You could get one of those glass Christmas balls, and etch "Baby's first Christmas 2007" on it. I'm etching everybody I know christmas presents this year, one bottle of cream costs $10-$12 and goes a long way. If you've never tried, this link is the tut I learned from http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2
I can't wait for Christmas this year! It's my boy and I's first Christmas together in our apartment so I am going ALL OUT. However, I am also relocating across the country right before Christmas, so we are celebrating early! We're going to combine Christmas and Thanksgiving so we can celebrate with all our family before we move.
We're going to do a fake tree because of our cats. I stared really early (even before I knew I was relocating) making Christmas ornaments. I made some beaded ones, and I decoupaged some of those Christmas balls with my boys favorite sports teams ( they came out really neat!! ). I did those because he promised me I could have ONE REALLY GIRLY ornament of my choice. What I picked out is a precious moments "our first christmas together 2007" ornament, which I love!
We are probably going to set it up before thanksgiving, and take it down after we celebrate, then put it up again once we move into our new place. I hope.
I would do hair accessories! My mom used to make me all kinds of barrettes and scrunchies and headbands when I was young, and I loved them
Etching glass is also really really easy. There's a really good tutorial here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17742.0 which is how I learned. It's for glassware, but once you get started, you'll want to etch everything! I've been doing glasses and candle holders for Christmas this year, very inexpensive and easy, although, probably not quite appropriate for a three year old. A little hand mirror would be nice though!
Would it work with those clear-ish plastic beads that sort of look like swarovski?
I would try sitting a few tooth picks in a bead hole and maybe that would leave a space for stringing? I don't know.
As long as they're plastic, they'll melt! I've tried it with some of the plastic faceted beads, and they melt juuust fine I haven't tried the toothpicks, but I did end up making two more batches (pictures coming soon). One of them I melted until they were soup, then one I took out early (the smell.. ick!) so the beads were fused but not all the way melted, and there was space to string ribbon in between the beads. The soupy-batch, along with the first one pictured here, I hot-glued ribbon to the backs and they seem to be holding up well.
Yeah... ugh...they smell SO bad! I try not to open the oven door because the smell escapes, but I wanna check on them so often.
I put our dogs out & our kitty upstairs. I figure I'll kill my brain cells, but leave them outta this mess.
We have a one bedroom apt so there aren't that many places to put the cats! I stuff them in the bathroom with the window open until it airs out. We had some dust-masks from when we painted the apartment, and my boy insists I wear one of those when I open the oven door I might end up brain dead but they look SO COOL.
If you don't want detail beads like that to morph as much next time, put them on/squish them on towards the end of your bake cycle. They'll squish down in & melt a little, but they'll still keep their star shape and then you'll even have some 3-D effects going on.
I got a TON of cookie cutters from Craftster members last year. We can't post about personal swaps on the boards, but we can put something in our signatures about 'em. I put, "If you'd like to donate any of your old metal cookie cutters to me, PM me! " and I had about a dozen people contact & mail me boxes of them.
Wow, that's pretty cool. The lot I got was maybe $10, I couldn't pass it up! They had another lot of 400+ assorted cookie cutters for $30 but I don't know where I would store 400 cookie cutters, heh.
Ohhh, I'm going to try that with the stars next time! I just wish it didn't smell so bad.. I air-freshened the whole apartment after which seemed to help a lot, I just don't want my cats breathing it in, you never know
I thought it was cute! I tried to do the same thing with the gingerbread man, with the buttons, but they kindof morphed too My boy thinks he looks more like Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo than a gingerbread man, but I think he's cute! Next time I am going to try an all glitter set... I ordered a set of around 40ish cookie cutters off eBay, I can't wait until they come!
If hot glue does work for you, you can drill a small hole near the top & string your ribbon right through.
Unfortunately I don't have a drill, that's why I was going to go with the hot glue. Next time I will put wire or something in them before I melt them. When I made my first attempt, I did a single layer of beads which left a lot of spaces in between where you could fit string or wire, but I made these thicker so they came out pretty solid.