Homemade: 2011 Christmas Ornaments

As is our custom, my wife and made Christmas ornaments this year. But we did something a little different for 2011: we made them together!

We had a lot of fun making these ornaments. I got the basic idea from Quilting Arts Gifts magazine, which is not my usual read, but one of Lynda’s. We wound up making three ornaments, each of which started out with us wrapping 1/2 to 1 inch wide strips of material around a styrofoam ball. From there we added different embellishments and bling.

The first one featured a red stretchy, satiny fabric that added a little texture to the ornament. We wrapped a white Happy Holidays ribbon around the middle. Then we added some sparkly rhinestones.

2011 ornament (click on any image to enlarge)

The second one started with a real pretty multicolored batik fabric that was mostly green. We wrapped some of the red satiny fabric from ornament #1 around the middle. Then we finished with some little puffy pillowed golden stars. Both this one and the red one used a 2-1/2 inch styrofoam ball. And they both have a hanger made with a filigree cap and some metallic nylon cord.

green ornament with stars

For the third one we used a 2 inch ball, and covered it with a purple mottled batik fabric. We added some flower shaped white ribbon around the middle and stuck on some sparkly flower sequins. Then we really decided to go crazy and fashioned a tassel from some multicolored nylon cording that we glued into a metal filigree cap.

purple ornament with homemade tassel

I really enjoyed working with my wife on this project. Between the two of us, we pretty much had everything we needed to make these ornaments except the styrofoam balls. And now that we’re done, I’m having a hard time deciding which one I like best!

I hope you enjoyed seeing our ornaments and I wish you a Merry Christmas!


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7 Responses to Homemade: 2011 Christmas Ornaments

  1. Jody says:

    How delightful! Merry Christmas.

  2. Lexa says:

    Dave- Just wanted to stop by and say Merry Christmas to you and your Wife. I read your blog faithfully and it always teaches me something and makes me smile. May the 2012 garden be bountiful and your New Year full of Health and Happiness!

  3. kitsapFG says:

    What a great project and they really did turn out beautiful. Something very satisfying about creating a bit of the holidays for ourselves. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. You know, I can’t decide either, I like them all. Very well done, and very crafty! So much more meaningful than your average store bought ornaments too.

  5. LynnS says:

    Really nice ornaments — I love the tassel on the last one. I used to make ornaments every year and stopped a few years ago. Really need to get back to that, maybe start a new tradition with the granddaughter.

    Sure is nifty that you can talk fabric, Dave. Tell Lynda she’s done raised U well! HA!

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