Cancer-fighting Crafts

Junior Morgan Austrich sells crafts to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Kate Bernstein, Staffer

Kate Bernstein
Holding up one of her creations, junior Morgan Austrich smiles while displaying a wooden ornament painted with the Cornell mascot, Touchdown. Austrich is selling the ornaments for fifteen dollars each, with all the proceeds going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Q: What made you decide to start making ornaments? 

A: Well, my dad was diagnosed with lymphoma in October and I really just wanted to do something that could help the organization that, I mean, basically they’re responsible for, like, saving so many people’s lives and I already love crafts, I love Christmas, so painting Christmas ornaments seemed like the obvious thing to do. 

Q: What’s your favorite part about making them? 

A: Well, besides just the fact that I enjoy doing art, just the fact that it’s going to such an important society to me. 

Q: What materials do you use?  

A: I’m using wood slice ornaments, mod podge, and acrylic paints. 

Q: Can you describe the process? 

A: So, basically, they’re wood slice ornaments. I paint mod podge on it first to prime it, and then I just paint with an acrylic paint, whatever on top that someone wants, or if someone wants a picture, I’ll just cut out the picture and mod podge it on.  

Q: What is the hardest part of making the crafts? 

A: The hardest part is that I want to make sure they turn out really good because some people are giving them to their parents and stuff, so I have to make sure that, like, they’re exactly as the person wants it to look.  

Q: How long will you be taking requests? 

A: I mean, I’ll be taking them all the way up until, like, winter break but it’s easier for me if people tell me what they want before Thanksgiving break so I can paint them over that break and then after that I’ll try to fit them in but it’ll be a little harder. 

Q: How much do they cost? 

A: They’re fifteen dollars each.  

Q: What have people been requesting so far? 

A: So far, people have wanted, like, the lightning logo, something from Game of Thrones. People have wanted their dogs mod podge on or their cats. My friend who rides horses wants a horseshoe on hers. Basically, anything that you want, like school logos.