organize these listings according to your favorite stores or by the malls that you shop at. Shopular is perfect for Black Friday, if you’re one of those who brave the crowd.

Shopular

Shopular also allows you to access store coupons. I dread getting in line at Michaels and am trying to pull up a coupon from Michaels website on my phone, it takes so long. But via Shopular I was able to pull the coupon up quickly. It was a total timesaver! (Seriously folks, I’ve saved over $100 in the last two weeks I’ve had this app on my phone!)

Black Friday Survival Kit

Shopular was kind enough to send me a Black Friday Survival Kit, complete with everything I will need to survive the craziest shopping day of the year.

Shopular

It was like Christmas…but before Christmas…for Christmas. Whatever, it was a fun surprise to get in the mail! And everything inside the box is to help me survive Black Friday.

Black Friday Essentials

1. Foot Petals-  These little babies have saved my feet one more than one occasion that required me to wear heels. The extra cushioning is going to prevent blisters and save your feet while you are dashing from store-to-store. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)

2. Tote- You are going to need a foldable yet durable shopping tote to carry your goods. Shopular provided me with a great one. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)

3. Crazy Rumors Lip Balm-  All that running around in the cold weather is bound to chap your gorgeous lips. Don’t let that happen! This peppermint flavored lip balm is bound to keep you in the holiday spirit. Your lips will taste like a candy cane, but softer! Oh and there’s a promo code for this vegan lip balm. Type in SHOPULAR at checkout for 20% off! Oh and while you’re there, if you want to get some to put in my Christmas stocking I won’t object. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

4. QuestBar-  Have you tried one of these things? They are delish. I know I plan on gorging myself with turkey and all the fixings on Thanksgiving, and I also plan on eating right immediately the next day. Don’t give in to mall food! The lines will be way too long and this 3 carb energy bar is going to give you more lasting energy than that nasty buttery pretzel will. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

5. Stress squeeze ball- Shopular provided me with a stress ball. I’ll need it, since I hate crowds. Or maybe I can just throw it at someone to distract them when they are trying to get the last $100 88-inch flat screen TV (my TV!) It’s soft, so it won’t really hurt them. (Disclaimer- Seriously, don’t throw your stress ball, or anything else, at someone. You’ll end up in the slammer, and then no good deals for you.)

6. Vermints- No stinky breath! If you’re like me, you probably started drinking coffee the night before to get read for the early morning Black Friday sales. Don’t let halitosis get in the way of your Christmas shopping. Vermints are organic, non-GMO, and really tasty. Eat them! Here’s a promo code: A07MGX0M1D6B. The code is for 25% off until December 31, 2014  (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus)

7. Simbi Haiti Hair Ties- You’re going to get to a point in the Black Friday madness that your luscious locks are going to irritate the crap out of you. This is competitive shopping friends and now it’s tie to pull your back. Let ‘em know you mean business. And Simbi supports a great cause. Each hair-bracelet sold keeps Haitians employed and helps raise money to install water filtration systems throughout the country, saving lives. A portion of the proceeds is dedicated to this cause. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)

8. Cosmetic Boulevard Coffee Scrub- You made it! You’re home. The gifts are stashed in your closet (like the kids don’t know to look there!) and the adrenaline high is wearing off. Oh and you stink. It’s the perfect time for a long hot bath and to rub some coffee grounds on yourself.  Yep,  this coffee scrub specifically formulated to actively target cellulite, stretch marks, acne and eczema with caffeine from only the best Robusta beans. Blended together with highly moisturizing, regenerating & exfoliating oils & salts. I can’t get enough coffee. (Instagram)

Shopular Dearfoam Slippers

9. Dearfoams slippers- What can I say? I haven’t taken them off since they arrived. There was no way I could wait until Black Friday to put these babies on my tired feet. Oh and they have memory foam in them. That makes them awesome. AND the sequins make them even MORE awesome. (I like sparkles.)

So after Black Friday, sip an adult beverage, put on your Dearfoams and rest your feet on a fluffy dog. You did some major shopping, congrats! (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)

But I won’t fault you if you still just want to take a hot bath, use that lip balm, put on those slippers and shop online. You can still use the Shopular App. You can kiss me later!

I was totally provided with free merchandise for this post, BUT all ideas and opinions are my own. And the silly little jokes, those are mine too. 

xoxo

Spruce Up Your Study Space With Wallternatives Decals

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We are three weeks into the school year and summer break seems like it was ages ago. I am shocked at the amount of homework that the kids need to do. I never had homework in kindergarten! It’s okay though, it keeps them busy and I know what they are doing in school.

So I decided I needed to spruce up the desk area. You know, clean it up. Make it more spiffy. Make it easier for the girls to work at. I ordered the Photo Frame WallPrints from Wallternatives. They are brightly colored and made of fabric, not vinyl, so they are repositionable and reusable! Plus they are perfect for displaying photos and artwork, then totally switching up your photos the next week. Infinite possibilities here!

