DIY Holiday Ornaments…

November 29, 2012

It’s officially time to start decorating for Christmas! Time to pull the bins out of the attic and string lights on the roof! I love this time of year…not just because it’s pretty and festive…there are so many memories to be made! One of my favorite days each Christmas is our family ‘Ornament Making Party!’ We turn on a Christmas movie, sip on eggnog or hot chocolate (we are a house divided as to which is a better Christmas drink), I throw a bunch of random craft items on the floor in the living room and we all pitch in to add a few new touches to our tree! Here’s one of the ornaments we came up with for this year’s Winter White Christmas Tree…

I had a bunch of branches in my craft closet, leftover from one of my ever evolving vignettes or tablescapes. (It would be great to gather branches from your backyard if you live in a wooded area).

I didn’t dare ruin my scissors so I raided my hubby’s toolbox for a thick pair of wire cutters. They worked perfectly for this project.

I sorted through the branches to find the straightest pieces and cut three 4″ pieces per ornament.

Next, I used my hot glue gun and placed a little glue in the center of one stick and lay the second stick on top, making an X. I held it in place for twenty seconds allowing it to dry.

When the X was dry, I used my hot glue gun to add the third stick, making a snowflake shape, then I supported the ornament until the glue dried.

Easy, right…now it’s time to embellish!

In order to hang my ornament from the tree, I made a loop out of jute string and used my hot glue gun to apply it to the backside of the snowflake.

Since we’re decorating our Christmas Tree with a Winter White theme, I chose to wrap my snowflake with fuzzy, white wool yarn! I love how the wool looks like it has just been hand spun on a spindle in a little village. When wrapping the yarn, I first weaved in and out around the center to strengthen the sticks. Then I wrapped the yarn, tightly up and back down each of the sticks. When the snowflake was completely covered I placed a dot of hot glue on the end point and trimmed any excess yarn.

I made quite a few snowflake ornaments with my fuzzy white yarn. The process was so fast and I absolute love the contrast between the bright white of the snowflake and dark green of my tree branches! Is your Christmas Tree full of ornaments from the past!?! Does it change from year to year!? Are you using bright colored ornaments? Metallics!?! Nature-themed!?! Different colors of twine, paint or glitter would definitely allow you to personalize these ornaments for your tree…have fun embellishing! I’m off to work on a few more touches on our Winter White Christmas Tree…


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4 comments on “DIY Holiday Ornaments…

  1. Cute! Love this idea. They’d look fab with some glitter too!

  2. Hilary Cook says:

    We have these trees in our front yard. How awesome! Thanks for the idea.

  3. The snowflakes are beautiful! I love how they can be kept rustic by not wrapping them too.

  4. Thanks for your sweet note Jen…I was just shopping in the cutest store with tons of glitter! I may have to make some more! XO, Aimee

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