|Prepared ornament hung on our tree|
Materials needed: red felt
sharp sewing scissors
fine-tipped black permanent marker
red thread (to match the felt)
a sewing needle that is small enough to fit through the holes on the beads
yarn, thread, or ribbon to act as an ornament hanger
patterns you would like to trace for the petals.
The first ornament we will discuss this week is the felt poinsettia. Gather together all of the materials for the project before beginning. I used a basic a fall leaf shape that reminded me of a poinsettia petal, making 3 sizes of the same petal shape to allow for varied flowers. These will take over an hour from start to finish.
In order to save some time, two pieces of felt together can be pinned together with straight pins. More can be used, but I have found that cutting more than 2 felt shapes at a time results in an unsatisfactory product. I pin each leaf that I traced individually to avoid as much fabric shifting as possible when cutting out your pattern. This will also help your leaves stay more organized when you go to assemble your ornaments later.
As you cut out your petals, stack each different size into a pile with other petals of equal size. This will create less sorting work to do later as well.
After the petals are securely stitched together, it is time to add some detail. I use a variety of gold plastic beads to add interest to the middle and gives it a more realistic look. I have also stitched down the center of the petals to add a bit of a design. To make the design stand out, use a contrasting color.
Don't forget to sew a hanger onto the back!
Bread-Glue Dough Ornaments
Materials needed: 3 slices of day old white bread
|Beginning the crust removal|
1/2 teaspoon of hand lotion
plus optional ingredients food coloring and water if desired.
This ornament uses up your day old bread! Say what? Yup. It's called Bread-Glue Dough! The ingredients are simple, inexpensive, and they are items that are probably laying around your house.
|Dough, ready for shaping|
Once it has the consistency of dough, you may separate different portions and die the dough with food coloring. Work with one portion at a time keeping the rest of the dough covered to prevent it from drying out.
|Cut out dough|
Allow to air dry for at least a week. I allowed mine to dry on a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet so they could quickly and easily be moved at a moment's notice. The wax paper will not only prevent the ornaments from sticking to the cookie sheet, but it also kept them from getting stained by the rust spots on my old cookie sheets. Rather than use food coloring to dye the dough, I will paint these with acrylic paint. The small ones seemed to be dry already after just a couple of days, but I want to make sure they are completely dry both inside and out prior to decorating and finishing. I am afraid that finishing them too soon would trap moisture inside which could destroy them.
|Ornaments drying on wax paper|
|Hand painted tree|
When painting your ornament, use one color at a time and allow to dry completely before adding the next color. If you use many colors while they are still wet, this will promote a mixing of colors on your ornament. I paint the base coat first and add details when the base coat is dry.
|The foundation row|
Styrofoam ball, any size
sequins, any size
glue, beads, and permanent marker or paint, if desired
One of my all time favorite ornaments is the Styrofoam balls with sequins pinned to them with either straight pins or sequin pins. Where else can you add so much bling to your tree for so little money? Buying a variety pack of sequins incurs less up-front expense if you would like a variety of colors, but then you will need to sort the sequins into colors and sizes. This project will probably take at least an hour to complete if you are planning to completely cover the ball with sequins, more if you layer the sequins. You may also choose to leave spaces open in between the sequins, your choice.
|An overlapping pattern|
A quick note here: please check the size of the holes in your sequins against the size of the heads of your pins. If the heads are too small they will slip right through the sequin and will therefore serve no purpose. If that is the case, smaller sequins or beads may be used to assist the pins in doing their job.
|A variety of patterned balls|
|Glue coated ornaments|
Place your sequin on the foam ball and secure with a pin. Larger foam balls allow for use of longer pins, while smaller pins will need to be used on smaller foam balls. Using long pins may cause problems if the pins reach other and may prevent a tight, secure fit.
|Finished ornament on our tree|
Once my foam balls were completed, I coated the sequins with a coat of glue. This is not needed and there have been a great many ornaments of this type made without this step.
If you are planning on hanging these on your Christmas tree, you will need a hanger for your ornament. I like to use one that coordinates with the sequins on the ornament. Tie the ribbon tightly, secure with several pins by pushing them into spaces between the sequins. Varying the angle of pin penetration will help to more securely anchor the hanger to your ornament.
Materials: plain colored or glass ornaments
space to set ornaments or hang to dry
I squeezed some glue into a little painter's palette tray in order to be able to apply glue to specific areas of the ornament and applied the glue to the ornament with a paint brush.
Layering rhinestones on top of sequins adds a truly gorgeous look as does varying the colors of rhinestones used in your picture. Other ideas for these ornaments includes painting them, gluing designs covered on glitter or epsom salts, gluing strips of tinsel, or filling the glass balls a variety of interesting materials.
Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. Please leave me a message, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Cindy