Hand-Crafted Holiday Ornaments

I am in high production gear in my studio getting ready for a local art show (Christmas in the Country) on Bainbridge Island, WA the first weekend of December. Along with necklaces, fabric flowers, up-cycled clothing, I will be featuring tree ornaments. Here is a small sampling of some of the ornaments.

The hearts and fairy ornaments were altered because they seemed to need some embellishment.

The darling red glass heart ornaments were charming just as they are, but not much escapes being glittered this time of the year. Using a squeeze bottle of liquid red glitter, I added a few drops on each heart. The secret to success when using this product is to not touch it and to let thoroughly dry.

The fairy ornaments were found unadorned from a chain store in the Christmas section. And while cute as is, they cried out for being gussied-up. I added a paper crown with drops of glitter, a small foam ball (like the kind in bean-bag chairs), a gathered doily skirt, and a belt of vintage tinsel.

The green wreaths were made from some unidentified green garland found at a wholesale floral supplier. It looked like small plastic garland was sprayed with tiny green foam balls. When I saw it I knew it would make a great wreath. I circled two lengths together and then wound another length around the two holding everything together. The wreaths measure about 5″ in diameter and several would look delightful hanging in a kitchen window or clustered in a corner hanging with red ribbon in different lengths. I added a small stem of faux red berries and a red satin bow.
Smaller versions could be used as package toppers then hung on the tree as ornaments. ornament.

I have a tendency to look at things and wonder “what else can be done with this?” In a previous post, I mentioned using the hook caps from broken glass ornaments as a crown. It’s just a matter of looking at things from another viewpoint. The ornaments shown in this post are examples of what one can do with simply working with what is already there by adding simple embellishments, like a doily for a skirt. And the beauty is, it doesn’t require much product or time.

Just look and ask yourself the question, “What else?”

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