I found some papier mâché cones at a little shop back in November and have been trying to figure out what to do with them since. Well, this whole 24 Days of Christmas Crafts was the perfect excuse to give them a go. Paul took one look at these trees when he arrived home and said, “They look like flapper girls” hence their now coined name. I found these mint crepe paper streamers at a really disgusting party store in DC in October (sorry, it was just really gross) but this color totally stood out.
For this month’s DIY project for Oh Happy Day I tapped into my my mom’s endless artistic reservoir again and remembered how one year for Christmas she made these candy lights and put them on our whole house. It was pretty fantastic looking and I think it turned out well again this time. I love the photos that Emily took. This top one is one of my absolute favorites of all time roots and all (sick!). Should have asked her to photoshop those suckers out.
Happy first of December! In Denmark, the 24 days prior to Christmas are usually celebrated with advent calendars (check out Oh Happy Day for some stellar ones) accompanied with a little activity or gift. I’m going to do a “24 days of Christmas crafts” challenge. I do think I’m crazy, but they won’t always be big crafts so I think it might be doable. Wanna do it too? Let me know and let’s share ideas! I’ve been super into glitter since the days of the lantern and thought it would be a nice addition to these trees that my mom used to make out of magazines. They are a cinch to make and I thought they turned out quite well.
What you’ll need: old magazines, gold spray paint, spray glue or glitter glue (couldn’t find glitter glue in Europe. Help???), glitter
Step 1: Make your first fold by taking the top and folding it down so it creates a nice line with the center of the magazine.
Step 2: Make your second fold by taking the edge of that first fold and folding it into the center line.
Step 3: Take the point of the new bottom fold and fold it up so it’s flush with the bottom edge of the magazine. The tree will stand on this so it must be able to sit on a table.
Step 4: Repeat, repeat, repeat until the last page.
Step 5: Spray some gold paint on.
Step 6: Embellish with glitter by spraying on adhesive spray. Start at the top and trickle it as it comes down the tree for an ombre effect.
I think I’m going to do dozens more to act as our real Christmas tree since we don’t have a lot of space in our little apartment. Enjoy!
Ever received a heart attack? The paper, less life-threatening type? Well, consider yourself attacked. Happy Valentine’s day. PS–“kærlighed” means “love” in Danish. PPS–wish me luck, this is my last day with long hair. Hip hip.
I remembered my memory card for the workshop so all of you screaming/crying/aching for a pictures will be appeased. Today we learned how to take photocopies to transfer images onto clay. Above, Paul Scott is taking the photo off the clay and showing the final image. Kind of blew my mind.
Definitely the most lively part of the day was when he lit the copy paper on fire.
Look at the focus! He burned the paper to show how to know if the copy paper contains iron dioxide or not. Brown=yes.
Thankfully, I made a friend, Elizabeth, who let me test some on her plate. You can try images onto glazed plates like this one by first using some sort of adhesive like a glue stick or spray mount.
Because the workshop is a few hours from Copenhagen, I’m staying with some gracious friends who have been kind enough to drive me to and fro and provide me with some wonderful Danish food. This also means that it’s the first time that I’ve been away from Mr. Husband. So weird. Also weird: the mice I hear running in the ceiling of where I’m staying. eeek.