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Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments

My Alcohol Ink Ornaments are far and away the most popular craft on my blog. This is due in large part to Oh, My Crafts featuring them on both their Facebook and Pinterest pages. I knew these ornaments were beautiful and easy, and Oh, My Crafts helped me spread the word to even more of the internet.

Knowing that they were so popular, I had to think of something new to do with the ornaments this year. I started off by purchasing different shapes and sizes of glass ornaments at Michaels when they were 50% off. Then I decided to treat myself to Adirondack Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixatives in Gold and Silver. With all my goodies bought, I got down to the experimenting. Here are the results.

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I used the exact same technique as in my previous Alcohol Ink Ornaments post. The metallic mixatives take a craft that was already gorgeous and turn it into something luxurious. Much like glitter, there can never be enough gold and silver in my life!

I’ve already gifted several of these ornaments to co-workers and family, and they’ve been very sweet and complimentary. If you’re looking for a gift that takes minimal effort but leaves a lasting impression, these ornaments are for you. Happy ornament crafting!

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Christmas Card Holder Tutorial

I love Christmas cards! One reason I like sending them out is to get some back in return that I can then decorate with. It’s very common to see folks’ Christmas cards taped around a doorway. I’ve strung ribbon in the past and clipped my cards to it with clothespins to make a card garland. This year I decided that I wanted to make a more substantial card holder. Here’s what I came up with. It can even double as a wreath… Happy Christmas crafting!

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Round, Wooden, Wreath Form (I used an 18 in. 3 Ring Circles one)
  • Craft Paint (I used Martha Stewart Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint in Holly Berry)
  • Paintbrush
  • Wooden Clothespins (I used 15)
  • Assorted Cardstock (I got a Christmas pack from Michaels)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper Trimmer, Rotary Cutter, or Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Another Paint Brush (I have a small one that I use exclusively for Mod Podge)
  • Amazing Goop or Hot Glue Gun
  • 12 in. of Thin Cording (I used silver)

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step One:

Paint your wooden wreath form with craft paint. I chose to use Martha Stewart’s Pearl Holly Berry because it coordinated well with my cardstock. It might be my new favorite shade of red. It’s got lots of pink tones in it. Beautiful! I gave my wreath form two coats.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Two:

If room permits in your craft room (it does not in mine!), start your clothespins while the paint dries. Measure the width of your clothespins. Using a ruler and pencil, mark up strips on the reverse side of your cardstock.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Cut your strips of paper with whatever cutting tool you prefer. I’m not steady enough with a pair of scissors and I didn’t want to haul out a cutting mat to use my rotary cutter, so I opted for my paper trimmer.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

After cutting your cardstock strips, mark off the length of your clothespins on them.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Cut the strips into smaller pieces that should perfectly cover one side of your clothespins.

Step Three:

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to one side of your clothespin, and adhere one of your small strips of cardstock to it. Do this until all of your clothespins are covered with cardstock.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

For a couple of reasons, I chose to apply a layer of Mod Podge over the cardstock. First, I like the look of shiny things. Second, I knew that the top coat of Mod Podge would seal the cardstock. You can certainly omit this step if you prefer.

Step Four:

Once both your paint and Mod Podge have dried, glue your clothespins to the wreath form. I laid all of my clothespins out before I began gluing so that I could decide on a pattern and check the spacing. I’m not a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of crafter.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I know that lots of you love your glue guns. I certainly have a good relationship with mine. I chose not to use it for this project because I wanted to make sure that my adhesive was strong and permanent. That’s why I used Amazing Goop, but a glue gun would be fine, too. Make sure that you glue the clothespins to the wreath form with the clip opening facing outward. If you glue them in the other direction, your cards will hang in the center of your wreath instead of framing it. Let your adhesive dry/cure the appropriate amount of time.

Step Five:

Fold your cording in half. Because I used a 3 Ring Circles wreath form, I had holes pre-drilled in it. I threaded the two ends of the cording through one of the holes and pulled them through the looped end of the cording until it was taut against the wreath form. If your wreath form doesn’t have a hole, you can use the same technique I did around the entire width of the wreath form. Then tie the ends of the cording in a square knot, and snip off the excess cording.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

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Holiday Music Mixtape

If you follow me on Facebook (which you should!), you might have noticed that I like to post the music I’m listening to while I craft. I’m a music junkie. Holiday music is no exception. My holiday collection is extensive, possibly excessive. While busting out the holiday playlists in my iTunes this weekend, I thought you all might enjoy a look at my very, very, very favorite holiday songs. I’ve pared the list down to 50. Yes, I recoginize that is still a lot of music. It’s the best I could do! I’ve alphabetized them so that it’s easier for you to see if your favorites are included. Happy holiday crafting and listening!

Do They Know It’s Christmas? Album Cover

  1. “Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects” Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
  2. “All I Need Is Love” Cee Lo Green featuring the Muppets
  3. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Mariah Carey
  4. “Ave Maria” Chris Cornell & Eleven
  5. “Believe” Josh Groban
  6. “Carol of the Bells” The Bird and the Bee
  7. “The Chanukah Song” Adam Sandler
  8. “The Chipmunk Song” The Chipmunks
  9. “Christmas in Hollis” Run-DMC
  10. “The Christmas Song” Nat “King” Cole
  11. “Christmas Time Is Here” Vince Guaraldi Trio
  12. “Cool Yule” Louis Armstrong & the Commanders
  13. “Donde Esta Santa Claus?” Guster
  14. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Band Aid
  15. “Fairy Tale of New York” Amy MacDonald
  16. “Feliz Navidad” Jose Feliciano
  17. “Happy Xmas” John Lennon
  18. “Hard Candy Christmas” Dolly Parton
  19. “Holiday” Vampire Weekend
  20. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” Burl Ives
  21. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Michael Buble
  22. “It Don’t Have to Change” John Legend featuring the Stephens Family
  23. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters
  24. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Andy Williams
  25. “I Want You for Christmas” Cheap Trick
  26. “Jingle Bell Rock” Bobby Helms
  27. “Last Christmas” Wham!
  28. “Little Drummer Boy” Bing Crosby & David Bowie
  29. “Merry Christmas” The Ramones
  30. “A New York Christmas” Rob Thomas
  31. “Oh Holy Night” Tracy Chapman
  32. “On Santa’s Way Home” Marc Broussard
  33. “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” Brenda Lee
  34. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Jack Johnson
  35. “Run Rudolph Run” Chuck Berry
  36. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
  37. “Sleigh Ride” Fun.
  38. “Someday at Christmas” Mary J. Blige
  39. “Step into Christmas” Elton John
  40. “That Spirit of Christmas” Ray Charles
  41. “This Christmas” Donny Hathaway
  42. “Toy Jackpot” Blackalicious
  43. “2000 Miles” The Pretenders
  44. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Rufus Wainwright
  45. “What Christmas Means to Me” Stevie Wonder
  46. “White Christmas” Otis Redding
  47. “Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year” Rosie Thomas
  48. “Winter Song” Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
  49. “Winter Wonderland” Jason Mraz
  50. “Wonderful Christmastime” Paul McCartney
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