Make a Glass Flower Garden

Flower Garden Decor
One of my favorite ways to spend a day is combing through thrift stores and junky old antique shops. Around here, because I live in a touristy area, there are lots of stores featuring random collections of cool stuff, combined in new and interesting ways. Lots of vintage tractor seats turned into stools, old doors turned into potting tables, barn wood turned into wall art. In one of those stores I saw a bunch of glass plates mounted together to look like a flower. That version was really simple and made to hang on a wall, but as soon as I saw it I knew I could do a version that would stay in the garden and keep things looking beautiful even when the real flowers weren’t blooming.

Step 1
First you’ll need a collection of glass plates. The more variety you have in colors, sizes, and shapes, the more amazing these flowers will look. To attach them together and to the stem we’ll need a screw right through the center. Drilling through glass might seem intimidating, but it’s just a matter of having the right tools for the job. I get real specific about that in my birdfeeder post, but really you just need a drill bit made to drill through glass, a tub of water to keep things cool, and a towel in the tub to keep things from moving around and to absorb the drill once you make it to the other side of the plate.

Step 2
Aim for the center, but it’s really not crucial that your aim is true. The center of your flower will be a drawer pull, so make sure you use a drill bit the same size as the screw that fits that.

Step 3
Depending on the thickness and number of your plates, you might need to buy a longer screw. You’ll need the screw to be long enough to go through each plate, plus the pipe, and have enough left over to screw into the drawer pull that will be the center of your flower. Stack your plates up on top of that screw and use silicone caulk to glue the plates together. Don’t glue the screw, you’ll need to take that back out so you can attach your pipe, but using it at this stage means all your holes will line up the way they’re supposed to. The silicone caulk will glue the plates together but also provide a little cushion so you can’t overtighten the screw and break anything, but they also won’t rattle around every time the wind blows.

Step 4
Cut your copper pipe the length you want for your flowers to stand up, plus enough to bury in the ground. Drill a hole all the way through the pipe a few inches from the top.

Step 5
Cap your pipes so they look finished and pretty.

Step 6
Now you can insert the screw for real. Thread it through the pipe and through your stack of glued plates, then screw the drawer pull onto the front and tighten until it’s secure. Use a mallet to pound your flower into the ground, making sure to hit the pipe and not the plate.

Step 7

Step 8

Yard Flowers

I love the sparkle and color these add to my yard. And as we’re still recovering from a drought, it’s great to have a way to add a little beauty to my yard that doesn’t require any water. I might have to let my yard die for the sake of the environment, but these flowers will still stand tall and beautiful.

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Metal Flowers for Outdoor Festivities

Make Metal Flowers
You know how, from June to September, you can’t open a magazine or watch a commercial or scroll through Pinterest without seeing incredibly gorgeous outdoor living spaces? Twinkly lights and flowing fabric and beautiful table settings that all make you long for that way of life, dining under the stars and sitting on a couch in the middle of a field? I always look at those pictures and think, “Lovely, but who’s putting all that away before the rain comes?” I want to have incredible outdoor living spaces, but I also need it to happen in a way that doesn’t require a moving truck every time the weather changes. Which means that if I’m going to hang up some decorations, it’s going to be done in a material that won’t melt with the dew. Today, that’s metal.

Step 1
Craft metal is thin enough to cut with scissors, so you don’t need any special tools. Just the metal and then a way to color them that will stick. I love using these alcohol ink markers because they don’t need to be absorbed to dry so they’ll color up the metal and then won’t wipe away afterwards.

Step 2
I cut four shapes per flower, going from a big flower to a little blob for the inside. You can see that I was not worried about making these shapes pristine. I basically cut blobby gingerbread men.

Step 3
Use your alcohol markers to color the flowers. I loved experimenting to get patterns and textures, just based on how I used the markers.

Step 4
Punch a hole in the center of each flower. I used an old-fashioned eyelet setter kit to do this.

Step 5
Layer the flowers on top of each other and line up the center holes. Set an eyelet in the center to attach all the layers together.

Step 6
Roll the petals around a pencil or other tool to give them dimension.

Step 7
Arrange the petals and even give the whole thing a little crunch to make it look like a spectacularly blooming flower.

Metal Flowers
I made a bunch of these in different colors and it was a big success. I want to pin these to trees or string them together to make a bunting or even attach them to a stake for a permanent flower garden. A permanent garden that doesn’t need watering, and doesn’t need to be brought in when the party’s over.

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Kitchen Chalkboard for Hungry Kids

Hungry Chalkboard
Summer vacation has started and I’m already losing my mind. Atti is so much more active and attentive than he was this time last year and for the first time in my parenting life I’m understanding all the lamentations of my mom friends during summer vacation. He is constantly asking for entertainment! He’s up in my grill all day long! He wants to be fed three times a day!

The attention I’m trying to relish. I feel the clock ticking on that one big time and I’m trying to soak it up while it lasts. The food, however, I came up with a solution for.

Step 1
This is really just a chalkboard project, so if you find one already made, you can skip ahead. But I got this metal frame at Michael’s and I loved that with a little spray paint it would be a magnetic chalkboard.

Step 2
Spray paint as necessary, making sure to get an even application, even if you have to be patient and use lighter coats to do it.

Step 3
Paint the frame to look great in  your kitchen.

Step 4
I used a vinyl cutter to make myself a little decal, but you could replicate this in paint if you don’t have one handy.

The hardest part of the whole project was hanging this on the fridge. The metal made it wicked heavy and a whole bunch of strategies wound up with this crashing to the floor. I finally ended up ordering a million little magnets and gluing them all around the back.

Chalk pens
The inspiration for this project began months ago when the folks at ChalkOla offered to give me a couple packs of their chalk markers. Believe it or not, I didn’t have a single chalkboard in the house to try them out on. The anti-trendster in me is powerful. I’ve also never made anything with a chevron print and my mason jars are exclusively for canning. I’m stubborn that way.

I loved the colors and variety of sizes they offered, and the pens work great. I realized after using them the first time that chalk pens are notoriously hard to erase from a chalkboard, but I followed the instructions on the back to use windex and then made sure to condition the chalkboard well with a dusting of chalk dust, and I haven’t had a problem since. And you cannot beat the staying power without making it permanent.

Label Canisters
They also sent me some of their chalkboard labels which came in super handy since I just reorganized my pantry. The chalkboard labels don’t even need the same degree of conditioning, they were just super easy to use.

hungry list
If you have kids that can fend for themselves, a list saves you from having to answer what there is to eat 20 times a day. In my case it helps answer the “what am I going to feed this kid this time” question. And makes sure that the fresh snacks I buy don’t rot in the bottom of the fridge because I forgot to eat them in time.

There’s one little angsty summer problem resolved. Now I just need to deal with the neverending boredom and heat. I can do this.

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Upcycle Old Dishes Into A Backyard Birdfeeder

Birdfeeder
I’m going to be bringing you a ton of outdoor tutorials in the next few weeks. I’ve been completely obsessed with my backyard and I’ve got a million things I want to do with it. For today I thought I’d start with a simple one that will also lay the groundwork for what’s to come. I’m going to be drilling through EVERYTHING. Plates, bowls, votive holders, you name it. If it’s glass or ceramic, I will be putting a hole in it so that I can build something cool. And I’ll start by bringing the birds and squirrels to right outside my door.

Step 1
Drilling through tile, glass, or ceramic is not hard in the slightest. You just need to know the trick. Start with a tub of cool water. The water will keep things cool and lubricated so your plate won’t crack. It reduces the friction caused by all that fine dust and a drill bit. Lay an old towel or something in the tub to keep your plate stable. You don’t want anything wiggling on you.

Step 2
Drill slowly and with even pressure, using a drill bit designated for tile, glass, or ceramics. There’s a ton on the market, but the one I liked best came to a nice point which made the even pressure and not wiggling way easier. Make sure that your plate is supported while drilling, which in my case meant I had to tip it down to be surrounded by the towel.

Step 3
Drill slowly until you punch through the other side. Slow is the key here. If you try to rush things, you’ll break it. Patience. Drill two more holes evenly spaced around the rim of the plate. Make sure that you drill your hole a good 1/2 inch inside the rim so that your hole is extra stable and won’t chip open.

Step 4
Now you need to connect your two plates and hang them up. We’re going to do that with three chains on each level, but first we need a way to keep the chains in place. So I pulled out my jewelry stuff and made a couple of eyeloops. Cut a piece of wire about 2 inches long. This wire actually came from the fencing section of the hardware store, so it will face the elements well. With your pliers just bend the end around to make a loop. For the bottom plate, thread the wire up through the bottom of the hole so that one eyeloop is supporting the bottom of the plate. Thread a 12″ chain onto the wire, and finish the other end with another eyeloop.

