The Annual Serar Family Christmas Party was this weekend and I finished up the last of my ornament projects just in time. And they were beautifully hung on display on my tree and my mantle for all to enjoy. My hubby even proudly showed them off, which was awesome since I had abuse my poor backside by not giving it the proper TLC from my fall to make sure everything was done and perfect. (I’m mean really how big a pain in the butt can a pain in the butt be. Apparently TONS!) I think the work and discomfort was all worth it!
So I had this grand vision of a huge star filled with twine as the backdrop to my mantle display. Half way through my second point, my husband confessed he misunderstood what I was doing. He politely explained that he thought my way would take forever and he thought I was going to wrap the star exterior and leave the interior hollow. I begrudgingly agreed to his way, only because I was running out of time. (Really, of all things to slow me down and fall to my tush! It really is frustrating the heck out of me that the pain kept delaying me.) Frustrated with myself, I unwrapped the part I had done so far, then used my hubby’s suggestion. Confession: I like how it came out better than I think I would have liked the way I originally intended. Hubby had a great idea and my mantle looks the better for it.
10 Paint Sticks
LOTS of Twine
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Patience – okay kidding, slightly
1. Take two paint sticks (I used the spares from all paint projects that I had gotten at Lowe’s for free) and glue them end to end so they overlap and form about 35 to 45 degree angle. Let them dry.
2. Using the first point as a template, make four more points. To do so, lay your first point flat on the work surface. Take one paint stick and lay it over one paint stick in the first point (your template) so that they are aligned. Add glue to the tip of this paint stick at the point. Lay a second paint stick on top of the opposite paint stick in the first point so that the two points are identically. Hold in place until the second point is dry and secure. If you do this correctly, you will have five points with equal angels to make a perfect star. Repeat three more times.
3. Once all five points are made, lay them out on the floor so the interior edges of the paint sticks overlap and form a star. Secure by hot gluing each connection. Allow to dry completely.
4. Add the twine. Start at the top of on point. Glue the end of the twine on the backside at the peak of the point of the star and wrap at least three times around the star. Hold in place until dry.
5. Once secure and dry, warp the twine around the star until the point begins to split. Continue wrapping around the paint stick tightly continuing up one spoke and down the other. Once you reach the next point of the star where the spokes come together, glue the end of the twine on the backside of the star. Hold in place until dry and secure.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until completely covered.
Clothespin Five Point Snowflake
I wanted to really play up the rustic feel we were trying to create this year but after a while there really is only so much brown of pinecones and acorns a girl can take. Snowflakes still seemed rustic and I could paint them in a light catching iridescent white to escape the brown. I remembered making so many craft projects including snowflakes with clothespins as a kid. I also knew I could get a mother load of them for dirt cheap at the DollarTree. So my clothespin five point snowflakes were born.
Traditional Squeeze Clothespins – pack of 30
Iridescent Craft Paint
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
1. Dismantle your clothespins and discard metal springe.
2. Paint all the wood clothespin pieces with craft paint and allow to completely dry. Tip: I dried mine on wax paper and found the paint did not stick as bad to the clothespins as newspaper or plain paper.
3. Determine how many snowflakes your pack of clothespins will make. I had a pack of 30 clothespins and was making 5 point snowflakes. This gave me 6 complete snowflakes. Cut 6 strands of twine that will form the lops at the top of the snowflakes to hang them on the tree.
4. Pull 12 clothespin pieces. Working in pairs, glue two pieces of clothespins, with the ends of a strand of twine between them, together as mirror opposites so that the flat backs are completely flush and touching. Hold extremely tightly together so the twine is flat and barely visible until dry. These form the top points of the snowflake where they will hang from the tree.
5. Glue the remaining pieces of clothespins together, working in pairs and without twine, as mirror opposites so that the flat backs are completely flush and touching. Hold together until dry. These form the points of the snowflake.
6. Glue five points together at the head of the clothespins where the angled heads fit together like a puzzle piece. OPTIONAL: You can make a 9 point snowflake by adding additional points to the snowflake in between each point of the five point snowflake.
7. Allow to dry and hang on the tree.
Cornhusk and Pinecone Acorn Ornaments
I was inspired by a whole bunch of ornaments this year and one that I was most excited to try to replicate was this awesome cornhusk and pinecone acorn I saw at Home Goods. I had some errors along the way, some frustrations, some “oh that’s what I should have done” moments and, ultimately, success! I adore them and they are my favorites.
4 Egg Shaped Styrofoam Balls
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Ribbon for bows
Small and Opened Pinecones
1. Soak and pat dry one cornhusk sheet. You should need about one sheet per egg. I found a package full at the 99Cent Store.
2. Tear the corn husk into strips and cover the egg Styrofoam ball with the cornhusk. Glue them in place. Tip: By wetting the cornhusks they become malleable and much more manageable. If you leave them dry, they will tear and break easily.
3. While the cornhusk covered egg dries, pull pinecone “leaves” fully from the base of the pinecone. I used needle nose pliers to do this. Tip: The longer the pinecone “leaf”, the easier it is to make the acorn cap for the ornament.
4. Starting at the full part of the egg about 1/3 down, glue on a row of pinecone “leaves” with the fullest part of the tip applied downward. Hold the “leaves” so they are laying flat against the egg and dry.
5. Add the next row on top of the first, filling in the gaps. Think subway tile pattern. Repeat until the entire top is covered like an acorn cap. Tip: To make sure you form a cap and not a point, keep holding each row flat against the egg until that row is dry before proceeding to the next.
6. Cut a small strand of twine and form a loop for the hanger. At the top of the acorn cap, in the center, add a dollop of hot glue and insert the ends of the twine. Hold in place until dry and secure.
7. Make a small bow with the ribbon. Add a drop of glue to the back and secure it in place on top of the acorn where the ends of the twine strands are. This covers them and makes it look neat. OPTIONAL: Just as with the pinecone ornaments, you can add iridescent glitter to the top of the acorn cap for some added glitz.
Come back and catch tomorrow’s post and see it all put together for my Christmas décor reveal.