When I set out to find an idea for this year’s ornament (read my journey), I came across several that made me giggle with delight! And while I won’t reveal any of them (because you’ll see them in future years!), I was completely charmed when my husband discovered this year’s ornament idea.
I subscribe to the Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine – a free publication that comes every few months. With each arrival, I sit down and read it cover to cover, taking in the creative ideas I might be able to try in my own home.
You can only imagine my excitement when the Holiday 2011 magazine came a few months back. My husband had gotten the mail that day and when I got home from work that evening, he had already opened the page to the tiny tree ornament. “I think you should make this ornament this year,” he said with excitement. (I think he’s grown just as excited every year to see what creation I’ll come up with!)
This fun little tree is made from wood joining biscuits used in wood working projects. (However, my local Lowes store didn’t have the small ones. I found them at Home Depot.) I had so much fun making the ornaments this year because they were something different and so unique.
Here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas! May your trees be decorated with all kinds of fun creations this year!
Day 14: 2011 Christmas Tree
- Wood joining biscuit
- Wooden dowels
- Screw eyes
- Orange peel texture (spray can)
- Hot glue
- Ribbon of your choice
Instructions: From the tagboard, cut a 4.5-inch circle and cut in half. Make a cone from each piece and glue the edges together, leaving a small hole at the top. For the branches, glue biscuits to the one, working from the base up and overlapping. The first row along the bottom should hang off the end of the cone about half way. The top two layers should overlap slightly. Paint the tree. Spray the texture on the biscuits for snow. Cut the dowel to hang out slightly from the bottom. Attach a screw eye to the top of the dowel pin for the trunk. Thread the twine for the hanger. I glued the dowel into the top of the cone to hold it in place. Add a ribbon bow.
The journey continues on revealing an ornament from my collection (see related post).
Day 13: 2010 Santa Clothespin
- Wooden clothespin
- Felt: red and white
- 2.5-inch screw eyes
- Paints: red, black
- Hot glue
- Black ribbon for belt and hanger
- Black button
- Santa template
Instructions: Start by painting the clothespin from the top all the way down to leave ½-inch at the bottom. Paint the remaining ½-inch with black. Paint the top of the head white, but leave the face part the color of the clothespin.
Carefully screw in the screw eyes to the top of the clothespin.
Download the Santa template. Trace the templates onto the red felt and cut out the shapes. Use hot glug to put the clothes on Santa. After it’s dry, add Santa’s belt and button. Trace the arms from the given templates and cot out four arms for each Santa. To make the arms thicker than the clothing, glue two of the felt arms together and let dry. Attach the arms to each doll with a dab of glue.
Cut out Santa’s hat, beard and mustache from the white felt and attach to the head.
Once done, thread the ribbon through the screw eye and hang on the tree.