Die-Cut Ticking Fabric Ornaments

Simple supplies such as red and green ticking fabric purchased at most fabric supply shops lend a charming, rustic feel to handmade ornaments such as these charming stuffed bird ornaments that were cut from a Sizzix BigShot die-cut machine and this beautiful bird die from Brenda Pinnick from Sizzix.

Simply die cut two layers of ticking fabric using the BigShot machine and ticking fabric for each bird ornament.

Fuse red wool felt to webbing and free hand heart shapes with scissors.  Iron in place on front shape.

Use two strands of embroidery floss and cross-stitch edges in place.

For the wing shape, cut a 3” teardrop shape and use it to trace two shapes from natural burlap. Cut the shapes out with scissors.

Use alphabet stamps for a short and sweet sentiment like “joy, “peace” or “noel” and stamp on fused burlap. Cut out sentiment and fuse to one of the burlap wing shapes using an iron and pressing surface. I used tiny alphabet stamps for my sentiments but you can use whatever holiday-themed words you might have on hand.

Sew the muslin in place with black thread and a straight stitch. Place the wrong sides of the wings together and sew 1/4” from ends, leaving a tiny opening for stuffing. Stuff wings with Polyfil Fiberfill Stuffing by Fairfield and sew opening closed.

Repeat this process for the bird. Be careful not to overstuff the bird or it will be difficult to machine sew closed.

Finally adhere the wing to the bird using a fabric glue such as Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. Embellish bird as desired. I adhered a tiny pebble bead for the eye and added some felt die-cut flowers.

 

The possibilities are endless. These birds look sweet hanging from a mantle or even as a special package tag.

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Christmas Star Ornament

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Give paper scraps star quality when you bring them together in this charming ornament.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Papaya Puree Medium Cardstock
  • Karen Foster Design Christmas Collection Papers: Ornaments, Christmas Bells, Home for the Holidays Collage, Poinsettias
  • Metallic gold floss

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Scoring tool
  • Small star punch
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Pine Needles Ink Pad
  • Ranger Stickles Gold Glitter Glue
  • Therm O Web Adhesives: Zots Singles Small, 3D Foam Squares, SuperStik Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, white printer paper

Directions

Size

7-3/4”

Ornament

1. Print pattern front and pattern back onto orange cardstock. Print second front pattern onto printer paper. Cut out patterns; set aside back pattern.

2. Using straight edge, scoring tool, and pattern as guide, score orange cardstock front piece along dashed lines. Gently fold “mountain” peaks on star points to center; folds will come toward you. Gently fold “valley” peaks from center to opposite edge; folds will point away from you.

3. Do not score printer paper star. Align it with orange cardstock star, rotating shape for best fit. Once stars are aligned, number corresponding sections on both stars from one to 10.

4. Cut numbered sections from printer paper star; use sections as templates to cut pieces from assorted patterned papers. Ink edges of each piece with Pine Needles ink; adhere to corresponding section on orange star using glue stick.

5. Stack and apply four foam squares to center of back star; apply foam square in middle of each point. Apply small adhesive dot at tip of each point.

6. Cut gold floss length for hanging loop; knot ends and press to adhesive at top point. Adhere front and back orange stars together.

7. Punch small star from orange cardstock and adhere to ornament center; coat star with glitter glue and let dry.

Tip

Using a glue stick to adhere individual pieces of paper gives you a bit more drying time to get them in position, compared with using other types of adhesive.

by Alice Golden (www.alicegolden.typepad.com)

Mambi Prize Package Winner

It is time to announce the winner of the Mambi prize package from Me & My BIG Ideas offered in my Tabletop Christmas Tree blog post on November 28!

The winner is Macy.

Macy, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address. Thank you for all your nice comments.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Wooden Nativity Ornament

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A simple Nativity is the perfect ornament gift to help reflect on the true meaning of Christmas!

 

Materials

  • Flat wooden items: small circle; three medium circles; two large circles; large oval; two XXL ovals; XXL triangle; XL star; two mini craft sticks; two craft sticks; five jumbo craft sticks
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lemon Yellow, Lamp Black, Sable Brown, Milk Chocolate, Mocha, Orchid, Olive Green, Baby Blue, True Red, White Wash
  • DecoArt Dazzing Metallic Emperor’s Gold Paint
  • Hemp cord, 10” length
  • Raffia, small amount

Tools

  • Permanent markers: black dual-tip (fine and bullet); brown fine-tip
  • Thick craft glue
  • Drill with 3/32” bit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, small stencil brush, paper plate (for palette)

Directions 

(Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.)

