DIY Christmas

Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogFilled with a little Christmas!

First of all, let me apologize about last week’s Takeaway Tuesday.  To be honest, I completely forgot about posting.  That day was a shopping day with my daughter, Tara.  Sorry I forgot about ya’ll!  We had a nice time out together though.  She’s 18 and still at home and taking college classes, but I do try to spend time with her when I can.  I know she won’t stay home forever.

Today I’m sharing one of the easiest Christmas ornaments I know how to make—filled clear ornaments.  I purchased my clear ornaments from Hobby Lobby but you can get them in almost any craft store.

DIY Filled Christmas Ornament from Clear Bulbs

Mine in the photo is filled with Epson salts, a little plastic Boxwood greenery, and berries.  You can fill them with almost anything.

 

Fill Ideas for Clear Ornaments:

  • Ribbon or string (to embellish and add a hanger with)
  • Epson Salt
  • Glitter
  • Paint (you squeeze a little in and roll them around)
  • Berries
  • Greenery
  • Twigs
  • Mini pinecones
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Rope
  • Beads
  • Pearls
  • Feathers
  • Rolled paper strips
  • Moss
  • Miniature figurines such as animals
  • Miniature Christmas trees
  • Buttons
  • Lace scraps
  • Jingle bells
  • Photos
  • Stickers (for the outside)
  • Mini letter blocks
  • Candy such as M&Ms
  • Bath Salts
  • Popcorn
  • Hot cocoa mix and marshmallows
  • Check the dollhouse section for miniature items
  • Use your imagination and creativity….the list could go on and on!

 

Tip:  If you use Epson Salt and put items on top of it, you will need to slide your ornament very slowly upright (if you use the ones like from Hobby Lobby that open vertically) so that your items don’t get buried beneath the salts.

Here are a few filled ornaments from online so you can get some more ideas:

 

Thanks for stopping in.  Feel free to comment.  I love hearing from you.

 

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

 

 

 

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Hello Friends.  Takeaway Tuesday has rolled around again.  Since I get a lot of requests for ideas for group projects for women’s ministry for this time of year, I thought I’d share an easy project that would work as a group.

I always like coming up with new things to decorate with so I had fun doing this one.  I’m going to use this canvas art on my mantle along with some other Christmas decorations.

Red truck décor is all the rage for Christmas this year and I found these cute red truck tote bags at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Only 99 cents and quite adorable!  They were crying out to be made into art, so I got out my scissors, some spray adhesive, my staple gun, and an art canvas.  I was pleasantly pleased with the result.

DIY Red Truck Christmas Canvas Art

I put my red truck on an 11 x 14 canvas.  My bag I chose said “happy holidays” which isn’t my favorite Christmas saying anyway so I didn’t care that part didn’t show on the finished canvas.

Red Truck Love - DIY Christmas Canvas ArtSupplies:

  • Tote bag (with a focal point).  Any size.
  • Spray adhesive
  • Art canvas (with wood frame on back).  Over time just the spray adhesive may loosen so you will want to stretch the tote bag material around and staple it so that is why I suggest a canvas that has wood framing on back. You can use any size depending on the size of tote bag and the size of the focal point of your bag.  You will want enough bag fabric to wrap around the edges of the canvas and to the back so you will be able to staple into the wood of the canvas.
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors

Note:  For the TJ Maxx/Marshalls red truck bags, I used an 11 x 14 canvas and it just fit with the edges of the truck slightly off the front.  Any larger was too big and an 8 x 10 was too small.

Directions:

  • Cut the picture (focal point) of your tote bag a few inches larger than your canvas (that includes front plus side measurements).  As I mentioned earlier, you will want enough bag fabric to wrap around the edges and to the back so you have room to staple the edges into the wood frame of the canvas.
  • Use spray adhesive on your canvas.  Follow the directions on the can.  You need to let it air dry for a few seconds until it is tacky.
  • Center your tote bag art you’ve cut out on your canvas.  Press on and smooth out across canvas.
  • Fold the extra fabric around the edges of the canvas.  If you want, you can cut a slit into the extra fabric at corners to fold around corners more easily.
  • Staple edges into the wood on back of canvas.  Make sure everything is smooth on the front of the canvas as you staple along the back.

 

DIY Christmas Art: Tote Bag into Canvas Art

One thing I loved about this was that the bag I used from TJ Maxx /Marshalls is that they are a little textured with a weave throughout the plastic material so they looked kind of artsy on the canvas.

Tip:  This project can be economical if you are going to do this as a women’s group project as many stores have tote bags with designs on both sides so you can do two canvases out of one tote bag.

Thanks for stopping in.  Are you using anything special or a particular color to decorate with this year?  Leave a comment.  I want pops of red in the midst of neutrals!

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

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