Project: Dark Chocolate Christmas Topiary



What you need:

6-7 inch fluted ceramic planter in an off white shade
spray paint-krylon fushion raspberry red
acrylic paint-light red
1-inch craft paint brush
clear acrylic sealant spray in a matte finish
plastic-foam rectangle
16-inch plastic-foam cone
spray paint-dark brown
4-inch length of 3/4-inch diameter wooden dowel
4 pounds, in the size of a quarter, chocolate disk candy with nonpareil sprinkles
hot glue gun and glue sticks
1 yard or 2-inch wide of chocolate brown ribbon that is wire-edged

Step 1:

Spray the ceramic planter with the raspberry red paint and allow to dry. Repeat with a second coat. If you would like to create a striped effect, use the light red paint to brush stripes along the creases of the planter. Allow to dry and then apply a coat of the clear acrylic sealant spray.

Step 2:

Cut the plastic foam rectangle to size to fit snug in the planter and make sure that it is flat and level at the top.

Step 3:

Spray the plastic-foam cone with the dark brown paint, apply as many coats as needed, allow to dry.

Step 4:

Insert the wooden dowel halfway through the middle of the plastic-foam cone. Insert the bottom side of the dowel into the plastic foam that is in the planter so that the cones touch.

Step 5:

Starting at the top of the foam cone, hot glue the larger chocolate disk candy all around, covering the entire surface of the cone in a single layer.

Step 6:

Apply a second layer of the larger sized chocolate disk candies with hot glue filling in all the gaps. Use half the amount as the first layer, but use enough to create a nice shape.

Step 7:

To add contrast, apply the smaller sized chocolate disk candies with the flat sides out with the hot glue invariably around the perimeter of the tree. Tie the ribbon around the planter to finish the look.

Project courtesty of BHG

Project: Create a Pepperminty Christmas Display



What you need:

white chipboard, cardstock or any other durable paper
circular objects to use for the pattern
red craft paint
paint brush
clear crystal glitter
spray adhesive
small wooden dowels or skewers
kitchen shears or a craft knife
clear tape
hot glue gun and glue sticks
candy-striped wire ribbon

Step 1:

Trace around various sizes of cups and other circular objects onto durable paper and clip out the pattern.

Step 2:

Use a pencil to sketch out concentric circles and swirly designs onto the paper patterns. Color in the patterns with the red paint to simulate a peppermint appearance.

Step 3:

Allow the paint to dry and then spray the entire surface with the spray adhesive. Dust on the crystal glitter to cover the enitre surface and allow to dry.

Step 4:

Crop the wooden dowels or skewers to assorted sizes with the kitchen shears and fasten with hot glue or tape to the underside of each circle. Find a decorative vase and fill it with the candy decorations, adorn it with the candy-strip ribbon and turn it into a creative centerpiece!

Project courtesy of HGTV

My Website Button



Here is my new button I designed for my blog, what do you think?

Project: How to Create a Festive Christmas Wreath



What you need:

foam wreath form
loopy silver tinsel garland
green matte and shiny shatterproof balls
red matte and shiny shatterproof balls
polka-dot grosgrain ribbon
wire snippers
hot glue gun and glue sticks

Step 1:

Securely fasten the tinsel garland around the foam wreath until it has been completely wrapped. Use the hot glue gun to fasten the ends of the garland to the back of the wreath.

Step 2:

Fasten the polka-dot ribbon around the wreath ensuring that some of the silver tinsel shows through. To ensure that the ribbon does not move, hot glue it as it is being wrapped.

Step 3:

Take off the metal caps from the ornaments, if they have been permanently glue on, cut off the top metal loop. Hot glue the ornaments to the wreath with the top sides facing downwards, alternating between varying colors and from matte to shiny.


Project courtesy of HGTV


Project: How to Create Christmas Sea Glass Ornaments



What you need:

clear shatterproof Christmas glass balls
sea glass or glass gems
clear silicone adhesive
glitter spray
tile nippers

Step 1:

Fasten the sea glass to the ornaments with the silicone adhesive. Attach in segments to allow each area to dry before moving on to the next.

Step 2:

Affix the sea glass all the way around the outer perimeter of the glass ball and use the tile nippers to crop the sea glass to fill in any small spaces.

Step 3:

Use the glitter spray as a finishing touch by lightly spritzing it around the ornament. The picture featured below is what the ornament looks like applying gem stones instead of the sea glass.




Project courtesy of HGTV

Project: How to Create Ornament Pomanders



What you need:

Christmas ball ornaments in various sizes and colors
foam sphere
sheer ribbon, twine or fishing line (if you would like to suspend this decoration from the ceiling)
laurel leaves on branches (dried or silk)
garden shears
hot glue gun and glue sticks
spray paint (pick a color that will be in harmony with the ornaments)
large candlestand (if you would like to create a centerpiece on a table)
antique gold spray paint

Step 1:

Spray the foam sphere with the spray paint that has been chosen to coordinate with the ornaments. If you are copying the demonstration picture above, a paint color in silver, copper, gold or cream would be a great match. Be sure to allow the paint to dry.

Step 2:

Both sides of the laurel leaves will need to be well sprayed with the antique gold paint and set aside to dry.

Step 3:

If the ornaments are to be suspended, one end of a long piece of sheer ribbon will need to be attached to the center of the foam sphere.

Step 4:

Affix the large ornaments to the foam sphere first with the hot glue, attaching the small ornaments in the gaps.

Step5:

Snip the ends of the branches so that the leaves can tuck into gaps around the cluster of ornaments. Permanently affix the leaves with the hot glue. The finished look can either be displayed on the large candlestands or strung from the ceiling with ribbon, twine or fishing line if you want to create a floating look.





Project courtesy of HGTV

Project: Christmas Place Card Settings



Materials:

patterned chipboard square
cardstock in a complimentary color
chipboard snowflake embellishment
glue
hole punch
thin gauge wire
gold paint pen
pinking shears
ribbon

Step 1:
With the use of the hole punch, create two holes on one side of the chipboard square. String the wire through the holes to form a hanger.

Step 2:
With pinking shears, cut the cardstock to form the shape of a tag and then punch a hole into the card. Using the paint pen, enscribe the guest's name on one side and a seasonal message on the other.

Step 3:
Glue the snowflake onto the square, then attach the guest name tag with ribbon. Set each of the ornaments down in front of each guest's table setting.

Project courtesy of HGTV

"*Top Design Books"

    Share