How to Make 3D Ornaments Using Christmas Cards

You can make some beautiful ornaments using your left over Christmas cards or buying them when they're on sale after the holidays. There are so many beautiful ones. It's fun to imagine how you could stage photos of your loved ones in a winter wonderland scene!




You'll want to get photos of family and friends to fit onto the card and then you'll need to work on sizing them on your printer. You can play around how you want the placement.  :P
I did this ornament for my friend. This was a photo of the family in a living room. Now they're outside among Christmas trees and snow!





I used 110mm Clear Acrylic Fillable Ball Ornaments. 


They come in smaller sizes too. I got them at http://factorydirectcraft.com . You can also get them on Amazon too just be sure you read reviews. A lot of reviewers said they received them cracked.  

You'll then want to pick out a Christmas Card. 

I traced the half ball on the Christmas Card. 



You'll have to keep trimming and testing to fit. You'll have to decide what you'll have for the back of the ornament too. It could just be the same card or something else.  I then glued the cards on both sides with Aleene's Tacky Glue. Be sure they match up horizontally. Then start decorating and placement of your photos. You'll have 2 of the photos, one on the bottom and one with Foam Adhesive squares to place underneath for the 3D effect.



Aleene's® SnowOnce you have your photos placed, use Aleene's True Snow from Michaels. There are other brands you can use too. I added the snow to the picture with a brush and toothpick...it's kind of hard to apply. I then  "painted" snow up from the bottom of the ball to maybe a 1/2 inch and on the sides before I put the card in side. I wanted it to look like little hills and piles of snow.
              


Put Aleene's Tacky Glue on the edges of the cardboard or card and carefully glue to the half ball with the lip inside. Before closing sprinkle the Opalescent confetti.Bulk Iridescent Confetti, Random Cut Confetti



I used gold ribbon and glued along the seam of the acrylic ball. I used hot glue to tack at the top on either side of the hanger so the Tacky Glue could dry.

To do the flower at the top, I put in the wire hanger first. I took the leaves off an artificial flower, removed the plastic and slightly it. I then glued the flowers on either side of the hanger with Aleenes Tacky Glue and hot glue.
 (I learned this tip from Heidi Borchers: Hot glue with temperature changes can sometimes release but the Aleene's Tacky Glue lasts.)


 I cut out the ribbons from the card and then used "Foam Adhesive Squares on top for that 3D effect.  The birds were also cut out and glued using the Foam Adhesive. Touching in places the "snow" also gives depth as well as the opalescent confetti. You could use glitter or anything else you like to give that extra sparkle! 




Here's the same card now with my friend's children. I cut out the fence from the card and used it as a focal point. You can see the dimension as I cut out the ribbons, added snow and opalescent confetti. You can also see the raised photo by using the Foam Adhesive.




There are so many inexpensive holiday cards now that are just beautiful that you can make amazing ornaments with!


I'd love to know how your's come out! 
Let me know by posting below!
Don't forget to share. :)

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Check out other ornament ideas here!


Magician's Rabbit in a Hat Costume


How to make a Magician's Rabbit in a Hat Costume

 I just made this last night for my daughter. The whole question was how to make the hat. Many people I viewed used skirts or buckets on small children. I wanted the illusion that it was truly a hat. I didn't want it huge because then it would be difficult to transport.

I started off with a wire hanger that I untwisted, and kept working and bending to make it a circle. I briefly measured around the waist and then hot-glued and duct taped it so it wouldn't come apart or pop open. I left enough room so she could step into the ring and have some room.

The next question was how to make the body of the hat and brim. I bought 2 yards of black felt from Walmart and 2 sheets of foam core board. I hot glued and taped the 2 sheets of foam core board.
I put the ring in the center of the foam core boards, hot glued and taped the wire on.


I found the center of the circle and took a pencil and string and made the outside circle for the brim.  You can make as large or as small as you want. Then with an Xacto Knife and scissors I cut the outside of the brim and then carefully cut away the inside of the circle.
I then covered the brim with the black felt using the hot glue, cutting away and trimming the excess.

 I measured the felt like a skirt for the length of the magician's hat. If it was too long I know she'd have trouble walking. I allowed for a little overlap and that goes in the back. From the top of the hat, I carefully glued the edge of the "skirt" and then it dropped "down" from the top so you had a nice edge.



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I used light colored ribbon and made slits in the front and back of the hat for straps. I criss -crossed the ribbon in the back so they wouldn't fall off  her shoulders when she put them on.



This is the underside of the brim. You can finish it off nicely.
I also added little confetti colored stars with "Aleenes Tacky Glue" to give some dimension.


You can see how compact it is and just place in a large plastic trash bag for transport.

We had the ears and nose. We purchased a fuzzy white sweater too!
I think the whole project took me a good 2 1/2 hours. Her friend is going to be the magician. I made the cape.








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Wet Boots? How to Care for Them

Keep Those Boots Dry!

It's about that time again. The cold wet snowy weather is approaching! What to do with those beautiful expensive boots you bought and suddenly they've gotten wet! Ruined? Nah. Here's some tips on how to dry them and keep them looking like new again.




