Handmade Christmas Ornament {for an ornament exchange}

Dana from the Crafted Niche put together a little Crafted Christmas Ornament Exchange a couple weeks back. I finally sent my creation off in the mail for Jessica at Dear Emmeline. Come take a peek…

Jessica said she liked neutrals with green, red, white, and gold (pretty easy, right?). She also said she loves fabrics, embroidery, texture, vintage and typography. While I’m not the best at sewing or crafting with fabrics, I decided I would put my graphic design skills to good use and create something vintage-looking mixed with bit of typography.

I gathered my supplies:

  • (2) square graphics that I designed in Photoshop
  • (1) 4.5 inch piece of pine
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Bling on a Roll
  • Cardinal ornament hanger
  • Wire

I took my 4.5 inch piece of pine and drilled a small hole in the top.

Next I printed out my designs on normal laser printer paper, trimmed them out, and mod podged it onto the wood. I put a layer of Mod Podge underneath the print, let it dry, and put another coat on top of the print.

I used a little bit of wire to attach the Cardinal hanger through the pre-drilled hole in the wood (yeah, I had to kinda poke around since my paper design covered it).

And finally to jazz up the back a bit I used some Bling on a Roll (no really, that’s what it’s called). This stuff is simply awesome. So much faster than gluing on jewels one by one!

And that’s it! I like the concept of a two-sided ornament since mine seem to slip around from time to time.

Make sure you check out Dana’s site tomorrow to see all of the great handmade creations for the Crafted Christmas Ornament Exchange!

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Kids Art Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and I love decorating my house for the holiday, especially my Christmas tree with each of my ornaments that tells a different story.

Well, since my daughter is in Pre-School this year, I thought it would be fun to take a piece of her artwork and make an ornament out of it. This could be a fun tradition every year (and a great memory). So let’s get started!

First I gathered my supplies:

  • 1 piece of printer paper
  • Crayons
  • 1 clay ornament from Michaels (for only 69¢)
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge and brush
  • Scissors
  • Red, green and white paint
  • Pencil
  • Scanner (optional)

To start I had my daughter draw a Christmas picture on a piece of normal laser paper. I tried to keep her to a certain size so it would fit on the ornament… but she’s 4 and has a mind of her own! So instead I scanned the artwork and reprinted it out to fit perfectly on the clay ornament.

Next I traced around the drawing to the shape of the ornament. I had my daughter write her name and the year within the space.

I trimmed out the drawing with scissors and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the clay ornament. I put a little underneath the drawing and then additional layers on top and around the edge.

Next I painted the edges of the ornament with green and red paint to add a little pizzazz. I also added some Christmas colored ribbon to hang on our tree. And that’s it!

An adorable Christmas ornament with your kiddo’s artwork that will be cherished for years to come. These also make wonderful gifts for family and friends!

And the best of all? They’re super cheap! I personally only needed to buy the 69¢ ornament (I had all of the other supplies on hand!). If you don’t have all the listed supplies, you should be able to get the rest of them for less than $5!

GOOD LUCK IN MAKING YOUR KID ART CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS!

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