Jennifer Snyder here to shake up Christmas. I missed Christmas in July.  So it’s Christmas in August.  
This is the perfect time to start those Christmas projects to avoid the holiday scramble. Time seems to speed up once September starts, whether from the bustle of a new school year or just life in general, time seems to accelerate as days get shorter and the lazy days of summer vanish. That’s if you even had lazy summer days.  I did not, but I did have fabulous summer days. 
I’ve taken some “every day” shaker shapes from Creative Embellishments and turned them into fun shaker ornaments for the tree (or to be used as gift tags).  My images below show the brand new Mason Jar Set  shaker design and the adorable, classic Teddy Bear Shaker Set.
Shakers Mason Jar and Teddy bear

First up – the beloved Teddy Bear Shaker Set.  Too cute for words, this shaker is wonderful for so many occasions.  I’m using mine as “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament.
The craftier side of me appreciates that all shaker sets from Creative Embellishments come with the pre-cut acrylic window piece. No more hunting through the house to find acrylic packaging. No more cutting, fitting and re-cutting acrylic to fit the shaker. Creative Embellishments has taken the stress out of shaker making.
The chipboard pieces have been painted a light brown and dabbed with cream acrylic paint using a dry sea sponge.  This was done to add texture to the piece.  You can also see in the image below that the edges have also been painted for a finished look.
I used gold jewelers thread/string to hang the ornament and tied it around one of the layers of the shaker BEFORE the shaker was glued and assembled.  I tied the string to one of the chipboard layers after the paint was dry.   This seemed to be the easiest and cleanest way to attached a string to the shaker for hanging purposes.   You can see the string attached to the middle layer in the image below.
After the shakers are made, you can fill them with beads, sequins, smaller chipboard pieces, small gems, etc.  I’ve been filling mine with shaker mix from Buttons Galore and More and the Teddy Bear is actually filled with Sparkletz – Angels Song and has beautiful angel and music note shaped pieces added.
For the final embellishing touch, I tied with the traditional red plaid bow and topped with a fun 3D holly shaped button.
This is the second fun shaker made with Creative Embellishments chipboard shaker sets.  There are  so many options one can use to decorate the Mason Jar Set  – but for me, the best mason jar is one filled with candy.  YUM.
I love the detail on the lid of the jar.  It’s really spectacular.  Because I find the details on the lid so interesting and perfect, I decided to leave the whole chipboard shaker set “as is’ with no treatment and no painting.  I wanted the detailed etching to be very apparent and not to get hidden under any treatments or paint.
 The shaker mix is from Buttons Galore and resembles tiny peppermint candies. Finishing touches include red bakers twine,  traditional buttons and a fun 3D candy cane button .

Take a moment to check out all the amazing chipboard shaker designs at Creative Embellishments. Shake up some amazing projects this season.
Thanks for stopping here and happy crafting.