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Every year, I bust out my almost nonexistent crafty alter ego for approximately 24 hours and help my children make Christmas ornaments. We give them away to friends and family and generally have a lot of fun. This year, we decided to try our hands at clay, and it went well, so I thought I’d share how we did it, in case you’re not crafty and have to fake it for a day, too.
Like I mentioned above, we used acrylic rollers for this step, which makes the clay nice and smooth. I aimed for about 1/4 thickness. Once the clay is rolled out nicely, put the texture sheet on top of the clay and roll the texture into it. This takes a little practice — you have to experiment with your clay to figure out what level of pressure is necessary to get the texture into the clay without making the clay too thin.
Make sure all of your clay is textured (we ran multiple textures side by side, even, which was fun) before going to step 3.
Step 3: Cut your stars and holes
This is like cutting cookies, except you have to add a hole for hanging. Because you’ve already added the texture, they’re going to look something like this when you are done:
Step 4: Bake your stars and let them cool
Public service announcement: MAKE SURE YOU ADD HANGING HOLES BEFORE YOU BAKE!
Use the directions on the side of the package if you are using Sculpey white oven-bake clay, otherwise use the directions in the recipe. Let them cool entirely before moving on to Step 5.
Step 5: Paint and paint!
The first layer of paint was done using Sharpie metallic oil-paint markers. After that, they painted glitter over the top. The glitter also acted like a glaze, which was a nice bonus. Make sure you let these dry before moving on to the last step.
Step 6: Put a string on it!
Tying some pretty baker’s twine finishes the project and you’re ready to give these babies away!
Every year about this time, I take a couple weeks off. I mostly ignore my blog, and entirely ignore my podcasts. What is the week before Christmas for but preparation? We will be making ornaments and baking goodies and generally getting ready for 12 days of wonderfulness. I love Christmastide oh so much.
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Today, the Scholé Sisters get real about Christmas. Mystie says we can be classical not just in our approach to education, but also in our approach to happiness. Does the classical tradition have something to offer us at Christmas as well? We talk about depression and grief, yes, but also bad attitudes and dangerous expectations, all in an attempt to encourage all of us toward a better Christmas. Christmas is important, because the incarnation is important. Let’s never forget what it’s all about.
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