Hi, it's Tracey here to share a new family Christmas tradition I started last year.
Now that all of our children are out on their own, I thought it would be nice to create a special ornament for them to help decorate their trees. A friend taught me how to read a pattern to create a lovely crocheted snowflake and a tradition was born. I plan to find a new snowflake to handcraft each year. Of course they must be blocked and stiffened. Helmar Fabric Stiffener and Draping Fluid is the perfect product for that job. If you don't crochet, you can still create a similar ornament by using the Helmar Fabric Stiffener on a small crochet doily.
Handcrafted Snowflake Ornaments
Tips and Techniques
As you can see with the snowflake right next to the Fabric Stiffener, before stiffening, they are quite soft and crumpled.
The first thing I did was to block the ornaments. I have lots of padding on my ironing board, so I laid a dish cloth over the padded board, then a layer of wax paper to keep the stiffener off of the ironing board. Any kind of foam or padded board would also work. Pin the ornament into shape.
The stiffener is thick, so I thinned it with 50% water and 50% Helmar Fabric Stiffener. I used a stiff paint brush to apply it to the snowflakes. Be sure to completely saturate.
Ava here today and I am going to share my Christmas ambience tip with all of you. Soon Christmas Day will be here and I think its all about the prep for the holidays that embellishes the big day once it arrives. Here is my tip.... while cleaning the house, while cooking, while baking and finally decorating the house for christmas, PLAY CHRISTMAS MUSIC. My family get's a huge dose of Christmas music the whole month of December which gets everyone into a spirt of the season.
To-day's project was inspired by the classic Christmas song,
"I am dreaming of a White Christmas".
Lets get started with the supplies and steps you need to complete this quick and easy Christmas Wreath.
Just buy a bottle of Helmar Adhesive and truly, you can bring someone many days of pure joy creating art. The artistic creations are unlimited. Just this bottle of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive can adhere all the elements onto this grapevine wreath.
Start with gesso to give the grapevine wreath some snow effect.
Gather up some supplies
Die cut some snowflakes, leaves and prepare to embellish the wreath.
Truly, Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive makes this project come together quickly. Die cut 3 snowflakes, assemble, and glue together. Die cut some leaf branches and adhered elements to the grapevine wreath.
"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" all the best to everyone.
Add some Helmar 450 Quick Dry to your stocking stuffer shopping list.
Every year for Christmas I try to add a couple of handmade projects to my Christmas decor. This year I decided to create some glitter jars that I could add candles to.
These are very easy to do but do take some time to dry.
I used up old jars...from canning style to other extras that I had laying around! Pour a little Craft & Hobby PVA glue into the bottom of the glass container. Then use a brush to to very lightly cover the entire inside.
Then coat the inside with glitter. Start off with a light layer and then decide if you want it to be more thick.
If you allow it to dry overnight it should be well set and ready to use. You can add a variety of items to it but I chose to use mine as candleholders.