Easy Christmas ornaments to make

7 Easy Christmas ornaments to make in an afternoon plus Christmas Tree decoration inspiration.
7 easy ornaments to make

I’m teaming up with an awesome group of bloggers today and for the next three Fridays for the Christmas Link Up. This weeks theme is Christmas trees – yay!  I love making ornaments and thought I would share links to easy ornaments you can make in an evening or an afternoon.

Glass Cube ornaments with rub-ons

rub on ornament, quick and easy ornament

Paper Ornament

paper ornament

Decoupage ornament

Decoupages Ornaments star

Chic handmade stuffed bird ornament 

scrap fabric bird ornaments

Nested bird ornament

Nested Bird Tea Cup Ornament

 

French Chic Ornaments
chic ornaments. metal work, shabby chic , french country

Wood slice ornament using wood burning tools

Wood burining wood slice snowman ornament country chic Christmas 365 Days of Crafts

You can share your Christmas tree ideas with us, too – check out the link party below! I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas. I love Christmas trees!

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How do you decorate your Christmas tree? What ornaments mean the most to you?

Rules of the link up:
1. Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog’s home page.You may link up to 3 posts per blog.
2. Please leave a comment for your host, remember it’s a party!
3. Please be sure to visit a couple of other blogs and leave comments.
4. No Etsy stores, giveaways or other link parties allowed.
5. Please link with a text link or party button to your host.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media. We will always give proper credit and a link back to your post.
7. Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on our blogs. Features will also be pinned to our Christmas Link Up Pinterest Board for even more exposure! If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Link up with our party or leave a comment below!

And take a look at the other Christmas Link Up hosts to see their fabulous Christmas tree ideas!

Designers Sweet Spot
365 Days of Crafts
An Oregon Cottage
Dragon Flies and Lily Pads
Green With Decor
The Deans List Blog
DIY Beautify
Casa Watkins
Sow and Dipity
Sondra Lyn At Home
Shabby Grace Blog
Maj Hoff Takes a Wife
Charming Imperfections
Mommy is CooCoo
Somewhat Quirky Design
Refresh Living
BD Design Blog
3 Little Green Woods
Salvage Sister and Mister
Sweet Things
Chalk and Chocolate
My Creative Days
Domesticability
Kenarry: Ideas for the Home
Burlap and Babies
Red Cottage Chronicles
What Meegan Makes
Create and Babble
Tastefully Frugal
Twelve on Main

Rustic Christmas Plaid

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Rustic Chic Christmas Plaid Style – not quite sure that means but that is what I am calling my Christmas decorations this year.  No, I am not starting all over for my Christmas theme but since we are in a new house I am choosing to add a few more pieces.  Luckily I tend to go with the classics and can add the trendy pieces to them.  When we were first married 1997 I registered for personalized stockings from Pottery Barn in red and green velvet.  Way back then I had my life planned out and ordered extra so that when we had a dog and two kids they would all coordinate.  Luckily I have two kids and a dog and we all have matching stockings.  I will admit my 5-year-old does not have her name on hers yet.  Maybe this will be the year that I do it.

plaid christmas deer
I made napkin ring holders, decorated candle sticks, made a plaid table runner and chair covers. The table runner is 12 inches by the length of my table.  I fringed the edges. I also made a tree centerpiece that I will give directions to in another post.  
deer plaid christmas chair cover

Materials for Rustic Christmas Deer Plaques and Plaid Chair Covers:

  • Napkin Rings
  • Jute Cording
  • DecoArt Paint in Gold, Brown, Smitten Chalky Finish Paint
  • Sand paper
  • Sculpey Primo Polymer Clay in Brown and Green
  • Mystical Forest Mold from Plaid.
  • Plaid material
  • Jute bags
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread

To make the Rustic Christmas Clay embellishments:

  1. Condition the clay and press the clay into the mold.  Remove the branches and deer from the mold VERY CAREFULLY and bake according to manufacturer’s directions.  Repeat this step for the number of sets you need.    Allow the polymer clay pieces to cool.  The sanding of edges gives it a more rustic feel.
    wood disk napkin ring
  2. Paint small disk gold and allow to dry.  Lightly sand off edges.gold disk
  3. Paint larger disk brown and sand off edges.hot glue disks
  4. Hot Glue pieces together. 
    rustic polymer clay
  5. Adhere polymer clay pieces to the top. rustic Christmas napkin rings
  6. Prop pieces up while glue cools.

