What are you doing this Saturday? On November 15th, my favorite craft store, Michaels, is hosting a Holiday Pinterest Party. Everyone will be given a list of Pinterest-inspired holiday projects and an exclusive coupon to use when purchasing products needed to complete your project. To kick things off, Michael’s sent me a preview of list of the projects and asked me to create one using my own special twist. Challenge accepted!
They made these really cute snowmen ornaments…I made a slush pot for sequins and crystals and glitter and sparkly things (don’t tell me you didn’t see that one coming).
As much as I like the snowman (see Michael’s instructions here), I really like my project because it requires no special skills or craftiness at all. Little kids (and big kids) will both get impressive results. For that reason alone, this makes a great party craft, or class project. This is the kind of thing you want to make in batches. LARGE QUANTITIES. Also, nifty thing – the lid creates a sort of rimmed canvas for just about anything. Anything. Trinkets. Photos. What about a a ticket stub from a special trip surrounded by glitter and buttons? Or an old necklace that can no longer be worn? Break it up, glue it down, and mix in some added sparkles. This project is essentially just giving you a reason to buy filler sparkles.
Mason jar lids (look at these cute dioramas you can make with the rest of the jar!)
White glue (if you are using anything heavier than glitter, I highly recommend Tacky Glue)
Filler: Sequins, rhinestones, beads, buttons, pompoms…whatever your heart desires
Ribbon (Fyi: hot pink looks best. Always.)
*A note about Mason jar lids. They usually come in two pieces — as soon as you lay down the glue here, it will sink in the crack and and after it dries they’ll be stuck for good. However, if you are working with kids who may not be the best at handling wet artwork, I’d smear a little glue and get them set up the night before.
Instructions: To make these at home, all you need to do is brush the inside of your lid with a heavy coat of glue, then fill it with stuff. I like to put bigger items down first then fill in with sequins, but you do you. This is your ornament. When everything is pretty well in there, toss some glitter on top, then flip it over and dump all the excess glitter off and let it dry overnight. The glitter will stick to the little crevices of exposed glue but leave the rest exposed. Bam. That was easy, right?
Hanging: To add the hanger, I wrapped a piece of floral wire around the rim then added and small loop for ribbon. If you are cooirdinated sort of person, you could skip that by punching holes in the side of the lid rim first, but I’m flying by my seat of my pants and hole punching is asking a lot before 11am. You could also hot glue some ribbon around the edges, or just to the back, but expect your ornament to flop over if it’s on the heavy side. Your call. Live dangerous. Or just use a pipe cleaner. Meh. Your call.
Hope to see you at the store Saturday! If you can’t make it in person and want to shop Michaels online, you can use promo code MERRYSALE for 40% off any one regular price item, now through November 15.