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

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial

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

Good morning! Today I’m sharing a tutorial for some festive snowman earrings – something to make for yourself, or as a DIY gift to give away this Christmas!

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

How cute are they? I love Christmas jewellery – you can see a special trinkets box I decorated to keep my winter jewellery in HERE, and some Christmas tree paperclip earrings I made last year HERE. I can never have enough, as I like to wear a different item of festive jewellery every day in December if I can manage it!

These little snowmen could also be adapted to use one as a charm for a bracelet or keyring, or as a pendant, if dangly earrings aren’t your thing!

To make these earrings you will need: white Fimo or other modelling clay (standard Fimo is better than kids Fimo if you have it), black and red acrylic paint, a tiny paintbrush, round-nose pliers and wire cutters (mine is a 3-in-1 tool), 2 head-pins, 2 fish-hook earrings, ALSO not pictured – 2 jump rings, a black fine sharpie or other permanent pen, and optional extras of Blue Tack, white acrylic paint, and varnish.

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 1: Pull off four balls of Fimo. I used Kids Fimo as it’s what I happened to have, but standard Fimo is better if you have it – Kids Fimo is softer so it’s easier to mould, but it also means it shows fingerprints more and is easy to knock out of shape while you are working. Two of the balls should be larger and two smaller:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Push the larger balls onto the headpins first, then the smaller balls. Shape the smaller ball so it has a pointy top:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Make a couple of teeny-tiny balls for the pom-poms on top of the hats:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Bake the Fimo according to the instructions on the pack. Mine took 30mins. Leave it to cool, then paint a red hat onto each snowman:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: When I was painting the hats I realised there was a lot of dust / tiny fibers baked in to the surface of my Fimo. I think this was because it was Kids Fimo, which does seem to be a bit stickier than standard Fimo. You can just about see them here:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Because of that I decided to paint both earrings with white acrylic paint, which worked a treat. It only took one coat to hide the dust!

Step 6: Once the white paint was dry I painted on the eyes and coal buttons with black paint, and used a fine black Sharpie to add the smiles. If you make any mistakes with the black paint you should be able to wipe it off while it’s still wet, using a baby wipe or damp paper towel. I attempted to paint the mouths several times before giving up and using the Sharpie pen!

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also see above that I used Blue Tack to hold the earrings while I was painting them and while they dried.

Step 7: Use wire cutters to chop off the excess wire – I acutally cut mine a bit short – you need about 6 – 8mm of wire showing at the top:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Use the round nose pliers to curl this excess wire into a hoop shape:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Then you just use the pliers again to attach a jump ring and earring hook to each snowman. You can add a layer of varnish if you want to, I didn’t bother as they were just for me but I probably would if giving them away:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve just noticed one of the mouths is a bit smudged, maybe I should have added varnish after all! Ah well, I doubt anyone will notice when I’m wearing them!

Be Inspired:

Make some festive earrings or other jewellery

Add a little red hat with a white pom-pom onto a character on your next project

Put together a snowman by paper-piecing or another technique

Here’s a snowman I paper-pieced onto a card years ago, cutting his hat and scarf out of patterned papers, so that’s another idea for you if you don’t want to make jewellery:

Snowman Collage Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

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

DIY Gifts

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants!

I’m always looking for different ways to use my crafting stash, so I came up with this technique to turn scrapbook stickers into pendants…

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what you’ll need…

Scrapbook stickers (the thicker, glossier kind work best), craft mat (or other surface protector), chipboard, scissors, jewellery chain and jump rings, jewellery snips and pliers (not pictured), paintbrush, white acrylic / craft paint, Mod-Podge (or similar glue), hole punch, you may also need some fine sandpaper (not pictured).

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 1: Check whether your stickers have space for a punched hole. If they don’t you need to paint a small area on a chipboard sheet to extend the sticker, then stick the sticker on top once it’s dry. The deer sticker didn’t have enough space for a hole so I painted a white patch on the chipboard then stuck the sticker on so the patch was between his antlers. If your sticker has space for a hole (like my globe and acorn do) then you can stick them straight on the chipboard:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

NB: I also left the white negative bits of sticker inside the deer’s antlers as it would have been impossible to cut the chipboard out of the small triangular holes!

Step 2: Cut around the stickers. You may end up with some rough edges in the hard-to-reach places:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Smooth out rough edges with some fine sandpaper. They don’t need to be perfect – the Mod-Podge stage later will make them look even better:

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Step 4: Flip them over onto a craft mat, and paint the edges and backs of the pendants. I tipped paint out of my dauber pot and used a paintbrush:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Make sure you don’t get any paint on the stickers on the front – if you do and you notice it quickly you can wipe it off with a baby wipe!

Step 5: Once the paint is dry you can use Mod-Podge to seal the edges – so much went onto the fronts that I painted a layer of Mod-Podge on the front too:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Leave them to dry on an old cooling rack so they don’t get stuck to your tabletop:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Once the Mod-Podge is dry you just need to add the jump rings and chains (plus clasps if the chain isn’t long enough to slide over your head). I added extra jump rings on the deer and globe so they sat better, the acorn just needed one. I used different chain lengths too – 34″ for the globe, 29″ for the deer, 24″ for the acorn:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Jump rings are very easy to pull apart with pliers and then squeeze back together again – it took less than 2 minutes to chain them all up!

Your pendants are ready to wear:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

(Little Miss took this pic, I’m training her up to be my photographer!)

It’s a great way to use those ‘special’ stickers so they aren’t stuck in a box any more!

Have you got any other fun ways to use up the stickers in your stash?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x