Quantcast
DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/12/13

Thursday, December 12, 2013

HOT GLUE SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS!!

Hot Glue Snowflake Ornament.




Supplies:

  • Glue Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wax Paper
  • Dish Detergent
  • Ornament Template
  • Glitter (My FAVORITE supply!)
  • Mod Podge
  • Small Paint Brush
  • String or Wire
Step One:
Google an image you would like to use for your ornament. An image with simple lines that all connect works best. I googled snowflake images and found a nice one to use. Print your image the size you want your ornament to be. (Make sure you don’t print a tiny image because you will end up with a blob of hot glue that will look nothing like an ornament.) Get your glue gun, glue sticks, and wax paper ready.





Step Two:

Place a sheet of wax paper over your ornament template. Cover the wax paper with dish detergent. Mix a little water with the detergent to make it spread easily. Then simply trace your image with hot glue. I have found that using a continuous stream of glue with even pressure for each line works best. This is what it will look like when finished.






Step Three:


When the ornament is dry, peel it from the wax paper. If some of the paper sticks to the back, just run the ornament under cold water and peel off the excess paper. This will make the ornament really firm and help get rid of the excess dish detergent. If there are any weak places in the ornament, you can always cover those spots with more glue. I had to do this for my ornament, and that made me decided to make it look more 3D with an extra layer of glue in different spots. Just be sure to let the second layer of glue dry completely before moving your ornament.



Step Four:


Gather your glitter, Mod Podge, and paint brush.



Cover your ornament with a layer of Mod Podge.






Cover with glitter.



I liked the glitter so much I decided to add another layer of a different type of glitter when the first layer dried. If you want to do the same, just repeat the steps you followed for the first layer of glitter.






Step Five:


This is the final step! Add a hanger to your ornament. I did this by making a loop from some jewelry wire I had sitting around the house. You could use string also. Just hot glue a loop of wire or string to the back of your ornament. Once again, make sure the glue is complete dry before moving your ornament.






With the hanger applied, it’s time to admire your hot glue ornament. Here’s my finished snowflake.






Here it is hanging on my tree.






And here is one final view of the little cutie.






I really appreciate Stephanie letting me share this tutorial with y’all. If you liked this project, I would love for you to come check out my other projects at Pitter&Glink. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

CHRISTMAS IN FINLAND!













    In Finland, Christmas is celebrated from 24th to 26th of December. Preparations for the festival begin from approximately a month ago with many Finnish people buying the Christmas treedecorative items and gifts and goodies for the season. Houses are cleaned and special treats like gingerbread cookies and prune tarts prepared for the oncoming festive season. In Finland, Santa might also be known as Joulupukki!
    The first Sunday in December (also called the First Advent) starts the Finnish Christmas season. Christmas lights begin to appear in the stores along with gifts, goods and goodies for the festival. Children count the days to the festival making their own Christmas calendar with some great pictures related to the Christmas theme or even some chocolate caramel.











    In Finland the Christmas tree is set up on Christmas Eve. Fir trees are felled, tied onto sleds, and taken home to be decorated beautifully with candies, paper flags, cotton, tinsel, apples and other fruits. Candles are used for lighting the trees. Many women make a visit to some local sauna to groom themselves for the occassion.
    Christmas here is replete with different homegrown customs. In Finnish rural areas, it is a popular tradition for farmers to tie a sheaf of grain, nuts and seeds on a pole and placing it in the garden for the birds to feed on. Only after birds eat their dinner, the farmers partake of their Christmas dinner.










    Christmas dinner traditionally begins in Finland with the appearance of the first star in the sky. Dinner is served between 5-7 pm, and consists usually of roasted pig or a roasted ham and vegetables. The main dish is boiled codfish, served white and fluffy, along with allspice, boiled potatoes, and cream sauce. A week ahead of the dinner, the codfish is soaked in a lye solution to soften it. Once the dinner is complete, children head straight to bed while adults chat and drink coffee until about midnight. Other important traditions of the day consist of a visit to the Christmas mass. Many Finnish families also visit cemeteries to remember the dead and have porridge for lunch. Joyful carols and local Christmas songs also form an essential part of Christmas Eve festivities.
    On Christmas Day, church services start out early at six in the morning. Most people visit families and friends. Family get-togethers are the high point of this day. Christmas cards are being exchanged and everyone wishes another "Hyvaa Joulua", meaning "Merry Christmas" in Finnish.

HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS CRACKERS AND HOW TO MAKE THEM!


   


The childhood magic of anticipation comes rushing back with one of these treasures packs of promise! 

   Christmas crackers or bon-bons are an integral part of Christmas celebrations in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. They are also popular in Ireland. A cracker consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled by two people, and, much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly. The split is accompanied by a small bang or snapping sound produced by the effect of friction on a chemically impregnated card strip (similar to that used in a cap gun).
   Crackers are typically pulled at the Christmas dinner table or at parties. In one version of the cracker tradition, the person with the larger portion of cracker empties the contents from the tube and keeps them. In another each person will have their own cracker and will keep its contents regardless of whose end they were in. Typically these contents are a coloured paper hat or crown; a small toy, small plastic model or other trinket and a motto, a joke or piece of trivia on a small strip of paper.









   Assembled crackers are typically sold in boxes of three to twelve. These typically have different designs usually with red, green and gold colors. Making crackers from scratch using the tubes from used toilet rolls and tissue paper is a common Commonwealth activity for children. Kits to make crackers can also be purchased.
   Crackers are also a part of New Year celebrations in Russia (where they are called хлопушка - khlopushka) and some countries of the former Soviet Union. Those are however more similar to pyrotechnical devices, normally used outdoors, activated by one person, and produce a stronger bang accompanied by fire and smoke.

 History

The Oxford English Dictionary records the use of cracker bonbons and the pulling of crackers from the early 1840s.  Tradition tells of how Thomas J. Smith of London invented crackers in 1847.   He created the crackers as a development of his bon-bon sweets, which he sold in a twist of paper (the origins of the traditional sweet-wrapper). As sales of bon-bons slumped, Smith began to come up with new promotional ideas. His first tactic was to insert mottos into the wrappers of the sweets ( fortune cookies), but this had only limited success.
   Smith added the "crackle" element when he heard the crackle of a log he had just put on a fire. The size of the paper wrapper had to be increased to incorporate the banger mechanism, and the sweet itself was eventually dropped, to be replaced by a small gift. The new product was initially marketed as the Cosaque (i.e., Cossack), but the onomatopoeic "cracker" soon became the commonly used name, as rival varieties came on the market. The other elements of the modern cracker, the gifts, paper hats and varied designs, were all introduced by Tom Smith's son, Walter Smith, to differentiate his product from the rival cracker manufacturers which had suddenly sprung up.









   However, the OED may well be in error as they appear to have been available in France in 1817. Lt. Colonel Felton Hervey states in a letter dated 7 November 1817 The night before last Arthur Hill desired me to give a letter to the Duchess of R[ichmon]d, which I did very innocently. It contained one of these crackers, called Cossacks, which are sold in the fair here. It went off, and the duchess also, into one of the most violent fits of laughing hysterics ever witnessed. I am happy to say she does not think me guilty. I wonder it did not kill the old woman.