I have always loved Christmas ornaments. In fact I have made it a purpose to find an ornament every time we travel to a new place and have many from several states and vacations to remember as I decorate my tree each year.
I also love to make new ones each year as gifts, or gift tags. This year I made many, many of them as my husband gave them out to the office staff at his practice. So many in fact that I have no idea how many I actually ended up making, but he thinks the support staff has grown to around 30 or more people. I just kept making ornaments until I called it done!
The first ones I made were from pine cones I bleached back in the fall.
Bleached pine cones are easy to make. You just put the pine cones in a mixture of 3 to 1 bleach to water and make sure the pine cones are fully submersed in the mix for 24 to 48 hours. I sometimes leave them in the solution up to four days. Then you remove the pine cones from the bleach mixture and place them on paper towels to dry out. The pine cones will be closed up until they dry out. You can also put them in the oven at 250 degrees for about two hours to dry them out faster.
I made two different ornaments using the bleached pine cones.
For the first one I just simply hot glued a loop of either twine or ribbon to the top and added a simple bow with it.
The second, I wrapped twine around the lid of a pint mason jar, added the bleached pine cone and then another simple bow at the top.
The third ornament I made for my husband’s coworkers was from a fabulous video a friend of mine sent me, so I can’t take credit for this design, but I will tell you these were so easy and fun to make, and people have just loved them! They are miniature hats made from yarn.
You can find the link to the video here. Or go to http://www.faithtap.com/5030/how-to-make-festive-yarn-hat-ornaments/ This gal really came up with a great idea!
I came up with different variations for the colors of the yarn. Either way, these are so adorable.
I hope everyone is having a enjoyable and productive few days before Christmas and getting all of their shopping and planning done in time. Enjoy your holiday.