Dec 16, 2013

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

We started out with the object of making homemade Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree. We have a 7 1/2 foot tall tree and after an entire afternoon of messy fun, we only walked away with about 8 or 9 ornaments.

Being an anti-glitter person, I tried to show my Christmas spirit by letting Millie use glitter. I regretted this decision later when I was cleaning up the mess, but she had a lot of fun. Here are some of our glitter birds:

 I hooked up my Silhouette Cameo to make some templates for our ornaments. We then traced & cut them out of fabric, paper, and burlap. I could have used heat and bond and cut the fabric directly on the cameo, but I didn't want the fabric to be stiff. 

We did birds, a gingerbread man, hearts, and candy canes. The angel ornament is done with an old-fashioned clothes pins (available at most craft stores), pipe cleaners, coffee filters, and glitter. It was fun and you can see the final result! I really hope to one day have enough to do an entire tree with homemade ornaments. 

angel ornament

gingham birdie
burlap bird
Jellyfish even helped sew around the edges of our ornaments, which is a great skill for anyone to learn. If you have a Cameo, you can download all of these templates at their online store. We finished off the afternoon with hot chocolate and marshmallows. 
Here is a wide view of our tree right after we got it up. 

What kind of ornaments are you making this Christmas?
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Kristi said...

So cute!!! Thank you so much for showing us!

Amy Maze said...

I'm sure your kids loved that and were so excited to see their own ornaments each time they looked at the tree!