Saturday, December 3, 2011

Juice Carton Christmas House Ornament

I have a very cute, simple craft for y'all today.  I recently went through the BK drive-thru for breakfast, and I ordered some OJ.  It came in an adorable little carton.  My mind is always ready to jump at any inkling of a craft idea, so when I saw the carton, I immediately thought, "Christmas house!"  I first cut the carton down some so that it was be a bit more "house-like."


I also cute part of the top off so that when I made the roof it would be flat against the top of the carton.  I primed the house with gesso and then painted it with antique white paint.  I cut pieces from an old book page to cover the house.


I used Mod Podge to apply the book pages to the carton.  After that dried, I put a coat of Mod Podge over the entire house to seal it and give it some strength.  While that dried, I worked on the roof.  I took small popsicle sticks, cut them to fit the roof, and painted them with Martha Stewart metallic paint and glitter paint.  


I used hot glue to attach the roof to the carton, which was starting to look more and more like a house.


I wanted my house to have windows and a door.  I cut small shapes from scrapbook paper and Mod Podged them to the house.  I outlined the windows and door with puff paint.  
 
The paint dried a little wonkity looking.  (I think I just made up a word...)  To camouflage the wonkitiness, I applied Mod Podge to the puff paint and covered it with glitter.


Since this was going to be an ornament, it needed a hanger.  I took some jewelry wire I had sitting around and made a loop.  I used a craft knife to poke a little hole in the roof of the house.  (The "peak" of the roof was not covered by the popsicle sticks.)  
 
I threaded the wire through the whole and put a blob of hot glue inside to keep the wire from slipping.  I wanted to cover the peak of the roof, so I decided to use glitter to make the roof look like it was covered with snow in places.  I brushed Mod Podge on the roof where I wanted the "snow" to go.


I covered the Mod Podge with glitter.  Then my little Christmas house ornament was complete.


Here is the side of the house.


And here is the little house on my tree.


This was a fun Christmas project, and I love that I was able to recycle something that would have gone in the trash.  I have gotten OJ from BK a couple of other mornings in the past two weeks, so I have the supplies to make more houses!  In my opinion, Christmas is the best crafting time of the year. :)
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34 comments:

  1. Oh, I think Christmas is the best crafting time of year too and your house is adorable! Pretty soon you'll have a village :D

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  2. So adorable! I'm pinning your idea to copy. I love the book page you chose--perfect for an English teacher!

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  3. What an adorable little ornament!

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  4. This is so cute. Great way to recycle!

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  5. Adorable :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  6. ADORABLE! What a great upcycling project!
    I'd love for you to link up to my Fresh Friday Link Party!
    http://www.releasemecreations.com/2011/12/fresh-fridays-link-party-6.html

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  7. You are brilliant! Since I have started blogging and getting crafty, I give every thing a second look before I toss it out. I wish I had seen this before I tossed my small egg nog carton! Oh well, I guess I will have to drink the new one even faster!

    Thank you for sharing. Found you via link party.

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  8. Oh, this came out great. Such a cute idea, and so darn cute result. I've been trying to get crafty with homemade ornaments this year too. Such fun projects for the holidays!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  9. Adorable! What a fantastic idea! I actually saw some cute little house ornaments on display at Crate & Barrel last week, but couldn't see them anywhere for purchase - I've been obsessed with house ornaments since then. And now, you've given me the inspiration to just make some myself! I love how yours turned out and it's totally doable!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Take care,
    Christina
    www.designingbynumbers.com

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  10. Love your house project...what a terrific idea!! Beautifully created, as well. Thank you for sharing your tutorial! I have joined your followers list and would love to have you to join me as well. Hugs, Gayle
    http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com

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  11. This is so adorable. It looks like it would be fun to do with kids too.

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  12. So freakin' cute! Love saving things from the trash can. Of course, you had me at glitter ;-) Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

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  13. Oh I loooooove this little house ornament!

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  14. This is adorable, but I got to tell you there is not way I would go from and OJ carton from BK to this adorable house. Love the roof being glitter. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Now I actually think I could do it too. Thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best.

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  15. Love this! We just got our silver glitter in the mail last Friday - what a great first project to try it out on ;)

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  16. Belle idée pour l arbre de NOEL!

    Bonne journée

    Pascale

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  17. I love, love, love this! I saw something similar at Target, but didn't buy it. Now I can make my own! Thanks for the inspiration. I hope you will come by my Show & Tell party at mrshinesclass.wordpress.com and share this great project. ( Party is happening now)

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

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  18. So very clever and even I think I would have a go (Miss no crafty talent)Thank you for sharing. I will follow on my way out so I know my path back to your door. I am sure I will spend a lot of time looking around. I hope you will find the time to come by my place for a visit and follow if you will. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  19. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! The name of your blog! Cheers

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  20. Bethany, This is so cute, I wonder if you use a tall cartoon, will it be a high rise. Come by my blog. I have a cute vintage garland tutorial and giveaway. Thanks, Cindy

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  21. So very cute! I love that this can be done with the kids too, and I'm sucker for book pages :)

    Kim
    www.todayismysome-day.blogspot.com

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  22. these are so stickin cute & clever!

    love all the detail!

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  23. A-mazing!! I am loving this!

    Thanks for stopping my 52mantels and leaving me a sweet comment! I'm glad you did because now I've found your cute spot! I'm your newest follower!!

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  24. This is so pretty! I love that silver sparkle! :) Love it! :)

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  25. http://frenchblueandpeachypink.blogspot.com/December 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    This is such a pretty little decoration.....and to think it came from humble beginnings as a juice carton ! Just gorgeous, thanks for sharing your creative spirit.

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  26. Bethany! This was featured as the most viewed link from Bedazzle Me Monday! Stop by and check it out :)
    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/12/you-dazzled_11.html

    Have a great week, hon!!

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  27. Don't forget to link up to win the Eureka Vacuum and Kindle Fire at "The Sits Girls!!" I am grateful to be a fellow crafter in Creating Christmas, just thought you might like a chance to win big for being oh so fabulous. :) http://www.thesitsgirls.com/featured-blogger/good-clean-fun-vacuum-kindle-giveaway/

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  28. This is adorable!!! SOOO Clever! :)

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  29. I LOVE it!! I love your creativity!! I'm pinning it!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! I'm featuring this in this week's party! :)

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  30. Love it! I want to make some for next year now. :)

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