In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to try a few DIY decorations based on ideas that caught my eye from around the web. Nothing original, but I’ve added my own touch.
Let’s start with the candleholder made from a clay pot and saucer. I bought a couple of pots and saucers, acrylic paints, and a stencil. Don’t tell my Annie Sloan stockist, because this paint came from Michael’s. After sealing the pots and saucers with Mod Podge, I smooshed and smoothed Artisan Enhancements VP Antico through the stencil for a raised design.
My first pot replicated the black and gold Tuscan Candleholder of my inspiration photo, but my husband and son weren’t thrilled with the result. I liked it, but added another coat of gold paint for good measure. Better. More Mod Podge to seal the paint, then I glued the saucer to the pot with E6000 contact adhesive. I painted the second pot with a navy blue acrylic paint and brushed gold onto the raised design. The men liked this one. I placed 3 votive candles on each saucer. These candleholders are intended to be a Grab-N-Go Gift item at our booth at Avonlea Antique Mall. We’ve all needed a quick gift, right? I added ribbon and a clip-on poinsettia and printed a sign to remind customers that if they need a gift right that minute, they’ve found it. Here is a hurried photo before we headed to the shop. Next up: an Autumn Banner provided by Andrea at The Cottage Market. I downloaded her letters and leaves, printed, and cut them out. My contribution was outlining the borders with gold glitter and stringing oyster-colored baby rick rack through the cards. Here’s how it looks on my front door. The Autumn Banner and Christmas wreath look a bit excessive together, but stores jumble their holidays all the time. I am astonished, however, that my front door is the color of yellowed book pages.
Anyway, I’ve made two wreaths and am grateful to Rebecca Robeson of Robeson Studio for her terrific video. The front door wreath came from a 1928 adventure book I bought for $2 at an estate sale. It’s big — 32″ in diameter. The process really isn’t hard, just labor intensive. And no one volunteered to help roll 120 cones per wreath.
You’ve already seen my second wreath at the top of this post. It’s a bit smaller and comes from a French – English Dictionary. While rolling my cones I learned that I can call this cone wreath Coronet de Papier, reaffirming that learning occurs anytime. After I rolled the cones I brushed Mod Podge on the tips and sprinkled gold glitter on them. Again, no volunteers. For the center, I added small Christmas balls and finished up with a Mardi Gras necklace that I brought back from The Big Easy. I cut the string over a large baking pan but still managed to have pearls rolling around the floor. And our kitties rejoiced. Before I leave, I want to show you a Pirate’s Play Table that I wrote about earlier. I’m just putting it in our Booth now, but I’ve added ribbon, a pirate hat, and a Grab-N-Go Gift sign. I believe there’s a little pirate in town who can use this for his or her adventures. And I hope there’s a parent who will see this gift and snatch it up. Ann Marie and David
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