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DIY Gift Idea: Embroidery Floss Washer Earrings


Making jewelry has always intimidated me, thankfully these earrings can be put together in a pinch and make for a perfect gift, Just think of the possibilities, you could use school colors, give it a holiday theme, go ombre, or keep it simple and go all black! 



These earrings have become my newest crafting obsession! I want to make a pair for me, my daughter, my sister, etc.. I tried out a couple different methods and because a picture sometimes explains it better than my words can the following tutorial is, um, very visual.

Supplies
This was the first technique is below, it creates a looser earrings meaning the washers twist easily.

Option1
Technique two, below, created a much tighter earring, the washers barely moved. However, it was hard to cover the connections. While I preferred technique one my daughter liked the second better, go figure.

Option2
Whichever technique you chose when it comes time to connect the actual earring all I did was tie it on. Just be sure that if your earring has a ‘back’ side you tie the earring on so that it will hang correctly.

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I can’t wait to make more of these as Christmas gifts! I’m thinking we might also have to make a necklace or two!

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Pipe Cleaner Elf Ornaments


Hmm, these look suspiciously like those elves everyone sits on their shelves…


Let me explain, growing up there were two ornaments on my grandparent's tree that always grabbed my attention. One was an umbrella (yep, tried unsuccessfully to make one like it – maybe next year) and the other was a kind of elf with long bendable legs and arms.

After finishing the elf and realizing I’d created exactly what I wanted to – one the first try no less – I was sitting at the table, completely full of myself, when my son walked by and said, “Cool, you made Gladys some friends.” Gladys is our Elf on the Shelf. Crud…that’s when I realized I had indeed made a rather crafty, DIY-ish version of that sometimes loved, sometimes despised elf.

Similarities aside, I’m still so happy with these guys and THEY ARE intended to be ornaments you can pose on your tree branches, I swear! Here’s how you can make your own!

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Glittered Leaf Ornaments


Remember last week when I kept going on and on about nature themed décor and altering natural elements? Yeah, I’m at it again.



Earlier this fall I picked up a package of flat leaves at the Dollar Store thinking they’d be perfect for crafting – and they are, but I didn’t think the first project I’d be sharing with you would be a Christmas ornament!

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Painted Feather Ornaments


Paint dipped feathers are being used in home décor everywhere you turn these days so why not turn this trend into an ornament? 



I’ve been loving the minimalist look lately and one of the decorating elements it uses is altered nature pieces, think painted branches, faux animal trophy, yarn-bombed rocks, and of course feathers. Most of the feathers I’ve seen are dipped and/or painted using gold paint, which I will show in the video though it’s hard to see because of the brightness issue (sorry). To give the project a holiday feel I also used red and green paints to decorate the feathers. While I used a simple Christmas ornament hook for hanging you could also use a colored wire (find it at your local dollar store) to keep with the festive feel!





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Rolled Magazine Ornaments




Rolled magazine pages are a classic recycled crafting resource, there’s just so much you can do with them! After you’ve rolled up a page or two it only takes a few minutes to glue them together and create unique ornaments like these! In fact since it took me less than 15 minutes to put these two together they’re the perfect Craft Lightning – Holiday Edition Series project!

Supplies Needed:
  • Magazines
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • hot glue
  • tape runner
  • ribbon

Directions

First up, cut a couple magazine pages into two inch wide strips.

Cuttingpaper #CraftLightning #NUO2014 #Ornaments #recycledcrafts #hotgluecrafts
Next up fold and/or roll the strips so that instead of being two inches wide, they’re barely half an inch. Below I’m using the tape runner to hold the folds together, it’ll make things easier down the road.

foldingandtaping #CraftLightning #NUO2014 #Ornaments #recycledcrafts #hotgluecrafts
Once you’re strips are all folded up you can roll them them into circles and/or create Vs like the one below.

foldedmags #CraftLightning #NUO2014 #Ornaments #recycledcrafts #hotgluecrafts
Now, using your hot glue gun, start putting them together in whatever pattern you fancy.

gluecirclestogether #CraftLightning #NUO2014 #Ornaments #recycledcrafts #hotgluecrafts
A word of caution, these pieces can get heavy if you put too many together, resister the urge to go BIG!

