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Cat on Moon & Pumpkin Star Halloween Ornaments for Feather Trees

Create a festive set of Halloween ornaments with little more than paint, glitter and Dresdens artfully applied to wooden shapes.  Add a pumpkin scrap for a vintage touch and velvet ribbon for rich color and texture.  Feather trees far and wide will be more charming than spooky come October 31.  Finished ornaments are 2-1/2" (pumpkin stars) and 3-1/2" tall (cat on moon).

Supplies: Wooden Cat on Moon, Wooden Stars, Glass Glitter, Narrow Dresden Borders, Dresden Stars and Medallions, Pumpkin Scraps1/8" Velvet Ribbon, Paints (Black, Gold, Silver), Paint Brushes, Clear Drying Craft Glue like Alleen's, Scissors, Q-tips, Gloves (for handling glitter)

Step 1: Paint Wooden Shapes

Paint shapes all over including edges, with two coats of paint.  Let dry.

Step 2: Add Dresden Border

For Cat on Moon: glue a narrow Dresden border along the entire edge of the moon.  Start at the cat's front paw and wrap border all the way around to end at the cat's back.  Make sure border is positioned closely against the edge by using a Q-tip to smooth a thin bead of glue before applying border.  Let dry.


Step 3: Add Glitter

For Cat on Moon: apply an even layer of glue over cat front, back and edges. With a gloved hand, sprinkle clear glitter sparingly but evenly over cat.  Add more as desired.  Tap off excess and let dry.  Apply an even layer of glue over moon front and back, taking care to avoid Dresden border on edge and hanger at top.  With a gloved hand, sprinkle silver glitter sparingly but evenly over moon.  Tap off and let dry. 

For Pumpkin Star: apply an even layer of glue on star front, back and edges, but sparingly at hanger.  Pour glitter all over glue and tap off excess.  Let dry.



Step 4: Add Dresden Stars

For Cat on Moon: Glue small Dresden stars onto moon.  Three clustered like the cat is looking at them plus three more below him look sweet and catch the light beautifully when the ornament is hanging,

For Pumpkin Star: Glue black star on to star matching points evenly.  Stagger and stack a gold or silver star over the black star so the points show evenly. Glue in place and let dry.  Glue a pumpkin scrap in place over the Dresden stars.  Let dry.

Step 5: Add A Ribbon Hanger

Cut a 9-1/2" long piece of velvet ribbon.  Thread through hole, bring ends together , tie a knot and trim ends as needed.  As always, display proudly!


Tips:

-- We like the look of both subtle sprinkled glitter and heavier more-dense glitter on the moon of Cat on Moon.  Examples of both can be seen above.

-- For the Pumpkin Star, we like heavy glittering because less of the star shows from behind the Dresdens and scrap.

-- Try gold stars on a silver moon, silver on gold, silver on silver, gold on gold -- all look beautiful and variations are shown above.

-- Black glitter on a black cat looks rich and deep.  We find it looks best when the black glitter is over a very dark black paint.

-- Glittered scraps are right at home and add lovely interest on the Pumpkin Stars.



Clear German Glass Glitter ~ Fine Grit ~ 2 oz in Jar

Clear German Glass Glitter ~ Fine Grit ~ 2 oz in Jar

$7.95

Silver German Glass Glitter ~ Fine Grit ~ 2 oz in Jar

Silver German Glass Glitter ~ Fine Grit ~ 2 oz in Jar

$7.95

Super Petite Antique Gold Rope Twist Dresden Trim ~ 1/16" wide

Super Petite Antique Gold Rope Twist Dresden Trim ~ 1/16" wide

$2.95

Super Petite Silver Rope Twist Dresden Trim ~ 1/16" wide

Super Petite Silver Rope Twist Dresden Trim ~ 1/16" wide

$2.95

German Glass Glitter in Gold ~ Fine Grit ~ 2 oz in Jar

German Glass Glitter in Gold ~ Fine Grit ~ 2 oz in Jar

$7.95

Witch & Pumpkin Halloween Scraps ~ Germany

Witch & Pumpkin Halloween Scraps ~ Germany

$2.95

New!
Wooden Cat on Moon Ornaments ~ Set of 3

Wooden Cat on Moon Ornaments ~ Set of 3

$7.95

Antique Gold Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

Antique Gold Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

$3.95

Silver Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

Silver Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

$3.95

New!
Small Wooden Star Ornaments ~ Set of 5

Small Wooden Star Ornaments ~ Set of 5

$6.95

Super Petite Antique Gold Rasied Dot Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Super Petite Antique Gold Rasied Dot Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$5.95

German Glass Glitter in Black ~ Fine Grit ~ 2 oz in Jar

German Glass Glitter in Black ~ Fine Grit ~ 2 oz in Jar

$7.95

Super Petite Antique Gold Flat Dot and Flower Dresden Trim ~ just under 1/8" wide

Super Petite Antique Gold Flat Dot and Flower Dresden Trim ~ just under 1/8" wide

$5.95

Super Petite Antique Gold Flat Dot Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Super Petite Antique Gold Flat Dot Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$5.95

New!
Super Petite Silver Flat Dot and Flower Dresden Trim ~ just under 1/8" wide

Super Petite Silver Flat Dot and Flower Dresden Trim ~ just under 1/8" wide

$5.95

Super Petite Silver Flat Dot Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Super Petite Silver Flat Dot Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$2.95

Super Petite Antique Gold Ribbed Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Super Petite Antique Gold Ribbed Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$2.95

Super Petite Silver Ribbed Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Super Petite Silver Ribbed Dresden Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$2.95

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Apricot Orange ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Apricot Orange ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Witch & Pumpkin Halloween Scraps with Glitter~ Germany

Witch & Pumpkin Halloween Scraps with Glitter~ Germany

$3.85

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Orange ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Orange ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Autumn Orange ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Autumn Orange ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Stars & Halos ~ 26 Assorted

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Stars & Halos ~ 26 Assorted

$5.95

Black Dresden Foil Stars & Halos ~ 26 Assorted

Black Dresden Foil Stars & Halos ~ 26 Assorted

$5.95

Gold Dresden Foil Stars & Halos ~ 26 Assorted

Gold Dresden Foil Stars & Halos ~ 26 Assorted

$5.95

Silver Dresden Foil Stars & Halos ~ 26 Assorted

Silver Dresden Foil Stars & Halos ~ 26 Assorted

$5.95

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Black ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Black ~ 1/8" wide

$1.49

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