OK. I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet - and I shouldn't be talking about Christmas.
But, I'm trying to get ahead on my home-made Christmas decorations... Sooooo. Yeah, about that.
I saw this ornament on a blog I follow:
[photo from here]
And, in true Alison fashion, I thought: "Pshaw. I could make those."
So - here's my version.
To make these, you only need two things:
1) Clear glass ornaments from the craft store.
2) Dried plants, also from the craft store.
I found TONS of dried plants at Michael's (a whole aisle dedicated to them!), but it was a little more tricky to find plants small enough to fit through the opening at the top of the ornaments (AND within my color scheme.)
The next step was easy. I cut the plants down so they fit into the ornament... and then stuck them in. Viola! Unique additions to any Christmas tree.
Word to the wise: I suggest using something other than your fingers to push unruly branches down into the glass. One of the ornaments I used had a sharp opening at the top - which attacked my pinky finger. (Poor little guy got a nasty, bloody scratch. He's now being soaked in a vat of Neosporin.)
But, (other than this minor injury,) Christmas craft #1 = success.
More ideas to come...