Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ornament Variations and a Contest!

I'm back with some ideas for variations on the ornaments from yesterday!
There were all made using stuff I had on hand. I could probably do another set of variations after a trip to the craft store!
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Idea #1:
Christmas ornament card.
(Excuse my crooked cutting of the red paper. This is kind of outside my milieu!)
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To make this, I just poked the hanging thread through a spangle and then through a small hole I punched in a card. A small piece of tape holds everything together on the inside. I would probably write a little blurb inside saying the ornament can be removed, fanned out, and hung on the tree.
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Idea #2:
Stringing multiple shapes together to make one bauble.
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I was given this circular die cutter for Christmas a few years ago, and I have to admit I've never found much of a use for it. I got it out, determined to use it for this project.

I started cutting circles, thinking I might not go 3D at all. The plan was just to sew a bunch together in a line to make a garland.

But as I was cutting the circles, I remembered how those garlands tend to tangle easily and often, so I scrapped that idea in favor of making little balls.

The little balls were okay, but sort of plain and pitiful, so I ran three of them through the sewing machine, one after the other, to make a chain of three. Now that's more like it!
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Idea #3:
Add sparkle.
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I like the subdued look of the basic ornaments, but just in case you're craving a little more glitz, you can bedeck them with sequins or glitter. I made a batch of paper snowflakes one year and painted them with the nicest iridescent glittery goop, but when I got it out, I found it had dried up.

So, I went the way of sequins instead. I think these would look wonderful decorated with just silver and gold, but I tried it with multicolors just for fun. Just remember, the more layers you use, the more surfaces you'll have to decorate! It was fun doing one, but I confess I'm not too anxious to do more!
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Idea #4:
Trim the bells with...bells!
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Okay, that isn't really a bell (I didn't have one), it's a bead, but you get the idea!
Now, what other ideas can we come up with?
Tell you what...let's make this a GIVEAWAY!
Post your idea for a variation either here in the comments or on your blog (but please link back to this post and let me know in the comments), and I will enter you to win a little Christmas treat!
(I will update when I decide on a prize.)
The winner will be chosen by the person who taught me everything I know about Christmas craftiness: My mom!
I will leave the contest open for a LONG time, because it's so early. The deadline for entries will be...oh...let's see...December 6th. You have plenty of time to come up with ideas!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

CONTEST ENTRY!
Glitter around the outside edges.
Run a line of glue, then sprinkle on some fine glitter.

Mags

Is that what you're looking for or a whole different idea?!

angelia729 TW said...

i think making a ball of mistle toe out of paper and sequins would eb cute !!

angelia729 TW said...

idea #2. SNOWFLAKES !!!
i LOVE 3-D stuff esp snowflakes !
add in some white & silver sequins to make em glisten !

Anonymous said...

you could also distress it with ink giving it a little bit more dimension. Put the sequins or rhinestones on with glitter glue--maybe silver to make them pop. Snowflakes are a good idea too, you can use some irresdescent glitter to give them that snow in the sun look. I'll think of more later, i'm sure.

Cynthia

todd said...

this is a contest entry
i love your craft ideas. the idea of cutting up pictures is a bit scary, but those ornaments would make the perfect gift for grandma or for the family tree, try it!

Darling Petunia said...

Mags, that's exactly what I'm looking for: start with this idea and go from there! The results should just bear SOME resemblance to the originals!

:o) mg said...

As I was cutting out leaves for a "thankful" project, I noticed that if you did the pattern of an oak leaf this way, it would look like a pine cone. Add glitter for more sparkle. This oak leaf (top left): http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/leaf/leaftemplate.GIF

Thank you for this very cool idea.. and I love love love how simple you have made it.

Michelle S. said...

For idea number 2 I would vary it some by spray painting 2 of the sections gold or silver. I would also make some variations with just one section spray painted.

Christine said...

I'd say cut out a scalloped edge of old book pages, roll & fold into a flower, glue to a felt circle as backing with a pin on it as a brooch. PLUS GLITTER on the edges. :)