A Very Pinterest Christmas: Handmade Ornaments
This post is part of my special December series
I’ll be posting holiday crafts, recipes, projects, and décor that are inspired by things I’ve pinned on Pinterest! Please feel free to join in and link your projects to the original post here.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I know it’s not technically December yet, but I thought we’d kick off A Very Pinterest Christmas today anyways.
I always struggle with what to gift B’s staff every year. We like to get his employees something special for the holidays, because they work so hard year round and who doesn’t love a little token of appreciation at Christmastime? This year, he has a small staff of three women and one dude. I decided to make a few special things for the girls, and these ornaments seemed to fit the ticket! I was inspired by this pin:
This is a fairly straightforward project that I think anyone can do. In fact, I think I made it a little harder than it had to be (but we’ll get to that later).
So, first up, your supplies:
You’ll need spray adhesive, mod podge, ribbon, ornament hooks, wooden letters, and some decorative paper.
Alright, so, the disclaimer: I’m going to show you what I did for my first three steps, and then I am going to direct you to what I SHOULD have done. So take the first three steps with a grain of salt.
Step 1: I traced my wooden letters on the decorative paper. I had to remember to trace them backwards based on what side of the paper you want out on what side of the letter (uh, if that makes sense).
Step 2: I cut my letters out. Since I wanted decorative paper for both the front and back of the ornament, this meant I had to cut two Ss, two Ms and two Ws. I did stars on one side and “Merry Christmas” paper on the other.
Step 3: I sprayed my ornaments with spray adhesive, then fixed the paper to the front side of the ornament. Let dry.
Step 4: I started to trim my edges. Now this is the part where I realized, I’m a dumbass and am making this a lot harder than it has to be. What I SHOULD have done was use a similar technique to when I made those “I DO” letters for our engagement pictures. So, scrap all of the stuff I just said in the first three steps, and follow THIS tutorial for attaching the paper to the ornament. Yep, I’m an idiot. Trust me, this will make trimming the edges of the paper much cleaner and easier.
Step 5: Attach an ornament hook using a glue gun or wood glue to the back of the ornament, then repeat the tutorial mentioned in Step 4 for to cover the back side with paper.
Step 6: I mod podged the crap out of the ornaments, just for a nice matte finish. Attach a ribbon, and you’re all set!
Geez, for screwing up the tutorial, they turned out pretty good.
You’ll be seeing another AVPC post about what else we got the lovely ladies on B’s staff soon. In the meantime, do you make any handmade gifts for the holidays?