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Once you’re done creating your design simply glue the ribbon to the back. Now you’re ready to hang in on the tree or use it to decorate a gift!

glueingonribbon #CraftLightning #NUO2014 #Ornaments #recycledcrafts #hotgluecrafts



Don’t forget to visit Angie at The Country Chic Cottage and Carolina at 30 Minute Crafts all week long for the 2014 Craft Lightning Holiday Edition!


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Wood Bead Ornaments


Another week, another ornament! I have to tell you, every time I start this challenge I think I’m going to run out of ideas or get tired of ornaments but I NEVER DO! All it takes is an afternoon of tinkering and I’m overwhelmed with inspiration. 



I have to admit, before I started this year’s challenge I scoured home décor sites reading up on forecasted trends and (here’s a shocker) for the most part is was the same old thing we see every year. I mean let’s face it, Christmas is classic and there aren’t many ‘looks’ that haven’t been done. That said there was something that caught my eye.

For the longest time the country look was, well…dated. Thankfully that is no longer the case, today’s country is more like a hipster folk song than a bedazzled country ballad. Natural elements are being introduced into home décor in unusual and quirky ways that are simply fun and chic!



These wood bead ornaments fit right into this new ‘country’ look! Here’s a video showing how they were made.



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Clothespin Ballerina Ornament




I’m simply smitten with this little ballerina ornament! Isn’t she a cutie? Wait until you read what went into making her!


Supplies
  • clothespin
  • pipe cleaner
  • embroidery floss
  • cotton ball
  • glue
  • paint

Directions

I actually started this ornament by making the arms. All you have to do is wrap a piece of pipe cleaner, about 4 inches, with the embroidery floss. (Psst, prepare to see other projects using this technique!)

Making the arms

Once it was completely covered I wrapped the two ends together, making an oval shape.  I tied off the floss and used a tiny dap of fabric glue to hold the knot in place. 

Next up I took the clothespin apart, flipped it around, and glued the two pieces of wood together.

Painting the body

I’m not the best at painting and I couldn’t find my tiny brushes (One guess where they were-gotta love kids that steal your art supplies.). Anyway, paint on a face, hair, leotard, and shoes. If you’re feeling adventurous I’d recommend pretty lace-up slippers, um, I wasn’t feeling adventurous.

I attached the arms by folding the pipe cleaner and sticking it in one of the holes between the two clothespin.

Inserting the arms

I thought I was going to have trouble with that darn tu-tu again but after cleaning up the bathroom it finally hit me, why not just use a cotton ball?

It was easy to shape into a kind of doughnut and actually stuck to the wood of the clothespin so there was no need to add any glue.

Adding the tutu

It wasn’t exactly as I planned but it was still definitely tree-worthy! So I guess two out three ornaments this week isn’t doing too bad!



Next week not only will I be bringing you three more ornament ideas I’m also going to be sharing a DIY gift idea as part of the 99+Handmade Gifts Week being hosted by 365 Days of Crafts and Always Expect Moore. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Speaking of fun holiday projects, did you catch my Winter Wonderland Wreath over at Create.Craft.Love.? Jill is hosting a month-long Winter Wreath Workshop you’ll want to be sure to check out!

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Ballet Slipper Ornament


Despite a few setbacks I’m still determined to come up with at least three dance-themed ornaments. Thankfully I think I’ve found a winner in this little slipper!


The hardest part of this project was drawing a template for the slipper and foot, but after spending an hour, or two, staring and sketching feet I finally came up with one that’s not too bad.

Supplies
  • Foot and slipper template
  • beige and pink felt
  • pink embroidery thread
  • needle
  • fabric glue
  • ribbon
  • scissors
Directions

Using the template I began by cutting out two feet from the beige felt and two slippers from the pink. NOTE: This template is nothing special as if you couldn’t already tell, but it works! Just right-click the image, save it or copy it, and then paste it into a doc. You can resize/print it from there.


I sandwiched everything together and began sewing a basic blanket stitch around the outside of the foot. Across the top of the slipper, I used a running stitch.

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With the slipper secure on the foot, I opened up the beige felt and added a bit of fabric glue along with the ribbon-folded over.

Glueingtogetherslipper #NUO2014 #christmasornaments #crafts
After about a day of dry time, I cleaned up the edges and gave it a trim so that it all lined up.
Considering how easy this ornament turned out I think I might come up with at least one more felt design before the month’s over!

slippers #danceornaments #NUO2014 #Christmas #crafts

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Craft FAIL – Dance Ornament


I’ve always been forthcoming that not all the ornaments we make actually end up on our tree. This one…well, I think it may hang out in a houseplant or become a cat toy.


