When my wife and I celebrated our first Christmas together in 2005, I was inspired to make an ornament for the occasion. I was probably also trying to impress her with my crafting talents, though I think she is far more artistic and creative than I am. For this one I started with a papier mache birdhouse that I painted and sprinkled with glitter. The roof was made of pine cone scales from a cone we had found on one of our walks together. I also added a dried starfish above the door opening just for fun.
I’ve continued the tradition of making an new ornament every year since then. For 2006, I started with a small birdhouse gourd to make this snowman. With a link to the past, I used colored pipe cleaners for the arms and earmuff band. A bit of toothpick painted orange simulated a carrot nose, and a piece of leftover ribbon made a colorful scarf.
Continuing my gourd theme, in 2007 I used an egg gourd to make this ornament to celebrate our first Christmas here. The lettering was printed on a deskjet printer then decoupaged onto the egg. Talk about combining old AND new techniques in one project!
I also made this one in 2007, using a clear glass ball ornament for the base. I cut triangles of colored tissue paper using Fiskars scallop scissors I borrowed from my crafty (and gadget-loving) wife. I coated the paper in Mod Podge, then stuck them all over the glass. To finish I gave it a coat of sparkle glaze paint.
For 2008 I made this flower ornament, starting with a circle I cut out of cardboard. I glued on seeds saved from one our spaghetti squashes for the outer petals, then added collard seeds in the middle. I covered it all with a gold iridescent glaze paint. I am not sure how long this one will last with all those seeds, but we will see.
The other ornament I made last year was a wild creation using glitter glue in a glue gun, dribbling it over one of the leftover glass balls from 2007. It has to be hung carefully since it wound up being quite heavy.
I will unveil the 2009 ornament(s) on Christmas morning, hopefully surprising my wife. I guess I had better get to work!
These are all so wonderful!! I was looking at your blog with my granddaughter who gave you some “oooh” and “aaah” comments, plus smiles and even a clap!
You keep referring to your artistic and crafty wife, but there’s a craftsman behind every one of these ornaments. Great job! Please show us this year’s ornament after its debut!
Lynn, I am glad you and your granddaughter enjoyed the ornaments. I guess I just feel more comfortable with the “doing” part than I do with the “creating” part. It could be a left brain vs right brain thing. I was always good at areas involving logic and analysis, which served me well in the IT field where I was often in a problem-solving role.
I do think Lynda is more creative than I am – plus I can guarantee she has more crafting supplies and gadgets than I do!
And, I am hard at work on the 2009 ornament(s). 🙂
I love that you make ornaments. That makes them just that much more special. I love the starfish on the birdhouse and the flower ornament is my favorite. I can’t wait to see what you are making this year….
Your hand made ornaments are so lovely, thank you for sharing. I packed our homemade family ornaments away years ago, when we began spending our winters in Arizona. This year we’ve missed the family too much, so I think we’ll spend the holidays at home next winter, and not come to AZ until January.