DIY Gifts

Mermaid Pattern Bowl DIY

I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. You know, just for a few days, to swim with the whales and discover the depths of the sea. We just watched Disney’s The Little Mermaid again last night and I was signing along merrily. My kids told me to ssssh. I ignored them.

This mermaid pattern bowl won’t magically turn me into a mermaid, but it makes me happy to look at it while I eat my cereals:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Begin with a plain white bowl and Edding’s Porcelain Brush Pens:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 2: I ended up doing this step wrong and having to start it again. You’ll see a couple of reasons why!

Draw a pattern of fish-scales by drawing connected semi-circles around the base of the bowl:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

See how the filled-in semi-circle on the left doesn’t look as smooth as the one on the right? You need to use broad sweeping strokes when colouring in with these pens, as they don’t bleed together too well if you try a more scribbled approach like I’d used on the left.

Don’t try to correct it by drawing over it again either – if the ink had already started to dry then you’ll just make scratches in it:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

It’s best to wipe off the offending section with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry piece of cloth (I used kitchen paper for both) before starting again:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

However it still wasn’t quite right, as when I went to do the next layer I realised the semi-circles would have to be huge in order to connect with the first layer in a mermaid-scales pattern. Too big – it looked more like flower petals:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

So I wiped it all off and drew the first layer again with smaller semi-circles:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 3: Now draw and fill in the next layer with a new colour. The semi-circles should be offset with the first layer, so that the dips of the 2nd layer meet with the middles of the semi-circles on the first layer:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 4: Repeat 3 more times with new colours each time, for three more layers:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 5: Your mermaid scales are done but it needs a little ‘something’ to make it look finished:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

So draw a scalloped line around the top edge with a contrasting colour, to give it a ‘frill’ and make it look more mermaid-like!

Bake according to instructions and your bowl is finished and ready to use:

 Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

The perfect gift for someone who wants to be a mermaid.

On my belated hen-party I was allowed to give out stickers to my hens for ‘good work’ eg. if they said something funny or re-filled my wine etc. One of my friend’s said I looked like a mermaid when I was swimming so I gave her a few extra stickers!

Have you ever wanted to be a magical creature or to have super powers? I hope most people have crazy dreams like that!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Watercolour And Brush Lettering Plate And Mug

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

On Monday I showed you my explorations in brush lettering, and today I’m back with a watercolour and brush lettering plate and mug:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Fun huh? I have been wanting to try out a watercolour effect on plates after seeing THIS POST and THIS POST. Then I saw some Porcelain Brush Pens on sale in TK Maxx, and I after the fun I’d been having with brush lettering I had to get them too!

The brush pens are by Edding, the porcelain paints I used are by Pebeo, my plate was from Ikea, and my mug was from The Range. Please be aware the paints and pens say they haven’t been tested for food use so should be used for decorative purposes only:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted to write on the mug first, so I went straight on with the word ‘warm’ in purple:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t like how it looked as I wanted it to be big and bold. Luckily you can wipe the pen off with a baby wipe or damp paper towel if it hasn’t dried yet. Then dry the spot with a dry paper towel and you can write on it again:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I continued the writing underneath the word ‘warm’ first, rather than going above it, so I didn’t smudge it. I wrote ‘drink on a cold night’, mixing bold and script font styles:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then once these words were dry enough not to smudge them I wrote ‘nothing better than a’ at the top:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I prepped my paints – stirring them with a lolly stick:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then tipping them into some plastic bowls (which are ones I already use for painting), and mixing in some paint thinner. The bowl on the left hasn’t got the thinner mixed in yet, the bowl on the right does. I ended up having to add even more thinner. I’d say a good ratio for a watercolour effect is 9 parts thinner to one part paint! I used way too much paint and thinner:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stippled the mug around the words with a layer of blue paint, trying to stop it looking too drippy. I should probably have used paint without thinner but I wanted it to be a bit translucent, plus I’d already mixed the paint and didn’t want to waste it:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stippled it with gold paint over the top before leaving it to dry for 24 hours, then baking it in an oven according to the instructions:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

On the plate I wrote the words ‘baby it’s cold outside’:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I tried dripping some paint down from the edges:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

And used a cocktail stick to spread it out a bit:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

But I didn’t like it! Luckily the paint can also be cleaned off while wet!

After cleaning the paint I tipped a pool of blue paint onto the plate:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added a bit more thinner and started tipping the plate about to spread it out:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided it was covering too much of the plate, so I wiped some off:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Tipped it about again:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Added some splashes of gold:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I kept splattering and tipping until I was happy with the effect:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I again left it to dry for 24 hours before baking in an oven according to the instructions:

 Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I definitely want to experiment with these techniques a bit more, and try out some more colours of paint too!

Be Inspired:

Get some porcelain or glass paints and decorate some tableware

Use one of the phrases I used as inspiration for your project

Add some gold or blue stipples or splatters to you card, layout, etc

What would you write on your mug or plate?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning with the next Frosty Festivities 2015 post – there aren’t many left now!

I hope you have a great day,

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

DIY Decorated Gift Box

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Today I’m back with some more pretty packaging – this DIY Decorated Gift Box:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m a TRUE crafter. Do you know how I know? Because I collect everything and anything that looks like it might be good for a craft one day. Spot a button on the path? Pick it up and add it to my button stash. Cutting the annoying shoulder ribbons out of clothes? Keep them to use on a card one day. And today’s useful bit of collecting – pretty leaves, fake berries, and ribbons adorning your Christmas crackers? Don’t you dare throw them away! I think my family all decided I was mad when I collected all these bits off some Christmas crackers. Except my Mum, she gets it. In fact she’s probably the one who taught me to do it!

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

Along with my collection of cracker adornments, I gathered up a box to decorate, plus some useful tools including a hot glue gun and some embossing powder. I did end up using some other bits too, which you’ll see as we go along!

The first job was to paint the kraft box with white satin craft paint. It only took one coat for my box, but it will depend on the darkness of your box and the quality of your paint:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next (once the paint was dry) I used some Versa Mark ink to stamp teeny snowflakes around the bottom of the box and covered them with gold embossing powder. I stamped 2 at a time, tipped powder on, then moved onto the next 2, so the ink didn’t dry before tipping the powder on:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

After heat embossing the snowflakes I filled in the pattern with some stars using the same technique:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

To prepare the items for the lid I cut a couple of wires shorter with some wire cutters, and folded them back on themselves, so the cut end of the wire would be hidden under the leaves. Then I tied one of the ribbons in a pretty bow around one of the loops of wire. The bells were tied together with a bit of twine:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I tied the twine to another loop of wire on some fake berries, leaving a bit of twine between the wire and the bells so they could still shake and jingle:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used hot glue to adhere everything to the lid. A bit of hot glue was showing more than I wanted it to, so I used some Mod Podge to blob on top of it:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then sprinkled on a bit of glitter to make it sparkly:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s the perfect way to package up a small pressie like jewellery to make it extra special:

DIY Decorated Gift Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

I might put some of my Snowman Earrings or a Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace in it for a gift!

Be Inspired:

Recycle something pretty like a button, ribbon, or Christmas decorations to add to a project

Use holly and berries on a layout, card, etc

Create some gold snowflakes for a bit of shine

Do you collect odds and ends in case they are useful for crafting one day?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning (8am GMT) with the next Frosty Festivities 2015 post!

I hope you have a great day,

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel and a Festive Card

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Yesterday I posted a giveaway from the SVG Files Shop, you can enter to win 10 SVG files HERE {NOW CLOSED}! Today I’m back to show you a couple of things I’ve made with files from the store – a tea towel and a Christmas card.

