Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 10 of Handmade Ornaments

Welcome to Day 10 of the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments.

Today, Bridget @ Everyday Chaos is here with super creative ornaments. I really don't know where she has the time with 5, yes 5 kiddos to take care of! Hats off to you Bridget!

I just love these little ornaments and I am SOOO very upset that I used my last glue stick the other night. Oh well, I guess I am off to the craft store again. I cannot wait to make these!

(Just a little funny note, before my older son, Big J could say the craft store he would tell his daddy that mommy took him to the crap store today. The husband got a big kick out of that one).

Here is Bridget, I hope you all have a lovely day!


Hi everyone, I'm Bridget from a little blog called Everyday Chaos.
I love the idea of 12 Days of Handmade Ornaments and want to thank Kristin for inviting me to make one! I’ve been stuck in a sewing rut lately but couldn’t wrap my brain around a sewn ornament so don’t put your paper supplies away just yet.


Remember those tissue paper ornaments you used to make in Kindergarten where you cut squares of tissue paper and dip the end in elmers glue, dying your fingers red and green for the next year? We’re going to do a grown up version today, minus the elmers and tissue.

You’ll need-

  1. *Hot glue gun

  2. *Yucky old plastic ornament with bite marks on it.

  3. *Paint brush with a thicker handle.

  4. *2 sheets of thin scrapbook paper or about 7 book pages cut into 1” squares. You could also use wrapping paper… whatever you have that’s thin.

  5. *Glitter and paint in the same color

  6. *Piece of cardboard, an old shirt box works great.

  7. *Strip of paper 3/4” wide x 8 1/2” long with your favorite phrase or name printed in the center.

For the book page ornament I cut the squares 1 1/2” and inked the edges with brown ink. The blue and book page ornaments started with the same size ball, just bigger/smaller paper cuts to get the different sizes.

So let’s get cracking-

1. Take a square of paper and wad it around the end of your paint brush. Add a dab of hot glue to the flat end and put it on the very bottom of your ornament.

2. Keep placing your little paper wads in a circle around your first piece, filling in bald spots as you go. I like to put them really close together. Keep going until your entire ornament is filled up. It takes a while so put on Princess Bride and settle in.

0ornament2 0ornament4 0ornament6

3. Once your ornament is filled up and you’re happy with it, it’s time to destroy one side. Find the front of your ornament and smash it flat a little, rip out one of your wads if you need to, we just want a flat spot to glue the embellishment.


4. Cut out a shape from your cardboard and paint it. Once the paint is dry smear on a little elmers (I lied, I did use it) and sprinkle with glitter. Cut little bird beak triangles from the ends of your paper strip and fold the tails in towards the center. Fold the tails to the outside again to make your little banner.

0ornament8 0ornament9

5. Using hot glue, glue your banner to your shape by just the tail pieces. It makes the banner pop out that way. Glue your shape to the flat side of your ornament and viola`. You are done and it was so easy! I’m planning on making these with the names of my kids on them to hang with their stockings.


Thanks again Kristin and thanks to everyone who stopped by to take a peek at my little ornament. If you have a minute come by my blog and say hi, and don’t forget to show me all your awesome ornaments!


Heather said...

These ornaments are very cool!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial!! Love the vintage look of this ornament and it looks much more complicated than it is. Thanks for breaking it down and such clear instuctions. Love it!!

m. rose photography said...

this is my favorite one so far!

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

I love this! It's unique, and cute! I do remember doing the tissue squares on construction paper shapes, but we always twisted the paper around an unsharpened pencil before dipping in glue, and sticking on the paper. Fond memories!

However, these look far better than the crafty crap I created in 1st grade. ;)

I am doing 25 Days of Homemade Ornaments, and featured this post as today's ornament at My Frugal Family.


Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Love this! It's gorgeous!

a girl in a gorilla suit said...

LOVE it. LOVE it. LOVE it. thank you for sharing!!!

Jessie L. said...

I have been looking for a simple, yet elegant idea for a Christmas ornament to make this year, and I think I have found it! This is beautiful, yet really simple. I may have to try my hand at it this weekend.

Lindsay said...

Im just stopping by to say hi to another crafty girl. I love your blog

Brandi said...

THat is cool!

Skamamama said...

i LOVE all these great ornament ideas! thanks for sharing them all.

steffany said...

These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design said...

So beautiful and Unique!!! I'll have to remember this one!

Angie said...

very cute, bridget! my fav so far!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love it! I followed many links from my ornament exchange linky party to find your instructions and I'm so glad I did!

Jessie L. said...

I made one of these last night... you weren't kidding when you said it would take a long time! It was very tedious work, but I LOVE how it turned out. I am planning on making a few more this weekend for my family for Christmas.