Step 5
On the top plate, you’ll have to connect two pieces of chain. With another 2 inch piece of wire, make a loop and attach an 8 inch length of chain. Thread the wire through the hole from the top and bend the end around to make another eyeloop.

Step 6
Join the chain from the bottom plate onto that wire, and squeeze your loop closed tight.

Step 7
Take all three chains hanging the top plate and thread them onto a keyring. Then your birdfeeder is ready to be hung.

Step 8
The birds and squirrels have been having full time parties in our backyard ever since I hung this up, and the cats are pissed. Which is even more fun. Now I get to sit at my desk watching the birds flutter, and then laugh and laugh as I watch the cats fume.

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3 Simple Steps to Craft Organization

Organize Craft Supplies
Keeping your supplies organized is a problem for every single creative person. And there are so many “solutions” on the market it can make your head spin. In fact, back in the day when I appeared on QVC, that’s what I was selling: a line of craft organizing tote bags. A company hired me to consult with them to develop the perfect system for organization that could go from home to crop night and back again. It was amazing, and then never ended up getting developed. But it doesn’t matter because you really don’t need all that stuff. A trip to the dollar store will work just fine.

Messy Beads
Because I craft using every possible method, I’ve got a whole lot of stuff to keep organized. And that means I have to do it in a very small space. I can only have one drawer full of jewelry supplies, because all the other drawers have to go to sewing stuff, painting supplies, glitter, all my many types of glue, polymer clay, stickers, diecuts, embellishments, fabric, yarn, blahblahblah. I have to be super strict with how much I keep around.

My beading drawer had gotten completely away from me, so it was time to take action. Anytime you organize anything, you should start with doing a purge. For me and my craft supplies, that’s tough. Crafting is all about using materials in interesting ways, so since I can do something with just about anything, it’s hard to let go of something you see potential in. My rule is just to ask: Do I even like this? If the answer is no, I donate it. If the answer is yes, or even, “yes, if…” then I keep it and find a way to use my space more efficiently. Which means we’re ready to get to my organizing steps.

Step 1
Step 1: Use your space efficiently by using containers that fit your supplies.

The wrong size bin can eat up a tremendous amount of precious space, but without bins or containers you’re left with an unsearchable mess. So the trick is to find a container that is big enough – but no more – to hold what you need it to hold. For a long time I was sorting my loose beads in embroidery floss containers, which worked great for awhile. But I was wasting a ton of vertical space because each of those cubbies was barely 1/4 full. I found the rainbow pill cases at the dollar store and they were perfect for holding beads in without any extra room. If I had more beads than could fit in one cubby, I just added a second, and each one was still small enough to fit in a much more compact space. I can stack these pill cases all the way to the top of the drawer and still access them easily without taking every other thing out.

The caddies I also got at my dollar store and these work beautifully because they solved a bunch of problems at once. When I buy beads in a tube, I like to keep them there. All the information is on them in case I need to buy more, it’s a container that fits the beads exactly, and they’re really easy to work with. But the tubes are a pain to store in a drawer because they roll everywhere and get lodged in crannies. The caddies keep them altogether, and they’re easily portable. The tube beads tend to be the ones I use when I do bead weaving, so I can just pop out that caddie and take it where I’m working without having to have a secondary organizational trick to keep them together outside the drawer.

Step 2
This bead box is one I inherited, and I decided to keep it because it was using up all the space it was taking up. You can see how each of those cubbies is stuffed full with faux pearls, and it’s great to keep them altogether in one place.

Step 3
Step 2: Divide your supplies by how you would go looking for them. 

Here’s how my organizing hierarchy works. FUNCTION -> MATERIAL -> COLOR.

First and foremost I consider what I’m using the item for. For the seed beads I mentioned above, I kept the ones I use for weaving separate from the ones I use for stringing. They have different purposes, so they shouldn’t get mixed together. This box contains all my findings. All the little pieces that aren’t for looks, but for making the jewelry funtion. Closures, earrings, jump rings, etc. They are all metal and so could go in a metal section, but if I need to find a closure, my instinct would not be to sort through metal beads, it would be to look for the closures. Function usually trumps material.

Step 4
But if you have enough of one kind of function, then you can divide them further according to material. Like I have here. Two bins full of materials I use for stringing. Wire, elastic, threads, and more. Since I have a lot of them, I add a secondary system of organization by dedicating one bin to wire, and one to everything else.

