Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Easy crafts for last minute gifts

Baked Cracked Marbles
bake them at 325/350 for 20 minutes, immediately place them in ice water. the inside cracks but the outside remains intact.
they make beautiful necklaces and wonderful globe lighting for a doll house.

Stove top Potpurri Kit

Stove-top potpourri kits. Cute neighbor gift idea: one orange, 1/2 c cranberries, 1 Tbs whole cloves, 3 sticks cinnamon, a bit of grated nutmeg. Instructions: Quarter the orange, place all in a small saucepan filled with water and simmer on lowest setting. Refill water as needed.

Washer & Ribbon Jewelery
makes a wonderful bracelet or even a dog leash to walk your pooch
just slip the ribbon through the center of the first  one and thread trough the second one then back throw the hole of the first one. then fo under the first one and back up through the second and start all over again.

Clay Snowman Christmas Ornament:
These oven-baked clay snowmen can double as Christmas tree ornaments and gift tags.

For the eyes and mouth, roll small balls from black clay, place on a baking sheet, and press to flatten slightly.

Use small amounts of orange clay to make tiny carrot noses (approximately 3/4-inch long).

Bake the eye, nose, and mouth shapes on a cookie sheet according to package directions and let cool.

Roll a 1/4-inch thick slab of white clay onto waxed paper; use a cookie cutter to cut circles.

Use the photo for inspiration to decorate the snowmen's faces.

Poke a hole in the top of each head with a toothpick, making it large enough for a chenille stem.

Once the snowman is finished, bake according to instructions that come with your clay.

Thread a chenille stem through each hole; twist ends to secure.


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