Monday, December 21, 2009

Paperback Star Ornament

This is a simple ornament made out of 8 sheets of a paperback novel fan-pleated, cut at an angle, then glued back to back with white glue.  A piece of twine was added to hang the star.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Golden Star Tree Topper

Top your tree with this glistening golden burst of... clothespins!

What You Need:

  • Pack of Clothespins from the .99 cents store
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic candy cane container or other 1 inch tube with one closed end.
  • Gold spray paint
  • Scissors to cut bottom 3.5 inches off of candy cane or tube.

  1. Undo clothes pins and glue each pair back to back.
  2. Glue approximately 30 pairs together.  They will naturally form a round.

3.  Cut the bottom 3.5 inches of your plastic candy cane off with scissors and glue to the back of the star.

4.  Spray paint gold or leave au natural.  I tried gold leafing it but I think the spray paint is easier and gives it a more even coat.

Bird House Ornament

Making a birdhouse for a this cute bird is a great way to reuse a clean yogurt cup and some scrap fabric and decorate your tree all at once.

What You Need:

  • A plastic yogurt cup
  • A small piece of cardboard for the base
  • Hot glue gun
  • A little bird- adopted at the craft store
  • Loose bark- this is from a eucalyptus tree in our front yard that sheds bark but birch will do for those in colder climates
  • Scissors
  • Scrap fabric
  • Cord
  • Hole punch or awl (to make the hole where you hang the loop from).


  1. Cut hole in yogurt cup that looks like a doorway so the bird can sit there.
  2. Glue a little bark to the inside of the cup where you see into the doorway.
  3. Glue bark to the outside of the cup covering the entire cup and the cardboard base.  
  4. Poke a hole in the top of the bark and run a piece of string doubled through the hole and make a knot inside underneath the hole.
  5. Attach a few scraggly pieces of scrap fabric to the inside floor of the doorway.
  6. Glue the bird inside the doorway.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

UCLA Family Commons and Taxidermy Geese

I have been a very bad girl and have totally neglected my blogging duties as of late.  It's not because there is nothing to write about.  On the contrary, I have been doing some very exciting things and have even acquired a taxidermy Canadian goose that we call Ivan.  He is wearing a sweater that I made out of another old sweater that was worn thin and a popped collar completes the look.  He was a present from Valentino's jean designer.  They closed their showroom and had to get rid of everything.  As I was helping a gorgeous Italian woman try on dresses at Cynthia Vincent's Sample sale taxidermy came up and she happened to have been given the task of getting rid of two taxidermy Canadian Geese.  So, Cynthia happens to love taxidermy as much as I do so I got two- one for each of us.  She named hers Vivian.  She is such a genuinely nice person and donated tons of fabric scraps to my eco-wrapping workshop at the new UCLA Family Wellness Center on 2nd Street.  If you are in the vicinity of the Promenade on the 19th and the 23rd between 12-6 p.m., please bring your presents and I will wrap them for you with scraps of fabric and other strange items.  I promise they will look great.