Craft/DIY Ideas

Handmade Christmas 2014: Glittered Lightbulb Ornaments

Well, here I go again with the colored glitter. Lots of it.

This time around I used up some old style light bulbs that we had kicking around in the garage and gave them a completely new look.

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Add some twine and a little charm and the result is a pretty, repurposed Christmas ornament.

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As you can see, I did them in a variety of brilliant colors.

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The process for these is fairly straightforward and you don’t need a ton of supplies either.

To make one of these pretties, first dig up an old style light bulb, either one that burnt out or one you don’t plan on using.

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I used a sponge brush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the bulb.

While it was still wet, I held it over a plain piece of paper and shook glitter over the whole thing. It takes a LOT of glitter to cover one of these. After a minute or so, shake off the excess onto the paper, then funnel it back into the glitter container. I allowed my bulb to completely dry on a piece of paper towel while I glittered others.

To finish, cut maybe 12″ of twine or jute, tie a loop in the middle (to hang ornament), and wrap around the top of the bulb. Hot glue a thin layer as you go. As I did this, I placed a charm so it kind of hung down the front a little.

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I had bought a pack of charms that look like old keys, but you could use whatever.

Overall a semi-quick and simple little project. Very easy to make a bunch at a time as well, which you know I love!

Not sure which one is my favorite yet, but I think they turned out kind of adorable.

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Handmade Christmas 2014: Folded Antique Music Ornament

Hey everyone!

So I am slightly obsessed with things made out of either vintage sheet music pages or book pages.

I have done a number of previous crafts on here using this as a medium, usually for Christmas.

This is my latest trial set of projects and I have to say that I made quite a few.

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Definitely one of those things that once you make one, you are eager to do more.

They are fairly simple to pull off, and I promise that those who are supposedly “uncrafty” can still make these.

You can buy old books or hymn books at yard sales, used book sales, thrift shops, etc. I scored several antique music magazines from the 1920’s-1930’s at a local antique store for a couple bucks. They are awesome! I could seriously frame some of the ads in them for decoration, but that’s for another day.

Here’s the process I followed:

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I ripped out some pages and cut same-sized rectangles out of the paper. I stacked three together, lining up the edges, and folded them accordion style, or like a fan. It’s important to keep your folds approximately the same width.

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Next step is to separate them and fold each accordion in half, like in the above picture.

Glue together the middles of each so they all turn into a one-piece fan shape.

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Finally, to complete the circle, glue the three (or you could do a fuller one with 4) fan shapes together where they meet.

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You could leave them plain, but I chose to put some kind of embellishment in the center. Some have a bit of burlap with a sparkly snowflake on top, others have a glittery word like “Joy,” and some have little pictures from that old music magazine that are backed with cardstock. Cutouts from vintage Christmas cards would be really cool too I would think.

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Another option that looks neat is to make another layer that’s larger and place it underneath. Just use much larger pieces, or even a full page, to fold. I love the look of these, and you could go really big to make a wreath.

For any size you choose, just make sure to back it with something for stability. I used canning lids that had been used and washed, hot gluing them to the back. For the larger ones I used a round plastic lid that had been on an ice cream pail. You could use a circle of cardboard or something else that’s sturdy though.

Happy crafting! Stay tuned for more handmade Christmas ideas.

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Handmade Christmas 2013: Sheet Music Glass Ornaments

Well, Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is suddenly only a little over 3 weeks away. {Yikes!}

I have to confess that while I have a lot of my gifts bought/made, but certainly not wrapped, I have yet to do a single bit of decorating.

Today’s idea can be a great little gift or used to deck your own halls.

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The best part is that since they are SO simple to make, you can easily whip up a bunch of these in one sitting.

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All you need is a clear glass ornament (one where the top pops off), some old sheet music or book pages, a bamboo skewer, a clothespin or clip, and some curling ribbon.

Regretfully I didn’t take any photos while making these, so hopefully I can just explain how I made them with words.

First you take off the metal top portion of the ornament. Second, cut your music or book pages into thin strips, maybe 1/4-1/2″ wide and a few inches long. Using a bamboo skewer, wrap a few of these strips at a time tightly around the skewer. Hold these in place for a few minutes using a clothespin or clip. After waiting a few minutes, remove the clip and slide the end of the skewer into the top of the ornament. Slip the curled strips of paper off into the ball.

