During the summer, my mother enjoys watching the hummingbirds outside of her kitchen window. She always seems a bit sad when it is time to put away the feeder for the winter and looks forward to the birds return in the spring. For the holidays, I thought I’d bring her a little early cheer and make her a couple of hummingbird ornaments for her tree.
I also think these ornaments would be pretty hanging in a window or on a mobile for a year-round decoration.
These little hummingbirds are made out of salt dough (just like the DIY Snowflake Ornaments), but I added a piece of toothpick for the beak while the dough was still wet.
Since it is the holiday season and I, like many, am in need of ways to wrap small gifts, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my very first post on Scissors and Spoons: Recycled Calendar Boxes. That post is still the most viewed post on this blog, although my DIY Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments are a close second. In my earlier post I used old calendars to be make the boxes, but for this post I used 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper. Since the scrapbook paper is already square it makes making the boxes even simpler.
If you have been following my blog over the past couple of months you have probably realized I have been really looking forward to getting a Christmas tree. I am not sure if the Christmas tree ornaments that I have been making since late October are a cause of my excitement or a symptom of it. If you missed my earlier ornament posts, you can check out my clothespin reindeer, salt dough snowflakes, clothespin star ornaments, and twine balls by clicking on the photos below.
It has become an annual tradition for Jaime and me to select and decorate a Christmas tree over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The first Christmas after Jaime and I were married we purchased a seven plus foot Fraiser fir from a Christmas tree lot about a half a mile from our apartment in DC and walked the tree through crowds of shoppers and tourists in Chinatown the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We got quite a few laughs and shouts of “Merry Christmas” and I am pretty sure a few people snapped photos of us. Unfortunately, we didn’t snap any pictures of our Christmas tree trek as we had our hands a bit full, although Jaime did snap the photo below in the elevator.
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful to be able to spend the day with family and friends.
This week has gotten away from me. Jaime and I have been busy getting ready to host Thanksgiving, but now that the harvest rolls, sweet potato pies, red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin bread, and sweet potato casserole have been made, I wanted to post a quick project — clothespin star Christmas ornaments.
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I made some more Christmas ornaments this past weekend that I am excited to share with you today. These string covered ornaments were easy to make and came together fairly quickly. I made six ornaments in less than two hours while watching TV. These probably would have come together even faster, if I had not kept getting sucked into the shows.
This is the third post in my DIY Christmas Ornaments series. So if you are just tuning in and missed my earlier ornament posts, here are the links to my clothespin reindeer and salt dough snowflakes. I have quite a few additional ornaments that I am looking forward to sharing with you in the next couple of weeks. To make sure that you don’t miss any of my DIY ornament posts, please consider subscribing to my blog by clicking on the envelope icon to the right and entering your email address or following me on Pinterest.
This past weekend, in addition to making the pumpkin bread that I blogged about earlier this week, I also finished making some salt dough ornaments. I went to a couple of stores, but couldn’t find a snowflake cookie cutter so I used a daisy and star cookie cutter to make these ornaments.
Of course, once I made these ornaments it seemed like all of the the stores got their winter cookie cutters in stock and I saw snowflake cookie cutters in four different stores. Don’t you hate when that happens? I guess I will just have to make another batch of ornaments!
I think that these ornaments would be pretty hanging on a Christmas tree, as a tag on a gift, or hanging from a fireplace mantle.
This year I decided to start early on my Christmas decorations and crafts. I know that a few people will protest and say that Halloween is barely over and it is much too early to start on Christmas crafts. For those of you who are not ready to start thinking about Christmas crafts, I hope that you’ll follow my Pinterest Christmas Crafts board, bookmark this page, and come back when you are ready to start thinking about holiday crafts. For everyone else please do all of the above and keep reading!
I am starting on my holiday crafts early this year because I think handmade crafts and decorations are a nice way to show love for family and friends, but I also like to actually spend time with family and friends doing things other than crafting and I simply don’t have enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to do all of the crafts that I would like. The lovely green velvet fabric that has been sitting in my craft closet for almost a year waiting to be made into stockings is testament to that. By starting early, I hope to craft at a more leisurely pace and also give you time to make any projects on the blog that strike your fancy.
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