DON"T FORGET TO MAKE 32 ORNAMENTS! Also, this way, if someone drops out, we still have plenty of participants
I'm thinking no larger than 4 inches in any direction. Jesse Trees are pretty small.
What about the tree?
My parish grade school had a giant dead branch that someone potted. Potted dead branches are fine. Or small Christmas trees, real or artificial. Or if you have amazing wood working skills or know someone who does, you could make one of these.
|My friend is sending me her directions for this and I will add them when I get them.|
What about hangers?
Let's string these ornaments for hanging. After this craftastic event, I think we'll all appreciate having our ornaments pre-strung. Also, when I look at the photos from the original Swap, each ornament has a different string, which I like.
Are there any material restrictions?
Preferably, no food. Because either I, or a minion, or the dog will eat it. As much as a John the Baptist snowman out of jumbo marshmallows sounds cute(ish), someone will eat it. Even if it is stale. C'mon, I can't even keep unsweetened chocolate without finding teeth marks in it. If it even looks like food, someone will eat it. That's why the salt dough gingerbread heart ornament on my regular tree has a bite out of it. Salt dough is fine to use though.
Please, be as creative as you want. Wood, sculpey, felt, cardstock, hand-blown glass. The original swap ornaments were wonderful in their variety and creativity.
So these are some tips I copied from The Mac and Cheese Chronicles:
- ornaments should be packaged into one gallon size ziplock bag. Participants should label their bag with their name and address. They can use a 2nd bag if needed, but should not put each ornament into its own baggie.
- ornaments should be wrapped if needed to ensure they arrive safely.
- set a deadline for you to receive the ornaments by. Allow yourself at least one week to process, package and mail the boxes out. Well, I only gave myself a couple of days, so send yours asap!
- Participants should send ALL of their ornaments. They should NOT keep their own ornament out.
- Have everyone include return postage. This gets a bit tricky. Most of the time they can just purchase return postage and stick it in the package before it is sealed. However, some of the ornaments were very light and it was clear that the return postage would be higher. I would recommend setting a postage amount, $15.45 for the large priority flat rate box. Hooray for the comments on this post! Hooray for Flat Rate Shipping!
1. Jesse Tree or Stump 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Amanda
2. Adam (sun or earth) Genesis 1:24-28 Karen
3. Eve (Apple and Snake) Genesis 3: 1-24 Blair
4. Noah (ark or rainbow) Genesis 6:11-22, 8:6-12 Elizabeth C.
5. Abraham and Sarah (tent) Genesis 12:1-7, 13:2-18 Ingrid
6. Isaac and Rebecca (ram or lamb or silver pitcher or bundle of wood or altar) Genesis 22:1-14 Mary
7. Jacob and Rachel (ladder) Genesis 27:41 and 28:22 Cal Fan
8. Prophecy of Isaiah (one of these names: "And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace", or throne of David) Isaiah 9:2-7 Jessica
9. Joseph (many colored coat) Genesis 37:1-36 Anne H.
10. Moses (tablets of commandments or burning bush or baby in basket) Exodus 20:1-17 Emily B.
11. Aaron (rod and serpent or blessing hand) Numbers 6:22-27 Cassandra
12. Samuel (lamp) 1 Samuel 3: 1-21 E. Simmons
13. David (harp or slingshot) 1 Samuel 16:14-23 Mary Kate D.
14. Psalm 23: Good Shepherd (shepherd's crook) Kerri
15. Solomon (crown) 1 Kings 3:3-28 Kris M.
16. Elijah (raven or manna or chariot of fire) 1 Kings 17:1-16 Or choose Joshua or Ruth, but give me a chapter and verse for the handout. Lena - Ruth
17. Elisha (dove) 2 Kings 5: 1-27 Or choose Judith or Jonah, but give me a chapter and verse for the handout. taken by So Many Things to Love
18. Isaiah (scroll, live coal and tongs, anvil and sword, sword and plowshare) Isaiah 6:1-8 Lisa G.
19. Jeremiah (book of law) Jeremiah 31:31-34 or choose Samson or Daniel, but give me a Bible chapter and verse for the handout. Angi
20. Nehemiah (city of Jerusalem or brick wall) Nehemiah 13:10-22 Michelle
21. Angel Hebrews1:1-14 Cheryl C.
22. Zechariah (ark of covenant, or tablet and pencil or chalk, or thurible of incense) Luke 1:5-25 Angela
23. Mary (heart or lily or any Mary image or symbol) Luke 1:26-38 Dwija
24. Elizabeth (mother and child or visitation scene) Luke 1: 39-56 Charlotte
25. John the Baptist (scallop shell with water, river)Luke 1:57-80 Cari D.
26. Joseph (tools) Matthew 1: 18-2:1 Josee
27. Magi (three crowns, camels, or Bethlehem star)Matthew2:1-12 Rose D.
28. Baby Jesus (or Chi Ro) Luke 2:1-20 Kathy A.
29. Samson Kelly C.
30. Joshua Becky
31. Judith or Jonah Lauren
32. Daniel Lenetta
And that's the cut off. 32 is the max I can handle.
If you're not able to participate, stuff happens, just let me know.
Be forewarned, since we are getting a rather late start, and we have wonderful people from all over (even Canada) shipping handmade goods to me, I will do my darndest to get everything packed up shipped out in time....but if one person is late or the 2 day priority shipping is exorbitant or the USPS gets backed up, your Jesse Tree might arrive a little late.
Don't make this an excuse though! Let's all try to get our ornaments done ahead of time. Now, go forth and make messes!