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Fill it as full as you want, put the top back on, and finish it off with a nice little hanger of metallic curling ribbon.

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Easy, elegant, and perfect for the holidays.

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Handmade Christmas Series: Hymnal Page Flower Ornaments

As I was looking through my Pinterest boards the other day, I found a very do-able idea for ornaments on my Christmas board. The idea used old book pages, but I utilized old hymnal pages instead. Here’s the results of my copycat efforts:

It was pretty simple to pull off. As in my previous post, I used canning lids as the base for the ornament.

Then I proceeded to cut out circles of a couple different sizes.

As you can see in the picture below, I used a bamboo skewer to roll the stacks of circles so the edges curl up.

Then, using hot glue, I adhered them around the edge of the lid, starting with the biggest circles and going smaller as I came near the center.

To put the finishing touches on these, I added a little glitter around the edges and glued a glass gem to the center of the flower. Oh, and I also put a little wire hanger on the back as well.

Cute and easy. I did several with a red glass gem in the middle just for fun.

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Baby’s First Christmas Handprint Ornament

This ornament has been a tradition in my family since I was a baby. My grandmother made these for all of her grandchildren for their first Christmas. Now that I’m a Mom, she continued the tradition and made one for each of my kids when they were babies. Therefore, I didn’t make this OR come up with the idea, but I thought it was a great one to share with you all.

This particular one was done for Joseph, one of my twins. Basically, you trace your baby’s hand and transfer it to red felt. Cut out 2 and embroider the baby’s name and year in a contrasting color on one of the handprints. Hand-stitch the two together, stuffing with a little bit of poly-fil as you go.

Cute, easy, and a wonderful family tradition to pass on. Such a great keepsake too!

Gotta love those sweet little baby hands.

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Jeweled Christmas Tree Cookie Ornaments

I take absolutely no credit for this project. Upon arriving home the other day after a few kid-free hours, my crew surprised me with these cute little cookie tree ornaments hanging up all over the house. They were so proud of their handiwork!

 

 

As you can probably tell, so far they are mostly hanging in our windows and from some of our light fixtures. We don’t have our tree up yet, but I’m sure they would look cute hanging from that as well. I love how the light shines through the colored portions. Speaking of, can you tell what my hubby and kids used for the “jewels” on their trees? If you guessed gummy candies, you would be right! If you’re interested in the recipe, here’s the one that they followed:

1 1/2 cups flour (white or wheat)

1/3 cup butter, chopped

3 TB sugar

1 egg white

2 TB orange juice

colored fruit candies

cookie cutters

ribbon or yarn (to hang)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour into a mixing bowl. Rub butter into flour until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in sugar, egg white, and enough orange juice to form a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll out in a thin layer and cut out as many shapes as possible. Transfer shapes to the baking sheets, spacing them well apart. Cut out small round openings and fill with gummies or candies (you may want to cut these into 1/2 thicknesses beforehand). Also cut out a hole at the top for hanging. Bake 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool, hang, and admire!

Recipe taken from The Great Big Cookie Book by Hilaire Walden.

**I didn’t have the heart to tell them I think they used leaf-shaped cutters instead of trees! Oh well, we’ll call them whimsical and pretend they are tree shapes.

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Hymnal Page Lid Ornaments

What do old hymnal pages and canning lids have in common? These holiday ornaments, of course!

How did I make them? If you’re a crafty soul like me, I’m sure you can figure it out just by looking at my pictures. However, I’ll give you all a quick tutorial just in case.

Start out with a canning lid and a page out of an old hymnal or old sheet music. I’ve gotten old hymnals from used book sales for super cheap and used them for a different project in previous years. Using the lid as a template, trace and cut out a circle from the music page. I also went around my edges with scalloped-edged scissors just for extra embellishment.

Using Mod Podge and a paintbrush, I lightly covered one side of the lid and pressed the page onto it. You could use either side of the lid–mine are reddish around the edges, so I wanted that to show a little. As some of the pictures show, I also did a couple with the gold showing from the flipside.

I left a couple of ornaments just plain, but added a rolled fabric flower and a button to some as well. In order to hang it, I also hot glued a loop of thin wire to the back. Ribbon would certainly look pretty cute too.

I’m sure there are lots of other ways to embellish these. I plan on making more, so feel free to leave a comment with any suggestions you may have. Thanks! Rachel