*NUO* Christmas Vignette Ornament

Christmas Vignette Ornament

I looked up a vignette for the record, and this sparkling little beauty fits the bill in more ways than one. -Erin 

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 connecting 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
  • glitter
  • glue
  • hot glue and gun
  • paintbrush
  • 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 left one ornament unpainted and opted for green glitter 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.

#NUO2012 Retro Christmas Ornaments

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.

Fake snow product

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.

#NUO2012 Christmas Scene Ornaments

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.

#NUO20212 Christmas Ornaments

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!

#NUO2012 Retro Figurines in Christmas Ornaments

And now it’s time for a few more pictures…

#NUO2012 Vintage Deer Christmas Ornament
#NUO2012 Winking Snowman Christmas Ornament


  1. These are beyond adorable! I feel you on the paper shred stuff. I think I'm magnetic and anything that you don't want to stick does to me.

  2. OhEmGee . . . SOOO adorable! Nice finish to the Series, my friend. :)

  3. Aw shucks, I was really enjoying the series.
    Kinda like reading a book series, never want the books to end. I get so involved in characters and what's happening.
    Got to find out about several more great bloggers and see what/how they do ornaments, sign up with them.
    I so enjoy your blog Erin. It's great and so glad I found you, somehow.
    Happy holiday preparing. I'm having a great time and keep thinking of more things I can make. Is there no end and the month is just beginning. whooooppppeee.

  4. I forgot to tell you how much I love the tp roll ornaments. Think the little fawn one with green inside tube is the best but they're all the tops.

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  6. What a fantastic DIY! I mean they really look vintage. Bravo!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife


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