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Christmas Inchies


- 9 small squares of wc, cardstock, or heavy sketch paper, we use twinchies 2" x 2"
- paint, dark blue, light blue, white, silver and gold
- old book page
- yellow pastel
- photocopied sheet music, shrink down a bit on the photocopier
- glitter glue
- white gel pen
- scraps of gold foil (candy wrappers)
- foil or metal duct tape
- silver doily
- white felt
- black, light blue, and dark blue paper
- black and blue sharpie
- small gems and assorted embellishments
- glue
- old tooth brush or old paint brush
- scissors

Like I always say with Inchie projects just adapt and use what you have, it's amazing what you can come up with.


I usually start off doing all the backgrounds first.

On one square color it a bit with the yellow pastel. then paint it with some gold paint.

Take one of the squares and glue it to the old book page, trim away the excess. Do the same thing with another square and the sheet music.

Cut a square out of the light blue paper and the dark blue paper. Paint a different square with the light blue paint.

Paint another with the dark blue paint.

Paint one silver. You can also add a little silver paint to the sheet music square.

Add some light blue paint to your book page square.

Finally take the last square paint it with the dark blue paint and then sponge on a little of the light blue. You can also add some stripes.

For the snowflake square I used a punch I had but you can use a large sequin or cut one out of white paper. You could also paint or stamp one on.

I used the light blue cardstock square. Splattered on some white paint with an old toothbrush.(you can just use a paintbrush)

I also added some silver glitter glue.

I always use paintbrushes with glitter glue and paint it on otherwise the kids will put gobs and gobs on and it will take forever to dry!

Taking a skewer or the end of a paintbrush dot on some white paint.

Glue on a little embellishment if you have any (piece of ribbon, sequin, gem).

For the mitten square, take the silver painted Inchie. Add some glitter glue to the square for more sparkle.

Cut out 2 mitten shapes from the dark blue paper.

Add some decoration to them with the white gel pen.

Glue into place and then draw the string with the a blue sharpie or marker.

Take the Inchie you painted dark blue. Cut out a star shape from some gold paper, foil, or like me a candy wrapper.

Glue onto background, add some glitter and a star sticker.

For the candle square take the sheet music Inchie.

Cut a little candle out of blue paper or use paint/colored pencils or markers to draw one on.

Make a flame out of yellow paper and a candle holder out of metal tape or foil. I used a little sticker I had for the handle.

Outline it a bit with fine sharpie and add some glitter to the flame if you wish.

For the Angel Inchie take the dark blue paper square. Cut 2 little wings from the doily. Glue in place.

Cut a triangle from the white felt. Glue in place. Cut a circle from some scrap paper. Draw on some eyes and a mouth. You can add a little blush with a pink pencil crayon.

Glue in place. For hair I used a small piece of wool and then a gold thread tied in a circle for a halo. Use whatever you have on hand.

The present square uses the light blue painted Inchie. Cut a small rectangle out of white paper. Glue on some ribbon or paint it on with the gold paint. Add a scrap of tinsel wire for the bow.

On the gold Inchie I glued on a stocking shape I cut from some blue painted paper I had in my stash.

I trimmed it with a small piece of felt, added a loop with the blue sharpie and painted on a little glitter.

The snowman is my favorite. I cut out a snowman shape out of white paper. Glued it to the blue painted book page. Cut a little hat out of black paper, drew on some arms, eyes, and a smile with a black sharpie and then cut a carrot nose from orange paper.

On the last square cut a bell shape from the metal tape. Add a gem for a clanger. I added a little piece of ribbon and some glitter.

That's it. 9 different Inchies, each one can easily be a large art project on it's own if you wish. I was recently at a school that did my Fall Inchie project only they made only 4 squares and each one was about 4" x 4". It was awesome!

Chiristmas Inchies Version 2

Well here is the second set of Christmas inchies in traditional colors.

Remember each square can be easily be made into a larger project all on it's own.

I did all the backgrounds first.

- red paper, green paper, white paper

- then paint 3 squares, green , red and white glitter

- then I used plastic wrap on one, stamped on white circles with a pencil on another, and added a metallic sheen to the last one

Square "1 Christmas Tree:

- red painted background
- triangle cut out of green painted paper
- trunk is little rectangle from a book page
- little gems for decoration

Square #2 Candy Cane "J":

- green painted background
- cane cut out of white paper
- painted or colored red stripes
- little bit of glitter glue

Square #3 Holly:

- draw on little musical notes with sharpie or cover inchie with sheet music
- cut holly leaves out of green paper
- add veins to the leaves with green marker
- use eraser end of pencil and a little red paint stamp in some circles for berries

Square #4 Christmas Lights:

- paper is painted with white glitter paint
- using fine sharpies and markers draw out lights

Square #5 Christmas Wreath:

- red painted background
- draw on a "o" with glue
- cut little squares of tissue, crumple and stick on glue
- add embellishment

Square #6 Poinsettia:

- green painted background with piece of plastic wrap placed on it before drying
- cut out petal shapes from assorted red papers
- little gems added to center

Square #7 Santa:

- green paper background
- cut circle out of brown paper
- cut hat out or scrap of red felt
- glue on mini pompom
- glue on googly eyes
- pink pencil crayon on cheeks
- add scrap of white fun fur for beard

Square #8 Bird in Tree:

- cover background with circle stamps from pencil eraser in off white paint
- paint or draw on silver tree branches trying to form that "Y"
- I used a punch but you could just draw a bird for the tree
- add a little glitter snow

Square #9 Gingerbread Man:

- red painted background
- cut out gingerbread man out of brown paper
- add details with white gel pen and sharpie
- add a few sequins

That 's it your done. Mount on black paper and add to your growing collection.

I find myself doodling out more and more inchie designs.