I've been steeling myself for the coming tidal wave of holiday craziness, needing an antidote for that mad dash in a "gotta-get-it, gotta-have-it" world.
The word peace beckons us all to embrace a less commercial, more simplified ideal that the Christmas holiday embodies - a time to reflect, to celebrate and to be grateful for the many gifts we receive throughout the year.
I decided to decorate my tree this year as a "peace tree."
I looked for ways to demonstrate the many ways that peace is symbolized. I found the ubiquitous circle with a trio of spokes, a white dove and a photograph of my daughter's hand posed in the familiar peace sign.
Here's how to make the three ornaments.
I purchased an inexpensive picture frame and removed the glass. Because the glass edges are sharp, use caution when handling.
What you'll need:
- 4-inch by 6-inch frame
- 1/4-inch-wide double-stick tape
- Dove stencil
- Stencil adhesive
- Spray snow
- 8-inch length of ribbon
1. Clean both sides of the glass. Apply tape along the four sides to create a frame and peel away backing.
2. Apply a generous amount of glitter to the exposed tape. To ensure the best coverage, press the glitter into the surface of the tape before shaking off the excess.
3. Protect work surface with newspapers or craft paper before applying the design to the glass. Lightly spray the stencil with adhesive to keep the design crisp.
4. Lay the dove stencil onto the reverse side of the glass. (When hung, the glittered side of the glass will be the front of the ornament.)
5. Keeping at least a 12-inch distance, apply 2 light coats of spray snow, allowing each coat to dry.
6. Apply two small squares of double-stick tape to the corners of the glass and attach the ribbon to form a hanger.
I took a photo of my daughter's hand forming a peace sign, printed the photo in black and white from my home computer and then inserted it into a 3 1/2 -inch square frame. I threaded a length of ribbon through the hanger on the back of the frame and tied it in a loop.
SNOWFLAKE PEACE SYMBOL
What you'll need:
- White mat board
- Rotary-blade paper cutter (or craft knife and straight edge)
- Acrylic paint in at least two colors
- Die-cut paper snowflake, from the scrapbook section of a craft store
- Glue (school glue is fine)
- Flat-back rhinestone, also from the scrapbook section
- Silver cord, from the ribbon section of a craft store
1. Cut 2-inch squares from the mat board. The paper cutter made it easy to cut several squares, but a craft knife and straight edge work fine.
2. Paint each square with acrylic paint and allow it to dry.
3. Paint the spokes of the snowflake to mimic the lines of the peace symbol. The paper snowflakes are very absorbent, so I used a fine liner brush to apply a slightly diluted acrylic paint in a shade lighter than the square.
4. When the snowflake is dry, use a dot of glue to apply the snowflake to the painted square. Then glue a rhinestone to the center of the snowflake.
5. Finish by gluing a 2-inch loop of cord to the back of the square.