This project was sparked by the Art Elements Christmas Ornament Design Challenge. Between the inspiring projects Lesley shared in her initial post and the list of inspiring DIY ornaments I found, I was definitely inspired to create something really spectacular. In fact, I'm pretty sure I combined several of those inspirations to make my own ornament.
I adore working with old, aged, vintage, yellowed, shabby items. One of my favorite pastimes is looking for treasures to incorporate into my work. There's something about these bits and knowing they have their own history that makes me smile. Exploring other ways to use them outside of jewelry is fun too. This project gave me the opportunity to pull out a great many of my hoarded treasures and combine them into a beautiful Christmas Ornament.
It took me almost no time at all to make this ornament, so let me show you how you can too. This is a blog hop, so if you just want to hop on to see the next ornament, please scroll to the bottom of this post!
Start with these tools and materials:
Fiber (lace, sari silk ribbon, rick-rack, etc.)
Sheet music (or other interesting paper)
Jewelry Pliers (wire cutters, round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers)
Cut your paper down to size so it fits inside the indent of the spool.
Using Mod Podge or another medium (school glue, gel medium, etc.), glue down and seal your paper on the spool.
Cut about a foot of wire and form a loop (with your round-nose pliers) in the center of the wire.
Slip the chandelier crystal onto the wire, making sure it slides into the loop.
Twist the wire several times to secure the crystal into place.
Cut your fibers and match up their centers with the twist in the wire.
Hold the fibers into the nook of the wire so that the lace is nestled between the two pieces. Squeeze the fibers as tight as possible together and twist the wire so that the fibers will stay in place.
Slide a button onto the wire, making sure that you insert each wire end into a different hole.
Slide spool onto both wires.
Thread another button onto the wire.
Twist the wire together for a couple of inches.
Trim the wire just below where the twist ends and fold over the sharp end, pressing it against the other wire.
Curve the twisted wire on the large portion of your round-nose pliers to make a hook for hanging. You could alternatively make a closed loop and insert a ribbon or ornament hanger.
And, that's it. Your ornament is ready to hang on your Christmas tree or really anywhere.
I made a video of my process to make this romantic ornament in case these instructions just don't do it for you.
Here are a few more pictures of the ornament (please note that I actually made two different ornaments - one in the video, and one for the step-by-step pictures. The video one is the one I used for the first picture and pictures to follow.)
Now, this ornament is part of a blog hop, so here's the list of the other participants in the Art Elements Christmas Ornament Design Challenge. Go see what all these other talented designers made. I know I'm looking forward to it.
Art Elements Team
Would you keep this baby tucked away especially for Christmas or would you have it out on display all the time? I'll let you decide. If you're interested, I'll give away one of these ornaments. Let me know in the comments and leave your e-mail. Alas, this is only open to US residents. I'll pull a winner on January 5th.
I sincerely hope your Holidays are magical; full of joy, love, and fun.
I've linked this post up at Saturday Sparks Link Party on Pieced Pastimes, Show and Share link Party at Coastal Charm, DIY Salvaged Junk Projects and Funky Junk Interiors, and Recipe and DIY Linky at The Sway.