I’m not sure how I got started making Christmas ornaments, but I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. My mom and other relatives got in on the act also, as this early ornament proves. It was given to me as a child, and it has been a part of my Christmas tradition ever since.
As you can see, not all of these ornaments are particularly fancy. My aunt Rosamond made this one for me by sticking some sequins into a styrofoam ball with pins, and then writing my name with a pen. Though it might not be elegant, it’s a treasured relic of Christmas Past. I called my aunt “Ro-Ro” when I was little because her name was too much for me to pronounce. Nobody has called me Davey in years!
My mother was into making ornaments too. She made quite a few using plastic beads and pipe cleaners, like this wreath, which is one of my favorites.
Many of my earlier ornaments used beads and sequins, with foam bases. This is one from the early 1970’s. The base is a disk-shaped piece of smooth foam. The tassel is metal. It must have taken me forever to pin everything on the foam.
Here is another one I made from the same era, with sequins and a gold braid pinned on a foam bell shape. Both of these were one-of-a-kind creations I dreamed up myself.
I’ve used a lot of different materials over the years. When I was heavily into woodworking, my ornaments were often made of wood, like this scroll-sawed dove made of thin maple. This pattern came from a magazine article. I remember there were several other patterns in the article, but this one ornament is all I ever made.
All of these ornaments are adorning our trees this year. I’ll show a few more 21st century ornaments in a Part 2 post next week. In the meantime, I need to work on an ornament for 2009!