Wednesday, December 1, 2010


The sights, sounds and sweet smells of the Christmas holidays are here! 
I love this time of year. Yes, it's usually crazy as I try to squeeze it all in ...the shopping, baking and my favorite part  - DECORATING!!!
Each year I open my Christmas storage boxes to find the all familiar and sentimental ornaments I have accumulated over the years...each one holding a memory near and dear to my heart.  
I enjoy working on new decorations to add to my collections. I am particularly drawn to silver and sparkly things! I thought that this year I would add to my holiday twinkling trinkets by creating from some of the objects I acquired from my treasure hunts to the flea market and/or thrift store.  
So, upon searching through my trinkets I came across these two little white resin birds. I bought them last month in a Tennessee thrift store. These birds literally did come south for the winter! I wasn't sure at the time what I was going to do with them, but for sixty-two cents each, I thought they had definite possibilities. Besides, with the latest trends on "going green and recycling", this seems like the perfect holiday project.  

Most of the supplies I used to fancy up my birds were all items I already had around the studio - ribbon, glitter, glue, and buttons.  If you don't have these supplies, you can purchase the majority of them at your local Michael's store. I'll share with you step by step how I created my "Winter Birds" in hopes that I can inspire you to create your own new holiday creation. You may not find these exact birds, but if you find something similar, you'll have the steps I used to decorate my feathered friends or should I say "glittered" friends!    

Step One:  Brush the Liquid Leaf ( by Plaid #6180 Silver) over the entire surface the birds and let dry.

Step Two:  Brush Tacky Glue on the top of the tail sections only.

                                   Step 3:  While the glue is still wet, sprinkle light blue glitter on the tail and let dry.

Step 4:  Cut two pieces of ribbon into three inch sections and tie a knot in the middle.
Pictured here are also the snowflake buttons I used to embellish the birds. Glue one piece of ribbon to the back of each bird. Glue a couple of the buttons over the knot on the ribbon.

To finish: I then placed the birds on two round five inch mirrors and used some of my tree ornaments and Christmas picks to accent the silver duo.

Twinkle ! Twinkle!

Wishing you many blessings and the happiest holiday season ever!

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Molly Smith said...

So pretty, Karen! Thanks for sharing.

Your blog always makes me smile because I love *colorful*. Now I know what to do with my Aleene's clear glue, never thought of a glitter base :o)

Karen Embry said...

Hi Molly,
I always love to hear nice comments like yours!
I have always been drawn to bright colors and it seems to show in just about everything I design.
Glad my blog makes you smile.
Take Care.

Gloria Westerman said...

What an awesome your birds....thank you for sharing....

Karen Embry said...

Hi Gloria,
Thank you! You'll be seeing more birds too...