When I started this year’s No Ugly Ornament Series I had no idea what to expect. This was the first time I’d ever had guest posters and quite honestly I constantly questioned how I managed to get such talented bloggers to share their stuff on my little blog. I thought for sure there must have been a misunderstanding and at any minute I’d get the e-mail saying, “Sorry…” But guess what? That message never came and this past month has left me completely humbled by the friends and relationships made through blogging and reminded of the positive effects of connected with like-minded folks. Thank You all and I hope you’ll stop by again next year!
Now for the final ornament…
I was torn on what to name it. Christmas Figurines in a Toilet Paper Rolls seemed too descriptive but it does explain things quite well. The idea behind this ornament has been on my mind since last year and it’s taken all that time for me to finally make the darn thing. Of course, now that it’s done I don’t know what kept me from making them sooner. They’re super easy and have a retro feel I just love.
Supplies (Alternative supplies in italics)
- toilet paper rolls or ribbon spools
- vintage miniature Christmas or winter figurines or check your local Dollar Tree
- Tinsel like ribbon/trim or small garland
- Fake snow or cotton balls
- white paint
- hot glue and gun
- upholstery needle and thread
I started out by cutting the toilet paper roll into 1 inch segments with pinking shears.
Next, I went ahead and strung the ornament using the needle and thread.
Then I painted the inside and outside with a mixture of white paint and white glitter. Honestly, the glitter wasn’t really needed but I wanted to make sure it was sparkly. I did leave one ornament unpainted and opted for green glitter in an attempt to make it more ‘nature-like.’
Once the paint was dry I painted a layer of glue on the inside and dipped the entire ornament into the fake snow.
Word to the wise…don’t buy this product. Why? Remember long ago when you’d rip open the newest Pearl Jam cd and there’d always be one or two pieces of plastic wrapping that’d stick to your hand, hair, clothes, whatever and it wouldn’t go away? Well, someone thought it would be an awesome idea to gather up all those annoying little pieces of plastic, stick them in a bag, and put a price tag on it so idiots like me would come along and buy it. Don’t be like me.
Despite the mess that is still all over the tablecloth it did look good, so maybe you should buy a bag, but wait until it’s on clearance.
With the insides looking like a frosty winter scene it’s time to add the sparkle to the outside by hot gluing the tinsel ribbon around the tube.
For real, I’m just completely in love with these guys, I want to make more and more of them! In fact I’m going to be using the empty ribbon roll to make a larger ornament with a more complete scene in it. I’ll share that one on Facebook when I’m done, be sure to check it out!
And now it’s time for a few more pictures…