[let's take a break from house-building and do a little crafting...shall we?]
I love receiving handmade gifts and I love to give handmade gifts. When you don't have time to create something from scratch, or when you want to make it extra special...personalize it!
These oil-based Sharpies make it so simple! I ordered a 15 piece set from Amazon, but they are available in sets of 5 or individually at your local craft stores. Then I went shopping for some white ceramic serving pieces. I found the most perfect options at TJMaxx for a reasonable price. A serving tray and a small fluted bowl that matched.
For the design, I knew I wanted to make old-school holiday lights. They are timeless, modern, and little bit retro and so much fun! I started by free-handing the bulbs, placing them in random angles but trying to keep a similar spacing between them.
Maeve wanted to help, so I watched while she drew the black squares at the base of each bulb. She did a great job, huh?! And she's crazy cute with that look of concentration!
|Caramel corn gives you crazy crafting powers, by the way.|
Then just connect the light bases to one another to form the string of lights...adding a few loops, of course!
These markers do not indicate that they are food-safe. I also could not find any instructions for 'setting' the paint. Unsure, I put them into a cold oven. Turned it on to 350 degrees and set the timer for 30 minutes. Then turned the oven off, but leaving the tray & bowl inside until they cooled. That took most of the afternoon.
Easily adapt this for any holiday - hearts, shamrocks, stars and stripes...of simply a name or monogram. This would make a wonderful hostess gift as well!
...to remember this project for next Christmas!