What do you do when someone you care about, gives you a bunch of items they don't want (and really, you probably don't want either?).
|Vintage Pencil Sharpeners|
Well, I (unfortunately) can't seem to say no to these people...so I take the stuff and then spend a long, LONG time looking at it! But today, I came up with a few ideas - the best one being HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS!!
|Pencil Sharpener Ornaments|
|Nat'l Geographic Game|
But my favorite part is the game pieces themselves. They are pentagonal in shape and each piece has a section of map on it. I have two ideas that came to me right away - coasters, or ornaments (which is my personal go-to-idea for odd items). So first I matched up pieces so that they had same color pieces front and back, and then glued them together and weighted them down (with the above box of metal pencil sharpeners - it's heavy!) while they dried. So now I can use them as coasters if I want to... but I don't. :) I prefer ornaments!!
|Nat'l Geographic Ornament|
To make them into ornaments, I punched a hole at the "top" of each ornament. Then I took Stickles glitter glue (my absolute favorite glitter glue - I can NOT get enough of it!), and edged the ornaments with the glitter glue - covering the edges and a little bit over the edges front and back. In this case, I used a gold glitter so that it will match nicely with the gold ribbons I plan on using. I also used a thin aqua-colored ribbon as the hanger and left the tails dangling for added interest. Then because I thought it wasn't quite fancy enough, I added a string of faux-pearl beads. I adore how they turned out! My daughter liked them enough she told me I had to keep one for our tree.
Now off to my next project - which is finishing my hand-painted, recycled-silk holiday cards. Just in time for tomorrow's Holiday Bazaar at Eastlake High School. Stop by if you get the chance!! I'd love to chat! Oh, and mention my blog or Facebook post and receive 10% off your purchase from my booth. Happy Crafting!!