Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is a quick craft that you can find on the Amate Studios website. You can find it on their blog. There's still time before Thanksgiving to make it; it's that quick!
But, if you're up to your ears in pie-baking and cleaning out the guest room for company, this craft can be easily adapted for the Christmas season. Simply change the charms and colors and put in a words like "Be Merry" for a quick ornament or gift.

Wishing you all the very best of Thanksgivings shared with family and friends,


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Easy Candle Holder

I like crafts that look good, but are easy and inexpensive to do. I think this one fits the bill. Family gatherings are coming up and this quick decoration is one that everyone can make. Get the kids to help. This is also a great craft to do with a large group of crafters.

Basically, you glue clay saucers together. This one has two small saucers, one inverted, glued on top of a larger saucer, also inverted. You can use tacky glue to glue them together. It works well on the porous terra cotta.

Then, you paint them with acrylic paint. Paint the inside or the edges in different colors if you like.

Then, tie strands of raffia, twine or fuzzy yarn around the center and tie them in a bow. I also added a bead or two to the ends of the strands and wrapped wire around the center and added beads. Curl up the ends of the wire to hold the beads in place.

Make one for each person's table setting or put a row down the center of the table. Make them up in different sizes. And, don't make them just for fall festivities or upcoming holidays, they look great out on the patio or deck in the summer.

Happy crafting!