Step 5
I used one of these little tubs to hold all my chains.

Step 6
And then these three tubs hold the beads that are already strung. I could separate them by material if I was being strict, but when I want a bead I almost never go looking for a ceramic bead or a glass bead. I look for a green bead. So these tubs are organized by color.

Step 7
Step 3: Arrange things based on how often you’ll use them.

Pride of place should be given to the items you use everyday. If you put something you reach for often in the back of the drawer, you’re going to be wrestling with that drawer a whole lot. I like to think of the space as having three levels. Everyday, I’m Working on it, and I’ll Get to it.

These tubs hold wooden pieces and metal pieces that aren’t ready to be strung. If I go looking for these it will be to transform them before making something with them, and I don’t have any immediate plans for them. I’ll get to them, so they get put in the back corner of the drawer.

Step 8
In the center section I put a bag full of my works in progress. I’m working on them. So they get to be closer to the front.

And then right up front are the beads I reach for first for my most frequent projects. They’re pretty much everyday, so they get right up front.

Step 9
But even more common than the beads are my tools. There was just enough space left on top of the beads for my tray full of tools so I stuck those right on top. I could tuck them in somewhere if I really wanted it to look neat above all else, but I was much more concerned about workflow than looks. I never make a bead project without the tools, so it makes sense to put them in a place where I’d have to remove them before I looked at anything else, which also happens to be the most convenient place to put them away. It’s way easier to keep your workspace tidy if thing are easy to put away.

Organized Drawer
Now, without getting rid of nearly anything, my bead drawer is beautifully organized and accessible, and easy to keep that way. Because it makes sense according to how I work. If you have oodles of space then everything can just be pretty, but most people don’t have the room for everything to be displayed in its own mason jar. In the real world things need to be easy to find and easy to put back. And if you organize according to your workflow, they will be.

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More in Viral Adventures

Skater Atti
So, in case you’re not following along on the FB page, Atti’s viral moment is only picking up steam. We’re now in the “local news picks it up” segment of the journey and heading straight for “national news begins to pay attention.” I’ve had to set all my other responsibilities aside as I became his accidental full time momager and suddenly developed a tiny shred of empathy towards Kris Jenner. Just a shred.

We’ve reached the point where I can’t keep track of all the views. So many outlets have shared it on their pages that I don’t know how to even find them all. At last count we had crossed the 20 million mark. Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Ask Men, LittleThings.com, a TV show called Right This Minute, the front page of reddit, trending worldwide on Facebook, and that’s when the local news came calling.

Atti and Dad
First there was the ABC affiliate. And then there was the Fox affiliate. Each news outlet did their own version and I think each story is worth watching because my child is so gorgeous and lovable, but your mileage may vary. Then USA Today picked up the ABC affiliate story and had it on their front page for a minute. AOL.com ran the story.

Atti on CBS
This is a still from my favorite news story so far. The local CBS reporter just got us and Atti put on a full scale charm offensive. He is turning into such a little ham. But mainly it showed me that all the viral notoriety is worth it for my baby to go on the news and tell the world how he loved my kisses. I will never be the same.

Then CBS.com – the national news – picked up the local affiliate story. So did FoxNews.com. And all week my phone has been ringing with other offers, more conversations, more attention. And Atti is just so happy that the whole world is seeing him as a cool kid and not an afterthought or a burden.

I know there are lots of new readers with all this attention, so let me give you the Clif’s Notes. Below is a playlist of all of Atti’s videos on my Youtube channel. And here is a collection of all my best Atti stories. He is not only a great kid, but the best person I know. I’m so proud that the world is getting to see what I’ve always known.

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BB8 Sugar Cookies

BB8 Cookies
Over my Christmas break, aside from the surgery and recovery, the family time and holidays, two other important things happened. 1) While laid up in bed trying not to cough or laugh, I got totally hooked on watching Youtube videos about decorating sugar cookies with royal icing. 2) I saw Force Awakens. I think I might just have a full post in me about Force Awakens, but it blew my mind and for the next week I didn’t think about anything else. So I knew I had to combine my two obsessions if I was going to get any peace.

