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Easy and Beautiful DIY Christmas Tree Bulbs

Updated on December 10, 2013

It's Christmas Time!

Tis' the Season to get crafty! Christmas time offers crafters a plethora of options when it comes to easy crafts which make a big impact, and supplies are ususally on sale this time of year (if you want to really hit it big with the sales go get craft supplies on Black Friday). Also, if you have many people you need to get a little gift for, making them yourself is going to be the most economical way to go. This is why I love making these Christmas tree ornaments! They are a great craft for when you need to make a gift in bulk. My mom started doing these several years ago for my dad's work Christmas parties. Sometimes she made up to one hundred of these little guys! I have also made these, first, for myself, when I first moved out and I wanted to decorate with only three Christmas colors and the least inexpensive way to accomplish this was to make them. I also have made these for co-workers, friends, and this year the wonderful staff at my grandparents' retirement home! I guess you can say these are a bit of a family tradition for us and ,now, here they are for you!

Christmas Ornaments

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The History of Christmas Trees and Decoration

Believe it or not Christmas Trees haven't always been so popular. The tradition, of hanging boughs made from Evergreen branches, however, started out in ancient pagan roots, these peoples believed the sun was a god, and when winter came it meant the sun god had become sick1. Winter Solstice takes place December 21st and is the shortest day of the year, afterwards the daylight hours increase. In celebration of the days becoming longer the ancients would make boughs, bring them into their homes and decorate them2. These Evergreen trees gave the people hope for all the plants which will bloom in the upcoming spring.

When Christianity's popularity increased the tradition of decorating with Evergreen trees was looked down upon because of its pagan origins. Later, however, the enduring qualities of the Evergreen won Christians over and the tree became a symbol of God's everlasting love. Christians then adopted the holiday tradition and decorated with the boughs.

The actual act of having a tree in the home to decorate did not begin until the 16th century3. In Germany, 'Paradise Trees" were decorated with fruit, in honor of Adam and Eve's day,and were used in church plays on December the 24th4. German immigrants eventually brought them over to America in the 17th century5. By the 1900's the tradition of a Christmas tree had caught on in America6.

Germany was also the birthplace of the Christmas bauble, or, what we call, the Christmas bulb7. Hans Greiner was responsible for this invention and it soon gained popularity over the apples, pastries and popcorn which previously adorned the trees8. After a photo taken of Queen Victoria's Christmas tree decorated with the baubles German native, Prince Albert, purchased for her circulated, export of the baubles made in Lauscha, Germany took place all throughout Euroupe9. Using baubles on Christmas trees didn't catch on in America until the 19th century, but now they are definitely here to stay!


Before You Begin:

-Make sure you have a suitable crafting table.

-I suggest putting a piece of cardboard down to protect the table from the hot glue gun.

-Use paper plates for setting place of hot glue gun.

-Get supplies

Supplies Needed:

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All the supplies you will need for this craftExamples of picks
All the supplies you will need for this craft
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Supplies/Tools Needed:

Tools:


-Hot glue gun/glue sticks

-Wire cutters

-Scissors

-Paint brushes


Supplies:


-Small poinsettia flowers

-Glitter

-Elmer's glue

-Bulbs

-Picks

-Mini Garland

-Ribbon


-I found the bulbs, garland, glitter and ribbon at Walmart and I picked up the picks (sorry, couldn't resist) and poinsettias at Michel's.

Step by Step: Filler

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Put a small dot of hot glue onto bulb | Source
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Place filler in desired area | Source

How to Add Filler

As you make these bulbs you will see there is a method to the madness on the top! First you have the main star (which is usually the poinsettia flower), then there is some holly, and, last, but not least: filler. Filler does exactly what it's name sais: it fills areas. With these particular batch of ornaments I chose mini garland for my filler. It is tiny enough to fit into snug places, it has a dramatic effect, is very economical and these have wire at the center, which means I can mold it into any shape I want. Other choices for filler include:

-Feathers

-Garland

-Pearls

-Lace

-Tulle fabric


Here is how I used my mini garland filler:

1.) Cut a strip of garland and fold in half

2.) Put a dot of hot glue on desired area

3.) Place folded garland on glue. Wait until dry, then shape as desired.