Napkin ring base:

The napkin rings were from the thrift store, a set of 8 metal rings for a dollar.  The metal rings were coated with the Chalky Finish Paint in Smitten with a dash of Heritage blended together.  The chalk paint holds better on the metal than traditional acrylic paint. Apply a lite coat of Creme Wax to seal the colors.   Wrap jute string around the rings and Adhere the plaques with the hot glue gun. You can be as messy as you want since a Rustic Christmas theme lends itself to the distressed look.

Tip – A high temp glue gun with a nozzle works well when adhering mixed materials and small parts.  (low temp will not work they pop off)

To make the Rustic Plaid Chair covers:

  1. The jute bags I found just happened to be the exact size of my chair backs.  I cut the drawstring portion off the jute bags and added a strip of the plaid fabric.  I used red thread to sew it on the jute.
  2. Jute tassels were added and hand stitched on. Plaid Christmas deer chair cover
  3. Hot glue the deer plaques on the center of the hair cover.This is the rustic Christmas tree centerpiece I made.  I will do a separate post on it since there is a fun technique involved in making the base.  I use a Faux Bois technique that turned out pretty cool.
    rustic Christmas tree
  4. I added the plaque to candlesticks that were painted gold.
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I hope you enjoyed my Rustic Christmas Table setting.  Stay tuned for a tutorial on the Faux Bois technique and on my twig centerpiece.  I went a little crazy with the theme this year.   Make sure you visit the other bloggers in the Mad for Plaid Blog Hop!Mad for Plaid_zpsqvw06f0z

quick and easy gift box

quick and easy gift boxMake a quick and easy gift box using scrapbook paper.  You can use solid paper or pattern paper specific to an event.  Try to pick up thicker paper.  It just hold the shape better.  For this round of Craft Lighting I wanted to do a project that was not only quick and easy but relatively inexpensive.  The pine cones were from a nature walk and free.  The jute cording I buy on the spool and it will last me for a year or two.  Yes, I use a lot of jute cording for crafts.  I usually pick up the jumbo spool that has a billion and one yards on it.  And it never fails the cashier will ask me what my plans are for such a large spool.  Guess they don’t sell tons of them.  I used a new product by Adtech on embellishments for this quick and easy gift box.  It is scented glue for the glue gun.  I used Christmas Tree and it really smells like a tree.

Materials for quick and easy gift box:

  • scrapbook paper
  • gift box tool
  • scissors
  • Adtech tape runner
  • Adtech glue gun and scented glue sticks (Christmas scent)
  • jute cording
  • pine cones

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Instructions for quick and easy gift box:

  1. Follow the instruction to make the gift box template. ( Mine was sent to me by Martha Stewart.)martha stewart gift box maker
  2. Make sure you score the edges really well.  It will make folding easier.gift box template
  3. Fold the edges. gift box made from paper
  4. Tape the edges with a tape runnertape runner to make gift box
  5. Cut the jute cording to size. Tie around box. Use the hot glue gun to adhere the pinecones to the edges of the jute.
  6. Place gift inside and pat yourself on the backThe gift box template was a little difficult to figure out at first. My first box took me 15 minutes.  Once I got the hang of it I knocked out a dozen in about an hour.  So it really is a quick craft.  The nice thing about the tool is you can make gift boxes in a bunch of sizes.  I chose this size so it would hold a set of lip moisturizers in a tube.  I made a slightly larger version for small hand lotion.  You however can place what ever you would like in your quick and easy gift box.


Make sure you check out all the other crafts for Christmas in this round of Craft Lightning for Christmas.