Hello everyone! As you may have seen, a few days ago, Sam posted a tutorial on how to create a unique Paper Crane Ornament. I also have the fortune of being a part of the 2015 Ornament exchange created by Erlene, who blogs over at My Pinterventures. The exchange is a group of over 80 bloggers who have either created or bought some very special ornaments, and are sharing them all with you, our lovely readers, over the next two weeks!
Today, I’m kicking off the fifth day of the exchange, along with these other creative ladies!
As a DIYer, I feel like making an ornament is almost a right of passage…but I haven’t done it since I was a young child.
I was paired up with Rebecca, of Mary & Martha’s House for the swap. Once we were matched together, we swapped pictures of our “Christmas style” and here’s one of the pictures she sent to me:
Isn’t that beautiful? There was only one problem: it was so traditional! While I think traditional is lovely, it’s so far from my own Christmas style, which gave me quite a conundrum. I had no idea what I was going to create!
As I do every single time I’m low on inspiration (which, let’s be real, is often), I headed to Michaels. I just browse around and normally I’ll get some kind of idea, and this time was no exception.
- Mini ornaments
- This is a thin, clear material used in jewelry creation. Somewhat like fishing line.
- Hot glue
- Ribbon or bows
- An ornament hook
Assembling the Mini Ornaments
I wanted the balls to group in somewhat of a diamond shape. To begin, I tied transite to one ornament, and the transite 4.5 inches long. Four ornaments I cut at 4 inches long and the remainder of the three ornaments I cut at 3 inches long. I wanted to be sure that the transite (which is nylon) would stay tied, so I dabbed a little hot glue to each of the knots.
Once the transite was cut at the various lengths, I began to assemble the mini ornaments in an upside “bouquet” type arrangement. Since each grouping was cut at the same length, arranging this was easy–I just made sure to line up the transite at the end.
I continued to do this for all of the mini ornaments. I didn’t love the way the top tier of mini ornaments looked, so I shortened one of them until the bundle looked how I desired.
Once the ornaments looked perfect, I used about 4 inches of transite, and tied it around the the threaded group. I wish I had a great tip for this, but honestly, I used my mouth to hold the transite attached to the ornaments, and used my two free hands to tie. It looked pretty awkward, but it worked! Once the transite thread was tied together, I used more hot glue to secure it all together again.
My original plan was to put an ornament hook on the bundle and call it good, but there was just something missing. After another trip to Micheals (I think I’m a Michaels addict 😡 ), I found some little bows that were just the right size.
They had little twist ties, so I took one and wrapped it around the transite. After applying a generous amount of hot glue to the transite & twist tie, I took a second bow and pressed it into the hot glue. I would have used the twist ties on the second bow, but I couldn’t figure out a way to do it without it looking kind of wonky!
I used a little more transite (this stuff is so helpful!) to tie a tiny loop in between the bows so that I could attach the ornament hook, and it was done!
I hope that Rebecca loves it, and that it fits perfectly in her fabulously traditional Christmas decor!