It's that EASY!

Glitterized Poinsettias!

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Dip poinsettia in glue | Source
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How to Glitter Your Poinsettias:

Gluing glitter on white poinsettias adds a focal point and flare to these bulbs! I like to use neon glitter because I find unconventional Christmas colors, mixed in with the traditional ones, modern and refreshing.

Here's what you need:


-White poinsettias

-Neon glitter

-Elmer's Glue

-Paper plate

-Brush

-Scissors


Here's how to make:

Take your scissors and cut the middle part of the flower out. This will provide a flat surface for a glitter ball to be glued too.

Pour some glue onto the paper plate.

Take brush and spread glue around the plate evenly.

Put flower face down, into the glue, and press on the petals to ensure saturation.

Next, take the flower and brush the glue evenly upon it.

Place the flower on a piece of paper and then pour the glitter over it.

Let flower dry in a safe place.

*Note* When the flower dries it will become hard and plastic-like. So place the poinsettia in the position of choice before it dries, because whatever position it ends up in, it will be like that forever.

Now lets make some Christmas ornaments!

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#1 The Glitter Bulb

Here's what you need:

-Green bulb

-Neon green glitter

-Red glitter ball (from pick)

-Two glitter green holly leaves (from pick)

-Gold ribbon

-Gold foil

-Gold and glittered poinsettia flower

-Gold Evergreen branch pick

Here's how to make:

Take your Elmer's glue and a brush and (carefully) brush glue onto the desired section of the bulb. For best results make sure the glue is on evenly and centered. The best way to achieve this is to start brushing on the glue while looking at the bulb from above.Keep twisting and turning it in different directions. If the glue dries a bit you can always reapply, but once you pour the glitter on its a done deal!

Now, grab a piece of paper (I prefer to use white printer paper, because I don't want to take any chances of my glitter getting dyed by ink) and pour the glitter over the glued section. Funnel the remaining glitter back into the bottle and let bulb dry for several hours.

The hard part of getting the glitter part on evenly is over and now we can use it as a reference for the ribbon. Starting on the side of the bulb, take your hot glue gun and put a small dab of glue on it, quickly put the end of the ribbon on there. Take your thumb and press lightly, then firmly, when the glue feels like it has cooled enough so it won't burn your thumb. Now wrap the ribbon around the bulb until you reach the other end. Secure the end of the ribbon with glue. In a perfect world the ribbon should be so snug around the bulb that you won't need to glue anything else, but if there is a section which sags, just take a dab of Elmer's, and, with a brush, sneak that glue under the ribbon and apply pressure until ribbon is secured.

Make sure everything is completely dry. Now take your hot glue gun and glue flower on first (cut stem off flower), then your red ball and the leaves on either sides (look to picture for reference). When gluing on the flower I always glue it a little to the side, just so I can add a little something else on the other side which will make it pop!

I decided to use the gold Evergreen tree branch ends (from pick) to add some more color. Before you add anything, always look to the front of the bulb and use the flower as the reference. Even though the flower is to the side, it is the main attraction when it comes to these bulbs and you want everything surrounding it to complement it, not take away from it.

Its time for the easy part! Take your filler (the gold foil) and start gluing in the naked sections. In this part you can be as creative as you want! Since this particular mini-garland is made from wire, you can curl it, turn it into a variety of box shapes, circles, squares- really the sky is the limit!


Other Ways to Use Glitter on Bulbs!

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#2 The Snowflake Bulb

This bulb is very basic and easy. The only part which requires a some skill is gluing on the snowflakes!

Here's what you need:


-Blue bulb

-Neon green glittered flower

-Silver mini garland

-Glittered ball

-Snowflakes (from pick)

-Glue gun


Here's how to make:

First, hot glue the flower onto bulb.

Hot glue glittered ball into center of flower.

