Before I continue with the eagerly-anticipated Parts 5 and 6 of my Easy Handmade Christmas Gifts Series, I have to tell you all something that I just noticed. Apparently, WordPress has a blog category about “blogging”. If I wasn’t so afraid that I’d forget the funny creative things I want to tell everyone tonight, then I’d certainly go take a look-see at the blogs about blogging.
For our fifth treasure, I bring you an altered tin. I really like altering items like this. It’s easy, cheap, and plus I just have a thing for little boxes and bowls and stuff. Here is the before picture of the tin I used – in its former life, it held butter pecan cookies.
Judging by the sheer quantity of these things that I find at thrift stores, garage sales, etc., I’m guessing that I’m not the only one who has a million of them lying (laying?) around. Anyway, some paper, glue, ink, stamps, sequins, embossing powder, and ribbon will turn a 25 cent thrift store find into this gorgeous piece of art.
First, I cut my paper to size to cover up the lovely ladies in the picture. Then (surprise surprise), I, the Self-Proclaimed Mod Podge Queen of the Universe, Mod Podged it on. Once the glue dried, I stamped the snowflake images using white pigment ink and then used a holographic embossing powder to emboss them. I glued a sequin to the middle of each snowflake and put a dot of glitter on the ends of them. For the bottom, I sprayed it lightly with my best friend glitter spray paint. Hot-glued a pretty ribbon around it, and added a metal snow flake embellishment from Making Memories.
Part 6 in my series is a gift that you will want to give with discretion. I, for one, would love to receive this. However, I am a hillbilly who also wants a red aluminum Christmas tree, so take my love for it with a grain of salt. You will probably want to shy away from giving this to your more high-brow friends.
What is it? It’s an altered deer – yes, you read that right – an altered deer inspired by Suzie Millions’ The Complete Book of Retro Crafts. If you do not own this book, you must ask Santa Claus to bring it to you.
Here’s my deer in his former, more dignified boring life. I got him at the thrift store for 50 cents.
Poor thing. It doesn’t look like he’s having any fun at all couped up like he is in that ugly old plastic bag. But add some glitter, a couple google eyes, and a strand of jingle bells and you have a hap-hap-happy glitter deer!
Here he is posing with his muse …
I used Martha Stewart glitter. It’s one of the few products in her line that I don’t feel is outrageously priced. I mixed Elmer’s white glue with a little bit of water and applied it with a paintbrush. Then, obviously, I sprinkled the glitter on. I hot-glued those gorgeous eyes.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 7. I have a guest crafter coming to show you her goodies. Oops. Not her goodies. Some nice ornaments that she made.