Friday, September 30, 2011

Creating Your Own Christmas Ornament

Do I dare mention the C word already, but do you realize that Christmas is less than 90 days away? Isn't that a scary thought!

The reason I brought it up is because I actually have a glass Christmas ornament to show you today. No, don't be impressed, I am not ahead of schedule, I have to admit I am behind. You see, this is part of a wedding gift for a young couple who got married in July. But I didn't know about the idea back then so I'm going to send it to them belatedly. Thank goodness I kept their wedding invitation.

I took the picture a little bit off center so that you could see the printing on the 
ribbon. I thought it would be fun for them to have a special ornament for their 
first Christmas as a married couple.
I cut up the invitation using a border punch and rolled each strip around a pencil, 
creating spirals. There were not enough pieces to fill the large ball, so I used
gift-wrapping ribbon as filler. A smaller ball might have been better!  

Printing on ribbon is a tutorial in itself that I will be featuring tomorrow.

So this is an easy gift idea that you can make for
an occasion for which you receive an invitation or announcement,
such as a graduation, baby shower or birth (you could put in both).
For a wedding you could include the Save the Date announcement.

Freebie Friday
Today I want to spotlight a great website, One Pretty Thing,
 featuring DIY Craft Tutorials, including 11 pages of free downables.
The website is categorized into roundups such as :
  • April Fool's
  • Bath and Beauty
  • Charity--ways crafters are raising $$
  • Gifts for co-workers
  • Gifts for geeks
  • Gifts for grandparents
  • Gifts for pets and their people
  • Winter decorating--(one article is "Warm up a winter room with these cozy ideas from BHG")
The list goes on and on and there are articles, not just tutorials. The site is easy to navigate, and I think you might like it. So check it out, and see if it doesn't take you some idea you can use. I hope so!


  1. What a great idea! I know I'll be making some of these as I have a huge box of those clear balls! Thanks for sharing.

  2. WOW!!! This is a grand idea, to make this ornament for them. I really like it. I saw a couple of clear balls in Michaels and I was thinking of purchasing them. Now, I know I should. My daughter would love to help me out :)

  3. I like the idea of putting paper in the ornament - rather than attempting to paint the inside never quite looks as good as it should after I'm done!
    Pat J

  4. Ladies,
    Thanks for your comments. Glad you like the idea. I saw something similar on a blog but I added the ribbon inside and the printed ribbon idea.

  5. That is so unique and different. I've been pondering on Christmas decorations (something I've begun dreading) I'll probably give this a try. Thanks

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