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From Eyeglasses to Snowman Ornament (tutorial)

I found this idea on Pinterest. Unfortunately the link did not go back to the original designer. This is my version of the original.

For our family’s 2nd annual ornament-making fest, I scoured the internet for many months before coming across the cutie I will be showing you. We make other ornaments besides snowmen, but the star of the program is always a snowman. This is the link I have for our star snowman.

 

Supplies Needed

  • Eyeglasses
  • Ammonia based cleaner and rag
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic  paint: white, black, orange
  • Blush (makeup), brown, tan, or pinkish eye shadow
  • Acrylic spray
  • Strip of fabric for the scarf

Step One – Clean

Clean eyeglasses with cleaner. Rinse well with water. Dry with non-lint towel.

Step Two – Base coat

Paint lenses of eyeglasses in a thin coat of white paint in one direction. Try to keep paint off the rim of the glasses. Let it dry thoroughly. You can use a hair dryer to help it dry more quickly. If you put on more paint when it is still wet, some paint will come off. That is why you need to let it dry between coats.

Step Three – Base coat in opposite direction

Paint lenses in the opposite direction with a thin coat of white paint. Let it dry thoroughly. You can use a hair dryer to help it dry more quickly.

Step Three – Finish base coat

Do this 2 or 3 more times, or until you have a totally white surface. If you paint in thin layers and alternate directions, each time you will end up with a smooth surface. However, it will still look good, if the surface isn’t smooth; after all, real snowmen aren’t smooth.

Step Four – Eyes

Eyes: Practice making ovals on a scrap piece of paper. In the top lens about a finger width down paint two ovals in black. Paint two lines for eyebrows above the eyes in black paint.

Step Five – Nose

Nose: In the middle of the lenses, make an orange triangle. Start with the fat end of the carrot ending with the pointy end.

Step Six – Mouth

Mouth: Dip the end of your paint brush into black paint. Use this end to make dots for the mouth.

Step Seven – Let top dry & work on bottom

Let the top lens dry while you work on the bottom lens.

Step Eight – Buttons

Buttons: Using black paint make three circles on the bottom lens. Or you can use the end of a fat paint brush or pen dipped in black paint to make the circle buttons.

Step Nine  – Finish eyes & nose

Top Lens 

  • Eyes: Dip your paint brush end into white paint. Use this end to put dots onto your eyes to give them dimension.
  • Nose: Using a liner brush dipped in black paint, outline the carrot in black. Also paint a few vertical lines.

Step Ten – Finish buttons

Bottom Lens – Buttons: Paint a small white curved line on the buttons.

Step Eleven – Cheeks & outline

Blush: 

  • When both lenses are dry do the following: Put blush on a small, dry paint brush. Make circles on the cheeks.
  • Outline the snowman with same blush or desired colour of eye makeup.

Step Twelve – Date and initials

On the inside of the lenses, paint your initials and current year.

Step Thirteen – Clean & seal

Wipe off frames well. Clean off smudges and any white paint.

In a well-ventilated area, spray the acrylic spray the outside and inside of lenses. Use thin layers.

Step Fourteen – Scarf

Tie the strip of the fabric on the “neck” of the snowman.

Step Fifteen – Display

Put the snowman onto your tree and admire.

Step Sixteen – Picture & post

Take a picture and send it to me so I can make a post with everyone’s creation. Or write your own post and link it to this one.

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During November I am writing or posting a photo about something for which I am grateful. This explains why.  

My gratitude posting for November 28: I am finally making time for crafting. Besides being fun, crafting gives me something pleasant to think about, gives me more creative thoughts in all areas, and is a stress release. And when I craft with others, it is a bonding experience.

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Your Turn . . .

  1. Did you make this snowman?
  2. Did you make any ornaments, snowman or otherwise, this year?
  3. Do you give ornaments as presents?
  4. What are you grateful for today?

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Grateful for Creativity and Life

This week’s Friday’s Fave Five ended up having a theme. I am grateful for creativity and life. What are you grateful for this week? Leave a comment or write a post and link up to Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Five # 169.

Here’s my list . . .

I’m grateful for the opportunity to create. It refuels me. It makes me happy. I’ve been involved in two projects this week.

ONE I made ornaments. I made some with my kiddos and nieces over Thanksgiving break.

I am still working on snowman ornaments. Look at all these heads waiting to be put with their “body” (a star).

I am a Christmas version of Dr. Frankenstein. Only I deal specifically with snowman heads. 😉

Go to this link to see some of our creations.

TWO. I finished up my Christmas Card Wreath which cost me $2.00.

Many of the cards are too pretty and sentimental to NOT enjoy them all season.

This is hanging in my bedroom on an over-the-door hanger.

After Christmas, I will replace the cards with photographs.

Go to this link to read how I made the wreath.

THREE. I am grateful for life! 

