Making Christmas Ornaments has always been a great way to get in the Holiday Spirit for me and I was pretty excited to be participating in this Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop, hosted by Diana over at "The Girl Creative".
Just look at all the cute and creative ornaments that the participants have come up with!
This year I wanted to make something simple and fast since I am on a time crunch because of my crazy schedule.
I still wanted the ornaments to look somewhat elegant though, because I always dream of having one of those fancy designer trees where all the ornaments coordinate!
Of course purchasing ornaments for these type trees can be a huge financial hit to your pocket book especially if your tree is big...and who has tons of free cash hangin' around during the holidays??!!
(Not me, that's for sure!)
I thought about what craft materials that I already have on hand and that I would have a lot of and the first thing that came to my mind was ribbon.
I am swimming in a sea of ribbon!
I started playing around with some of my really wide fabric Christmas ribbon and this is what I came up with...a fan ornament!
I decided to make a few different one's for experimentation since I have no clue what kind of "theme" tree I might decide to do...
These were so fast to make, you could make a whole slew of them for your themed tree in no time at all!
I was pretty happy with the outcome considering it was so fast and easy.
I have been collecting lots of jewelry pieces, beads, buttons and nick-nacks over the last couple of years from all the yard sales and thrift stores hubby and I visit and what a perfect way to compliment these ornaments than with some pretty embelishments!
For one of the ornaments I actually used some lace ribbon that was not stiff enough to hold the fan shape, so I added a coat of fabric stiffener to it and wah-lah! I was able to make it stand up and the lace perfectly complimented my Mardi-Gras themed ornament.
There are so many possibilities of what you can make and so many cute ways to embellish them.
Here is one where I used a button from my stash for accent:
Here is a collage of the steps in making these ornaments:
(NOTE: If you click on the photo collage, you can see a larger version of the picture for clarity)
Here are the supplies and tools I used to make this project:
List of Tools/Materials used:
Ribbon (I used 81/2" - 9" of each for the fan base)
Ribbon, Offray Ribbon Treasures, Cloth, 2-5/8" wide, Christmas Pattern
Ribbon, Gold Braid (Brand unknown, scrap piece from stock on-hand)
Ribbon, Lace, Black, Yellow/Gold, 3-1/2" wide, (Brand unknown, scrap piece from stock on-hand)
Ribbon, Sheer, White, Gold Trim, Wired Edged, Gold Patterned Swirl, 2-1/2" (scrap, stock on-hand)
Ribbon, Nylon/Lace, Old Gold, Scalloped, 5/8"
Ribbon Trim, Beaded, Red Cord/Gold Beads (Brand Unknown, scrap piece from stock on-hand)
Trim, Gold Cord
Decorative Trim, Bead, Gold, Plastic
Jewelry Piece, Old Earring, Holly w/Bell and Gold Bow
Jewelry Piece, Jester Face from Mardi Gras Costume Jewelry
Button, Faux Gold w/Pearl Inset (from stock on hand)
Scissors, Heavy Duty, Cutco
Scissors, Med. Size, Westcott (from WalMart)
Glue Gun, Multi-Temp, Ad Tech
Jewelry Tools, Cutting Dikes & Pliers
Rubber Finger-Tip Protectors
Paper Clips (to hold fan bottom while glue dries)
Paper Weights (to assist with some gluing tasks)
Glitter Glue Pen, Gold, (from set), Advantus Corp, (from Ross)
Glue, Fabric, E6000 Fabri-Fuse
Glue Sticks, Multi-Temp, Full Size, Ad Tech
Fabric Stiffener & Draping Liquid, Aleene's
Plastic Container (for ease in applying fabric stiffener)
Toothpicks (for help in precise gluing)
I hope you liked my project and are inspired to create some ornaments of your own!
Be sure to check out all of the other great Christmas Ornaments in this blog hop by clicking on the link-up below!
Thank-you for visiting my blog!
Hope you'll stop by again soon!