Allow your boots to dry at a normal temperature. Rushing the process is unhealthy for boots, particularly leather boots. Remove insoles and let them air-dry separately from the boots. Do not place wet boots close to a heat source (such as fireplace, radiator, sunny windowsill, etc...) as high heat:
  • Weakens the adhesives used in modern footwear.
  • Bakes the upper, which could turn the leather brittle or cause it to shrink and curl, which potentially could squeeze a boot's toe counter (a nylon reinforcement in toe), which would alter its fit.
Recommended speed-drying method: Place your boots (insoles removed, tongue propped open) in the path of a fan in a normal, room-temperature environment. No fan handy? Stuff a sheet or 2 of newspaper into each boot. Newsprint is a surprisingly decent moisture absorber.  Make sure you change the paper each hour.

You're going to want to store your boots in a place where temperatures are stable and normal. Don't store boots in attics, garages, car trunks or any unventilated spaces where heat can rapidly accumulate.


Hope this helps!


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Chemical Warfare: How Chlorine Bleach turns Your Home Into A Danger Zone



What if the very

products you use to

clean your home are

actually making it

more dangerous for

your family? 






For decades, customers have mistakenly equated chlorine bleach with words like “clean” and “safe”. But the reality is frighteningly far from it.
That bottle of chlorine bleach in your laundry room, those cleaning products that proudly tout “with chlorine bleach” on their labels—they contain something far more sinister than a simple germ killer.
The Deception of Chlorine Bleach - Click here to read the rest of the story!


Chlorine bleach doesn’t get rid of dirt—it only turns it white. We may not be able to see the dirt and grime, but the truth is, the stain is still there.

I hope you find this information helpful!


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Is the Air in Your Home Toxic?

Most people are
aware of the dangers 
of outdoor air
pollution, but did you
know that indoor air
quality can be even worse?

Indoor air pollution is typically two-to-five times worse than the air outdoors.
And since 90% of our time is spent indoors, indoor air quality is one of the EPA’s top five environmental public health risks.
Health complications from air pollution include asthma, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, lung inflammation and susceptibility to infections. In fact, 75% of Americans live with someone who suffers from asthma, allergies or other respiratory illness.
 
The dangers of store brands: Read more here!

I truly hope this information opens everyone's eyes!
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Dirtiest Food... but Don't Wash It? Watch this video!

When I saw this I thought, "How can this be?" But it's true! Just watch the video and the "Ah-Ha" moment will hit you!


 

Your risk of food-borne illness is magnified if you fail to follow safe handling instructions. For example, washing your chicken increases your risk of food poisoning, as it allows dangerous campylobacter bacteria to spread. As reported by Fox News:

"When washed, campylobacter from raw chicken can be transferred into water droplets, which may splash onto neighboring surfaces, hands, clothing, and cooking utensils. If the campylobacter bacteria are ingested directly or via unwashed cutting boards and utensils, they can cause campylobacteriosis, characterized by symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, and fever."
Another important safety tip is to designate separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables. Do not cut vegetables on the same cutting board you just used to prepare your chicken (or other meats). Besides avoiding cross contamination in your kitchen, also make sure you cook the chicken thoroughly, to kill off any potentially harmful bacteria.


Don't think using Lysol or Chlorox Wipes will solve your problem either! They're toxic! 
They are neurotoxins and carcinogenic.



Where do I buy cleaning products that are safe for my kids and the environment and don't cost an arm and a leg? From a company that cares about all that I’ve written above and a whole lot more!

I’m not an expert, I’m not a scientist or a Doctor, but I’ve done my research and wanted to share what I’ve learned. 

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Megan Fox, "Sexiest Woman in the World" Her take on Pregnancy and Motherhood

I came upon an interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine and Megan Fox. Megan is married to actor Brian Austin Green and they have two children. The 28-year-old Megan Fox wouldn't be the obvious choice for being a spokeswoman for mothers. She was named "Sexiest Woman In The World and was the star of the  "Transformers" series.

Writer, Laurie Sandell asked Megan if pregnancy was "hot or not"? Megan replied with "hot." "You are creating a life inside you," she said, "who will become a person who will change the course of history, no matter what they do."

She went on to say, "there's a power that comes with having a child" because "you've done something incredible that no man could ever do or understand."

"I'm grateful for my career, but I also resent it because it takes me away from the thing I feel I'm meant to be doing," she admitted. At another point, she disclosed, "Once you become a mother especially a working mother, you feel like you can never give enough of yourself."


Another issue Megan considered "hot"? Monogamy. "There's no other option. You can't be in a relationship without monogamy."

Megan said "I'm grateful for my career, but I also resent it because it takes me away from the thing I feel I'm meant to be doing," she admitted. At another point, she disclosed, "Once you become a mother especially a working mother, you feel like you can never give enough of yourself."

So many women feel the same way about working and leaving their children in day care or with other family or friends, but there are other options where you can be successful and work from home! Do some research here that can inevitably change your life!

Make it a great day!