Plus, and update on my light up Word Tree! I finally found LED lights which fit and run on batteries! Check it out!
Yeah, not my best photo. The new phone has a crappy camera, but hey, its a phone, and photos of lights are difficult at best. ^_^ I am looking for a good spot to keep this out year-round!
Now on to the next craft. This one was a lot of fun and super, super easy. All you need is paint, paper, and string or ornament hooks and glue.
First, you cut the paper, which needs to be stiff (I used watercolour paper) into squares which were about 3×3, and then fold them in half so they open like a book.
Each of the 33 Runes and ornaments was painted individually, in the order they appear. I selected two colours that I associate with each rune, and would first paint the background, then the rune.
In the “front” I painted the runes in the second colour:
And the “back” I painted the name and an image of some kind I also associate with them or which help illustrate the meaning.
After the paint dried, I used a thick sewing needle to make a small hole in the upper corner of the fold, about 1/4 inch from the top and threaded a gold string through. I knotted it and then tucked the ends inside the fold before glueing them together with tacky glue
Put them between waxed paper in a heavy book to help them dry flat – as you can see, Raidho (and Algiz, but it fixed up better) got stuck together. If you use thicker card stock, you don’t have to double up your paper. I was working with what I had on hand.
In hindsight, I realized that hooks are so easy and cheap to find they had them at the CVS I went to the next day, and were I to make them over again, I would definitely use hooks instead of loops of string, as the loops will break eventually and are not as easy to hang on the branches.