Wow, it's hard to believe that Christmas will be here in less than two weeks!
Seems as if the season goes faster each year, doesn't it?
For me, one of the best parts of Christmas is creating! And sharing those creations with family and friends.
So today I thought I'd share a few ornament that I made for gifting.
Instead of running out and buying a bunch of supplies, I think it's fun to challenge myself and see what I can create with items that I already have on hand! You know how much I adore the image of the sweet French Christmas angel. I just had to use her yet again! With inspiration from Pinterest, I created this pretty and glittery shadowbox scene ornament. It is actually made from the lid of a small and sturdy cardboard box that once held jewelry. I ended up making two just like this, one from the lid, the other from the base of the box.
And since I was on a glittery roll, I had fun creating this snowy ornament above, fashioned from a petite wood picture frame. I'd had the frame in my "to do" stash forever, and was actually about to donate it to the thrift store, when inspiration struck! So, I removed the glass, went over the frame with one quick coat of cream spray paint, then added this fun snowy scene. I brushed the frame with Mod Podge, then dusted with shimmery mica flakes. To the inside of the frame, I added a snippet of vintage sheet music and a pretty piece of snowflake velum paper that I happened to have. White foam snowflake stickers were added, as well as a generous dusting of clear coarse glitter and "snow" glitter. I printed the words "let is snow" on the printer, mounted them with foam squares to give a bit of dimension, and glittered the edges. To the top of the frame, I screwed in an eye hook and hung from vintage looking silver tinsel trim. Oh, I also glued a piece of Christmas scrapbook paper to the back for a neat finish.
Ok, getting back to my angel shadow boxes..........
I had so much fun creating these!!
I first used some white craft paint to paint the sides and inner edges of the box top and bottom.
Copies of vintage French Christmas sheet music were glued to the insides (found at the Graphics Fairy).
Cotton was hot glued to the inside bottom of the boxes, then I added pretty silver glittery snowflakes, "Joyeux Noel" on chipboard, and the cute little angel. I first cut the angel silhouette out, mounted her on heavy paper, then added her to the boxes with foam mounting squares, again for dimension.
Then I did the same as for the frame, and coated the heck out of it with my clear glitter, mica and snow glitter! I also used glitter glue on the angel.
Silver tinsel trim was hot glued around the edges of each box, and I used silver cord to hang
(I just punched a hole in the top of each box).
I gave these to my hairstylist the other day when I went in for a cut. She was so surprised. I remembered last time I was in, she mentioned she didn't have much in the way of Christmas decor.
The other angel shadow box is a gift for a friend.
Here is the backside of one of the boxes, covered in pretty paper.
So fun, and so glittery!
And this is part of my crafting arsenal (hahahaha!), my Martha Stewart glitter and mica.
(I forgot to include a pic of the glitter glue.)
Martha, if you are reading this, I am still more than willing to become your official
International Glitter Ambassador!:)
Here is one last look!