In this case, Chip’s. Chip had a dental cleaning and a tooth extraction on Monday. He’s almost 2o years old so we (Vet, staff and I) don’t take anything for granted.

I took a bunch of pictures just in case it was the last time I ever saw him. Several came out quite nicely.

FOUR. I am grateful for the time to be around others while they are being creative.

A friend invited me to join her at The Singing Christmas Tree. The music was good and the plot line was amusing.

The best “creative” part of the evening, for me though, was looking at the church’s many decorated Christmas trees.

The highlight of the evening was visiting with my friend. She is highly creative and the conversation took many interesting turns.

FIVE. I am grateful for creativity and life!

I had the opportunity to write and give a talk to the ladies at our church Christmas party.

I spoke about Traditions: how they are helpful, can be distracting, and how to make sure they stay a positive influence in our lives. Click here for the link.

I am grateful for the lives of all the women who attended the party.

I am grateful for the life of the Baby Jesus and the “work” He came to do.

Finally I am grateful for eternal life that I can have because Jesus was born, died and rose from the grave.

Related Post . . . Listen to this teen’s creatively done video. It will make you appreciate your life and the lives of those around you.

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4 Types of Home-Made Ornaments Using Decoupage, Dough, Clay, & Fabric

This year our church is decorating the church tree with home-made ornaments. We want ornaments from the kiddos as well as from the adults. Coming up with ornament prototypes for the Sunday school PreK’s through 5th graders has been a blast.

Over Thanksgiving break I spent 3 days with my daughter, Elizabeth. 3 of my nieces also stayed with her. For a majority of that time we made ornaments. We covered Elizabeth’s tree with home-made ornaments and we each got to take some home.

Below are the types of ornaments the church kiddos, my nieces, my daughter, and I made. NOTE: The clay, decoupage, and dough ornaments were sealed with Krylon crystal clear spray finish.

 Tissue-Decoupage
  • This stain glass look-alike and single-colour ball were made using smallish pieces of tissue paper dipped in liquid starch. The tissue covered the gold balls quite nicely.
  • The Cinnamon Salt Dough Star (more info below) was made with tissue decoupage and puffy paint.
NOTE: (1) Start layering with the lightest colours first, ending with the darkest colour on top.
(2) If you don’t have liquid starch you can use modge podge or craft glue thinned with some water.

Cinnamon Salt Dough
The dough is made by mixing together the following:
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
Roll out dough, cut with coolie cutters, poke a hole in the top, and bake in a 325 degree F oven for about 1 hour. The precise directions are at this link. 
NOTE: (1) Thinner is better for these ornaments. The thick ones had a tendency to puff out and form cracks.
(2) Be sure to watch that you don’t overbake as the bottoms will burn. Just saying – lol.
 
 
 
You can cover the cooked dough with glitter or puffy paint! See the tissue-decoupaged ornament peeking through just off-center?
 
 
 This star was painted with white paint to look like frosting. Then I covered the “frosting” with cake sprinkles.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Cinnamon Salt Dough does well with acrylic paint.
(1) Aren’t Patrick and Pooh cute?
(2) The bright blue shows up nicely on the tree. The red/white candy cane is explained down below.
(3) Ninjas look good on the tree too.

Sculpey Oven Baked Clay Projects
Snowman Plaque
(1) For the base we cut a 3″x4″ rectangle from white foam board. We covered it with a thin layer of the Sculpey clay.
(2) We cooked the plaque with the half circle heads, hats, scarves, and noses as one piece at 250 degrees F for 15 minutes. 
NOTE: (1) Put a bit of wire in the nose, under the clay. Otherwise it will break off.
(2) I made the one on the left. My daughter made the one on the right.
 
 (1) The foil-lined cookie sheet is full of our baked projects.
(2) My son made the snowman on the right. He wasn’t shy about being the only male. 
 
 
 
 (1) Kate’s snowman is small, about 4 inches tall and reminds me of The Snowman.
(2) Em’s snowman is BIG about 7 inches tall. Love those blue eyes.
(3) Sammi made a snowman too. I am not showing her art because some are presents and at this moment I cannot remember which ones are. So best not to post any.

Snowman on Star
This technique combined the cinnamon salt dough and Sculpey clay.
 
 
 
 
 

Fabric Wrapped Candy Cane 
We raided my daughter’s rag basket for this ornament. We cut pieces about one inch in width. As we wrapped it around the candy cane we’d periodically dabble some hot glue.
NOTE: (1) We used real candy canes because that’s what we had on hand.
(2) I was inspired to try this craft because of reading this post on Eyeballs by Day Crafts by Night. Maggie uses homespun fabric in one colour per cane. So cute!
 
Hope you enjoyed seeing our creations. All the “kiddos” from young to old enjoyed doing these projects.
 
Your Turn . . . What have you created lately? Any ornaments?
 
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