Another handmade ornament that Sola and I made for some of her teachers was beeswax ornaments. To do this, we first took a metal candy/cookie mold and put ribbons in all of the molds, as shown in the picture below. The ribbons that worked best for this project were 1/8” white satin ribbons. Ironically, the ribbons proved to be the most challenging aspect of this craft. First of all, we learned the hard way that any colored ribbon will show through the beeswax. Secondly, we had problems with the ribbons floating down and showing through the ornaments, even when we used white ribbon (note the snowman at the bottom of this post and you can see the ribbon is showing through his face on the right side of the photo). Eventually, I tied the ends in a knot so the ends would not spread apart and float as easily. In addition, I learned that the knot needs to be as close as possible to the ends of the ribbons, in order to prevent the ends from floating. (Note that I remembered to put newspaper under the molds to protect the counters this time! See, I can learn! I only need to repeat a mistake about a dozen times first, but I eventually catch on.)
Next, we melted the wax the same way we did when we made our autumn leaves luminary.
Month: December 2013
There are so many good books for the winter holiday season, our basket of seasonal books is overflowing right now! Some of the best Christmas picture books that we are enjoying this year are:
For the last two years, we have been trying to make homemade Christmas ornaments. One of the easiest that we have made so far was a needle felted gingerbread man. Making a gingerbread man in a wonderful beginning needle felting project for children. To needle felt a gingerbread man, you just need a cookie cutter, […]