I decoupaged the bookcase to be auctioned off at the school's annual fundraise where I teach art part-time. The flowers, bird and insects were collaged using scrapbooking paper, sheets of the New York Times, maps, sheet music, and basically anything that struck my fancy. I copied the art on my printer and adhered it to the book shelf with elmer's glue. The images were then protected with layers of matte Mod Podge using a foam brush.
While I'm waiting for my sleepy family to roll out of bed I thought I would post photos of these paper stars that I became obsessed with making just before Christmas. I finished a couple of silver ones to add to a floral arrangement on my dining room table, but for next year I thought that I would some smaller ones for garlands or to add to the top of Christmas presents.
I printed a template of a five point star from Google images and used that as my pattern. The stars need to be folded or scored between each of the points and the opposite side. Every other fold need to reverse direction. If you look at my little diagram (where the lines do not meet perfectly in the center, but should),the lines with the hatch marks are re-folded in the opposite direction of the straight lines. This makes a flat piece of paper become dimensional.
Continuing with my clothes pin doll fascination, I made these Christmas elves. I think they would also be cute hanging from the tree. I painted them with acrylic and made the belt and hat with felt. The bow tie is narrow satin ribbon.
Christmas tree decorations that you make, or the ones that have some sentimental meaning, are the best kinds, in my opinion. The handprint belongs to my son from when he was about five and the little house and gingerbread man are made from salt dough and painted with tempera. We made a bunch of the salt dough ornaments one year, but unfortunately not too many survive. When he was about three we hung sugar cookies on the tree until we discovered that he was eating all of them! I couldn't figure out at first how he was reaching some of the ones on the higher branches, but then I discovered that he pushed a little chair into the living room to use as a step stool. The star is actually made from paper by a friend of mine,and the bell was tied on the top of a Christmas present when I was a child.
I know, I know. These birds are not all that Christmasy, but I think that with a change of color they would be perfect for the tree. I cut the bird's body and wings from card stock. The little stamps I fashioned from textures like bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard. And I used an ink pad.
Clothes pin dolls are fun and easy to make, particularly if you already have odds and ends of fabric, trim and buttons on hand. Children today are not necessarily familiar with clothes pins, but from Colonial times until just a few decades ago they would have been a necessity in every household. Turning them into dolls is a form of folk art.
My husband drilled holes for me so that I could insert the pipe cleaner arms. I cut the pipe cleaners so that they are the same length as the height of the clothes pin. To attach the fabric clothing I used white glue and a small sponge brush. I coated the entire piece of fabric with glue and wrapped it around the doll. The hair, faces and shoes were rendered with magic markers. The foil is actually a foil tape.