Now, hot glue mini garland for filler.

This part will take some level of skill with the hot glue gun: slowly squeeze glue out of gun while going in a circular motion. Make the circle flat and slightly smaller than the snowflake (see picture). Take a snowflake (pre-cut from pick) and gently put it on the glue and press down on the sides of the snowflake. The glue should spread under the snowflake and hold everything in place. Place these snowflakes about three quarters of an inch apart in the middle of the bulb.



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#3 The Sparkly Diva Bulb

Here is a bulb which makes a big impression, just like a diva!

Here's what you need:


-Glittery Poinsettia flower (from pick)

-Gold mini garland

-Bulb (color of your choice)

-Hot glue gun


Here's how to make:

First, hot glue the end of the garland on the side of the bulb. Leave the garland uncut (see picture) and attached to the roll still.

When your glue is completely dry, start wrapping the bulb with the garland while applying glue every inch or so (always wait until glue is dry before continuing the wrapping).

Now that the garland is wrapped around half of the bulb (see picture), take your flower, cut the stem off and glue it slightly cocked to the side.


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#4 The Stupidly Easy Snowflake Ornament

I know this isn't a bulb ornament, but it's so ridiculously easy to make I thought I'd throw it in the mix!

Here's what you need:


-Snowflake pick

-Small silver ribbon

-Hot glue gun

-Scissors


Here's how to make:

Pull stem from snowfake pick.

Put a small dolip of glue on the end, of the snowflake, and attach one end of the ribbon to it.

Wrap the ribbon around until end is completely covered.

Cut ribbon and glue the other end on whichever side is going to be the back (be sure to make the loop big enough to hang on a branch).

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start out second row by gluing below the gap of the above two leaves | Source
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glue glittered ball in middle of leaves | Source
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finished product with only two rows | Source

#5 The Pier-1 Imports Bulb

Pier-1 doesn't really make this bulb nor did I draw inspiration from anything they sell. I made it and it reminded me of a bulb I would see if there! This one isn't too difficult, the trick is to just have everything pre-cut before beginning.


Here's what you need:


-Bulb

-A pick which is has these particular leaves on it (you can find them at Michel's, they are extremely popular there)

-Glitter balls

-Glue gun

-Scissors


Here's how to make:

Start out by gluing a leaf on the front of the bulb (see picture).

Continue gluing the leaves all the way around the top of the bulb, near the lid.

For the second row of leaves: glue the leaves underneath the small gap (the gap between two glued leaves, see picture for reference) up top. Keep gluing around until you have gone around the complete circumference of the bulb. You can add as many rows as you want; one bulb I did with two rows, the other, three.

The last step is gluing the glittered balls in the middle (make sure to cut anything which prevents a flat surface, just like with the poinsettias). I like to pick a color which really contrasts with the leaves underneath so they really pop!




References:

(3)religioustolerance.org.(2000). All about the Christmas Tree: Pagan origins, Christian adaptation and secular status. Retrieved December 9th, 2013 from http://www.religioustolerance.org/xmas_tree.htm#

(4-6)Cooper, J.(2013). whychristmas.com. Retrieved December 9th, 2013 from http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml

(1-2)history.com(2013).History of Christmas Trees. Retrieved December 9th, 2013 from http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees

(7-9)ask.com(2013). Christmas Ornament. Retrieved December 9th, 2013 from http://www.ask.com/wiki/Christmas_ornaments?o=2800&qsrc=999&ad=doubleDown&an=apn&ap=ask.com

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    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful hub and Christmas tree ornaments. You have some great ideas and suggestions. Your instructions are easy to follow and the accompanying photos are great also. Thanks so much for sharing your craft with us. I enjoyed reading this very much.

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      These are cute and quite different ... Like girls wearing flowers on their heads. I like glitter too! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh, I love these. The sparkly diva is so cute

      Good job, shared and pinned.

    • Chin chin profile image

      Chin chin 3 years ago from Philippines

      Nice creative ideas that can be done with the kids, too.