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I haven’t really felt the holiday season until my house started smelling like ginger snap cookies. There is no escape after that. Usually, I try to keep all my holidays separate. Christmas doesn’t explode in the house until the day after Thanksgiving. It is actually our own little holiday.
For most of the country it’s known as the Black Friday but for us it’s knows as the Decorating Friday. I bring my little sister with me after Thanksgiving and on Friday we bake, put up the Christmas tree and decorate. (Oh and watch Home Alone).
However, A couple of weeks ago, I received my first gift. I came home and found a giant box of Martha Stewart Paints, brushes and stencils on my door step. I swear, I wanted to turn on Christmas music while opening this box. I must have looked like a kid on Christmas morning. Although, I don’t know why they say “a kid”, I still look like that when I open my presents.
Ok, back to the giant box of goodies from Plaid:
Once I opened the box, there was no stopping Christmas. I still won’t decorate until after Thanksgiving. No one said I can’t make Christmas crafts though.
I already made this Christmas cookie jar and started working on some ornaments. I will see a lot of new ornaments on my tree this year.
Christmas Cookie Jar:
I’m going to give this cookie jar as one of the presents for a special little blonde girl. This was not subtle enough, she probably already know that I’m talking about her. I will fill it with her favorite chocolate goodies. May be second favorite, brownies won’t fit in there. (Sorry baby, cookies will be gone by then).
Large Mason jar
Paint dauber from Martha Stewart
White and Red thin ribbon
First, make sure to prepare your surface. Make sure the grass is clean and dry.
Second, peel off the adhesive stencil and place it on the jar. Don’t worry, the stencils are very easily removed so you can adjust the placement. Press to make sure that stencil is firmly on the jar.
Third, pour some paint in a little dish and using your paint dauber, dab a little bit of paint over the stencil.
Fourth, while the paint is still wet, carefully peel off the stencil. Repeat as many times as needed. (Paint brushes and stencils are washable and easily cleaned with soap and water)
On one side of the jar, I put “Merry Christmas”, Santa and some deer. On the other side, I put “My Treat” using the letter stencils. I also used two paint colors, side by side.
I used snow flake adhesive stencils to put silver and gold snow flakes all over the jar.
View from one side:
View from the opposite side:
As I mentioned earlier, I started working on some Christmas ornaments. I used Martha Stewart Silver Gilding paint to coat a glass ball ornament. The gilding is wonderful, it goes on very smoothly and evenly.
(**The gilding does not wash off as easily, make sure to read all the instructions of the package. You will need a paint brush cleaner)
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