Monday, December 21, 2015

Music Balls - Day 10 of the Twelve Days of Ornaments

I Modge Podged some craft balls with music paper.  I love Christmas music! So I always make a music themed ornament.

Using some music themed scrapbook paper or wrapping paper - cut them into small pieces and narrow strips.

I simply started Modge Podging the little music strips onto these craft balls with a foam brush. I am now officially out of Modge Podge.

While the Modge Podge was drying - I hung them onto a chandlier. 

In the little brown patches - I went back with some Tacky glue and a few extra pieces of music paper. It would also look nice to write the recipients name on the dried ornament with a black Sharpie pen.

My favorite Christmas song is Oh Holy Night.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ugly Sweater Ornaments

I made some Ugly Sweater ornaments - Day 9 of the twelve days of ornaments. This project is taking me FOREVER! And I had my sweet friend Tina helping me with many of these ornaments.

This project is so simple to make. And the sweaters come out looking so fun!

Supply List:


Shirt template

Stickers, rhinestones,  small beads

Embroidery thread



Wire or Christmas tree hook


Cut out two shirts using the template. The shirt on top gets decorated with all sorts of rhinestones, pearls, beads and Christmas stickers.

Then the two pieces are sewn together using a whip stitch. At the top sew a Christmas tree hook or a small piece of wire twisted into a hanger shape.

The stickers adhere to the felt without any additional glue! 

There is no pattern - I just used  a lot of stickers from my craft cabinet. These would be darling party favors for an Ugly Sweater party or even make cute inviations to an Ugly Sweater Party.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

This ornament is Day 8 of my twelve days of ornaments. I was orginally thinking that I would be finished with this project by December 15th. But now I am shooting for the 20th! And I keep giving ornaments away. Hostess gifts, friend gifts, thank you gifts. 

Supply List:

Green felt

Christmas tree cookie cutter


Sharp scissors

Small seed beads

Embroidery thread




Trace tree cookie cutter with a chalk pen on the green felt.

Using sharp scissors cut out the Christmas trees.

On the front of each tree sew some small seed beads. Sew the front and back pieces together using a small running stitch.

Once the Christmas tree is almost ready to be sewn shut add 3 or 4 cotton balls. 

Make sure to sew in a little ribbon loop. 

These easy little ornaments would be cute to make for a tree trimming party favor!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

When a Bell Rings an Angel Gets Their Wings

This ornament is Day 7 of the 12 days of ornaments.  This project is taking me forever!

Supply List:

Red and green felt

Bell shaped cookie cutter



White embroidery thread

Embodiary needles

Cotton balls

Jingle bells


Using a bell shaped cookie cutter - trace the shape onto red and green felt with chalk. Cut out the bell shapes with sharp scissors.

Sew a snowflake onto the front bell. It is very simple to do!  My sweet friend Tina sewed the snowflakes on all of the front pices for me! Then sew the front and back pieces of the bell together.

Once the bell is almost ready to be sewn shut add 3 to 4 cotton balls and the white ribbon loop. Continue sewing the bell shut.

I sewed the bell on while I was sewing around the bell. 

They say that every time a bell rings - an angel gets wings!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pearls of Wisdom

These little peace signs are so easy to make and look adorable tied onto packages or the tree! These are Day 6 of the twelve days of ornaments.

Supply List:


Thin wire



Using a thin but study wire twist a pearl bead at the bottom. Add enough pearls to make a loop.

I happen to have black wire - but this wire comes in all different colors including red and green.

Use a coupon to buy the box of pearls.

Once you have a bunch of circles - add a piece of wire to divide the circle in half.

Next twist a piece of wire in the middle of the middle piece.

Simply bead and twist on the angle. These can be made in all different sizes! Huge or very tiny.

If you want a heart - make a loop and shape it into a heart. 

Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me....

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Because Jesus is the Reason for the Season

This sweet little Nativity scene ornament is Day 4 of my twelve days of ornaments!

Supply List:

Popsicle sticks

Glue gun and glue sticks

Mini Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

Yellow ribbon

Blue paper

Yellow paper

Round punch

Star punch


On a piece of cardboard, foil or wax paper lay our five popsicle sticks. Hot glue one popsicle across the bottom.

Next hot glue two popsicle sticks on the roof at an angle.

I found these little nativity figurines at Michael's last January in the 90% off bin. 

I  hot glued the Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus figurines to the little popsicle stick manger. 

Cut a piece of yellow and glue it in a little loop at the top. Punch out a blue circle and glue the circle over the bottom of the ribbon loop. On top of the blue circle glue a little yellow star.

Because Jesus is the reason  for the season. 

How Lovely Are Your Branches

Day 3 of the twelve days of ornaments. Actually I instagramed this late last night - so it really does count for day 3. Even though hopefully later I can post Day 4 and get back on track.

Supply List:

Music themed wrapping paper or scrapbook paper

Popsicle sticks

Glue gun and glue sticks


Modge Podge

Foam brush

Silver paper

Star punch



I used a colored popscile stick - but a natural popsicle stick would also look fantastic.

Cut the music paper into small strips and glue onto the popsicle stick.

I started working on a piece of foil. After the music strips have been glued onto the popsicle stick - lightly coat each strip with some Modge Podge.

Once the Modge Podge has dried  - the strips will be stiff and can be cut into a tree shape.

While the Modge Podge is drying - punch out the silver stars. Yellow stars would also look pretty.

Then I glue on the stars at the top of each popsicle stick.

Turn the ornament over and glue a twine loop so that this ornament can hang on the tree or tied onto a package. These would be cute to pass out to choir or orchestra friends.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Meanwhile back at the Ski Lodge ....

Ski ornaments! Day 2 of the twelve days of ornaments that I will be posting! 

Supply List:

Colored popsicle sticks



Thin black ribbon


Glue gun and glue sticks


I googled how to make these ski ornaments and all of the other people who have made these ornaments painted natural colored popsicle sticks. Why? You can buy packs of pre-painted popsicle sticks. I have seen them at Michael's, Hobby Lobby and JoAnne's.

The first step is to glue the popsicle sticks.

Then hot glue a snap on the toothpick.

At the top of the toothpick hot glue a little ribbon loop. Then the toothpicks can be hot glued onto the popscile sticks.

Once all the toothpicks have dried turn the ski's over and hot glue a ribbon loop.  

These would look cute on the tree or tied onto a package. You could make a bunch of different colors and give them to your favorite ski friend!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Candy Cane Twine Christmas Ornaments

Today is the first day of my 12 days of Christmas ornaments! Yesterday Tina helped me make these! She had never really used a glue gun before and she did an awesome job!

Supply List:

Plastic candy canes



Glue gun and glue

Thin red ribbon

Red jingle bells


I found these candy canes at Michael's. However, I heard they have packages of them at the Dollar store. The city that I live in doessn't have/allow dollar type stores. So I bought these at Michael's for 50% off.

The twine can be bought at any craft or fabric store. 

Simply adhere a piece of the twine at the top curve of the candy cane. Wrap the twine tightly adding a dap of hot glue every inch or so. Finally at the end cut off the twine and hot glue the last little piece.

On the back of each candy cane glue a red ribbon loop and glue a little red jingle bell at the end of the top curve!

These ornaments would look adorable tied onto a package or on your tree! Check back tomorrow for Day 2 of the twelve days of ornaments!