My daughter’s love of all things dance has been growing over the last year so my plan was to spend this week making ballet inspired ornaments. I’ve always loved the dancer silhouette ornaments but I wanted to make it different by turning it into a pick instead of an ornament so it’d look like she was dancing up the tree. It makes sense right? It was a good enough idea, and it may still can be. My execution however was pitiful. I’m so disappointed. Let’s take a look at what went wrong and where.

Gluebrushstrokesugh #craft fail #ornaments #dance #NUO2014
When I brushed on the Mod Podge I could clearly see the giant brushstrokes but thought, “the glitter will hide it.”

Glueinginthepick  #craft fail #ornaments #dance #NUO2014
Gluing my skewer/pick in was actually the one thing that went okay.

toomuchtulle  #craft fail #ornaments #dance #NUO2014
But the skirt, that big, crazy, bit of tulle was just too much. I tried trimming it but it still looked as if she had it pulled up to her armpits.

I hadn’t given up at this point. I convinced myself that maybe if I took it outside I could perform some kind of magical photography that would make all its flaws disappear.

Myheadismeltingglitter  #craft fail #ornaments #dance #NUO2014
I was wrong…is her head melting glitter? I hadn’t even seen that! Okay, back inside, yeah…maybe stuck in a houseplant?

glueskirt  #craft fail #ornaments #dance #NUO2014
The glow of glue in her tu-tu made me see the light. This was a fail.

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Christmas Vacation Inspired Ornament





National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” is one of my favorite holiday movies and who can forget when the Griswold head out to find their tree? Inspired by that classic trip through the backwoods I came up with this clever ornament!






Supplies Needed
  • realistic toy car
  • small wire brush tree
  • yarn/twine
  • scissors
If you’re not a fan of “Christmas Vacation” just use a different car! But beware…finding a toy car that resembles anything you’d see on the road will be hard, one that you’d actually see a tree tied to even harder! When I told my husband my idea he took it upon himself to hunt down the perfect vehicle. He found it at Wal-Mart but it’s made by a hobby company, Auto World.

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3D Paper Ornaments #NUO2014



This little bauble is a perfect example of the awesomeness of paper ornaments. It only takes a few supplies, a bit of glue, and a couple folds to create a dramatic look that can be tailored to fit the color or theme of any Christmas tree!

For this ornament I used a simple shape, a circle, but you can actually repeat this craft with nearly any shape. Plus because they're so easy to put together they're perfect for crafting with the kids-especially in group settings, think scouts, co-ops, preschools, etc..

Picking the right paper can also dramatically change the look of this ornament. I chose something a bit glittery, perfect for reflecting all those twinkling tree lights! Whatever you chose be sure to add this to your list of holiday projects!


Supplies Needed
  • scrapbooking paper
  • scissors
  • frozen juice lid-template
  • glue tape runner or a glue stick
  • string, ribbon, or thread for hanging
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Wire Ribbon Ornaments #NUO2014



It’s November, you know what that means? It’s time for another NO UGLY ORNAMENT CHALLENGE!

2014 marks the fourth year we’ve been doing this and while I loved having the help of so many great bloggers in the past I decided to bring it all back home and challenge myself to not just make ornaments but to do it on camera!

If you’ll remember (not that I really want you to because some of them are pretty horrible) during the first NUO Challenge I also made videos of the kids and I creating our ornaments. Thankfully my video equipment is much better today and the kids have blossomed into little crafting marvels!
I’m not going to bore you with more chatter, instead, I’ll go ahead and get started with the first ornament, a simple wire ribbon!



Supplies Needed
  • Dollar store floral wire
  • jewelry pliers
  • fishing line
Seriously this project is ridiculously easy and looks so awesome when it’s done!

All you’re going to do is cut off a piece of the wire, straighten it out, and then after using the pliers to create a tight loop at the top (or bottom) begin curving it back and forth, creating a look much like Christmas ribbon candies.

If you need to you can use the pliers to tighten up the turns and once you reach the end of the wire create another little loop by curling it back onto itself.

Tie a bit of fishing line through one of the loops and it’s ready for the tree!

I hope you’ll come back by and see what other kinds of crafts we come up with for this year’s tree!


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