It seems like it was yesterday when I showed you how to make a little red truck Christmas tree ornament. Well, the year sped by and I have created another clay pot ornament for the 2017 Ornament Exchange Blog Hop! This year I show you how to create a little cottage from a clay pot. I have also make a Christmas Star, a Gingerbread Man and a Christmas Tree. Be sure to check them out. Tina Curtis whose blog is One Crafty Mess and I exchanged ornaments this year. We both agreed that we would love anything the other one created. I love my ornament. And I hope Tina likes her ornament.
Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!
Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts
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Shall we get to it? It isn’t hard but there are a lot of steps. The materials list is on the bottom of the post.
Paint all of the pieces
Paint the pot in brick red.
Then paint the 1 x 1 ½ inch wood rectangle and two wood squares ½ x ½ inch white. These will be the porch and the two windows. The ½ x 1-inch wood piece and ½ x ½ inch wood square is painted black and is the door.
When the pot is dry use the gray paint and paint a brick pattern on the pot. Use the handle of a paint brush and put it through the hole in the top of the pot. This makes it easier to paint on the brick pattern.
As the brick on the house dries, paint a gray cross on the two ½ x ½ inch squares. This is the window pane. After the window pane dries, use the black paint to paint a shutter on either side of the windows.
While that dries paint the roof on the house in a caramel color. Use the paintbrush trick to hold the pot.
Take a toothpick and dip in green paint. Dab it on the door to create a wreath. Let it dry and repeat the process in red paint to create a red bow.
Cut a piece of ribbon and thread through the bell and tie it. Thread it through the pot and tie a bow.
Putting the cottage together
Glue the small black square where you want the door against the lip of the pot. This gives the door stability on the pot. Now you can glue the door to the pot making sure it is over the square and resting on the porch.
Hot glue a tiny bead where a doorknob would go. I used tweezers to hold the bead and dabbed glue on it. Then I stuck it to the door. Don’t worry about the glue strings, you can pull them off after the glue dries.
Stick the windows on either side of the door.
Hot glue the porch to the bottom of the pot so that it juts out a bit. I placed the pot on it and when I liked where it was I traced it on the porch and then ran a bead of hot glue on the line.
The cork is the chimney so glue it off to the side on top of the pot, making sure the large end is on the top. Take a little piece of batting and glue to the top of the chimney. This is the smoke.
Clip a little bit from the pick, 2 pieces to be exact and glue to the porch on either side of the door. If the needles are blocking the windows cut them to your liking.
The fun part
Take the fake snow and put it on top of the roof, chimney, and bushes and here and there on the house. Then brush diluted tacky glue on the windows and where ever you want to sparkle.
And that is how to create a little cottage from a clay pot for an adorable Christmas ornament. Do you think you will give it a try? They make great little Christmas gifts. Be sure to see all of the other fabulous Christmas ornaments my blogging friends created. Don’t you just love this time of year? And isn’t the ornament Tina made adorable?
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Materials and Supplies
Paint Brushes Tooth Pick
Tiny bead for doorknob
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