Ornament Swap!

I was recently invited to a holiday ornament swap where each participant was required to make 24 handmade ornaments! These ornaments took about 6 hours to create a set of 24 and can be made with items you probably have in your craft room. Making only one should take maybe 15 minutes and can be done while watching your favorite sitcom :)
I got the pattern for the houses from Inspire Co's holiday issue. They used the houses as decorations but I wanted to create ornaments from them. They recommend using cereal boxes but I used thin chipboard I had in my craft room. After I created the bases, I painted them with basic white acrylic paint. After that was dry, I painted the roofs with silver paint and glittered them using Clearsnap Glitter in Silver Lining.

I then added ribbon and tinsel, mini bottle brush trees I hand dyed with various colors of Smooch Spritz, and then hand-painted on doors and windows on each house. They were cute. But they needed something…
I set each house in a Color Catcher by Clearsnap and sprayed them a couple times with Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer.
Look at how the houses sparkle and shine in the lights of the Christmas tree!! My ornaments were a huge hit at the party because of their fabulous sparkle! I am really pleased at the dimension and shine the Smooch Spritz gave the matte paint I used on the boxes. Definitely frosty :)
I created some houses in other colors too:

  • Chipboard – Kelly Paper
  • House Template –  Inspire Co.
  • Trees – hydrangeahippo.etsy.com
  • Paint – Delta
  • Ribbon, Tinsel – Fabric Barn, Michael's
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
Happy Holidays!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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2 thoughts on “Ornament Swap!

  1. I can see why they were such a hit, they are so cute!! OK… you are a star as I am sure 24 of them was pushing the limit of your repeatedness… or maybe that is just me, can’t keep doing the same thing over and over!! :)

    Posted on December 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm
  2. These are just too cute, I want some hanging on my tree!! :)

    Posted on December 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm