Adorable handmade Christmas ornaments
Can you believe it's almost Christmas!!
With all the leaves beginning to fall around Whidbey Island I am reminded that winter is well on it's way. Then there is that wonderful holiday that follows, filled with giving and baking and ornament making. I really enjoy the Holidays and especially Christmas. It's a time to reflect on how blessed we truly are and enjoy time with family and friends. It's a time for me to get even more creative then I am during the whole year because now it's crunch time.
In this hub I wanted to share some of my other favorite ornaments that I have made and given out to family in past years. I hope you will enjoy making these as much as I have, and also giving them to those on your Christmas list. Remember when you take time to make something handmade for someone it's a reflection of just how much you love them!
So here is my Snow Baby, Wooden Angel and Christmas Blessings Cross ornaments with instructions for you to use and make. Many blessings to you, be sure to have fun creating these, they will give you hours of pleasure - guaranteed!
Adorable Snow Baby
Adorable Snow Baby
This little cutie is made from white baby socks and pom poms, simply adorable. You can get as creative as you want with the added embellishments, and even add angel wings if you so desire. I made these with my granddaughters last year and they had a ball. Use different colored ribbon and gems to give them more flair. For the printed PDF instructions click here.
You will need:
- White baby socks 0-6 months
- Small amount of doll hair any color will do
- Small piece of orange felt
- Silver ribbon approx. 18"
- 3 clear small bling gems
- 5 white pom poms approx. 1/2" inch
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Needle and thread (black for the eyes)
- Quilt stuffing for body
- Blush for cheeks and a small brush
- Cut the top of the sock just at the ribbing section, this will be your beanie. Stuff the remainder portion of sock with the stuffing making sure the heal portion extends out a bit in back. The toe area will be your front side to work with. Then sew the top of the sock making sure the body is nice and full and takes on shape. Take a white piece of thread and wrap around the top 1/3rd section of the sock, see the photo for exact location on where to do this. It should be right where the bow is shown. Tie around a few times then make a knot and tie off. Now you have the body made.
- For the beanie, sew the top of the ribbing together gathering it to make a circle at the top, finish off and turn inside out, knitted beanie made.
- Sew the eyes on by making a french knot with the black thread. Go ahead and sew threw to the back of the head, because the backside of your stitching will not show, since you will be placing the beanie and it will cover that area.
- Glue a few strands of the doll hair in the front area above the eyes as shown.
- For the nose, take the orange felt and cut out a tiny triangle shape and glue to the face.
- Take some of the blush with a brush and give it some cheeks.
- Now glue on the beanie, place glue on the backside of the head and glue that area first, then place the beanie over the front side of the head and put a little glue underneath there as well. Glue a pom pom at the top of the beanie.
- Take and glue the pom poms at their locations for hands and feet as shown in picture.
- Now glue each bling gem for the buttons.
- Cut a small piece of silver ribbon and make a bow and glue at the neck area.
- Cut a piece of the silver ribbon to about 8" long, fold in half and glue to the backside of the beanie for hanging.
There - you are done! Very easy and what a cutie you have made.
Christmas Blessing Cross Ornament
Christmas Blessings Cross Ornament
This awesome cross is made of foam craft which is found in most craft outlets. I actually could not locate this color so I went ahead and painted it the color I wanted. I used a white foam and then painted it a burgundy color with a bit of brown mixed in. For PDF instructions click here.
For this cutie you will need:
- 1-sheet 8x10 craft foam any color
- 4-small decorative 1/2 pearls with adhesive
- 1/2 sheet of decorative fancy paper (from scrap booking)
- 4-tiny clear bling gems
- Small piece of contrasting color paper for the small sign background
- 8" piece of white ribbon for hanging
- Craft glue
- Words typed out "Christmas Blessing" and cut to 1.25"x3/4" (approx.)
- Cut the large cross from the solid color of craft foam.
- Cut the smaller cross from the decorative paper, glue together and set aside.
- Cut a 1-1/2" x 1-1/4" piece from the solid foam for the sign.
- Cut a smaller piece of whatever contrasting color you chose, I used the gold in this cross. Make that one a tiny bit smaller than the other. These are such small measurements you will just have to wing it.....:) Then cut the white piece with the words to be even smaller, approximately 1.14" x 3/4" or close to that. Glue all these together and add the gems at each corner. Let dry
- Then take two tiny foam pieces (the type used in scrap booking) to make things appear 3 dimensional. Place two in the center of the cross put glue on top of each and then place your sign on there making sure it is straight.
- Glue the pearls at each point at shown in the photo.
- Fold the white ribbon and glue to the backside of the cross for hanging.
What a blessing this cross will bring to your home, or why not take one in the car with you and hang on the mirror. It will be a constant reminder of Christ and what he did for us!!
Beautiful Wooden Angel
Beautiful Wooden Angel
I love Angels, because they are sent out by God to protect us each and every day. So Angels adorn my Christmas tree and I love to give them as gifts during Christmas. This one is so cute and very easy to make.
If you do not have access to a band saw, may I suggest cutting the pattern onto beige fabric and sewing the body instead. Make sure you make the pattern about an 1/8" inch larger so that you can have a sewing edge to work with. I believe that will turn out just as nice. For PDF instructions click here.
For this beauty you will need:
- Wooden cut out body of 1/2" knotty pine
- 16" wire bendable ribbon for wings
- Gold and red thin ribbon (approx. 20")
- Paints: flesh color
- Paint brush
- White cotton yarn for hair
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Blush for cheeks
- Black fine point permanent marker
- Sand and paint the body with the flesh color paint and let dry. If you cannot find the exact flesh color you can mix beige, tan and small amount of pink to come up with this color.
- Meanwhile take the large ribbon and fold in thirds, gather to form a bow in the center then tie a small piece of thread in the center and wrap around a few times to secure it tie a knot then tie off. Bow made.
- Cut about 30 strands of the yarn for the hair. Lay the hair down on a flat surface and then take one of the strands of cotton and tie in the center loosely, this is the part in the center of the hair which will be glued to the top of the wooden head. The area with the knot will go on the underside of the hair when you place it on the head. Set aside.
- When body is completely dry, take the black permanent marker and place the eyes and the tiny mouth in the appropriate place. Brush on the blush for cheeks.
- Cut a piece of the red ribbon and make the hanger, approximately 10" long, fold in half and glue to the inside of the large ribbon bow, let dry.
- Now glue the hair on the head, placing glue at the top of the head first, then place the hair with the part on the center of the top of the head. Hold in place till the glue drives, then place small amounts of glue under the backside and sides under the hair till set.
- Cut the gold ribbon to about 1-1/2" for the halo, it needs to be the size for the top of the head so be sure to measure that first to see if it will fit, see photo for how it should be placed.
- Take the gold and red ribbons and cut to about10" and make the bow and glue to the neck area, as shown in the photo.
- Place glue on the inside of the red wire ribbon, large amounts, then place the wooden body on it placing pressure on it for a few minutes until dry and secure. Be sure to check the photo for exact placement of the body on the ribbon.
That's it, of course you can use your own ideas for decorating these little beauties. For instance instead of the a bow you can use small flowers or other blings. Get creative and have fun, these are a treat to make and a blessing for everyone who receives one!
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