1. Drill hole in one point of star. For stable, adhere jumbo craft sticks together side-by-side with ends even; adhere regular craft sticks to back at an angle for support. Let dry. Paint star Lemon Yellow, stable Milk Chocolate, triangle (stable top) Sable Brown, mini craft sticks (roof) Lamp Black, small and two medium circles (faces) Mocha, large oval (blanket) Baby Blue, one XXL oval (Mary’s robe) Orchid, remaining XXL oval (Joseph’s robe) Olive Green, remaining medium circle and large circles (halos) Emperor’s Gold. See photo. Drybrush cheeks on each face True Red; add White Wash highlight dots. (Note: To drybrush, dip stencil brush into paint, stroke on paper towel until almost dry, and brush surface in a circular motion.)

2. Refer to photo to add accent lines. Use bullet tip of black marker to dot eyes and brown marker to draw hair. (Note: Draw longer hair on sides of face for Mary.) Use fine tip of black marker to outline star, stable top, stable, halos, blankets, and robes; draw star rays, halo rays, blanket, and robe lines as shown.

3. To assemble the ornament, refer to photo. For Jesus, adhere small face to one end of blanket and medium halo to back. Adhere medium faces to front of one end of Orchid robe (Mary) and Olive Green robe (Joseph); adhere halos to back. Adhere Mary and Joseph to stable, 3/4” from bottom and 1/4” apart. Adhere Jesus to Mary as shown. Adhere stable top to stable, roof pieces to top and at each side of stable top, and star to center top of roof. (Note: Drilled hole of star should be at center top.)

4. Cut several strands of raffia into 1” lengths; adhere to bottom of stable. For hanger, thread hemp cord through star hole and knot ends together.

by Mary Ayres

Clay Snow Angel Ornament

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Sitting atop an ice cube, this little snow angel is trying to keep its cool! This ornament would make the perfect gift for that someone special!

Materials

  • Clear acrylic cube, 1” square
  • Oven-bake polymer clay: white, orange
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Black seed beads, two
  • Ribbon: gold, 1⁄4” wide, 6” length; iridescent, 3⁄4” wide, 8” length
  • Gold craft wire, 20-gauge, 4” length

Tools

  • Textured snow paint
  • Spray matte sealer
  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or rolling pin
  • Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Clay needle tool or toothpick
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay.

STEP 2

For body, roll a 1” ball from White; press into pear shape and press onto cube.

STEP 3

For legs, roll two 1-1⁄2”-long, 11⁄16”-diameter tapered logs from White. Shape wide ends into feet and press narrow ends against body at base so feet rest at sides of cube. Use toothpick or clay needle tool to press snowflake design in bottom of each foot.

STEP 4

For arms, roll two 9⁄16” White tapered logs. Gently flatten wide ends to 1⁄4” thickness. Pinch and pull gently on one side of each to shape thumbs. Press narrow ends against body at shoulders; arrange hands on cube.

STEP 5

For head, roll 7⁄8” White ball; press to body. Use clay needle tool or toothpick to position beads sideways into face for eyes. Draw, and gently press, smile below eyes, pinching slightly at center for open mouth; indent smile ends. Roll 1⁄8” orange ball for nose; press to face. Apply chalk or blush to cheeks.

STEP 6

For halo, twist wire to form small loop at end. Bend loop forward and insert halo into head. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake snow angel; let cool.

STEP 7

Cover cube with masking tape. Spray snow angel with sealer. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter; remove tape. Apply snow paint to halo. Tie gold ribbon into bow around neck. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to back for wings.

by Shelly Comiskey

Holiday Sock Ornaments

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Wrap foam balls with holiday socks or tights to create ornaments with cozy appeal.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls, 3”
  • Holiday socks, one per ornament
  • White cording
  • Satin ribbon, 3/8” wide
  • Felt scraps
  • Assorted embellishments: pearl-head pins, sequins, tiny pom-poms, etc.