You might remember that I decorated the girls’ room with Wallternatives vinyl decals a few months ago, and I am still in love with them.

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I have a history of failing at gallery walls. I mess with them. I put too many holes in the walls. I crave symmetry and I just never feel like they look right. So it took a little motivation to get this project started. I unwrapped the package and cut between the frames to separate them.

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I started by taping these babies to the wall. Oh look at how uneven they are. So I pulled out my long yard stick with the level. Then I remembered some wise words from the Mr. “There’s a level on your phone.” Oh yes! There is a level in my iPhone! It’s in yours too! You should use it. I did.

use the level on your iPhone

Once straight to your satisfaction, use the little Wallternatives™ Squeegee, which comes with the decal. Just smooth it across the decal.

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The hardest part of using these Wallternatives Photo Frames was choosing what to put inside of them. There’s just too many possibilities!

These decals are perfect for living in the dorms or renting. Seriously, wall art with no holes in the walls!
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I wish Wallternatives was around when I was in college living in the dorm and the sorority. I remember that we couldn’t nail anything into those dingy walls and it seems that all the posters out there were motivational, pictures of kittens or maybe a boy band (I may or may not have had an ‘N Sync poster, kidding.)

Check out some of these other decals from Wallternatives

Wallternatives Stars Vinyl

I’m in love with these gold Stars Vinyl Pattern Pack Minis. Like so in love that I’ve already bought them. Coming soon to a craft room near me.

Wallternatives Bee Sweet Bonnie Christine Removable Wallpaper

And if you really want to make your dorm room look dramatically different go for the Bee Sweet Bonnie Christine Removable Wallpaper.

Wallternatives Marilyn Quote

Of course you can still decorate your dorm room with motivational messages…but they are a lot cooler now.

 

 

xoxo

 

P.S.~ The picture of the adorable pouty little girl was taken by Marci Anne Photography and the picture of the sweet family was taken by Sweet Rose Studio. Love those ladies.

P.P.S.S. Disclosure~ I was provided product for this review. All opinions are completely my own!

 

Linked to ~ Coast to Coast, On Display Thursday, Inspired Weekends, Link Party Palooza

friday favorites 11.4.11

 

via Anthropologie

Numbers! I can think of a *number* of ways to use these vintage number rubber stamps from Anthropologie. Somebody better put them in my Christmas stocking..

via HGTV

 Two shower curtains! I wish I had thought of that a long time ago. via HGTV remodel

via Porsche

When you need to cool your champagne.. This bottle cooler from Porsche has an “original ribbed cylinder from the early air-cooled 911 models.” If you know anything about Porsches.. then you know this is cool. Spendy but cool.

via b/perrino Quilts

This quilt is so gorgeous, I can’t stop drooling. It’s a baby quilt from b/perrino quilts on Etsy. I found it via the lovely blog Saídos da Concha. The colors and the design..everything is perfect.

Happy weekend!

friday favorites 10.28.11

via Unplggd

A handy little guide of when it’s okay to use CFLs and when it’s not okay. Good to know. Via Unplggd.

via The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

I want to eat these Halloween Monster Cookies. Now. From The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.

via Centsational Girl

These Thanksgiving dot painted plates that Centsational Girl made are gorgeous. I love the delicate designs. She used paint pens that are for porcelain. Although the painted surface is not food safe, they do make a fabulous table setting.

via Kitchen Comments

Doesn’t this Cheesy Broccoli Gratin from Kitchen Comments look tasty? I decided that I need to get more creative with my veggies and this might be a good recipe to start with.

Happy weekend!

friday favorites 10.14.11

Poor little blog..you’ve been so neglected lately. Sometimes real life gets in the way, you know. I’ll try to start paying you more attention. Starting now.. here are some new Friday loves.

I’m having major love attacks for hedgehogs lately..ever since I picked up this guy at the World Market..

He’s a big hit around chez Sparklepants and he likes to hang out with the other woodland creatures we have lounging around..the fox and the owl.

via Memi The Rainbow

When I saw this handcarved hedgehog holding an apple stamp from Memi the Rainbow, I squealed in delight! How cute would that be stamped on the envelopes of my bills letters to my friends? Memi the Rainbow has a fun blog and Etsy shop..check out both!

via Yummy Mummy

These shimmery chocolate leaves from Yummy Mummy are very classy looking. I can see them decorating a chocolate cake with fluffy white icing. I’d make some today if we had some cool leaves here in the desert..sigh.

via Whip UP

This clutch purse from Whip Up, looks pretty easy to make, even for the novice seamstress. I’m pretty sure the fabric used in the tutorial is one of the prettiest patterns ever. The clutch purse would be a cute way to wrap small gifts or gift cards for the upcoming holidays.

image via Ampersand Design Studio

Orla Kiely baby books? Yes please! Why? Because good design should be introduced at an early age. One is called Colours and the other Numbers. They have gorgeous, classic Orla illustrations and in amazing colors. Looks like Amazon in the US has them available for pre-order..but they won’t arrive until April 2012. Sad.