First up is the DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used THIS Christmas Holidays file to cut some red iron-on-vinyl using my Cricut Explore, and ironed it on to a plain white tea towel. There are a couple of things I want to point out about the process…

When I uploaded the SVG into Cricut Design Space there was a plain white background around the image. This would be useful if I wanted to flatten and print the image, but I wanted to cut it, so I had to click the eye icon next to the white background on the layers panel – I’ve added a red arrow to the image below so you can see which one:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the white background was gone there were still lots of different layers on the SVG, but I wanted it to all cut as one. So I clicked on the image, then clicked the ‘attach’ option from the top menu of the layers panel (again I’ve added a red arrow so you can see where to click):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

This leaves the image looking like this, and you are ready to click ‘go’ – and make sure you click the ‘mirror image for iron-on’ option if you are cutting from iron-on vinyl:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut my image at just under 11.5″ wide. I’m not sure I’d want to cut this image any smaller than this, as some of the pieces were TINY, even when cutting it so large. I had to weed it very carefully and some of the little bits wouldn’t come out at all (like the details on the snowflakes):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I ironed it on to the tea towel (putting a piece of greaseproof paper on top of course):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what it looked like after ironing. The ornaments look like they are floating in space because the dots between them and the twirls above were too small to come out at all:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I just cut a couple of slivers of iron-on vinyl from the left over scraps, and used these to ‘hang’ the ornaments:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it looks super stylish and was worth the effort! If you are gifting it to someone make sure you tell them it can be machine washed but on a low heat setting (I was at 40 degrees) and to only iron on the reverse!

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I used THIS Happy Holiday SVG file to make a Christmas Card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Again the pieces were tiny, but I had cut the image quite small – 5.25″ tall. I was quite impressed that the Explore managed to cut it without ripping it to shreds, though I did manage to break a couple of bits off the wreath while I was taking it off the mat:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck them on the card by turning the pieces upside down on a piece of scrap paper, and running my Herma repositionable tape runner over the top, before adhering them to the card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

The card really didn’t need much else, apart from matting it onto some pretty patterned paper and adding a few tiny gems on top:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

A very delicate card for someone special!

Be Inspired:

Use iron-on-vinyl, fabric paint, or fabric ink-pads and stamps to decorate a tea towel

Make a monotone project eg. just red and white

Put a wreath around the edge of a project with a sentiment in the center

Do you think all these fiddly details make the projects look extra special?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back again tomorrow with another Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Here’s another wintry item of jewellery you can keep for yourself or gift to a friend… a Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace!

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

My daughter wanted to buy these little (just under 2″ tall) glass craft jars from The Works, and they were only £1 for 6. I told her she could have 3 and I’d have 3! I was trying to think what to do with mine when I came across a tutorial for a tree-in-a-bottle necklace at The 36th Avenue HERE. I knew I had to make one, but with an addition of a little lamp post, so it reminds me of the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (one of my favourite books and films).

Here’s the bits and pieces I gathered. I also ended up using an advanced craft glue, some Mod Podge, and some wire cutters (all not pictured):

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

The little bottle-tree is from a cake decorating supply shop, so that’s a good place to look if you can’t find a small one.

Here’s how to make your necklace…

Step 1: Use wire cutters to cut the tree to the correct height:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

Step 2: Drop a blob of hot glue into the base of the bottle, and stick the tree into it. Use a wooden kebab stick to help apply the glue if your glue gun hasn’t got a long enough nozzle:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

Step 3: Make your lamp post, using tiny bits of black Fimo. I made a post and a ‘hat’ to fit on either side of a sparkly bead. Once the Fimo parts are made bake them in the oven according to the instructions on the packet – don’t bake the bead:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

Step 4: Carefully add another blob of glue into the base of the jar. I ended up using the Advanced Craft Glue (Beacon 3-in-1) for this, as I couldn’t get the hot glue in without getting it on the glass and the tree. Stick your lamp post in:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

I would use a small bead next time, as this one was quite big which kind-of pushes the tree to one side. It looks okay, I’d just choose more carefully next time!

