DIY Christmas Ornament 12: Sequins and Lace

What could possibly be more girly than sequins and lace? Not much, but this ornament is more than just girly…dare I say sexy? This one was inspired by a friend who asked me what to do with all those sequins after completing this ornament. It’s true you’ll have a lot leftover and I wasn’t sure what to do with them either.

So one recommendation is to use them in another ornament.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Yes, I think this is a SEXY ornament.

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Sequins (any color)
  • Clear Ornament
  • Lace
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Piece of paper (to make funnel) or use an actual funnel

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Step 2:

Remove ornament cap. Create paper funnel by rolling the piece of paper and securing with a piece of tape.

Using the funnel, fill the ornament with the sequins.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Tip: Use a bottle cap or rubber band to keep the ornament stable while you deal with the sequins.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Step 3:

Replace ornament cap. Cut a piece of lace large enough to wrap around the ornament, overlapping slightly.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Step 4:

Spray one side of the lace with spray adhesive and carefully wrap it around the ornament. Press down all the edges so everything is securely attached to the ornament.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

That’s it, easy right?

Tip: Usually I would advise to use whatever glue you have on hand to keep costs down, but in this case, spray adhesive is your best option. Mod podge and tacky glue will work but will show on the ornament. The same with hot glue. If you use spray adhesive the lace will hold well and won’t show any unnecessary residue on the ornament.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

  • Sequins (Already owned from this project) = $0
  • Clear Ornament (Already Owned) = $0
  • Lace (Already Owned) = $0
  • Spray Adhesive (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

DIY for the Peacock ornament in the background is found here

Linking To: Funky Junk Interiors

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DIY Christmas Ornament 11: String

When I was little, every 4th of July, we would host these huge water fights. All the parents and kids on our street would pack up their water balloon and water guns, and take aim. We’d even climb onto part of our roof to get a height advantage. Unfortunately for me, my brother’s room had direct access to this part of the roof and he hit me with a water balloon every time. EVERY TIME!

Why am I telling you this cute little tale in December?

Well I had to break out the water balloons for this ornament.

String Holiday Ornament

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • String (I used crochet thread, but I recommend using basic, inexpensive string for this project)
  • Water balloons
  • Fabric Stiffener or Spray Starch
  • Ribbon
  • Basic Wire Ornament Hanger (or paperclip)

String Holiday Ornament

I may be planning a water balloon attack since I have so many left over…you’ve been warned.

String Holiday Ornament

Step 2:

Inflate a few balloons.

String Holiday Ornament

Tip: Buy a balloon pump at Target or a Party Store. They only run a couple of dollars and they making blowing up the small balloon a breeze.

String Holiday Ornament

Step 3:

Drench the string in fabric stiffener (I used spray fabric starch) and wrap it around the balloon. I did this in several layers, allowing some time for the string to set before wrapping it in an additional layer.

String Holiday Ornament

With the spray starch, I find that you need to really coat the string well in order for it to work. So after wrapping it a few times I doused the balloon in A LOT of spray starch. You may not need to do this if you are using another type of fabric stiffener.

String Holiday Ornament

Step 4:

Use a basic wire ornament hanger to pierce the balloon (not pop it). You can use the paperclip for this if you don’t have any ornament hangers.

String Holiday Ornament

Use this hanger to hang the balloon up in order to dry.

I hung them from my office blinds, in front of an open window. Weird? Maybe…but it worked.

String Holiday Ornament

Unfortunately it was raining the day I started this ornament, and it took almost 2 days to fully dry. If the string is not fully dry, when you remove the balloon, it will collapse.

String Holiday Ornament

Step 5:

When the string is fully dry, carefully pop the balloon and remove, leaving yourself with a delicate string orb.

Optional: lightly brush with adhesive (white glue and homemade mod podge work well) and sprinkle with glitter. Just don’t get the string too wet with glue or the stiffener will break down and the ornament will collapse.

String Holiday Ornament

Step 6:

Tie some ribbon to the top of the ornament to create a hanger.

String Holiday Ornament

Enjoy!

String Holiday Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

  • String (Hobby Lobby) = $2.79
  • Water balloons (Target) = $0.99
  • Fabric Stiffener or Spray Starch (Already Owned) = $0
  • Ribbon (Already Owned) = $0
  • Basic Wire Ornament Hanger (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $3.78

This cost is if you were to only make 1 ornament; however, so far, I’ve made 4 and still have plenty of supplies left. So the cost will keep going down with each ornament you make.

DIY Christmas Ornament 10: Cork Ball

I’d like to take this moment to thank my wino friends  & family who supply me with a large collection of corks for crafts just like this. I really appreciate your love for the booze. I kid…I kid…ok, not really. Since I rarely drink wine (I don’t even own a wine opener), I actually really love you for keeping me stocked in cork.