BB8 Cookies 1

I love BB*8 as much as I hated Jar Jar Binks. When that little goofy robot shook his sassy little head? He had me. So obviously, BB*8 had to be the one that got the sugar cookie treatment, and also because I never decorated cookies this way before and a bunch of little buttons and dials are way more approachable than a human woman like Rey. This was a fantastic first project! Even as I made a ton of mistakes and would do a bunch of things differently – like work on getting the right icing consistency and changing the order of how I applied things so it didn’t require so much drying time – I think it was still totally successful. I especially love using the decorating powder to make him all grungy like he had been spending time on a desert planet.

BB8 Cookies 2

Since this was my first ever attempt at sugar cookie decorating with royal icing, I needed a whole lot of instruction. And to get that I went to Sweet Ambs. Her videos were my favorite to watch, and on her site she offers a package where you get all her recipes and some special videos. I found it to be totally worth it, but there are a whole lot of royal icing and sugar cookie recipes out there. If you have questions about anything other than this particular design, I’d send you straight to her. I’m only a beginner myself, and an enthusiastic geek about the latest Star Wars movie.

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Mason Jar Vignette

Mason Jar VignetteIt just occurred to me how many different versions of dioramas I’m doing on this tree. The santa shadowbox, the holiday shadowbox, and now today’s Mason Jar Vignette. What can I say, it’s a trend. This will be my last of the dioramas and once we get all the ornaments on the tree it won’t look like a 4th grade classroom full of Christmas book reports.

This is also the last in my series of being inspired by department stores and knocking them off at home ornaments. The idea for this one started with the ornament I saw EVERYWHERE this year. A glass dome enclosing a winter scene with glittery scalloped paper at the bottom. Somebody must have been a great salesperson at a Christmas trade show because I saw that ornament everywhere from Michael’s to Crate and Barrel, to the little shop on the boardwalk. And then I saw the knock off versions from one end of pinterest to the other. But as much as I want to be too cool to follow the trends, I couldn’t help myself either. It’s just so pretty.

But I could at least keep my pride in tact by making it my own style and by using materials that would fit with my throwback theme.

SuppliesThe first thing you need is a mason jar with a lid and a band. I like the Kerr pint jelly jars. They’re small enough to not weigh to much, and they don’t have a lot of decoration to get in the way of your view. Some of the mason jars you buy at craft stores are trying so hard to look like kitschy mason jars there’s no unobstructed glass left. Make sure you use something you can actually see through.

Then you’ll need some quilt batting or stuffing to make your snowy landscape, and some bottle brush trees or mini figurines or needle felted animals or clay snowmen or whatever you want to make your winter scene look like. I found all my figurines at a thrift store. Even the dollar store might be a good place to look. When you’ve got all this great stuff surrounding it your miniatures don’t need to be that special.

Step 1Put a puddle of hot glue along the bottom of the jar and gently tap in some quilt batting. Add enough batting so that the bottom of the jar is covered and it extends up the back to create a winter backdrop for your scene.

Step 2Paint a glitter decoupage glue all over the quilt batting, being sure to use the glue to stick the batting to the sides and back of the jar and along the bottom to make a firm foundation for your figurines.

Step 3When the decoupage glue is dry, add the rest of the elements of your scene with some hot glue.

Step 4Get the band and lid to top off your jar, and drill a hole through the lid.

Step 5Thread a loop of ribbon through the hole you made, screw on the lid and band, and then decorate the band with some grosgrain ribbon and a button.

Mason Jar SceneWithout the sparkly paper and the elegant dome of the original inspiration ornament these definitely aren’t as fancy. But I think they are a whole lot more homey, and certainly more appropriate for a vintage tree. Plus, kind of the perfect marriage between two decor trends. What’s more pinterest-nip than the cloche ornament?? A MASON JAR CLOCHE ORNAMENT!

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Holiday Shadowbox

Christmas Shadowbox (2)

One of my favorite things to do as soon as Halloween is over is to go to any store even partially related to home decor and scope out their Christmas decorations. I snap iphone pics of things that I really like or want to figure out how to reverse engineer, and then I go off on a creative journey and wind up someplace completely different. Very very rarely do these projects end up looking at all like what inspired it. Except for this time. This time I full on knocked off an expensive Pottery Barn ornament. I took one look at it in the store and immediately knew I could make it, and for cheaper. Which is one of my favorite reasons to craft – sticking it to the corporate man.

 

Step 1

You’ll need to start with a base for your shadowbox. A shoebox lid would work well, in fact most box lids would work well, but I loved these thin mailer boxes I found at JoAnn’s. They were in the card section and by using these I got two ornaments out of every box.

