December DIY Challenge Results!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received this month for our DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Glitter’ and we were blown away by the shimmery creativity of everyone’s projects. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions. Great job everyone!

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Sparkly

This winter mobile is just gorgeous! We love the combination of nature and glitter elements together. Made by Bobby Pathammavong from Portland, Oregon. You can follow her on Instagram.

December DIY Challenge Award Winner: Bobby Pathammavong

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Glittery

Check out these fun glittered shoes! I can just picture Nicole Stevenson of Dear Handmade Life dancing in the moonlight wearing this shimmery shoes. Check our the tutorial on her blog and follow her on Instagram.

December DIY Challenge Award Winner: Nicole Stevenson

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Shimmery

These whimsical glass bottles are made from floor polish and glitter by Sheena from Pennsylvania. We just love how she let her creativity shine with these unique decorative glass bottles. You can follow Sheena’s creative adventures on Instagram.

December DIY Challenge Winner: Sheena of WhimsyMoonSpirit

Glitter Gallery

December DIY Challenge Results

Credits left to right

1. Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments & Gift Toppers by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon.
2. Glitter Clothespins by Sarah White by Sarah White of Our Daily Craft.
3. Festive Holiday Wall Art by Amanda Grant from Seattle, Washington.
4. Shiny Robot Ornaments by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington

We wish you all a wonderful New Year! We’ll be announcing next month’s DIY Challenge theme on January 1st, so stay tuned!

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Homemade cinnamon ornaments have been on my to-do list every year, but I never seem to be able to make time for it. After seeing this post, I felt so inspired by the idea of adding glitter that I spent a whole afternoon making some. It was such a fun project and I love how the ornaments turned out. They smell and look like Christmas!

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup of cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons of cloves
• 2 tablespoons of nutmeg
• 1 cup of applesauce
• 2 tablespoons of glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)

SUPPLIES:

• Cookie cutters
• Parchment paper
• Straws
• Cookie sheet
• Glitter
• Mod Podge (I’m sure you could use the tacky glue too)
• Paintbrush
• String or bakers twine

The first step is to make the dough. Place all the ingredients into an electric mixer and knead until a nice dough is formed. You can add more cinnamon if the dough is too wet or a little water if the dough is too dry.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Sprinkle some cinnamon onto a clean surface and roll out the dough to about 1/4” thick. Cut out shapes with cookies cutters, poke a hole in each shape using a straw and then place them carefully on your prepared baking sheet.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Note: Notice how my dough looks cracked when rolled out. I believe this happened because my dough wasn’t quite wet enough. I didn’t worry about it because I knew I was covering them in glitter anyway, but it’s something to keep in mind.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Bake in the oven for 2 hours, flipping the ornaments once half way through. The ornaments should be rock hard when they are done. Let cool completely.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Next add the glitter! First, prepare your workspace. This is important as it’s very easy for glitter to get EVERYWHERE. I worked on another piece of parchment and poured my glitter into small bowls. One at a time, paint a thin layer of mod podge or glue over each ornament and them dip them (glue side down) into the glitter. Carefully place them on the parchment to dry.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Every year I like to gift handmade ornaments to give to my friends and family. I plan to use these as gift toppers and to decorate my own tree!

DIY CHALLENGE: December Glitter

Need a break from the holiday madness? Our December DIY Challenge is the perfect excuse to escape to your craft room (or kitchen table) for an afternoon of making. There’s something so therapeutic about sitting down with a simple craft project and a tasty snack. Invite a friend to join you and make something together!

Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme, Herbs & Spices here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

DIY CHALLENGE: Glitter! Join us in our monthly DIY Challenge. The theme for December is GLITTER!
(Sources left to right: 1. DIY Deer Glitter Ornaments by Sweet Paul 2. Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments by Adventures-In-Making 3. Glitter Silverware and Gift Tag by The Perfect Palette 4. Gold-dipped Feathers by Ruffled 5. DIY Glitter Glass Jars by Something Turquoise 6. DIY Glitter Polka Dot Napkins by Copy Craft 7. Geometric Paper Ornaments by Best Friends For Frosting 8. Glitter Champagne Flutes by HGTV 9. Glitter Bobby Pins by A Subtle Revelry)

DECEMBER CHALLENGE: Glitter!

We have a confession to make: we LOVE glitter! And nothing says ‘holiday’ quite like the sparkle of a handmade glittered ornament or edible glitter cupcake! You can create something using your favorite glitter, or use ‘glitter’ as a theme or inspiration for your project.

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, December 1, 2014 and ends on December 28, 2014. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on December 29th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

“Adventures

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