Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Something Out of Nothing

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I love when I can dream up an idea that doesn't cost much money but is fun to make. For the past few years, I've been making Christmas decorations out of nothing. Well not exactly nothing - I usually stock up on glitter and Elmer's glue and find everything else around the house or outside in the woods. Every year when we bring the handmade decorations out, it reminds me of the time spent making it, the incredible mess on the kitchen table that stays for days, and the glitter that remains forever! Last year's Holiday Birch House project was lots of fun. My friends and I got together the other day during the snowstorm to make some more.

This year, I made these sheep for our holiday display. I used toilet paper rolls, newspaper, an egg carton, paper mache paste (made out of 1 part flour to 2 parts water), cardboard, lichen I found in the woods, pine cones, branches, Elmer's glue, and crystal glitter. Maybe next year I'll do a tutorial on them if the cats don't destroy them first. (FYI - cats and kittens love destroying anything with lichen on it!)

The Very Merriest Christmas 2008 to you and yours.

20 comments:

PG said...

What inquisitive looking sheep! Season's Greetings to you Kristin, from one muddy country dweller to another.

Deborah said...

They look nice and wooly like the sheep in your previous post. I love your projects. My dear Mother was so creative until she lost her sight. It's fun to make projects like that.

mlanezoo said...

HOW CUTE!! Love the sheep...it's a shame the cats ate them! :-)

Casarth-Bären said...

I wish you a Merry Christmas!
Kind greetings of Casarthbaeren

Willow said...

Very cute and very appropriate!

Merry Christmas to The Farmer, Julia, and YOU from The Professor and Willow

Turtle said...

those are so cute..and biger than i first thought! daughter and i were thinking clove ends, sea sponge, felt and twigs....so sweet and rustic!

stringplay said...

Love your sheep. Merry Christmas to you and your family (and sheep!)

Kathie said...

I am so impressed these are adorable!
Did your DD help you ???
what a fun project that would be to do together.
Kathie

Anonymous said...

Adorable! I love your creativity!
I wish you and yours happy and healthy holidays.

-- Grace in MA

Pungo River Days said...

Have a warm and wonderful Christmas with your family and sheep. Smile

Kieren said...

So cute! ...but I can't tell how big they are...homemade stuff is just the best. Enjoy the season! I love your blog, my 14yr old son and I were ooing and aahing over your ice storm photos-we don't get those here in the California sierras...
Happy holidays to you and yours!
Kieren

Donna S. said...

Merry Christmas & hope you have a happy, healthy 2009!!

Nancy said...

Cute Kristin. See you tomorrow. Love, Mom

Vermont Designs said...

Thanks for your wonderful ideas, Kristin. My Monthly Meeters group of 4 knitters/spinners have been trying to schedule a day between snowstorms to work on the birch bark houses. I managed to collect the woodlands stuff earlier and the house is filling up with saved big & little boxes! Now to add TP rolls as well. Lichen may have to wait a while...

Judy said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

Dianne said...

Pretty cute sheep! I think I need a flock of those to go with my rustic Kentucky version of your birch bark houses. Most likely for next Christmas.

WendyE. said...

Fabu little sheep - with lots of personality! Merry Christmas...

bwilliams said...

love,love,love the sheep! and would love a tutorial.

Ginger said...

Wonderful sheep! Yup we need a tutorial on how you made them very cute!
Let us all know when you do it please i want to try to make one with you.
Happy New Year 2009 to you and your family!

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