Saturday, November 17, 2012

Get Creative for Winter Holidays

So I decided to pull out my favorite tool - Sizzix Big Shot and dies, to play around with some ideas for gift giving and decorating.

Boxes for little packages of goodies can be made from the wonderful variety of Sizzix dies.  Here are just two ideas.  Both can hold special treats from your kitchen or small handmade items for giving.  Each are closed with simple ribbons and embellished with holiday designs using other Sizzix dies.

Three ornaments were created using more Sizzix dies.  The shapes were cut from purchased glitter cardstock and adhesive backed glittered foam sheets at a local craft store.  Three tree shapes are cut from the green foam.  Carefully they are placed together to form a Christmas tree.  A hanging cord was added while assembling the tree.  Wrap the small trunk with a piece of ribbon.  Glue on an assortment of tiny buttons for decorations.

 An ornament shape is cut from the red glitter foam.  Adhere the two shapes together, begin at the bottom and before completing, stuff a few cotton balls into the widest are of the shape to give it a rounded look, then continue to seal the edges.  If the adhesive does not hold you can add glue to seal the edge.  Tie a bow onto the shape, add a hanging cord and finish with a simple button shape glued to the front.  I added little touches of DecoArt Snow Tex to the button.

The white bird was cut from glittered, crimped card stock.  Glue the shape together and adding a hanging cord and the wings. The bottom of the bird was left open slightly and stuffed with a few cotton balls.  Make a small dot for eyes with paint, add a simple ribbon around the neck.  Glue the bird onto a small clipping of a twig.

Each of these ornaments can be tied onto a package  as a decoration and extra little gift.  Simple handmade ideas for gifting and giving during the holiday season.

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