Christmas Crafts

Merry Marshmallow Men

As promised! Here is a little how-to for those little Marshmallow Men you saw in the Gingerbread house post.

 

Better Homes and Gardens, December 1960!! I have been hanging on to this clipping all that time! Better Homes and Gardens has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. It was one of two magazines my Mom subscribed to as I was growing up and I just couldn't wait for the holiday issues each year. All those crafty ideas for holiday decorations - I spent hours and hours pouring over those pages. And I look forward to my holiday issues just as much today!

Make a Gingerbread House!

Today I am going to do my very best to convince you to add a gingerbread house project to your holiday celebrations. First, a little peek into my own gingerbread house history...

 

How to Make Punched "Tin" Light Shields

 

Punched "tin" light shields catch, reflect and amplify the lights on trees and garlands.

Design possibilities are endless and making them is a very simple process. If you need inspiration for designs, check out these Mexican tin ornaments offered through La Fuente; but basic star, or flower cookie cutters about 3" diameter work great as patterns.

Getting Acquainted with Wheat Weaving

 

This wheat spiral has been on my tree over 35 years and the star and snowflake almost that long. OUCH!;

My eyes and heart fell in love with wheat weaving a long time ago. So...this past Spring I decided that now that I have the whole internet world at my finger tips, I would learn more about it and maybe try my hand at making a few simple ornaments. And here are two of them.

How to Make Japanese-Inspired Ornaments

These pretty decorations are based on an ancient Japanese craft known as Temari. They begin with a styrofoam ball, wrapped in thread. This forms a beautiful and functional base for embroidery.

Here's a picture of some traditional Temari. They can be a little complicated to make, so they're really best learned from a book or a live class. However, this tutorial will teach you to make the thread-wrapped ball, and then decorate it in some simpler ways.

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