Friday, August 12, 2011

Christmas in July with I See What You Did There...

Welcome to Christmas in July {now in August}! A fun Series to get us all inspired for my favorite holiday!
It is never too early to start planning for Christmas!  
Today we have Tiffany from I See What You Did There....

Hello, all you Fireflies & Jellybeans readers! I am so glad to be guest posting for Christmas is July! My name is Tiffany, and I blog at I See What You Did There.... I love getting inspiration from other blogs and turning them into projects of my own. I love my family, my cats, baking, and DIY projects. Come by and say "hello" sometime!

Today, I'll be sharing my tutorial for Pumpkin Seed Poinsettia Ornaments! They're a perfect way to use up pumpkin seeds after carving in the fall, and they're kid friendly, too!

These are very easy to make and also pretty thrifty! Hope you enjoy!

What you need:
  • dried pumpkin seeds
  • thin cardboard (I used an old cereal box)
  • acrylic paint (I used red and green) and paint brush (not pictured) or spray paint
  • glue
  • felt to match your paint (or scrapbook paper)
  • thin ribbon
  • scissors and circle punch (optional)
  • mustard seeds
  • spray varnish or sealer

What you do:

Start by cutting a circle out of the cardboard. I used a 1½ inch circle punch to make it a little easier, but it doesn't have to be perfect-- it won't be seen in the finished product.

Take your glue (I like Tacky) and draw a line around the outer edge of your cardboard circle. Begin placing pumpkin seeds on around the edge. Put the wide part against the glue and have the point of the seed facing away from the circle. These are your petals.

Keep layering the seeds in concentric circles, filling in gaps as you build up the flower. When you get to the middle, you'll have approximately 4 to 5 seeds in the center.

Now, it's time for painting. I've tried acrylic paint and had to do multiple coats for it to cover well. I prefer spray painting the seeds for an even coat and more coverage. I like the traditional colors of red and green, but get creative and paint them whatever you like! Silver and blue would be pretty, and so could gold. Use your imagination and fit them to whatever colors you decorate with during Christmas.

Once the poinsettias have dried, it's time for the seeds. Place a drop of glue in the center of the flower, and place 10-15 yellow mustard seeds in the center. Let dry.

Almost done! Now we're going to add a ribbon to hang it and cover up that ugly cardboard backing. Cut a piece of coordinating ribbon and glue both ends to the cardboard to form a loop.

To cover the back, cut a piece of felt or matching scrapbook paper (I prefer felt) that will be big enough to cover the back. Glue on over top of the ribbon, and let dry.

Now it's time to seal your flowers so they stay nice and pretty for years to come! I like spray varnish, and I use a glossy finish so they shine from the lights on my Christmas tree. Let dry, and they're ready to hang!

Hang on your Christmas tree,

use as bowl fillers,

or tie on packages!!!

I'm so thankful Fireflies & Jellybeans let me share a Christmas craft with you all today! I'd love for you to stop by I See What You Did There... sometime!

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