Looking back, the Cork Tree, was one of my favorite ornaments so far. I also like that you could make it very meaningful by using corks from a specific event or holiday. On that note, keep the corks you pop for Christmas/New Years this year and make an ornament out of them. Next year it will be a nice reminder of a past holiday (make sure to date it).

A quick note, this ornament is actually much heavier than it looks. Make sure you are starting with a smaller Styrofoam ball as the corks will make it much larger/heavier than you expect.

Also, don’t limit yourself to using this as an ornament. Skip the ribbon and you have a very cool decorative ball that can fill vases or decorate other areas of your house year round.

Cork Ball Ornament

 

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • About 10 corks (if you are using a small Styrofoam ball)
  • Small Styrofoam Ball
  • Hot Glue
  • Screw Eye
  • Ribbon
  • Utility Knife or Straight Edge Blade
  • Glitter/Homemade Mod Podge (Optional)

Cork Ball Ornament

Step 2:

Cut down the corks using the knife (I used a Straight Edge Blade which made it very easy). I recommend cutting them down to about 1/2 inch, you should get 3 pieces out of each cork.

Cork Ball Ornament

Cork Ball Ornament

Step 3:

Using the hot glue, attach the cork pieces. I was using high heat, black glue, but you can use regular, clear hot glue for this project.

Cork Ball Ornament

Continue attaching the cork pieces until the entire Styrofoam ball is covered. Keep the knife handy as you may need to cut down some of the cork pieces to fit them on the Styrofoam.

Cork Ball Ornament

Step 4:

Once your done, pull out the hanging and decorating supplies.

Cork Ball Ornament

Step 5:

You can easily attach  ribbon hanger by using a small screw eye. It will screw easily into one of the cork pieces.

Cork Ball Ornament

Attach the ribbon.

Step 6:

This step is optional, but since I used black glue, I found it necessary. I used a small paint brush to apply the homemade mod podge to the glue only, then sprinkled a black/green glitter on top. It may look a little funky, but it helps blend the hot glue in with the ornament and add some sparkle.

Cork Ball Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown:

Styrofoam Ball (Already Owned) = $0

Corks (Supplied by a wine loving pal) = $0

Hot Glue/Knife/Paint Brush (Already Owned) = $0

Screw Eye/Ribbon (Already Owned) = $0

Homemade Mod Podge/Glitter (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0

Cork Ball Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornament 9: Felt Flowers

While I like the end product, this ornament bummed me out. I wasn’t able to get a single picture I was happy with, and I considered whether I should even post it. It did end up being cute; however, unlike others, I’m not going to go into detail as to how I created the flower. There are others that have posted much better tutorials on how to create stunning felt flowers.

This is my favorite felt flower tutorial of all time. Although I have yet to make one that looks anywhere as good as these.

The link above is to create a felt flower broach. Since I was creating an ornament, I followed the tutorial to make 2 flowers, then instead of adding the pin, I added ribbon and glued them together.

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…and queue the terrible picture parade.

Please use the link above for the tutorial. The how to is excellent.

Here’s a little photo journey of my flowers.

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

Felt Flower Holiday Oranment

Here’s where I’ll step in. To make the ornament, I made 2 felt flowers, exactly the same size.

On the back of one flower I glued both ends of the ribbon to create a hanger. Once dry, I glued the two flowers together, back to back. This creates a double sided ornament which looks like a flower at any angle.

Felt Flower Holiday Ornament

In the end it worked out; and although you can clearly see that I used hot glue in the pictures above, I don’t recommend it. The hot glue did it’s job, but it’s the main reason my flowers don’t look as good as the inspiration flowers.

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These ornaments cost me nothing since I had everything on hand. However, I’m not going to do a breakdown of the supplies since I really do recommend following the tutorial above and it requires different supplies than I used.

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I’m Feeling Inspired – Advent Calendars

I unexpectedly took this weekend off from posting the ornaments because I was hosting a Puppy Slumber Party (i.e. I was dog sitting for my mom, so I had 3 pups at the house) and by the time I got around the finishing the ornaments, it was too dark to photograph them. I’ll be starting back up tomorrow.

Puppy Slumber Party was a little more literal than I meant it to be and they slept most of the time. That’s right, it was rocking up in here this weekend!

My little man…completely worn out from napping hanging with his friends.

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Since I don’t have an ornament for you today, here is some advent calendar inspiration. I absolutely adore some of the DIY options out there right now.

 
 

 

 

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Source: emmas.blogg.se via sara on Pinterest

 

 

DIY Christmas Ornament 8: Spray Painted

After yesterday’s post about No Mess Glitter Ornaments, I decided to do a few more. I also tried to add glitter to an older ornament.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

However, the older ornament was dirty inside and the baby oil didn’t stick in some places. Unfortunately this meant that the ornaments were only partially sparkly.