Tools

  • Wooden chopstick or skewer
  • Straight pins
  • White craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

3″ tall

Ornaments

(Note: Omit straight pins and dimensional embellishments from ornaments if small children will have access to ornaments.)

1. Use chopstick to hollow out large hole at center top and bottom of foam ball. Rotate chopstick outward so holes are slightly wider at surface of ball.

2. Cut toe from sock. Insert ball into toeless sock so 1/2” of fabric extends beyond bottom of ball. (Note: Easiest way to do this is to hold ball in hand and pull sock up over hand and arm until ball is covered; slide hand from sock.)

3. Apply glue into hole in bottom of ball. Push cut edges of sock firmly into hole using pointed end of chopstick. Pin fabric in place until glue dries; remove pins.

4. Pull sock up over ball so fabric is tight and smooth up to top. Cut away sock’s ankle so 1/2” of fabric extends above top of ball. Repeat Step 3 for top of ball.

5. If desired, cut felt embellishments to complement sock designs, such as penguin’s scarf; glue to ornaments. Let dry.

6. Apply glue to ends of pearl-head pins; insert into ornament. Add sequins to some pins before inserting into ornaments. Let dry.

7. Cut 8” cord length for hanger; knot ends. Apply glue to end of straight pin and insert through knot into ornament. Tie small ribbon bow; adhere to top of ornament over pin. Let dry.

Tip:

Try this technique with non-holiday socks, too; it’s a great way to get rid of all those lone socks sitting atop the dryer.

by Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Co. (www.styrofoamcrafts.com); (www.CraftsnCoffee.com)

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

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Beautifully beveled edges highlight this glass ornament with sparkle. Use your favorite holiday photo or vintage clip art to make this holiday ornament a memorable one!

Materials

  • Studio Pro Diamond Bevels, one package each: 2”x4”, 1-1/2”x 2-1/2” (available at Hobby Lobby)
  • Old holiday cards, scrapbook paper, or vintage clip art
  • Jump rings, 7 mm, one package
  • Assorted ribbon

Tools

  • Studio Pro Tools: Soldering Iron; Lead-Free Solder; Black Backed Copper Foil, 7/32”; Safety Flux; Flux Brush (or cotton swab); Fid Twin Pack (or craft stick or pencil)
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Long tweezers
  • Plaid Mod Podge
  • Ammonium chloride block (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, ruler, lint-free soft cloth, wet sponge, heat-resistant work surface

Directions

Note

Work in well-ventilated area. Open window or use fan if necessary. Keep area free from children and pets. Please read and follow all directions carefully. Protect feet and legs by wearing pants and closed-toe shoes. Eye protection is essential. Use a heat-resistant work surface. Remember, the less you move an unfinished project, the less likely you are to have damage.

Ornaments

1. Thoroughly clean bevels and dry with lint-free cloth.

2. Measure and mark shape of bevel on holiday card, vintage clip art or scrapbook paper. Cut shape from paper using scissors.

3. Use Mod Podge to adhere images face-down to back of each bevel. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for best application; allow each layer to dry thoroughly.

4. When dry, peel 1” of backing from foil tape. Center edge of bevel on sticky side of foil. Wrap all outer edges of bevel with foil, overlapping end by 1/4”.

5. Use fid or craft stick to burnish (rub) surface of foil to edge of glass. Press firmly. (Note: Too much pressure may cause foil to tear.)

6. Once foiled, lay all bevels on heat-resistant surface and plug in soldering iron.

7. Apply small amount of flux with brush or cotton swab along foiled edges of bevel.

8. Unroll 6” length of solder; heat solder with tip of soldering iron. Apply thin layer of solder (tinning) over all foiled edges of bevel. Using needle-nose pliers to flip bevel over; flux and solder other side of bevel.

9. Repeat Steps 7 -8 until all bevels have been tinned. Allow to cool.

10. To add jump ring to top and bottom of bevel, use needle-nose pliers to hold ring to bevel. Apply small amount of flux to ring and bevel’s edge, then place small amount of solder on tip of iron; touch iron to connecting joint. Allow to cool. For added join strength, flux and solder back of jump ring.

