Christmas Ornament Tutorial Round-Up

Christmas is only one short week away, is your tree up and ready? I know there’s some people out there still scrambling to get their decorations in order!

In case you missed it, last week I did a full week of super simple ornament ideas for your Christmas tree and mine. They’re all extremely easy and very inexpensive to make. This week I thought I would do a round up and give you a quick summary of all of the ornaments that I made last week.

If your tree still isn’t decorated or you are looking for some last minute ornaments to squeeze into place, this post is for you!


Wood Slice Ornaments

Monday I showed you how to make an adorable wood slice ornament with a handmade stamp on the front. All you need for this ornament is a wood slice, twine, hot glue, a stamp and an ink pad. Simply stamp the wood slab, glue on some twine or ribbon and you have yourself the sweetest little bohemian ornament ever!

If you want to find out how to make your own stamps you can do so by clicking here or you can find the original post for the ornament by clicking here.


Marbled Clay Ornaments

Tuesday I did a tutorial on these marbled clay ornaments. These are a little more work than the previous tutorial but take very little time!  All you need for this tutorial is clay and a cookie cutter! Clay is pretty affordable so if you don’t have any on hand you can get a bunch of colors for a good price at most craft stores 

Marble the clay (tutorial here) and roll it out into a thickness slightly smaller than your pinky. Cut out your Christmas shapes using the cookie cutters, poke a hole in the top for your twine and bake for the allotted time. 

Once your clay has cooled after coming out of the oven, all you need to do is tie your twine or ribbon through the hole you made.

You can find the original post by clicking here.


Bohemian Arrow Ornaments

Wednesday’s ornament turned out to be my favorite. I’ve always had a thing for arrows and natural/bohemian looking trinkets, so when I saw an opportunity to put one on my tree - I WAS ON IT!

This tutorial is the most complex out of them all, but still requires very minimal effort. You will need a twig, clay, a feather, beads and a glue gun.

Shape your clay arrowhead and bake accordingly. Slide your beads on to the end of the twig and secure with glue. Attach the feather into the beads while the glue is still wet. Glue your arrowhead onto your twig and you’ve got yourself a cute little bohemian arrow ornament!

You can find the original post and design alternatives by clicking here.


Mossy Pinecone Ornaments

Thursday I showed you how to take an ordinary pine cone and give it some extra shine. These compliment a tree so nicely! 

All you need is a pinecone, twine, faux moss, glue gun and some decorations (optional). Tie a knot in your twine and secure it onto your pinecone with some hot glue. Glue the faux moss around the twine making sure to cover the knot completely. Add your extra embellishments and hang it on your tree!

You can find the original post by clicking here.


Kitchen Essential Ornaments

Friday I finished up the week with some ornaments that can already be found in your kitchen. I used orange and lemon slices along with some cinnamon sticks to add some character to my little tree. 

You will need some oranges, lemons and cinnamon sticks. Cut your oranges and lemons into centimeter thick slices and bake in the oven for 2 hours at around 200 degrees. Be sure to check on them consistently so you don’t burn them. Remove from the oven and tie a knot through the top!

For the cinnamon sticks you can glue them into a little bundle and then just tie some twine around them. Glue the twine for extra security. These are both super easy and require little to no money!

You can find the original post and design alternatives by clicking here.


I hope you enjoyed the ornament tutorials from last weeks takeover. If you use any of my tutorials be sure to let me know in the comments below or send me a quick email with a picture so I can see your creations! You can find my email in the ABOUT section at the top of the page. 

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Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Finds Ornament Tutorial

We have reached the final day of the Christmas ornament takeover week. It’s been so fun making all of these one of a kind ornaments. If you haven’t seen the ornaments I’ve been making this week, you can catch up by clicking on one of the links below.

Stamped Wood Ornaments

Marbled Clay Ornaments

Bohemian Arrow Ornaments

Mossy Pinecone Ornaments

I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts now that I thoroughly enjoy creating things out of materials that I already have on hand. So why wouldn’t I make a ornament using things that are found in my very own kitchen. Chances are you’ve got quite a few things in your kitchen or pantry that can be turned into ornaments no problem!

Seeing as I love citrus fruits and cinnamon, I figured it was very appropriate to turn both of these things into awesome ornaments for my Christmas tree!

Supplies:

  • Oranges & Lemons
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Twine

Dry 'em:

Since the citrus fruits are what’s going to take the most time during this tutorial, we’ll start with those! 

Cut your lemons and oranges into small centimeter thick slices. You can cut them a little thinner if you would like but try not to make them any thicker! The thicker they are, the longer they will take to dehydrate. 

