Gingerbread Tree Ornament Tutorial

Jeanine:

A simple DIY Ornament Project, with a maximum beauty for result. Click through to see the Tutorial for these lovely holiday ornaments. Happy Holidays!
Jay-Nine ;)

Originally posted on The Blue Brick | Photography and Handcrafts by Shireen Nadir:

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Today I wanted to share a super simple technique for producing gingerbread men tree ornaments! Tito and I will be giving these to our friends as stocking stuffers this Christmas, but they also make very cute gift tags.

You will need:

  • Polymer clay (I’m using Sculpey III, colour ‘gold’)*
  • Talcum powder
  • Cookie cutters
  • Inka Gold Metallic Rub (optional)
  • Acrylic Ink, and a small paintbrush
  • Something for making impressions in the clay (I’m using soap molds and dollar store jewellery)
  • Either a pasta machine or an acrylic roller to roll out the clay
  • Resin (optional)
  • Drinking straw
  • Wax paper

*A quick note on polymer clays:

Sculpey is more brittle than fimo when cured. Fimo is stiffer and harder to work with when not cured. I prefer Sculpey, but to add strength and gloss to my pieces I add a coat of resin at the end. If you are skipping the resin…

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Kids Clay Donut Art

For whatever the reason(s) may be (and I had started with a pretty long list in draft i decided not to air LOL), I just cannot seem to organize a darn thing anymore: my thoughts, my words, my blog posts, nothing. I am completely frustrated and all over the place at this point but, I have been itching for weeks to share our latest projects with you all.

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This small project was so simple and quick with colorful results. One those activities that will bring together multi-aged groups of kids, to the table for some creative time!

START WITH:

+ AMACO Sculptamold modelling clay bag
{ We ordered ours via Amazon.ca as in Canada. If you follow links to US bloggers, you’ll find much cheaper better pricing }
+ water
+ mixing bowl {we use our designated clay mixing glass bowl}
+ kids art deco items like sequins glue donut colored acrylic paints for base, gesso *optional, any other colors for icing of your choice. { we Googled for inspiration results here}
+ PLUS, Puffy Paint: the most important * material *

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AND:
+ follow simple directions on bag
+ mix two parts clay, to one part water. Do not over water!
+ silicone donut molds { for my US readers I found these } Whatever shape you do chose,
* Keep your selection simple as its easier for kids to complete. I added a thin PAM Oil Cooking Spray layer to our molds for easy removal.

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It is difficult however not to end up with air bubbles (or tiny missing spaces) within your finished product. I found it added to the authentic look of the donut though.

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When filling, we pushed, stuffed, jammed, and even added moistened fingers ( wet with water) while kinda forcing the mixture, into the molds. The slightly wet-fingered pressing, gives a close to smooth finish to the donuts exterior as well.

Sculptamold starts to dry after 30 minutes kinda like Plaster Paris. To prevent longer drying times from sitting in the silicone overnight, and so children could get to the decorating already: I pulled out the donuts out after 45 minutes of the mixture settling.

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{ * The first time I tried project alone, the donut was still moist along bottom for days, from leaving it to dry IN molds! }

NOW, time to get out the acrylic paints of donutish colors for decorating! { You can also use white gesso as a base }

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NOTE: This clay post of mine, was directly inspired byAna at her creative children’s art and activities blog: Babble Dabble Do. Check out about Ana, and her added nature twist, to her simple Sculptamold Fruit Bowls art project for kids, done with her own children. { be sure to visit the post for more kid fun inspiration! }

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Now, Mom! Let the kids put too much, overflowing glop. It will DRY! YES, even our $1.00 for 3pk of cheap puffy paint from Dollarama dried fully after 24hours!

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Here’s the kids version:

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See, drippy goopy sticky ooey-gooey yummy, sloppy, or perfectly positioned, donut icing. It truly makes the project.

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WHEN YOU LEAVE
VISIT: ROCKIN’ ART FOR KIDS!. You will find, plenty of their own and other bloggers, kids activities surrounding art; plus a multitude of genius Summer fun ideas, for you to share with your kids.

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BEWARE: Your world of ideas for measly “arts ‘n’ crafts” is about to be blown out of the waters! Hang On & Have Fun!

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DIY: Dreamy train

Lately, I have been finding some seriously creative paper crafting blogs. So wonderful in fact, that I have re-blogged them here. Take a look through the links to post, at a different type train set DIY, via Lullaby Diaries.
Jeanine ;)

Kids Free Printable {re-blog}

Jeanine:

Follow through this re-blog to the link for Lille Huset‘s original post, where you will find the unique paper playground printable free, for your enjoyment. Lille Huset is a modern toy company based in Indiana that carries only eco-friendly kids toys.

Lille Huset are designed in Chicago and Made in Indiana. Visit their website and social media networks below , for more well-designed paper fun. Get started on simple pretend play with your kids today. Exploring their website you will also find links to video tutorials for childrens learning through their one-of-a-kind materials.

The “Lille Huset Imagine Your World” paper-playset, is available in their creative webshop. Soon, I will be sharing my review of their products as I receive my order! I’m super excited!

UPDATE:
<This Weekend ONLY Saturday and Sunday Lille Hauset products are on SALE! Its a flash 50% OFF, 2-day ONLY SUMMER SALE that is not to be missed!

Be sure to visit Lille Hauset:
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I discovered “Lille Huset” from some major creative bloggers over at “SmallForBig.com“–An excellent source of creativity from an art Mom blogger and fine designer.

Be sure to follow Small For Big on –
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What unique craft projects have you and your littles created lately?

Jeanine ;)

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Originally posted on Lille Huset | Little home:

Well, we know the weather is going to be nice soon enough so we thought we would send along some warm weather love with our new paper play free download! Enjoy!

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Having A ‘Note-a-Graphic’ Afternoon

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Just a quick note to all my friends, brothers, sisters, and family out there on this sabbath Sunday…

{ I created this well designed, simple word image, via the Notegraphy App, available in the iTunes AppStore. Click through for other users photo examples onInstagram, using the #HelloNotegraphy #notegraphy hashtags. Also, follow them @HelloNotegraphy }

No matter what country, culture, background, no matter if you pray standing, sitting, or meditate lying down, no matter if you are rich are poor, you are all my ‘brothers’ and I pray for you through the power of The Lord and Our Saviour Jesus Christ, today ;) Amen.

Yours Kindly,

Jeanine

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