As part of the Mega Crafty Christmas Tree challenge I have been gettin’ down right crafty up in here. Well, that is a matter of opinion, I know, but check out this cutie.
Remember my little shopping trip a couple of weekends ago full of five finger discounts? I had found a few of these,
and combined with a few I already had, I made these cute little sea urchin snow women (I admitted to viewing the entire non-gendered world as feminine here). They fit right in with what seems to be becoming my handmade coastal Christmas tree.
The process took just a few minutes over the course of a few days.
Then I glued on a little rope ribbon for scarf. I actually like how it frays to really look like a real scarf.
Then I used the handle end of a small paint brush and black paint to add eyes, a mouth and buttons. I wanted to use a black marker but couldn’t find one, I’m sure that would work too. I thought of adding a hat, or other features like an orange nose, but I worried it would get too crafted looking, which for me means I’d screw it up. So I decided they’re wicked cute as is. :)
And, the holes in each urchin is perfect to feed ribbon through for a hanger. Just cut the ribbon longer than you think you’ll need and tie a knot in the end, then use a slim paint brush handle or something similar to coax it up through the 3 sea urchins.
A close up of me actually putting the ribbon up the bottom of the sea urchin came across just a tad inappropriate so hopefully you get the idea from the above pic. Raffia actually worked great because it is stiff enough on it’s own to be fed through from the bottom.
Without a lot of the normal snow woman details I thought beglittering (for you Jacinda!) it would add just the right amount of bling. I wanted to kind of make it look like snow glistening around the bottom of the snow woman so I smeared some glue and rolled it in a mixure of silver glitter and salt. Yep, just regular salt. I had bought it as part of another ornament project (Which may or may not be taking me several attempts to get right, Argh!) for this same challenge so I figure why not maximize the purchase without maximizing our blood pressure. :) I like how the salt specks tone down the silver and give it a glistening snow look.
Just what I wanted. How often does that happen, really?!?!
I love how they turned out. Not over done, perfectly simplistic, the essence of the sea urchins doesn’t get lost in the transformation. A little winter for our Caribbean Christmas. I practically need a sweater it’s so wintery in here now. ;)
If you want to read about our Driftwood Christmas trees, check ‘em out here.
What about you? You like them as is, or think they need more snow womeny details?