Once your citrus is sliced, place them on the baking rack in your oven. You are going to want to bake these for about 2 hours at 220 degrees F.

You'll know they're done when they have little to no shine and look very, very dry!

Hang 'em:

Using your twine or festive ribbon tie a little knot around your orange and lemon slices. You may want to poke a small hole in the top of the fruit using the tip of a knife to make the process easier.

Hang the cinnamon:

Since we want our cinnamon sticks to stay in a little bundle, you may need a little hot glue for this next step. If you can't get your sticks to stay together long enough to tie them, place a small dot of hot glue on each cinnamon stick.

Place your sticks on a looped piece of twine or ribbon. Pull the loose ends through the little loop and tighten it. Double knot where your twine meets your cinnamon sticks. You can add a little more glue to the end of the knot for added security!

Design alternatives:

Like many of my other tutorials, the possibilities are endless with this one. Just look around to see what you already have on hand in your kitchen. Cut up that grapefruit or apple that you don't plan on eating. Maybe hang some whole cloves or star of anise on your tree. 

I hope you all really enjoyed some of the tutorials I have been sharing with you this week. They're all relatively easy and cost very little money (if any). Send me a quick email letting me know if you decide to try any of the ornament tutorials out! You can find my email address in the ABOUT tab at the top of the page.

Happy Holidays!

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Marbled Clay Ornaments

It's day 2 of the Christmas ornament takeover! Yesterday we made the easiest stamped birch ornaments using handmade stamps. If you missed out on yesterday's tutorial, you can click here.

Today we're creating something completely different. 

I have ridiculous amounts of clay laying around my house. I made jewelry at one point in my life and since clay was the base of a lot of my pieces, I collected way too much of it over time.

The problem with clay is that it doesn't last forever. Eventually it dries up and is no longer very useful. Seeing as I'm very frugal and hate wasting things, I decided to give that old clay some new life.

These ornaments are very simple and take about 10 minutes (not including bake time). Clay is really inexpensive, so if you don't have tons of spare clay like I do don't panic thinking you're going to spend a fortune! I wouldn't do that to you.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Clay (find at Michaels here or Amazon here)
  • Cookie cutters (check your local dollar stores!)

Getting started:

Start by choosing the colors of clay that you want to include in your marble effect. The more you choose, the more colorful your final piece will be. 

I chose 3 different clays because I wanted an end result that was pretty simple. 

Once you have chosen your colors, roll them into little worm like shapes that are about a quarter of an inch thick. This doesn't have to be exact, just use your best judgement. 

Make sure they're all roughly the same size and length.

Twist 'em up:

Grab all of your different colors of clay and slowly begin twisting them up like I have shown you above. Once you have twisted them and they start to become one piece, fold the two sides together and continue twisting. 

The more you twist, the more marbled your end result will be!

Roll 'em up:

Once you have a colorful, twisty mess, roll your "worm" shape into a ball. How your ball looks is pretty similar to how your marble will look once it's flattened out,  so if you're unhappy with the outcome so far roll it back out into a worm and keep twisting your pieces around.

Flatten it:

Now that you've gotten your design just the way you like it, get a round surface and flatten out your ball. I used a wine bottle but you can use a regular rolling pin if you have one on hand.

Just make sure that if you do use a rolling pin, you don't ever use it to cook with again. Clay can be toxic so you don't want any remnants floating around in your food!

Continue rolling out the clay until it is pretty thin. You should end up with a flat, half of a centimeter plate shape.

Cut it out:

Gather your cute festive cookie cutters and begin cutting! The cool thing about this clay is that the more you roll it up and reuse it, the more marbled it becomes. So once you're done with one cookie cutter, roll up the excess and move onto the next shape!

Make it hangable:

Before you throw your ornaments in the oven, make sure to poke a small hole in the top so that you can hang them once you're finished. 

This can be done by poking a small toothpick or other small object right through. The clay is very flimsy, so this shouldn't be too hard. If you try to poke a hole after you have baked the ornaments, you may run into some trouble!

Bake them:

Whatever clay you have will say the exact time and heat to bake the ornaments for. I put mine in at 230F for about 20 minutes. You don't want to over cook these!

Once they're out of the oven, let them cool for another 15-20 minutes. Then get whatever decorative ribbon or twine you have and hang them up!

There are so many different variations for this tutorial. The color schemes are seriously endless! Choose colors that match your home and tree theme this holiday season!

I hope you enjoyed day 2 of the Christmas ornament week long takeover. Make sure you check back in tomorrow to see what we're creating next!