Then I tried to make another glitter ornament and ran into a similar problem. I was bummed and thought I’d just have to throw them out, chalk it up to a good idea gone wrong.

Stay with me…and don’t toss those ornaments just yet.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

If you tried the No Mess Glitter project and it didn’t work out as well as you hoped, you still have a great option.

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Glittered Ornaments (see tutorial here)
  • Painters Tape (or Masking Tape)
  • Spray Paint

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Painters Tape

Step 2:

Remove ornament caps.

Cut strips of painters tape and apply to the ornament. Make sure to leave any glitter-less areas uncovered so that the spray paint can cover them. The aqua ornament in the back was one of my old ornaments. The inside was dirty and the glitter only stuck to the bottom half.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Step 3:

Spray paint the ornaments with your choice of color. Oh, the possibilities.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Step 4:

Remove the tape and revel in the beauty.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Glitter Stripe Ornament

This one was fun because I can actually see the etchings now.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Tip: If any of the spray paint has seeped under the tape, use a blade (like X-acto) to remove. It will scratch off quite easily.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Tip: If you are concerned about scratches, I recommend spraying the ornaments with an acrylic sealer (you can buy in any art/craft store).

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

Glittered Ornaments (Already Owned) = $0

Painters Tape (Already Owned) = $0

Spray Paint (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0

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DIY Christmas Ornament 7: No Mess Glitter

I have a love hate relationship with Glitter. As a girly girl, I love sparkly things, but it’s so messy. I end up wearing glitter for the rest of the day, finding it in weird places, like behind my ears. How did it get there…I still don’t know.

I used to have a lot of glittery Christmas ornaments, but I ended up throwing them away a few years back when I just couldn’t handle the mess anymore. So this year, I decided to come up with a way to get my glitter fix and remain shiny flake free.

Then end result…glittery, lovely, and it’s all on the INSIDE!

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Clear Glass Ornaments (Any Size)
  • Baby Oil
  • Glitter
  • Piece of computer or ‘writing’ paper

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 1:

Remove the caps from your ornaments.

Add about 2 teaspoons of Baby Oil inside the ornament and swirl around until the entire inside is covered. After swirling, tip it upside down and let the excess drain out. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any pictures of this step. You’d be surprised at how difficult it is to hold a heavy camera while swirling something filled with baby oil.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Tip:I tipped them into the baby oil lid to let them drain.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 2:

Create your paper funnel (for inserting the glitter) by rolling the piece of paper at an angle and securing with tape.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 3:

Pour in about 1 Tablespoon of the glitter into the ornament (for smaller ornaments). Feel free to add more, you’ll be able to pour our the excess in a minute.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 4:

Swirl, Swirl, Swirl.

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No Mess Glitter Ornament

When you’ve covered nearly all of it, cover the opening with your thumb and shake. That should cover the last bits inside the ornament.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 5:

Replace cap. Hang from tree. Repeat with other colors.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

I did one more in black, because I was hoping the dark glitter would help the show process better in pictures. It didn’t, but the ornament came out pretty.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

Clear Glass Ornament (JoAnn’s) = $.50

Baby Oil (Target) = $2 (I bought a travel size, since I don’t like the smell of baby oil and won’t use it for anything but these ornaments)

Glitter (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $2.50 (Additional ornaments would be $0.50

Linking To: Funky Junk Interiors

DIY Christmas Ornament 6: Cookie Cutter

Every year, when I’m in the holiday spirit, I buy a few cookie cutters. The problem is, I don’t like sugar cookies. I don’t really like to make them, decorate them, or eat them. I do like to use cookie cutters for completely random things, like making a gingerbread man shaped grilled cheese sandwich…but otherwise I really have no use for all the cute cutters that come out this time of year. True to form, I picked up a cute little snowflake cookie cutter at Michael’s recently.

Then this happened…

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament (X)

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Inexpensive holiday Cookie Cutter
  • Craft Paper
  • Tacky Glue
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Scissors & X-acto Knife

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Step 2:

Cut down the craft paper to be just larger than the cookie cutter.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Step 3:

Using the tacky glue, apply a thin layer to the back of the cookie cutter. Be careful not to use too much, you don’t want it to squeeze into the inside of the ornament. If you are using a darker color cutter, you may want to consider buying clear tacky glue so you don’t see it.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Step 4:

Press the glue side down onto the craft paper and allow a few minutes to dry.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Step 5:

Once the glue has dried, use an X-acto knife and trim around the cookie cutter. (You can use scissors for this if the form you choose is a simple design, I know not everyone has an X-acto knife at home. Don’t feel like you need to buy one just for this project.)

