Welcome to Parts 3 and 4 of my Easy Handmade Christmas Gifts series. I decided to combine these 2 posts because my brain is racing with so many posts that I want to make.
The first item was kind of an accident. Last night I intended to make some of these door hangings that I saw on someone else’s blog. (I can’t remember which blog though so I can’t link to it.) Anway, they were really cute and she had taken a picture frame and then attached ribbon and flowers and stuff to make a door hanging. Well, I set out to accomplish that and this is what happened.
I have to confess … I think it turned out pretty cool. And I really think the pink glittery balls just scream “THREE WISEMEN!!!!!” I used glitter spray paint on a cheap navy blue picture frame I had gotten several years ago at Dollar General and had stashed away in a closet. There are some imperfections in the glitter; I got a little carried away with it – what with the pink balls screaming about Magi and all. I used Staz-On ink in cotton white to stamp my Wisemen and star directly onto the glass of the frame. I then embossed it with a holographic embossing powder. Next, I cut a piece of dark paper to size and framed it. Finally, I hot glued my floral pics onto the side. While I heart Tacky Glue, hot glue really works better for attaching bulky items like floral pics to picture frames.
It’s nowhere near what I set out to create, but that’s where my imagination took me and I was really happy with the final result.
The second item is some ebroidered napkins. A word to the wise: do not attempt to make these as gifts unless you are a more talented embroiderer than I am. I originally intended these to be a gift, but I can’t in good conscience give them away; I’m not a stitcher.
I made 4 of the blue and 4 of the red. I got these pre-stamped napkins on clearance at Wal-Mart one January for $2.00 for 4. I think you could use a rubber stamp to stamp your design on the napkins and then stich over it.
By the way, if any of you all use any of these ideas, I’d love to see your versions.