How To: Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I've never been a very do it yourself type of person. I'm one of those people you would see on those "Pinterest Fails" websites, not a crafting website. So, if you're in the same boat as I am and thinking that you'd rather do one handed push ups on a surfboard in the middle of the ocean than try to make these, stay with me.

I absolutely love Christmas. I always have. You know that annoying person who starts counting down the days until Christmas in September? That person who plays Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Yeah, that's me.

I have so many favorite memories from past Christmases. I remember long December walks with my parents around our neighborhood. I remember the smell of homemade biscuits in the oven, and my mom's long sleeve Christmas shirt she wears every year. I remember my brother waking me up at 6AM every Christmas morning, and my dad hanging up the Christmas lights outside. I remember smiles and laughter and praying for snow and watching Elf.

And I remember sitting in a green chair making these ornaments in the warm living room while my mom read me her favorite novels.

These ornaments are special to me for so many different reasons. When I was a freshman in high school, my Gran taught me how to make these during Thanksgiving vacation. She decorates her house with these ornaments every year, so making my own has made me feel closer to her at Christmastime even though I'm over 1500 miles away. Also, these ornaments take time to make. They force you to slow down and be patient. I'm not a very patient person who likes to slow down, but when I made these ornaments, I had to slow down. My mom would read to me or talk to me while I made these, and those afternoons are my favorite memories.

These ornaments are an art project and beautiful decorations, but they're also each a little memory. They're the novels my mom read to me while I carefully created the ornaments. They're a little piece of my Gran that I'll always have. They're the conversations I had with  my favorite person on both warm and cold afternoons as I eagerly counted down the days until Christmas. And hopefully you'll one day have your own collection of ornaments/memories.


What you do:
  1. Select which color(s) sequins you want to work with.
  2. Add a bead/pearl on a pin.
  3. Next add your sequin(s). You can layer different size sequins or just use one size.
  4. Stick the pin in the Styrofoam ball.
  5. Repeat this process until you've covered the entire ball with sequins. Make sure to slightly overlap the sequins as you stick the pins into the styrofoam ball so that no white shows when you're finished. 

I like using different colored sequins and different sized sequins to make each ornament unique.
I slightly overlap my sequins so there's no white space when the ornament is finished.
This takes a little more time, but it makes the ornament look much fuller!
It takes a lot of patience to make these ornaments, but the finished product is always gorgeous! 

"We need a little Christmas, right this very minute."

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3 Happy Thoughts

  1. Perfect!!!! I'm doing this for my Christmas DIY! I always find some fun thing to make (that isn't food) for my mom, dad, and brother for their Christmas presents. I always DIY. Last year I made cinnamon ornaments! (Just cinnamon and apple sauce). But I love these!

  2. These are too sweet - and so easy to make! I love creating my own Christmas ornaments!

  3. Beautiful and simple. I'm going to make them for my friends who have a mini tree in their apartment. I liked your other posts about dorm living, thought the snacks cabinet might be a great idea for my students.. Then realised the pics looked familiar.. Of course, we are currently in the same part of the world, ATX!
    Thanks a bunch, Happy Finals week,
    Hook 'Em!


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