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

While you still have the knife out, cut a small hole in the paper, just big enough to thread the twine or ribbon. Cut the small hole where the paper and cookie cutter meet and you’ll be less likely to notice it.

Tip: A few people told me they were having trouble getting a knot to stay when using twine as the hanger. I agree, the knot will unravel before you ever get it to the tree. If you want to use twine, break out your glue gun. I recommend tying a double knot and before you tighten the second knot, add a small bubble of glue, then tighten the knot. Once dry, you can trim the excess twine and rest assured your twine hanger will hold strong.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament (X)

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

Snowflake Cookie Cutter (Michael’s) = $1

Craft Paper (Already Owned) = $0

Tacky Glue (Already Owned) = $0

Twine or Ribbon (Already Owned) = $0

X-acto Knife (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $1

DIY Christmas Ornament 5: Cardboard Flower

I’m not sure what to call this one. For some reason it just feels odd to refer to it as the Toilet Paper Roll Ornament…but that’s exactly what it is.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

I’m very inspired by the cardboard roll art out there so I’ve been collecting toilet paper rolls from everyone (which can be weird). However, while I figure out the larger art piece I’m working on, I came up with an ornament that everyone can do. I’m mean let’s face it, unless you’re super ‘green’, you use toilet paper and have toilet paper rolls in your house.

In addition to the rolls, break out some paint…things are about to get crazy!

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • 1 Toilet Paper Roll (per ornament)
  • Craft Paint
  • String, Ribbon, or Twine
  • any other decorations or baubles
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Ignore the clamp scissors in the picture, you will use regular everyday scissors for this craft.

Step 2:

Flatten the rolls. Use something heavy to make the fold clean and crisp.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Step 3:

Cut the rolls into 5 even pieces. They’ll be about 3/4 inch each.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Arrange the pieces into the flower shape to make sure they are even. They don’t need to be perfect, but you want them to be similar in width.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Step 4:

Break out the paint and paint all sides of each petal. I painted several ornaments which is why you see green paint; however, white paint worked the best. It had the best coverage and if the cardboard peaked out, it had a rustic look. Yes, I just called a toilet paper roll rustic.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Step 5:

Once the pieces are dry, arrange the petals and begin gluing them together with tacky glue.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Step 6:

I had a few bells leftover from last year which I used on the bottom of the ornament. Then I used some twine as a hanger.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per Ornament):

Toilet Paper Roll (Already Owned) = $0

Twine (Already Owned) = $0

White Craft Paint Already Owned) = $0

Glue/Scissors/Painting Supplies (Already Owned) = $0

Holiday Bell (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0 FREE!

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

I didn’t have the highest hopes for this ornament, but in the end I really like it. I also think it would make a really stunning garland to string a few up across a mantle. Maybe even with some Christmas lights.

DIY: JOY Holiday Yarn Sign

I have a weird fascination with yarn lately. This is my third yarn sign,and I hear ya, it can get boring. However, I’m terrible at painting freehand words and I need a holiday sign for my front door. Plus, the yarn has a cozy warm feeling and it’s easy…oh and cheap. Yes, I like cheap inexpensive crafts.

I also needed something unique since I needed to match the color scheme of this bell wreath.

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Instead of more purple, I decided to go with gray, white and green.

JOY Holiday Yarn Sign

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Cardboard or paper letters
  • 3 colors of yarn
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

JOY Holiday Yarn Sign

Step 2:

In my opinion, the letter ‘O’ is the hardest to wrap. Seems easy, but you have to pass the ball of yarn through the letter to wrap it and it’s just cumbersome. To make it easier, I wrapped it in stages. I cut long pieces of yarn and wrapped the entire letter in three thin layers.

JOY Holiday Yarn Sign

Tip: Use a nail stick or skewer in order to push the yarn into the hot glue. It saves your nails and keeps hot glue off your hands.

JOY Holiday Yarn Sign

Step 3:

Continue wrapping all the letters.

JOY Holiday Yarn Sign

Tip: For the difficult areas, glue short pieces in place before wrapping the letters.

JOY Holiday Yarn Sign

Step 4:

Attach Twine for hanging, using glue or a staple gun. I prefer staples, but if you don’t have a staple gun, hot glue should work as long as you use enough.

JOY Yarn Holiday Sign

Project Cost Breakdown (per Ornament):

3 Cardboard Letters (Hobby Lobby) = $4.50

3 Colors of Yarn (Already Owned) = $0

Hot Glue/Scissors/Twine/Staples (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $4.50

In addition to the sign, I’ve also changed up the setup a bit. I swapped out the hay bale and pumpkin for fun holiday trees and new Christmas colors. If I could track down an inexpensive white poinsettia, I’d love to add that as well, but I refuse to pay $10 for one since I’ll probably kill it.

JOY Yarn Holiday Sign

JOY Yarn Holiday Sign

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