Step 5: I dripped a bit of Mod Podge into the jar, and tipped in some glitter and seed beads for a snowy base. I’m not sure I’d use Mod Podge next time, again it was hard getting it in without getting it down the glass, and there is some glitter suck to the glass in a few places. Next time I might just put the glitter in loose so it shakes around:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

Step 6: Screw an eyelet into the top of the cork:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

Step 7: Use a strong glue to put around the base of the cork, before pushing it into the jar to seal it:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

Step 8: Add a chain and clasp:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

Now you can wear or gift your snow scene in a bottle necklace:

Snow Scene In A Bottle Necklace

Magical isn’t it?!

Be Inspired:

Put a Christmas tree next to a lamp post for a snowy scene

Create an ornament or item of jewellery inside a glass or clear plastic object

Add some sparkly beads to a project

Would you gift this or keep it for yourself? What would you put in your bottle?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another project for Frosty Festivities 2015!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

The Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

I’m so excited, as it’s time for the Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Hop! It’s a chance to hop around and visit some of my online friends’ blogs, to see how they’ve been inspired by the winter or Christmas theme. If you’ve only just discovered my blog via one of the other blogs in the hop then ‘hello’! It’s nice to meet you. I’m Jennifer Grace and I’m the host of the hop – it’s part of a month-long event I’m holding, full of tutorials, giveaways, and more!

Frosty Festivities 2015 Crafty Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m going to share a project, then at the end of this post I will send you on to the next blog in the hop. I’ve also got a list of all the blogs in the hop in case you get lost anywhere. If you visit and comment on all the blogs in the hop then you’ll be entered to win this prize {NOW CLOSED}:

Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Hop Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

It includes a Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set, half of a ‘Let’s Bokeh In The Snow’ 6×6 pad, and bakers twine, along with an A5 sketchbook,  some metallic rhinestone stickers, a couple of Christmas ribbons, and a few other bits and pieces!

The giveaway is open internationally, and it closes on Sunday the 6th of December 2015 (the same as all the other giveaways that are part of Frosty Festivities 2015 – see them all HERE). The winner will be announced on my blog on Thursday the 10th of December, so make sure you check back then to see if you won!

Here’s my project for the hop. I decided to keep it simple with a decorated notebook which could be a stocking filler or teacher gift:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

I started with a plain notebook (or sketchbook – the pages are plain), the stamp set, rhinestones, and some scraps of paper from the 6×6 pad:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stamped the snowglobe, trees, sentiment, and snow all as one layer onto a piece of white card, using Avery Elle ink pads:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut some squares of different sizes from the paper scraps, then cut the squares in half diagonally to make triangles. I didn’t measure them at all. When I’d cut a good number out I arranged them on the notebook cover, with the snowglobe, and stuck them down once I was happy with the design:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

I dotted a few silver metallic rhinestones around the triangles pattern:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

And used Mod Podge to add some green fine glitter to the trees to make them look a bit more special:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was all finished and ready to gift to someone this Christmas:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

Be Inspired:

Cut some triangles from Christmas patterned paper to use on a project

Stamp an embellishment to use near the center of a scrapbook layout or card

Use 4 shades of green (I used 2 colours of green ink, green paper, and green glitter – all a slightly different shade)

Now it’s time to send you on to the next blog in the hop – the fabulous Claire at Creative Makings!

If you get lost during the hop then here’s the full list to help you out:

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Remember to comment on them all for the chance to win the blog hop prize of Lawn Fawn goodies and more!

I’ll see you again tomorrow for the next Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Wood Slice Ornaments & Gifts

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

These wood slice ornaments and gifts are so fun. I want to buy a bunch more slices so I can keep these all for myself, and make more for gifts! My favourite is the penguin keyring, which I’ve added to my bunch of keys already – no-one else is getting that!

