marbled ornaments.

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I have so much nail polish and I rarely ever use it – So when I saw that I can put some of that nail polish to use in a craft I was all game. All I had to do was pick up some glass ornaments – I got 8 of them for $5 and went to town. I love how these turned out. The possibilities are endless.

Heres what you need:

Ornaments
nail polish
water
bucket or bowl
dowel rod or long stick for stirring
gloves (optional)
empty egg carton

Fill a container with enough water that you can easily submerge the ornament in. Also choose a container you can throw away when you are done.

Drizzle some nail polish in the water, then use a stick of some sort to marble it if youd like.

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Holding the top of the ornament (wear gloves for this step if you dont want to get too messy) and directly submerge the ornament in the water. the paint adheres immediately. You sort of only get one dip, so make it a good one!

Set on top of egg cartons, or the ornament tray in my case, so they can dry.

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wooden animal creature ornaments.

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I saw these little guys on pinterest and I knew I had to create some! They will make great little ornaments to hang on gifts. Im probably going to keep one or two for me, and might just keep them out all year long! I ended up using marker instead of paint, and I think paint might be the way to g0 – the marker sort of runs once it hits the wood, so be careful!

  • Wooden beads
  • Felt
  • Paint or marker
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • hot glue
  • Paint brush

 Cut a felt circle for a collar and two ear pieces for each animal. Glue the collar to the base of the wooden ball and glue the ears to the top. Hold them in place while they dry.

Paint or draw simple face on the front of the critter.

When everything is dry, cut a 7-inch piece of embroidery thread. Fold it in half and tie an overhand knot. Hot Glue the knotted thread to the top of the critter head.

upcycled quilt ornaments.

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Remember when I made these pillowcases out of my husband’s grandmother’s old quilts? Well there was alot of scraps leftover and I was trying to figure out what to do with them….I made some simple ornaments cutting hearts out of them, then sewing around the edges to keep them together. I also had a bunch of my husband’s grandfather’s buttons, so I use them to embellish them a bit. Im such a sucker for ornaments and I think this is going to be a lovely way to honor both his great grandmother and grandfather and have their memory with us at christmas!

pinecone elf ornament.

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I love these little guys! Since we got a real christmas tree this year, these were the perfect addition. I used martha stewart’s directions to make this little pine cone elf ornament for my tree.

heres what you need:

  • Elf Template (you can find the pdf to download here)
  • Pinecones
  • Felt
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 3/4-inch wooden craft bead
  • Thin-point sharpie
  • tiny bell, bead or ball
  • string1. Cut out your pattern pieces and trace onto the felt. Cut these pieces out of the felt. Make a scarf by cutting a long strip of felt as well. Set these piece aside.
    2. Glue your wooden bead to your pinecone. I made mine with the wider side towards the top. Glue your hat on your wooden bead, and add the tiny bell, bead or ball you have for to the top of your hat.  Draw a face on your bead with the sharpie.
    3. Cut your pipe cleaners to be about 4-5 inches in length. Hot glue them onto your pinecone.  Affix the mittens and shoes to the pipecleaners.
    4. Glue some string to the back of your ornament if you wish to hang it.

terrarium ornament.

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Here is another fun ornament you can make using clear globe balls. I used the same balls I used in my glitter ornaments.

I happened to find a bag of moss at Homegoods for $2.99! (i cant wait to make other projects with it!) , and got a little evergreen branch at micheals that had tiny acorns glued to it. basically I put it all inside and made a little terrarium!

cardboard tree ornaments.

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Milo and I made these christmas tree ornaments out of an old cereal box. Its really easy, and Milo enjoyed this little craft. It was a good project for him because he was able to do just about all of the steps himself. He was super proud of his little trees at the end!

Materials needed:
cereal box
green paint
paint brush
buttons of various sizes
popsicle sticks
glitter
string

I drew triangles on the cereal box and had milo paint right into the box. While the paint was drying we sprinkled some glitter. Glue the buttons and let dry. Once dry, cut out the trees, and glue half a popsicle stick to the back. (I used hot glue for this step)
Punch a hole in the top and insert string. Hang and enjoy!

344. tinsel wreath.

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milo and I worked on this tinsel wreath after seeing something like it in Time Out Kids. We took a 6 inch embroidery hoop and wrapped a package of tinsel-y pipe cleaners around it, stringing a few bells here and there as well.