 

Step 2

While the help of a kitty is optional, I find they really add a lot to the creative process. Mostly through cat hair winding up in the paint. Paint the back of your boxes black and use an iridescent fabric or dimensional paint to draw a neat line where your paint meets the paper of the box.

 

Step 3

Add a message to your shadowbox. You can use a vinyl cut out, a stamp, stickers, anything your little heart desires, but I just used a paint pen and my own two hands. I found a font I liked on the computer, printed it out, and then copied it. I managed this even though I really don’t draw. It’s just a a matter of breaking down the shape of the letters step by step. I also added a couple of straight lines and some dots along the top and bottom. It’s pretty and polished, but also keeps your letters from veering off course as you write them.

 

Step 4

Along the bottom edge of your shadow box, use some hot glue to add some snow made out of stuffing. Be careful not to burn your fingers, though, because the glue will seep up through the stuffing. And you really don’t want blistered fingers when you’re trying to wrap Christmas presents.

 

Step 5

Add a couple of bottle brush trees to the corner with a little more hot glue.

 

Step 6

Add then add a ribbon hanger and a bow to the top with a little more hot glue after that.

 

Christmas Shadowbox

The only challenging part of this whole project was the lettering, and if you use a stamp or stickers you could crank these out like you worked in a factory. With the chalkboard look of the black paint and the white letters this would be an excellent present for teachers, and unless you tell them otherwise they’ll think you dropped some coin at the fancy mall stores. Personally, I can never resist bragging about getting one over on capitalism.

 

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Santa Shadowbox Ornaments

Santa ShadowboxOne of my favorite things to do from the end of Halloween straight through to the end of the year is go to all the fancy stores I can find and check out their Christmas decorations. The fancier the store the more I enjoy it because I just whip out my phone, snap a picture, and then go home and make it for a fraction of the price. Being a crafter is a superpower.

This was one of the first ornaments I found this year that I wanted to put my own spin on. The fancy boutique was calling this a “Santa Bucket” for some reason, when really it’s just a tiny little shadowbox. I loved it because it’s such a unique and interesting shape when so much that goes on a tree is globe shaped, and because it let me bring in some vintage artwork to sell the time period I’m working in for this year’s tree. Plus, there’s glitter. And you know I never miss a chance for glitter.

Step 1I found these miniature gift boxes in the dollar section at Michael’s as you wait to checkout. I grabbed a whole bunch of them thinking I was just going to put them on the tree as gift boxes, but then I got creative. Save the lids to your boxes because we’ll use those next week.

Step 2As pretty as those boxes were, they weren’t going to work for my purposes with those bright patterns on them. So the first thing I did was spray paint all the boxes inside and out. I chose spray paint because it’s so fast, but regular paint will get the job done too.

Step 3Use an exacto knife to cut off one side of the box. Leave about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in the back to keep the box strong and to give yourself a place to put the ornament hanger.

Step 4I needed to cut down the sides so that the artwork in the back would be visible, so I took the opportunity to make the shape even more special by tracing a scallop pattern on each side.

Step 5It’s a bit of a trick, but be patient and use the smallest scissors you have on hand to cut out the scallop shape. I have lots of teeny scissors because of all my embroidery work, but if you don’t try your exacto knife again.

Step 6
Add you glitter coat. I apply glue with a paintbrush, shake glitter over the top of it, then shake off the extra and let it dry. Be sure and collect all your extra glitter on a plate or a piece of paper or something.

Step 7When your glitter is dry you’re ready to add your artwork. I searched the internet for vintage artwork and there is just a wealth of great stuff out there. If you have a good home printer your options are endless. I decided to order postcards from Zazzle.com so I could make sure I wouldn’t get any fading. Cut it to fit the back of your shadowbox and glue it in place.

Step 8Decorate the foreground of your box by hot gluing a tiny bottle brush tree in place. Then paint more glue all over the bottom, the thicker you apply it the better, and sprinkle artificial snow over the top of it. You can find giant bags of that wherever they sell village accessories.

Step 9To add the ornament hanger poke a couple of holes in what remains of the top and thread a needle with thick thread or yarn on it through them. Tie a knot in the two ends and hang it from the tree.

I really loved how this one turned out, especially with the artwork I chose. It has a very “he sees you when you’re sleeping” quality to it, which should be useful when I’m trying to keep Atticus in line.

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