With just twelve days until Christmas I am feeling the holiday crunch. For starters, I have several crochet projects that need to be completed and started for that matter before our round of Christmases are all said and done. My husband and I are also hosting this family's Christmas dinner at our house for the first time this year. This surprisingly enough is not a major source of stress for me. Despite our tiny house and the lack of places for people to sit and stand and the pressures of cooking a meal for 13 people I am happy that after 6 years of marriage we can start trading off Christmas duties with the other siblings (and that we won't have to fit 4 Christmas parties into Christmas Eve anymore)! I am also looking forward to everyone being here together, all at once, which we haven't been able to do in a few years. This is due in part to our newest and only nephew, on my husband's side, who was born on Dec. 26th last year. He's too cute. We have 6 nieces and nephews altogether now (4 nieces and 2 nephews) ranging from almost 1 to 10, and they are all so different. I am really excited for Christmas with them this year because I am making surprise snowballs and homemade candy cane and snowball play dough (I'll post a tutorial within the next week for anyone still searching for easy last minute gift ideas or you can check out my Pinterest page, they are both in the gift ideas board). Although I had planned on the play dough being opened at someone else's house. I'm trying really hard not to be that crazy neat freak aunt but in all seriousness I have no place for them to play with it... our tiny bar top kitchen table and every other surface in the kitchen will be covered in food and drinks. I'm really not that uptight, at least I try to tell myself that... It's just that this time of year, from Thanksgiving until into January I feel a strange uneasiness that I can never seem to shake. It's starts to resemble dread as the holiday draws nearer and is an unpalatable mix of relief and sadness when it's over. I am hoping in the years to come we have our own little ones to tend to and help us remember that special Christmas magic we lose sight of as we get older. There is a great sign on Pinterest that says "When you stop believing in Santa, you get underwear," that kind of sums it up doesn't it. Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
Intricate snowflake cookie cutter, some cornstarch clay, and some glitter... Spectacular!
Keeping with this week's theme I have decided to post another homemade ornament project. This one is undoubtedly my favorite! It's cornstarch clay ornaments and they are really easy and fun.
Here is what you will need:
2C Baking soda (one 16oz container)
1 1/4 C Water
Plus the utensils pictured left
Step 1: Combine cornstarch, baking soda, and water in a medium saucepan.
Step 2: Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture can longer be stirred (about 10 min, depending on stove).
** To make these extra special, splash some vanilla or peppermint extract into the mixture just before it turns doughy.
Step 3: Let cool on wax paper or a pastry mat until just warm to the touch.
Step 4: Knead the dough until it becomes smooth.
Step 5: Roll dough out to desired thickness (1/4" thickness works best for durability and drying).
Step 6: Cut out shapes with your favorite cookie cutter and use a straw to make a hole for the ribbon to hang the ornaments when dry.
Step 7: Place cut out shapes onto wire cooling racks to dry overnight.
** To speed up drying: Preheat your oven to 350 deg F, turn oven OFF and place racks inside until oven is cool. Repeat as many times as necessary to dry the ornaments (For small ornaments once is plenty, larger ornaments are usually dry after 2 cycles).**
A snowflake left plain... still beautiful!
Step 8: Decorate! These ornaments are a beautiful bright white and are spectacular left plain but you can paint them, glitter them or do any other embellishments you want to make them your own. I hope you have fun making these, I have!
Since we just put our tree up over the weekend and I have been trying to come up with new ways to make ornaments for our friends and family this holiday season I thought I would share one of my favorite crafts and probably the easiest ornament you will ever make. You probably have most of the supplies hiding somewhere in your house so here's what you will need...
Soup Can Lid Ornaments:
Modge Podge (bought or homemade, see recipe below)
Pretty paper or pictures
Soup or vegetable can lids cut with a smooth edge can opener (My favorite is the one from pampered chef which you can buy here.
Hammer and nail or some kind of punch that will go through metal
Homemade modge podge:
Equal parts white glue and water, mix well, keep in an airtight container
Step 1: Trace your lid onto your paper, and cut it out.
Step 2: Cover the can lid and the back side of the paper piece with modge podge and press firmly to adhere. Put another coat of modge podge over the top.
Step 3: Let dry completely. When dry use a hammer and nail to punch a hole in the lid to slip the ribbon through.
Step 4: Insert ribbon through the hole... I told you it was easy! Now you can embellish these any way you want!
Add a name with a paint pen
Add fun holiday stickers or scrapbook embellishments
Add rick rack or fabric scraps
Add glitter or sparkly paint
The possibilities are endless!
Hello, I'm Casey, the owner of the Barn Owl's Nest blog and online store. I am a married, 31 year old first time new mommy. We welcomed our first child, a beautiful baby boy in 2013! We are also proud parents to our black lab Bella and our short haired cat Luna. I grew up and still reside in upstate NY where I plan on growing my family, my business and hopefully your love for all things crafty! This blog will offer craft and recipe tutorials as well as personal stories and hopefully some useful information on products and everyday life. Be sure to check out the store page too. Have a beautiful day!