11. Use additional jump rings to connect bevels and embellish with ribbons or beads of choice.

Soldering Tips

  • If solder doesn’t flow smoothly, apply more flux.
  • If seams bulge over glass, there’s too much solder; you may need to melt and pull off excess.
  • If solder spits or bubbles, there’s too much flux; wipe some off.
  • Flat seams need more solder.
  • Don’t stay in same spot too long or solder will bleed through or glass will crack.
  • Wipe iron tip frequently on wet sponge while you are soldering.
  • Re-tin tips as needed using ammonium chloride block.

by Lauren DiSanza (A Studio Pro Bevel Project) for Diamond Tech (www.diamondtechcrafts.com)

Stamped Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments

With a few supplies including wood pieces from Midwest Products (www.midwestproducts.com), such as these 1/2”x1/4” strips and some alphabet stamps, you can easily create these sweet little holiday crafts that are perfect for displaying your favorite sentiment.

I purchased a Balsa Economy Bag from my local Michael’s Crafts and a handsaw to cut and arrange pieces as shown.

Use a firm cutting surface (such as a wood plaque) and gentle pressure to cut small, thin strips of wood for the tree. Use tacky glue to adhere the pieces in place and allow them to dry for an hour or so. Paint the trees in the color of your choice, I chose DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Olive Green for the “branches,” Burnt Umber for the “trunk,” and Snow White for the wood circle.

When the paint is dry, use tiny alphabet stamps and a favorite holiday sentiment of choice to stamp solvent ink on the branches.

Slightly age your branches and wood circle with chalk ink in a coordinating green color tone.

Decorate your Christmas ornaments by gluing tiny rhinestones to the trunk, in between spaces that you have left for the branches.

I also used vintage encyclopedia pages and a sequined embellishment to decorate my circle. Use a toothpick and tacky glue to adhere stones to the edges of the paper.

Don’t forget to paint the back of your trees for a professional finish to your Christmas ornaments.

Wrap silver tinsel around the top and bottom of your trees and trim on the back using scissors so it doesn’t hide the sentiment.

 Add a twine hanger with tacky glue and your inspirational tree ornaments are complete!

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

 

Tabletop Christmas Tree

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 packagewhich 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.

Supplies

  • 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)

3D Christmas Ornament

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Create a stunning 3D Christmas ornament for your tree or as a beautiful gift for family and friends.

Materials

  • Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket Paper Collection
  • Assorted crystal beads: round, bicone, teardrop, snowflake
  • Fine-gauge silver beading wire
  • Silver ribbon

Tools

  • Heartfelt Creations Petite Poinsettia PreCut Stamp Set
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur-Die Cutting System and Dies: Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations Decorative Metal Fixtures, Shapeabilities Layered Poinsettia
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat and Tool Kit
  • Opaque white ink pad
  • Crystal glitter glue
  • Fast-drying paper glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil, wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

Die cut five each of two largest Decorative Metal Fixtures shapes from pale gray patterned paper. Score each shape down exact center and fold in half. For each shape, adhere back half of first piece to back half of next piece and so on until all five shapes are glued together, but leave last two halves open. Let dry.

STEP 2

Stamp following poinsettia images onto burgundy patterned paper using white ink: one #1, one #2, two #3. Die cut with coordinating die templates. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to shape flowers with molding mat and tool.

STEP 3

Cut an 18” length of beading wire. String teardrop bead onto center of wire. Insert both wire ends up through round bead. Adhere smaller die-cut element closed around wire, adding snowflake bead to center of shape before closing. Thread bicone bead onto wire ends, then adhere larger die-cut element closed around wire, adding assorted beads to center of shape before closing.

STEP 4

For ornament hanger, cut 5” ribbon length; knot ends. Wrap beading wire ends around knotted end of hanging loop; trim excess wire.

STEP 5

Tie 4”-wide, double-loop bow around knotted end of hanging loop; spot glue to secure. Layer and adhere poinsettia shapes to bow center. Accent flower center and petal edges with crystal glitter glue; let dry.

Tip

Use a fast-drying liquid adhesive when gluing the die-cut shapes together to form the ornament; use small clamps to hold paper pieces together until dry.

by Angelica Turner for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)