Wood Slice Ornaments And Gifts

Those are Little Miss’ hands in the photo above. The slices are about 5 – 6cm tall.

I don’t have a tutorial as such for these… because they were so easy there’s not much instruction needed!

The slices I used were Amy Tangerine’s Finder’s Keepers Wood Slices. When these arrived I was a bit disappointed with them. They were a bit thicker than I thought they’d be (about 5mm deep – not that deep but a bit thicker than I’d like for scrapbook pages). They also just looked messy – mainly because a lot of bark had fallen off. But they were greatly improved when I decided to scrape off the remaining bark with a craft knife, so the edges looked clean.

In the below photo you can see 4 slices on the left which I had already removed the bark from before realising I should take a photo. The slice on the top right still has the bark attached but it hasn’t been well sliced – the surface is very uneven. On the bottom right you can see a piece of bark which came off in one neat ring, that’s how loose it was:

Wood Slice Ornaments And Gifts

I decided that 2 of the slices would have magnets stuck on the back, and 2 would have holes through the top so they could be hung for display. So I set about trying to make a hole. Unfortunately hubby had taken his drill to work and I was too impatient to wait for him to get home. So I tried to make the hole with a nail and hammer:

Wood Slice Ornaments And Gifts

As you can see this didn’t go too well, as I split the wood. At first it was just a tiny crack but when I tried to make the hole bigger (thinking I could cover up the crack later) it completely broke apart. But that did mean I had a piece to experiment with, and after trying to use a screw and a screwdriver (did not work at all) I discovered that I could make a good hole with an old paper piercer! It’s important that I say OLD paper piercer, you wouldn’t want to do this with your only one as it will blunt it. I have 2 paper piercers as I blunted one years ago, so I keep that for tougher materials like this. If you have a drill that will work best!

Once I’d figured out how to make the holes I just needed to decorate the slices. This was super easy.

For the first one that would be a magnet I used the Hero Arts Lia Griffith ‘Deck The Halls’ stamp set to stamp a deer in black in the middle (with chalk ink), and two leaf garlands in gold around the deer. I did heat emboss all these, but I don’t think it made any difference so I wouldn’t bother next time! I also dotted some Mod Podge on so I could add some fine red glitter dots too:

Wood Slice Ornaments And Gifts

For the next magnet slice I stamped a circular sentiment in the center (from Avery Elle ‘Joy To The World’, using Avery Elle’s ‘Cherry’ Pigment Ink), then added a thick layer of Mod Podge to the outer edge, tipping glitter on to it as I went:

Wood Slice Ornaments And Gifts

For my two slices with holes I painted the centers – one white and one black, both with Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint. Then I stuck a gold sticker (from My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street) on the white slice, and painted a penguin face with white, orange, and more black paint on the black slice.

I chose to paint the majority of these slices because they had more imperfections in the wood, which is fine as I know wood is a natural element so it can’t be perfect, but I still didn’t want those showing on my finished items:

Wood Slice Ornaments And Gifts

Here’s what they looked like all decorated. I did spray them with a layer of matt spray varnish as well – I’d certainly recommend varnishing one if it’s going to be a keyring:

Wood Slice Ornaments And Gifts

Once the varnish was dry I tied twine through the one which would be a hanging decoration (I had to use a darning needle to get the twine through the hole), then I had a flash of inspiration and added a keyring to the penguin, and I glued magnets onto the back of the slices with no holes using superglue:

Wood Slice Ornaments And Gifts

Then they were all done, ready to gift to someone for Christmas, or in my case, keep them all to myself!

Be Inspired:

Paint a penguin face on something round, or use a penguin embellishment or picture

Add stamping, glitter, or paint to something wooden (eg a wood box, frame, slice, or wood veneer shape)

Use the phrase ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ on your next project

I hope that’s given you a few ideas! Which wood slice do you like the most?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back again at 8am GMT tomorrow with the first sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x