Dollar Store DIY Christmas Ornaments
I love the beauty of the Poinsettia. The brilliant, bright red petals on the delicate star shaped flowers and the big, dark green leaves create the feeling of Christmas for me. The flower is originally from Mexico and Central America. It was brought over to America by Joel Roberts Poinsett in 1825. He was the ambassador for Mexico at the time.
There is a sweet story of how the Poinsettia came to be called the "flower of the Holy night" in Mexico. The story of the Poinsettia becoming a Christmas flower touches my heart.
There was a poor girl in Mexico that had no money to buy gifts for the baby Jesus. She picked some weeds along the road as she headed to church. She placed them near the manger in the Nativity. The green weeds suddenly turned bright red and into star shaped flowers. From that time on the Poinsettia has been known to be the flower of Christmas.
If that story is true, it is just another miracle of Christmas that has been experienced over the years since the birth of Jesus. No matter how the story of the flower came about, it is one of my favorites any time of the year.
The Origin Of The Poinsettia
Make Your Own Ornaments
I love the Dollar Tree! I can go into that store and spend ages with my mind dreaming up all sorts of crafts. I purchased a tube with eight silver ornaments. Four of them were smooth and four of them were glittery. Eight ornaments for one dollar. You can't get any more frugal than that! I grabbed a multi-pack of permanent markers in a variety of colors. I grabbed a spool of ribbon and I headed home to create my Christmas ornament.
I Have My Dollar Store Supplies, Now What Do I Do?
Once you get home and have all your supplies together, sit down and get comfortable and get ready to create.
What you should have on hand:
- Permanent Markers
Because I love Poinsettias so much I figured I would make an ornament with the Poinsettia bloom on it. I also wanted to make something with the glittery balls, so I thought about it and came up with a jeweled polka dot ornament.
Start With Red
I started to draw the petals on the Poinsettia using the red permanent marker. Just continue around with each petal until you have the flower formed.
Fill In The Petals
Start filling in the petals you have drawn onto the ball. Each petal should be a bright, fully coated red. If you feel it's a little streaky, let it dry and put on another coat. I used the side of the marker to get a nice coat instead of the tip of the marker.
Now, Add The Leaves With Green
You can't have a beautiful Poinsettia without the lush greenery that surrounds the bright red flower. Using the green permanent marker, draw leaves out from the red petals. Once you have them drawn on the ball, fill in the leaf with green.
What A Pretty Poinsettia!
Finishing Up The Poinsettia
You have the Poinsettia flower drawn and filled in on your ornament. A little finishing touch will have it perfect! Add a few small dots in the center with the green marker. It seems to look a little plain on the other side, so I thought I would add a pretty blue to accent the flower. This really came out well because it looks mottled after it dries.
Finish The Ornament In Another Color
Using the blue permanent marker I started finishing off the ball. I filled in the rest of the ball and watched how the color mottled as it dried. I really liked the effect and how it turned out. You can choose a different color if you want something else. Your imagination is endless when creating ornaments.
Add The Year
Just to commemorate the year, I wanted to add the year on the ornament. I used the black permanent marker and on the back side of the ornament, directly behind the Poinsettia, I wrote 2013. You could use any color you want to for the year, but I thought black would be bold and stand out.
Glittery Jeweled Ornament
Now that you have the smooth ornament created into a beautiful Poinsettia ornament, it's time to make the glittery ornament.
I used several colors to make different sized polka dots all over the ball. I wrote the year on the ball first this time.
I started out making the year with the black permanent marker.
Next, I used the purple permanent marker to make large dots all over the glittery ball.
After that color I chose the green permanent marker and made smaller dots all over the ball.
I wanted to use orange and chose that marker to make even smaller dots all over the ball.
Finally, I chose the blue permanent marker and made the smallest dots all over the glittery ball.
It only took minutes and I had a glitzy, sparkly ornament to hang on our tree and to give to friends as a nice commemorative gift.
Do You Give Out Small Gifts?
Do you give out small gifts to neighbors, friends and co-workers?
Two Ornaments Made In Minutes
What a quick, easy craft to spruce up your spruce and to share with others. For under $5.00 from the Dollar store you can make ornaments for your tree and for gifts. Just add a pretty ribbon and they are all set to hang or package up and wrap in a pretty paper.
I hope you enjoyed making them as much as I did! I do love making ornaments and getting crafty during the holiday season. Our family likes to spend Christmas doing activities that leave us with memories each year. Even as my children get older, they still love the home made touch we add to our Christmas decorations and we all have fun creating something new.