Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Crafty Creative Christmas Guest Jane of All Crafts

Have you entered your Crafty Creative Christmas projects into the link party here?

Today we are lucky to have the super talented Andi from Jane of all Crafts. Andi is also doing a giveaway for us today, so check it out over HERE. I'm so excited to have here sharing her adorable Christmas craft with us today, so welcome Andi!


Hi there!!  I'm Andi from Jane of all Crafts.  As the name suggests, I blog about all things crafty.  I've also been known to paint some furniture, cook some yummy recipes, attempt to sew, and pledge my love to NKOTB.  Heather invited me here to share a Christmas craft with you guys and I am so happy to be here!! I've kinda been on a styrofoam kick lately.  I recently came up with styrofoam acorns adorned with sequins and hemp twine.
I loved how the acorns turned out and wanted to replace them with something festive come Christmas time.  So I came up with these...
Jumbo Christmas lights!!!!! Ready to learn how to make your own? Here we go...
  • hot glue gun and extra sticks if you plan to make multiple bulbs
  • sequin trim in assorted colors
  • metallic cord*
  • 1.5 inch styrofoam balls
  • approx. 2 inch styrofoam eggs, package says they are 1-13/16' by 2-7/16"
  • scissors
*After buying a spool of cording for $1.99 and it only being enough for about 3 lights I did some research and found out that for the same price I could get 27 yards if I bought metallic cording for plastic canvas.  So bypass the ribbon department and head over to the plastic canvas section.  Not only is there gold and silver but tons of other great colors too.
Step 1: Take the styrofoam ball and flattened one side and then the other, leaving you with something that resembles a tire shape. (Or a mini donut, if you're hungry ;))
Step 2: Take your tire shaped styrofoam and roll it back and forth on a hard surface while pressing down at the same time until it resembles a marshmallow. (still hungry)
Step 3. Then on one end of the marshmallow press in and around making that end concave.  Doing this will help  it sit flush on top of the egg.
Step 4: Now it's time to get your glue guns out.  If you have a dual temp glue gun opt for the low temp setting because the high setting tends to melt the styrofoam.  Now put a generous amount of glue on the concave part of your marshmallow and place it on the center of the wide end of your egg.
Step 5: Next is the hard part....picking the color sequins you want.  :)  I bought my sequins at hobby lobby and also from this shop on Etsy. Once you have picked the color you want start with a line of glue where your egg and marshmallow meet and start wrapping the sequins around, gluing and wrapping little by little until you get all the way to the tip.  Cut off the excess.  Make sure you overlap your sequins as you go around so that none of the styrofoam shows through.
Now for the top.  I chose to do mine in silver but gold would be very pretty too.  And if you don't like metallics you could always use hemp twine or jute. Step 6: Poke a hole in the center of the top of your marshmallow.  I use the tip of my glue gun.
Step 7: 
Make a loop at the end of your cord and push it into the hole you just made.  I use the tip of my glue gun to do this too.  And as I am pushing it in I squeeze out a little glue too.
Step 8: Start gluing and wrapping the cord around and then down.
Continue until you cover all of the marshmallow.
And ta-da!!  You're finished!  Now go make lots and put them in a vase....
or string them on some of your leftover cording and hang them up....
or go all Flava Flave and make them into a necklace...
haha!  okay maybe not the last one but if it's your thing I'm totally cool with that :)
Feel free to stop by my blog for more crafting and other fun, I would love to have you!! And thanks again Heather for letting me take over your blog to spread some holiday cheer! Happy crafting!

Andi is giving away an adorable set of these  for one of you over here make sure to go enter!

14 comments:

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Thanks so much for the sweet introduction and for letting me share my project!!

Kyra @ RACKS and Mooby said...

OMG - those are awesome! Love!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

these are SO awesome! andi is a creative genius! and cute, too. ;)

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

I have never seen anything like these lights! Too cute. I would never have guessed that you could mold the styro ball or that adding it to the egg would make the light shape. Are you wearing that necklace to all holiday events this year? ;)
Sarah

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Super cool and original!!! Love them.

Jamie said...

ah to the mazing!!!! these rock Andi!

Amy ~ "A Perfect Tin" said...

Love them! Very creative! Glad to hear you are feeling a little better.

A.J. Dub. said...

So cute! Andi has so much talent!

Ali Richardson said...

These are AMAZING!!! I am one of Andi's biggest fans! She rocks :)

Megan said...

Super cute! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Amazing! I love them, especially as a ghetto necklace ;)

Naturally Carol said...

Don't they look stunning all strung up on that silver cord!

Lindsi B said...

Stopping by from http://www.ourlilkingdom.com
I love these! They are awesome! And I also love that you went all "flava flav" and that you showed the REAL crafters fingers full of hot glue!

Monica Badiu said...

I love the idea.

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