Feather Ball Ornament

Originally shared on

 

Through the Eye’s of the Mrs

 

on Dec 3rd

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I’d like to give a great big Christmas hello {insert wave} to all of Beth’s readers!

I am Sarah and I blog over at Alderberry Hill. I am usually crafting up a storm this time of year, getting ready for Christmas. But I thought I`d take a little break so that I could hang out with all of you today. Thanks so much Beth for having me, I`m thrilled to be here!

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Today I am sharing with you a fantastically easy Christmas Ornament Craft –

the wonderful Feather Ball Ornament.

 

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Here are the supplies you will need:

Styrofoam ball – any size really, whatever your preference.

Feathers – I love white but again you could use whatever color matches your decor.

Mod Podge.

Paint Brush.

Ribbon for hanging.

Stick Pins.

 

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It is super hard to take pictures of white feathers on a white styrofoam ball!

Basically I coated an area of the styrofoam ball with Mod Podge and started placing the feathers on.

You will notice that feathers have a slight curve which is great, they will hug the styrofoam ball naturally.

Keep adding Mod Podge & feathers until covered.

 

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When you have one layer of feathers on, add your ribbon, I used a couple of stick pins to secure.

Then I continued to add more feathers all around the top to hide the stick pins and around the styrofoam ball to give it a fuller, fluffy look.

 

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I tied a pretty bow with the same ribbon and attached with stick pins too.

 

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And here it is, all finished. It really is beautiful. I`d love to have a tree outfitted with these ornaments only!

 

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The red sleigh in the background is one that my Father built for me this year. I cannot wait to put it on my front porch this Christmas!

 

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I had trouble getting the shot below, but the Feather Ball looks so nice on my window ledge next to the birds – reminds me of a White Christmas!

 

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Thanks again Beth for having me, it`s been a ball, ha, ha!

Be sure to pop on over to Alderberry Hill, (or visit my Facebook page) I have a ton of Christmas crafting going on right now.

As well I`d love for you to link your latest projects to Make the Scene Monday – it`s live every Sunday evening!

In the meantime, check out a couple of my popular Christmas Crafts from last year.

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Glass Christmas Trees 

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Matchbox Advent Calendar

Happy Christmas Crafting Everyone!

DIY: Christmas Subway Art

Originally posted on Sugar Bee Crafts on December 6th, 2012

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Hi Sugar Bee Crafts readers! I’m Sarah, the creative mind behind Alderberry Hill.

I am super thrilled to be here today. A {BIG} thanks to Mandy for having me!

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Today I have an easy tutorial for making your own Christmas Subway Art.

I have provided the cutting file for all you loyal readers too!

Materials needed:

9 1/2” x 5 1/2” piece of wood.

Paint.

Paint Brush.

Vinyl for cutting, I used black.

Click here for the cutting file.

Here is my piece of wood all painted.

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Here is what my Silhouette screen looked like when I have the file open.

Simply load your cutting mat with a 9 1/2” x 5 1/2” piece of vinyl, set your blade to the proper setting (Vinyl is 2 for the Silhouette) and cut.

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The next part is a little time consuming but not too bad.

I removed my vinyl letters one by one and placed on my painted wood.

Be mindful of spacing. I judged by placing my vinyl below the word I was working on.

Mine did not come out perfect, I eyeballed it for the most part but you could draw lines with a pencil & ruler for more accuracy.

You can distress your wood for added texture but I really liked mine clean & plain.

Here are a few pics.

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If you prefer the stencil look, give your piece a coat of contrasting paint now that you have the vinyl letters on and then remove the letters before the paint is dry. As well your left over vinyl also doubles as a stencil, place on top of your surface and stencil your paint on!

Thanks again Mandy for having me, I am so happy visit with you and your readers!

Be sure to pop on over to Alderberry Hill, (or visit my Facebook page) I have a ton of Christmas crafts going on right now.

As well I`d love for you to link your latest projects to Make the Scene Monday – it`s live every Sunday evening!

In the meantime, check out a couple of my popular Christmas Crafts from last year.

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Glass Christmas Trees

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Matchbox Advent Calendar

Happy Christmas Crafting Everyone!

Paint Dipped Pine Cone Ornaments

Originally Posted on See Vanessa Craft on November 28th, 2012

 

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Hi Everyone!

I am Sarah and I blog over at Alderberry Hill. I am thrilled to be here today, thanks so much Vanessa for having me!

Today I am sharing with you a tutorial on how to make Paint Dipped Pine Cone Ornaments!

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Here are the materials needed:

Pine Cones, I like the large ones. I did purchase these as where I live we do not get pine cones of this size falling off of our trees! But I’m sure a lot of you may be able to get these in your local park or even in your back yard. You will just need to add some ribbon for your hanger.

Paint of your color choice, I chose a subtle but contrasting cream color paint.

Glitter of your color choice.

Decorative ribbon for that Christmas touch.

A small crafters paint brush.

 

So here are my two pine cones bare as can be.

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I simply removed the lid from the paint and dipped my pine cone until it was submerged in the paint can about half way.

 

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Here is it all coated, let all excess paint drip off. Here is where the paint brush comes in handy. I used the paint brush to get in all the little groves where there were heavy amounts of paint and brushed the paint in a downward motion to allow for the excess paint to drip off. The paint I used was very thick so it really stuck to the pine cone well.

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Once you have removed the excess paint, sprinkle the glitter over the painted portion of the pine cone while the paint is still wet.

And then hang to dry making sure you have placed something underneath just in case you may have more paint dripping.

 

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Tie a festive ribbon to the top, I think for this ornament less is more.

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And here they are all completed.

 

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These will definitely fit beautifully on my Country Christmas Tree that is in my den.

And they are super simple to make too!

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Here’s a tip: I rested a bamboo pole I had lying around from my craft counter to my storage dresser  and hung the pine cones from the pole to dry!

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Thanks again Vanessa for having me, it’s been fun!

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Be sure to pop on over to Alderberry Hill, (or visit my Facebook page) I have a ton of Christmas crafts going on right now.

As well I`d love for you to link your latest projects to Make the Scene Monday – it`s live every Sunday evening!

In the meantime, check out a couple of my popular Christmas Crafts from last year.

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Glass Christmas Trees

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Matchbox Advent Calendar

Happy Christmas Crafting!