Around this time every year, I get the itch to start making things for family and friends. Is it a reaction to all the commercials and electronics that surround us as the countdown to Christmas begins? Maybe. The act of planning a project in my head, gathering the materials, and finally, assembling the design into a pleasing finished product just soothes my soul. While I am working on the project, I am thinking of who I will give it to, where they might put it, the significance that it has of the relationship between us, and that is something you just can't buy.
I'm not saying I don't enjoy technology as much as the next person. I love all the cool things that you can do with it. But creating handmade items seems more in keeping with the Christmas spirit to me. So if time allows, I'm going that route this year. Are you with me?
Here's a project that's a lot of fun and easy to do once you get the hang of it.
I used a candle that had a couple of dents in it- probably got it on clearance somewhere! In this case it doesn't matter since you cover the candle with sheet music. I loved what I used- it was an old music book and had drawings of cute little kids sledding down a hill mixed in with the music.
You will need:
ModPodge matte finish
old sheet music (preferably in a winter theme)
Sizzix Primitive Star die
Sizzix Big Shot
crystal glitter or Epsom salts
- Coat candle liberally with ModPodge. Wrap a page of sheet music around candle and smooth so there are no air pockets. Add another coat of ModPodge.
- Roll candle in tray of glitter or Epsom salts, making sure to cover surface well.
- Use Big Shot die cutting machine and star die to cut stars from matboard. Coat stars with ModPodge and press into glitter/salts.
- Trim where needed. Allow to dry.
- Place candle base in a berry wreath and add glittery stars to the wreath.
- Be careful when lighting candle and do not leave unattended.
Thanks for stopping by. Do you plan on making gifts this year? What are you cooking up?