Friends, with all the busy-ness of the holidays, I’ve gotten a little behind in my Hallmark movie watching and ornament making! Time to get caught up, starting with Christmas Comes Twice, starring Tamera Mowry-Housley and Michael Xavier. Cheryl Jenkins (Mowry-Housley) is an astrophysicist who works for the National Science Foundation reviewing grant applications for projects, although she’d prefer to be working on a project of her own. Cheryl heads home to spend the holidays with her family, where she visits the annual Christmas carnival with her sister, Trish and takes a ride on a carousel. But when the revolutions wind down and she returns to the carnival to find her sister, Cheryl discovers that somehow it’s five years earlier. She sees this as a chance to change her path by making different choices. As Cheryl navigates her way through her visit back in time, she’s able to connect with her beloved science teacher Ms. Nelson, who was an inspiration to her both in and out of the classroom. The time Cheryl spends with Ms. Nelson as well as with her “frenemy” George (Xavier) helps her find a new appreciation for what she’s doing in life and also helps her begin to see George in a new light. But when the carousel returns Cheryl to the present, will the love she found be waiting for her?
As a nod to Cheryl’s career, I created a Constellations ornament that will help you bring the beautiful starry night sky to your Christmas tree. Here’s how you can do the same:
a clear plastic ornament
black felt/fabric (I used Oly*Fun)
white paint marker
string, ribbon, or twine
Step 1: Fill the plastic ornament with your black felt/fabric.
I like using the ornaments that fully open into two halves, rather than trying to to stuff the fabric in through a hole in the top.
Step 2: Use a white paint marker to draw dots representing stars.
Some should be larger than others, just like the ones in the sky. If you want to draw specific constellations, just do a quick search for a constellation map and try to replicate the patterns of stars you see.
If you like, you can leave your ornament as is and add your string or twine hanger.
Or, you can take one more step and connect the dots, showing specific constellations, like the Big and Little Dipper and some of the Zodiac signs.
Either way, it’s a super-simple project that will look fabulous on your tree! It also makes a perfect gift for someone speical…include the constellation for their birth month, an anniversary, or other special event to personalize it. If you try this project, I’d love for you to share your photos in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group.
Don’t miss all the other DIY ornaments from the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas Series; there’s one to go with each of the 24 Hallmark Channel movie premieres!
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