The sad story of the unfortunate Christmas milk jug angel.

I should have stopped here. Glubert means business.

Phoey. This craft was a real pain in the butt and doesn’t look half as good as I wanted it to. I told you not all my ideas are good. It was fun to make but it took entirely too long and at the end of the day it looks like a trash fairy on top of the tree instead of the Christmas Angel of Recycling.

I’m not even going to write a how-to because I have no clue what I did. I just pulled out my trusty glue gun, Glubert, and made it work. I’m thinking there could have been a better way. Like maybe some of my cuts could have been inverted to create the wings…maybe some better dart cuts to create a better bodice shape… I don’t know. I challenge someone to make it better! Surely there is someone out there just as crazy as I am with a glue gun.

sad tree topper trying to reach the angel

Seven hot glue burns later I obliterated four milk jugs and created something foppish to sit on top of Bethany’s tree. I decided she wasn’t an improvement over the bouncy star Bethany had up there and demoted her to the kitchen.

angel in the dark better a kitchen fairy

She makes a pretty good kitchen fairy, I think. Besides, I like leaving behind artwork for Bethany to look at every day. It’s sort of my inside joke for me, since I know half of it will magically get lost in the move when they are relocated to Washington DC this coming February. (Bethany’s husband, Troy, is in the military and he got a promotion! Though yes, we will miss them fiercly.)

I’m sorry poor Kitchen Fairy. I don’t think you’re going to make the cut. But enjoy guarding the dish rack while you can!

Not all my ideas are good.

beautiful failure

I’ve been thinking up Christmas crafts for my next installment over at Alpha+Mom and my recent projects have gone horribly wrong. Luckily, I have enough time before my next post is due to test them out. But I thought you’d like to see my latest failure.

wrapping party

I had this idea that I would take some yarn in pretty colors, dunk it in liquid starch, wrap it around some styrofoam cones and make these really cool cone-shaped string trees. Not string cheese, string trees. Cool idea, right?

string trees


Bethany took some really pretty pictures of the craft while it was going down. It had so much promise…

first sign things are not really going to turn out

But the next morning, after the starch had dried, things did not go well. That yarn and string would not budge! I pushed and pulled. I finally had to loosen the yarn with a knife.

uh...this doesn't look right

What came off looked pretty sad. Not really very cone-like at all. I fully expect to see this on Craftastrophe someday.

Princess Leia?

Maybe I could save them for Halloween next year and be Princess Leia in neon.

elephant snout? monkey, er I mean elephant see, elephant do

Or an elephant?

I think I’ll take another crack at this. Maybe I’ll try more starch or putting some tinfoil down on the cone first…I don’t know. It might work, it might not. Good thing I have about five more ideas up my sleeve.