Saturday, December 3, 2011

Homemade Ornaments

Here are some ornaments that I made using vintage/recycled materials.

Clothespin Angels

These were made using old clothespins, burlap, sheet music & silver pipe cleaners.

Some of these were sold at a craft show. Seems like people liked the ones with the sheet music better than the ones without. The sheet music came from an old hymnal.

Hoop Ornaments

These were made with needlepoint hoops that I bought at the thrift store. I look for these when I am out thrifting. The smaller sized hoops make the best ornaments.

I gathered up some fabric scraps that I had. You could also use vintage fabrics from old quilts, tablecloths & doilies for these.

I chose to use this bird fabric for some of the ornaments. I love things with birds on them.

I added glitter to the front by using spray adhesive and then sprinkling fine white/translucent glitter over the face of the ornament to resemble frost. These pictures don't show the glitter very well. I tied a twine ribbon to the top.

A vintage-look Christmas fabric was used for some of the ornaments.

There were made using muslin, black paint & foam stamps.

Rustic Stockings

To make these I started with a bag of toddler-sized socks from Dollar General. I tea-dyed the socks to make them look old. After dying them I ironed them with starch. Using scissors I roughed them up a bit by cutting some holes in the toes & heels and also making snags in the material. Glitter was glued to the front of each sock.

I added pine garland, shredded ledger paper and a candy cane to the inside of each sock. I glued a paper saying onto the front.

Instead of using a metal ornament hanger for these I hung them on the tree using an old clothspin. I think these would be very cute hanging from twine strung across a window or mantle.

I hope you have been inspired to try making some of your own ornaments using materials that you may already have on hand.

Happy Decorating!

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1 comment:

  1. How did you make the clothespin angels? Love them!


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