Christmas Crafts

Embellishing your beautiful punched "tin" butterflies!

Thank you for all your comments on the Butterfly post!!! I am so pleased that many of you are going to make punched "tin" butterflies!  I hope you will send me pictures -  PLEASE!  Or post them on Flicker and send me a link!

Before I begin talking about embellishing butterflies, I want to share a couple tips that were left as comments on my tutorial for making punched "tin" butterflies.  These are very useful tips and I wanted to make sure no one missed them.

 ~ Rubbing alcohol will easily remove Sharpie ink from any metal you are working with.

Luminarias

 

It wasn't Christmas when I was growing up without a drive around town on Christmas Eve to see the Luminarias. Actually, they are known as Farolitos (little fires) in New Mexico and the word "Luminaria" is reserved for the small bonfires used to light the way for participants in Las Posadas. But since most of the world knows the little bags with candles in them as Luminiarias or Luminaries, I am using that word in this post.

Espejitos (small mirrors in Spanish)

 

Get acquainted with the beautiful arts and crafts of Mexico, beginning with these lovely mirrors, the inspiration for my colorful small mirror ornaments. And while you are visiting the mirrors, do a little exploring on the site. So much artistic talent there to enjoy (and of course to purchase.)

Making Woven Paper Heart Baskets to Celebrate Santa Lucia Day

 

I have been wanting to learn to make Danish woven paper heart baskets for years, but always felt intimidated by the instructions available to me. So this Fall, Diane and I spent the day together figuring out how to make them. (Of couse, SHE caught on right away and by the time I had finished my first practice basket, she was already in the middle of constructing a 5-strip basket with variations in the strip widths.) Sigh!

I thought I'd share the process of making a basic three-strip basket with you...

How to Make a Simple Cardboard Base For an Advent Wreath

Celebration of the Advent began as a time that Christians prepared for the coming of Christmas. There were two very familiar symbols to mark this period of time, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Both are from German tradition, and both are still used today - the Advent Wreath and Advent Calendar.

 

November 30th is the first Sunday of Advent. Here is the Advent wreath I made to celebrate these Advent Sundays.

HOW I MADE IT: (I like to keep it simple!)

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