11.20.2014

Gold and White Banner Ornament


Nine ladies dancing...oh wait, that's the wrong 12 Days of Christmas. It's the ninth day of the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments. Silly me. The finish line is in sight, y'all! Today's ornament is shimmery, shiny gold and white! I clearly have a thing for gold, white and clear ornaments. If you want to see the whole lineup, including plenty of gold and white, head back to Day 1.

Today's ornament is a simple banner and I left it blank so we could play a little game together. I couldn't decide what to write in it, so I thought y'all might be able to help me out. What's your favorite Christmas greeting/saying/word/phrase? That blank space is just begging to be filled! Let me know in the comments! :)

Here's how to make one if you'd like a banner of your own:

Take a piece of felt and draw out a cute little banner like the one below. I freehanded it by drawing two parallel wavy lines, then connecting them with the "Vs" on either side.


Then I cut it out, making sure to cut inside the red pen so there wouldn't be any residual ink on the white felt. And yes, I realize that the image below still has a bit on the edges...don't worry, I fixed that - just didn't take a photo.


Cut a slightly larger, matching banner out of gold glitter scrapbook paper. Use the white felt as a template and just make the glitter piece a bit larger. Glue them together using fabric glue.


Add a piece of embroidery thread to the back for hanging. I hot glued mine on to it.


And hang! I love how this little guy turned out. Simple and modern. Now tell me, what should it say?


Now check out the creativity these other ladies brought to day 9. They continue to wow me with their ornaments!

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Gold Ruffle Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Bleached Pinecone Woodland Gnome | Serendipity Refined
Wire Christmas Tree Ornaments | Remodelando la Casa
Gold and White Banner Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be
Stuffed Candy Cane | It All Started With Paint
Snow Globe Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story
Modern Yarn Wrapped Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Paper Pennant Ornament | Lovely Etc.

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11.19.2014

Glitter Polka Dot Glass Ball Ornament


Today is Day 8 of 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments. That means we only have five days left (including today) of this crazy ornament party! I've got another simple one for you today: a gold polka dot glass ball ornament. I love the simplicity of today's ornament. It's festive without screaming I'M GLITTERY!! Look how shiny I am! if you know what I mean. It only took about 10 minutes to make too, which is a bonus if you're in the market for an easy handmade ornament.

The supplies you'll need are:

  • Glass ball ornament*
  • Glue dots
  • Gold glitter
Apparently I'm into alliteration today with my supplies list. Also, the red beads are for show - you don't actually need them for this project...don't let the photo confuse you :).


First step: add glue dots all randomly to the glass ball ornament.


Step 2: Add glitter onto the glue dots. Glitter can become a complete mess if you're not careful. It gets everywhere. To keep the mess to a minimum, I dip my fingertip in the glitter and press it onto the glue dots. I dip and press a couple of times to get good coverage.

That's it! Now I've got a pretty little (shiny!) ornament to hang on my tree!


Don't miss the other 11 ornaments from these lovely ladies below - there are so many good ones today!

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Yarn Ball Ornaments | All Things G&D
Vintage Jello Mold Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story
Simple Popsicle Stick Sled | Serendipity Refined
Snow Globe Ornament | It All Started With Paint
Wispy Feather Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Pom Pom Wreath Ornament | Remodelando la Casa
Burlap and Reindeer Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Deer Head Ornament | Mom 4 Real

*Disclosure: Some of the products used in this post were purchased with a gift card which I received from Michaels. Thank you, Michaels, for supporting my craftiness!

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11.18.2014

Yarn Snowball Ornaments


Annnnd...welcome to Day 7 of 12 Days of Handmade Ornaments! We're more than halfway through this craziness and I must say it's been quite the ride.
 
Today we're making yarn snowball ornaments! If you've ever make yarn pom poms, guess what? These are the same thing. When they're made with fluffy white yarn however...they're like snowballs! Ta da!

All you need for this project is a big ball of yarn, scissors and a good TV show on in the background. They're a bit time consuming when you're making a bunch, but they're not hard to make.

Here's how to make them:

Wrap the yarn around your fingers on one hand about 40-50 times. The amount of times you wrap it will depend on how fluffy your yarn is. The thinner it is, the more times you'll need to wrap it.


Once you're done wrapping it around your fingers, slide it carefully off your hand. Take a short piece (about 12 inches) of yarn and tie it around the center of the ball of yarn. Cinch it tightly!

P.S. You might want to cut that short piece of yarn before you do all that wrapping around your fingers. You'll have your hands full (literally).


Once the shorter string is cinched tightly, the yarn ball will look like the photo below.


See all those pretty loops? We're going to cut them all apart now. Grab the scissors and cut through small sections until all the loops become strings.


Fluff it up so it looks like a bad case of bedhead.


And finally, give it a little haircut so that the ball looks more uniform and orderly.


That's it! It seems like a lot of steps from the photos, but once you get one of these babies done, you'll be able to knock a bunch of them out pretty quickly.


Then you can make a yarn snowball tree like this!


I love these guys. They'd also make a great garland or look lovely piled up in a glass bowl on a table. There are tons of possibilities!


Now it's time to hop over to see all the other creative ornaments created by my lovely blogging friends!

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Polar Express Bell Quote Ornament | Serendipity Refined
Merry Christmas Jute Garland | Thrifty and Chic
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments | The Happier Homemaker
Yarn Snowball Ornaments | May Richer Fuller Be
Paper Owl Ornaments | Remodelando la Casa
Mason Jar Lid Ornaments | It All Started With Paint
Marbles Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story
Antler Wood Slice Ornament | Cherished Bliss
Simple Fabric Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
DIY Princess Anna Ornament | All Things G&D

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11.17.2014

Reindeer Antler Wood Slice Ornament


It's Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas and I think today's ornament might actually be my favorite of the series. That's hard for me to write because I'm really happy with all my ornaments, but this one's just so darn cute. I mean, how can you resist a combo of reindeer antlers and bells on top of a wood slice?  

That's one magical combo if you ask me.

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11.16.2014

Wedding Invitation Glass Ball Ornament


Welcome to Day 5 of 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments! I've probably made about half a dozen of these wedding invitation Christmas ornaments for friends and family over the past few years and they're always a big hit. It's a perfect keepsake for a really special day in a couple's life. If I could find an extra invitation from my own wedding, I'd make one for myself! Read on for the tutorial...

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