Dec 12, 2012

Feeling Ornamental

How are your holiday decorations coming along? I decorate in fits and starts - I'll get ambitious and knock out 3 projects simultaneously, and then I'll have a couple of days of just not feeling it. Unfortunately, I usually get in a creative mood when I'm at work and can't do anything about it (thanks, Pinterest!)

Here are some of the ornaments I made last year. I was feeling very gung ho and crafty. 

The pinecone map ornament was my first one, and to this day is still my favourite. There is something about the shape and texture of a pinecone (real or crafted) that appeals to me.

Pinecone Map Ornament - Turtles and Tails blog

And that's what made me make one from birch bark as well. It doesn't hurt that birch is my favourite tree. 

Birch Bark Pinecone Ornament - Turtles and Tails blog

Like so many other people, I collect sand from the beach whenever we go on vacation. I liked the idea of displaying some of that sand on our Christmas tree with these glass vacation memory ornaments.

Vacation Memory Ornament - Turtles and Tails blog

I tried my hand at mod podge for the first time last year as well. I bought a book of sheet music from a local used book store and cut the sheets into strips to be applied to a styrofoam ball. The song I picked was "Jingle Bells" - fitting I think.

"Jingle Bell" Mod Podge Ornament - Turtles and Tails blog

The last ornament style was the simplest - just scraps of ribbon inserted into a clear glass ornament. I love this ribbon though - so glittery. And the colour of the outside ribbon changes depending on how the light is hitting it.

Ribbon Filled Glass Ornament - Turtles and Tails blog

Do you make handmade ornaments? 
Are they ones you keep year after year, or do you like to switch them out periodically? 
Mine are still around, but I'd like to try my hand at some Victorian-styled ones this year.


Crystelle Boutique said...

I love LOVE love the map you used for this ornament! What a great idea!

Have a terrific Christmas!

Hugs x

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Judy said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous. I am going to be featuring it tomorrow night at my Winter Blues Wednesday party (Fall into Fall).
The party will be opening Wednesday at 12:01am instead of Tuesday night at 8pm EST because I am participating in the blogger day of silence tomorrow. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

DIY Huntress said...

I love this idea! So cute! I'm so picky when it comes to finding ornaments!

Happy holidays!

xo Sam, DIY Huntress

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

I really like your Pinecone Map Ornament. Several of my family members like to travel and I've been making them homemade map gifts. They'd like these, too. Thanks for posting!

Allison @ The Golden Sycamore said...

I love the birch pinecone ornament and the sheet music one. The are both so cute!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

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