Sea Urchin Snow women

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.

I know, right!?!  Adorable I think.

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.

I first painted each urchin white just for a more uniform color, glued 3 together and let them sit overnight.
 

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?

Just for fun, here was our sunset the other night while we were outside enjoying a date night dinner.

I am sharing this project here, here, here and here. Check ’em out!

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  1. WOW- this is adorable. I can’t get over how perfect the urchins are for making snowmen (or women).

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  2. Oh my goodness!! That is sooo adorable!! I’m so glad you shared this project at the 26-Day Christmas Craft Marathon Linky Party!! Now if only we had sea urchins here!! hehehe

    Thanks for linking up!!

    ~Lisa
    Lisa’s Craft Blog
    http://www.lisascraftblog.blogspot.com

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  3. So very cute…I’ll have to run to the souvenir shop and get some sea urchins…I never have any luck finding shells on the beach…you have to get up to early…..Linked here from momnivore’s dilemma

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  4. This is so very absolutely pretty Karah! I love it. You know I live by the sea too, but unfortunately there are no urchins that I can find. all I find is mussels.

    Would have loved to get my hands on some. Beautiful.

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  5. Those are too cute!! Very creative! Thanks so much for linking up today!!

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  6. Aren’t these beautiful! So creative and cute! I’d love for you to share with my readers at my party if you get a chance. Wonderful job! http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/11/taking-timeout-thursday-no-6.html

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  7. This is ADORABLE.. I love it.. great neat idea.. Creative and CUTE..Would LOVE if you could stop in and link this great feature to my Pin’Inspirational Thursday party pweeease.. http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/pininspirational-thursdayslinky-party.html thanks SO much.. wishing you an amazing start to your weekend.. ~Marilyn

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  8. That is really cute! Yup, the salt and glitter in glue is the perfect touch.

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  9. These are terrific! Such a great natural snowman. Perfect for warm climates! Thanks for adding it to my link party. I love seeing your stuff there!

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  10. So beautiful. With all of the snow and ice here they really take me to a much better place 🙂

    Thank-you so much for joining our Pin’Inspiration party. Would love for you to hop over and grab a button.

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    • Hi Jane – I would love to add your button to my Let’s Party! page but I don’t know how to grab a button without a coded grab box. Any chance you could help me with this? Thanks for the nice comment on my snow(wo)men. 🙂

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  11. How wonderful! We are beach-aholics, so I need to try these. They would look great on our tree. Thanks for linking up!

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  12. This is adorable! She would go perfect with my coastal themed Christmas. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  13. How clever! Thanks for linking your sweet project up to the Head to Head Showdown! ~Jen @ http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  14. Angie, Sherry and Jen – I appreciate all you hosts taking the time to check out the projects and comment. Thanks for hosting and giving me a chance to get more exposure!

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  15. Tooo cute! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Shine On Fridays!

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  16. That is so creative! I love your little snowman! Thanks for linking up to Latest and Greatest Friday!

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  17. So adorabe

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  18. Thank you so much for linking up your lovely project at Get Schooled Saturday. We will be open for business again Friday night-Sunday night!
    Kim @ Too Much Time
    http://www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  19. Thank you to the ladies who take the time to host the link parties and also check out the links and comment. I really appreciate your kind words!!

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  20. Those are just so cute and awesome!
    Beautiful sunset picture. Wow. Just, wow.
    Oh, and check Joel’s golf bag for the missing black marker; you know he always has a sharpie in there somewhere. 😉

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  21. Robbie

     /  December 21, 2011

    Thanks for posting this, it brings back memories!! Living in Newfoundland finding sea urchins (we call them osey eggs or whores eggs, terrible name I know) wash up on the beaches all the time! It is amazing to watch the gulls pick them up and drop them on my driveway in hopes that their supper will pop out!! Makes a mess on my driveway though.. lol. I think I am going to go and find some now to make into little snowmen. Merry Christmas!!

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    • Wow, those are some crazy sea urchin names. I can only imagine the mess in the driveway. Hopefully you have some luck finding some unbroken ones for the little project. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  22. AAh. This is sooooooooo cute. You got a really great imagination. I like the way you did the glitter on the bottom. I think she looks perfectly adorable as is.

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