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DIY GIFT IDEAS!
Gift ideas
Every month is a busy time for parents!  October is Halloween, November is filled with Ped days and parent teacher meetings, and very soon it will be December.  The big question arises. “What should I buy for my child’s teacher before the end of the year?”  No worries, happyimagination has a plan for you!

SOLUTION: Make a personalized ornament that will dazzle your teachers! They will think the ornaments are store bought!! Here are 2 techniques for you to try at home.

MATERIALS
-Iridescent acrylic ornaments (they look like glass). Can be purchased at Deserres or Michaels craft stores. Comes in 3 different sizes.
-Acrylic paint in a squeeze bottle or tube.  The following decorations and paint can be purchased at the dollar store.
-Rhinestones
-Metallic tickers
-Beads and sequences
-Decorative tape  and Ribbon

-Egg container

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Remove cap from each ornament. Squeeze the metal wires and pull upwards until the wires touch the bottom of the cap. The cap will loosen. Remove the cap and place them in a pile.
2. Tie a ribbon onto each cap.

PAINTING TECHNIQUE
Xmas ornaments
-Place an ornament onto an egg carton. Or hold the ornament with one hand.
-Hold the acrylic tube upside down and place directly on top of the opening of the ornament. Don’t worry, acrylic paint will not dribble from the tube unless you squeeze it. Acrylic paint is thick.
-Squeeze a heaping tablespoon of acrylic paint (one color first)into the ornament. Tilt the ornament in various directions to cover desired areas. Be patient as acrylic paint swirls around slowly. Continue to add more paint. Choose 2-3 colors.
-Turn the ornament upside down and place it on an egg carton. Allow excess paint to spill out and let dry.
-Decorate while ornament is drying on egg carton.
-When dry. Cap it up!
TIP
Use permanent marker to draw designs or to write the year or your teacher’s name. View picture above.
Xmas ornament

MESS-FREE TECHNIQUE
Mess free ornaments
-Place an ornament on an egg container.
-Pour beads, sequences, and mini bells into the ornament.  If you prefer simplicity, place mini white fabric snowflakes inside the ornament and tie it with a white ribbon.
Tip: Make a paper cone or cut the tip of a Dixi cup to help pour or insert decorations.
-Decorate the outside using decorative tape or stickers.

Have a merry time making ornaments with your kids! Please let me know if you have any questions.  vilawoo@gmail.com 514.445.2695

Miss Vila

 

Author: Vila Woo

Vila Woo. MA. Art Education, BFA, Certified Teacher and Personal Trainer. Vila and her team plans BIRTHDAY EVENTS, and offer weekly and single ART & YOGA classes for children ages 2 +. Classes are given in homes, schools, or hotels for guests. Plan your extra-curricular activities and Ped Days with us! This innovative program will keep your children happily engaged in awesome hands on activities.

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