Wednesday, December 7, 2011

self portrait ornaments

We love when our kids make special ornaments at school. but it seems like these days, once they're out of kindergarten, we don't get them anymore. So, we've started a new tradition and we make our own at home. The kids had a blast making last year's ornaments and they were pretty excited for this year's too. 

Self Portrait Ornaments


SUPPLIES:

  • 4" - 5" embroidery hoop
  • muslin (half a yard should be plenty)
  • variety of martha stewart acrylic paints
  • martha stewart stencil brushes
  • fine black sharpie
  • spray paint (optional)
  • glue gun
  • twine


STEP ONE: trace the inside of the embroidery hoop onto the muslin. 
STEP TWO: have your child draw their self-portrait with a pencil inside the circle.
STEP THREE: using a larger stencil brush, fill in the background color. tip: dip your stencil brush in the paint and then use a paper towel to brush most of it off. you'll want a very dry brush with a soft touch.
STEP FOUR: using a smaller stencil brush, fill in the other colors. you'll want to go out of the lines a little bit, but make sure your paint is light enough that you can still see the lines. (we mixed two colors to get a good skin color.)
STEP FIVE: trace your pencil lines with the sharpie marker then add your child's name and year.


STEP SIX: you can spray paint your embroidery hoop now, if you choose to. and once that is dry, insert the self portrait.
STEP SEVEN: trim off some of the excess muslin, leaving just a little bit that you can hot glue onto the hoop.
STEP EIGHT: tie some twine (or other thin ribbon) onto the top and you're ready to hang!




we just LOVE how each one turned out.
and as the years go by, these little treasures will be so fun to pull out of the box and hang onto the tree.


we recently shared this post on design dazzle's 100 ideas of christmas wonderful 


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16 comments:

  1. I can't wait for my little girl to get old enough to do this. So sweet!

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  2. love these SO much!! I am going to get the supplies today.

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  3. Oh, my Goodness! These are fabulous!!! Definitely will be making them this afternoon :)

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  4. How fun! We did self portraits one year on our stockings... I love how sweet it looks!

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  5. love these. like REAALLLLLY love these!!!

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  6. Love this idea! No kids of my own (yet), but a great idea to share with friends that do!

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  7. These are so sweet! They will make for great memories when the kids are older, and a tradition they will surely bring into their homes and share with their own children! Thanks for sharing a piece of your family with us!

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  8. what an awesome idea! I love these! Must do them with my boys.

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  9. This is such a cute idea! Kids grow up too fast not to document it in fun ways like these. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Cute! We crafted up these at our house: http://antsi-pants.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-ornaments.html

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  11. I love this! I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see.

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  12. Oh, my. LOVE these! I am so doing this next Chrsitmas. I have shared this at thecraftersfilebox.com. Thanks so much for the amazing idea!

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