The holiday season is in full swing and today I’m sharing a pint-sized Christmas tree full of handcrafted ornaments that will help brighten up any décor or make a wonderful gift for someone special. Using a box of holiday-themed chipboard embellishments as the base for the ornaments makes this project come together in a snap. Here is a view of the front.
I found the 2’-tall tree at a craft store (used a coupon!) and added the red-and-white checked ribbon to the burlap base. Then came the fun part – adding bits of trim, stickers, glitter, buttons, and other embellishments to create the ornaments. A Crop-A-Dile came in handy for punching holes in the chipboard, and assorted twine, thread, and wire was used to create the hangers. Here is a look at the back…
…and a view from the side.
I should warn you that making these little ornaments is so much fun that it’s hard to know when to stop. Here is a closer look at a few of my favorites:
A bit of red glitter glue on the scarf and a few buttons adhered with adhesive dots dressed up this chipboard snowman.
On this ornament, green-and-white baker’s twine was used for the hanger and stickers decorate the front. Brush baby powder or cornstarch over any exposed area of the sticker to neutralize the adhesive (such as the back ends of the December 25 sticker here).
A little bit of glitter can have a big impact. I used it on this ornament, along with a scrap of ribbon, as well as on the sweet gingerbread house below.
Some pieces hardly needed any embellishment – this tree was already glittered and I only added the adhesive gem to the top.
Others were a bit more involved. The tag base for this one was die cut and threaded with ribbon and wire. The front was decorated with a dimensional sticker.
To create the topper, I die cut cardstock and green patterned paper and adhered them together. I added a large white brad behind the “Joy” sticker.
The ends of the brad wrap around the top of the tree to hold it in place.
Now… are you ready for the best part of today’s post? Me & My BIG Ideas has donated a terrific prize package – which includes the chipboard embellishments used to create these ornaments – for one lucky winner. To be entered in the drawing all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and we will announce the winner on December 12, 2012.
- Tabletop tree – Michaels Arts & Crafts
- Assorted holiday-themed chipboard embellishments, stickers, and patterned papers – Me & My BIG Ideas
- Small Craft Zots adhesive– Therm O Web
- Stickles Glitter Glue in assorted colors – Ranger
- Crop-A-Dile hole punch – We Are Memory Keepers
- Other: assorted ribbon, trim, wire, buttons, and brads
Until next time… happy crafting!
Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.typepad.com)