The Challenge, once again, finding Valentine's Day decorations that aren't cheesy.
The Solution: DIY: Custom Crafts to match my decor!
As a lover of Love and passion and all things romantic, Valentine’s Day is most certainly a holiday I hold dear to my heart. Funny though, I had never really decorated too much for Valentine’s Day. Most likely because I have never seen any Valentine’s Day home decor that I liked. This year I decided I would try and do a little something and try to decorate.
During one of my Target Christmas shopping outings I happened to grab a little $3 set of ceramic nutcracker ornaments (3 pack for $3) and a 3 pack of little ceramic reindeer (they were white ceramic but had been painted black). I grabbed them and thought they would make a fun craft project to do with my daughter, or add them to the playroom in the worst case. It was $3, I figured let’s give it a whirl.
After I got to decorating for Christmas, my main living room and adjoining Office/Library had an elegant navy and gold theme going and lots of nutcrackers! All elegant and stunning! I just love nutcrackers, what can I say! (Check out my Winter Wonderland Décor post).
I have this “mess” of a craft table in the garage where a lot of “projects I am going to get to” get thrown on top of…who doesn’t have this spot? Or more than one of them? LOL As I walked to the garage one day I looked down and saw the little $3 ceramic nutcracker set from Target and I thought, hmm…
This past summer I did a lot of projects and one thing I discovered while doing some last year was gilding wax.
I LOVE IT!
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I decided to try the gilding wax on the ceramic nutcrackers!
I grabbed my gloves, opened the bottle, and rubbed it all over. I also had some silver gilding wax so I used a little of that on a few spots like the belt and a few other areas, just to give it a little bit more character.
I think they turned out pretty cute. I added them to the garland around my chandelier in the Office/Library and they looked cute.
My little reindeer turned out so great, I was inspired to go to Target and find Valentine’s Day ceramics to try to make a set to match them. I wanted to bring Valentine’s Day gently into my winter décor, and still keep my adorable little reindeer family in place!
Once I got to Target, I found much more than I bargained for and let’s just say, the checkout lady and my bank account both almost had heart attacks at checkout!
I bought SO MUCH! I also bought about 5 of everything since I needed one, my daughter has to have her own set, the mom’s, and one extra for me to “experiment with”. That’s a lot of stuff Tony!
I felt a little overwhelmed…what was I thinking?
I started anyway…I grabbed a heart and rubbed…
Once I got started I wasn’t too happy…the ceramic didn’t take to the gilding wax on the hearts the same way it had before and I realized, it needed a base color. The reindeer came out so amazing because they were already painted a base black…the gilding wax went over it so beautifully.
The problem? They need a base coat of paint!
After I slapped on a base color of grey, I used this Farmhouse Red Chalk paint. I used some on a few X & O’s (they were drying), then I mixed a little with my grey, added some black acrylic, a little metallic bronze color and this is what I ended up with.
The red really turned it a nice copper. It looks really cute on the gnomes. I also painted a ceramic tray with the copper color and it made it look like red clay pottery, a happy accident!
Now I need to check on my wood hearts and X & O’s I painted grey…
- then mixed a bit of that copper with the grey and made a “wood brown” sort of color.
- next, I ran a few little streaks in grey/white down them, just for some added dimension and trying for a “wood” grain sort of feel.
LESSONS I learned working with this Modeling Paste:
- Let it dry 24 hours
- It is flexible, if you want that, don’t let it fully dry, and you can move it, or smoosh it as I say. 🙂
- Wash off tools and stencil ASAP
- The regular modeling paste is better for stencils
The first side went well…until I decided to paint the raised stencil!
This is where I learned, LET IT DRY! When I added the gilding wax over the stencil design, it sort of smooshed the stencil design and spread it out. Also the silver gilding wax didn’t look the way I was expecting, but it was still nice. Luckily there was another side to experiment with. I decided this time to let the stencil fully dry 24 hours before I touched it!
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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I experimented with some ceramic and wood crafts to create some lovely custom Valentine’s Day Décor. More to come! Subscribe, follow, and stay tuned, you never know what I’ll do next!
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