Ornaments On A Stick | An Easy Christmas Craft

Happy Thursday friends.  I’ve got a super easy Christmas craft to share with you today and I think you’re going to love it.  These are what I call Ornaments On A Stick!

Years ago when my home decor store was open, I carried a similar item and they were a top seller. Since I haven’t at market in the last 5 or 6 years, I decided I was going to make my own.

I’m almost embarrassed to share the easy DIY steps to make these but here goes.  You only need a few supplies:

 Shatter Proof Ornaments–Wal-Mart, At Home and Hobby Lobby are my go to sources for shatter-proof ornaments in different color, shapes and sizes.  I used an assortment of mini and large styles from At Home to make mine.  (note: this craft will also work with glass ornaments)

Wood Skewers–you can find these at Hobby Lobby and even at the grocery store.  I used long skewers for my ornaments but you can also use short cocktail size sticks as well.

Hot Glue Gun–a glue gun is a great tool for everyone to own even if you’re not a crafter.  I have this cordless glue gun on my Christmas wish list.

And now the hard part….

Using your skewer, punch a hole into the cap of the ornament and insert the skewer into the hole a couple of inches.  Add a few dots of hot glue around the hole and skewer to secure it in place and let it dry.  Ta da,  you’ve got a fun holiday decor piece to decorate with.

Ornaments On A Stick are great to add to a Christmas tree or mantel garland.  And if you use a short skewer, they will also work on a wreath.

Another fun idea is to add them to a flower bouquet or plant that you’re giving as a holiday hostess gift.

Or you can make a holiday door cone like I did and insert a few sticks to dress it up.

And if you really want to go all out, make a super sized version of Ornaments On A Stick to use in your outdoor planters.  Just use oversized ornaments and replace the skewers with wood dowels.

P.S.  This is a fun craft to do with kids.

♦ Ornaments On A Stick ♦

Happy holiday crafting!

Handcrafted Home–A Creative DIY Blog Hop

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Today I’m joining a few bloggers for the Handcrafted Home DIY Blog Hop hosted by Jamala from Viva LaVintage For Your Home. And because this is a creative + diy themed blog hop, Jamala tasked each of us to transform an item using gold leaf.

Well, what’s a girl to do when the only craft projects on my mind are holiday related?  Transform Christmas ornaments of course.

I dove into my holiday stash and found these two unfinished wood ornaments that I purchased from Hobby Lobby last year. They were the perfect candidates for a little DIY UpStyle.

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After applying my gold leaf and adding a few vintage ornaments to the top of each wood piece, my ornaments went from plain to pizzazz!

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This was a quick an easy DIY project and I love the way my ornaments turned out.  

Tips for working with Gold Leaf:

  1. Gold Leaf is easier to work with on surfaced that don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies.  If you’re working with ornaments similar to mine, you’ll have to spend a little time smoothing the gold leaf on all the edges.
  2. Wear latex gloves or put a few drops of talcum powder on your hands to make handling the gold leaf easier. This stuff is really clingy.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to smooth the gold leaf down.  Smooth bristle will ensure you don’t tear the gold leaf.
  4. Buy a high quality gold leaf paper and adhesive.  I used the Gold Leaf Kit below (affiliate link) and think its one of the best out there.

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Now it’s time to see the other fabulous DIY projects. Hop over and see how creative they got with their Gold Leaf.

Viva LaVintage For Your Home

M. Jones Style

Linda G. Loving Home

Fox and Finch Antiques

 

 

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Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour–Part 1

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Hello everyone!   Today is the first day of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour that I’m participating in.  I want to give a big virtual hug and shout out to Kellie from Design Asylum  who spearheaded the idea for this tour and created our fabulous graphic.

Now on to the tour! If you are coming from Marsha’s home at M. Jones Style, welcome! Wasn’t Marsha’s decor just beautiful. 

 I’m super excited to reveal my tree and front door decor with you today and even more Christmas decor over the next two weeks.

Way back in August I shared my Christmas decor theme with you. The theme for my tree was built on a foundation of red ornaments with accents of white and personal touches like picture frames and monogrammed ornaments.  I also wanted to add in a few touches of animal print to keep the look interesting.

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Despite a few deviations from the original plan, I love the way my tree turned out.  I decorated it with a mix of red ornaments, red glitter ball garland (an easy DIY that I’ll share on Friday), red and white tinsel filled ornaments (which I shared yesterday) and assorted white ceramic ornaments.  A big red star tops off the tree.

CHRISTMAS TREE DECOR: 

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Notice the Merry & Bright ornaments (from Target).  The perfect nod to our #merryandbrightholidayhome tour~

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FRONT DOOR DECOR:

I carried the red and white theme out to the front door of our townhouse and decorated it to be Merry & Bright!

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The doormat is a DIY project which I’ll share tomorrow.

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So there the first glimpse of my holiday decor. I hope you enjoyed it.

The Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour will be back next Wed., Dec. 9th where we’ll be sharing our entertaining spaces and how we celebrate the season.

The next stop on the tour is Kellie from Design Asylum.  Kellie is the maven behind the amazing paint line Velvet Finishes so you can only imagine the creativity that went into her tree decor…wow!

And be sure to follow the rest of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home crew and see how they are decorating and celebrating the season. And follow our hashtag #merryandbrightholidayhome  on social media for lots more holiday inspiration!

Design Asylum

OMG Lifestyle Blog

Refresh Restyle

Positively Southern

Chic On A Shoestring Decorating

Amy Howard Social

Love Your Abode

M. Jones Style

Merry and Bright FINAL

Shelly

TWO Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

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When I haven’t been decorating for clients I’ve been busy getting crafty and decking the halls at my home.  This year I made a few handmade ornaments from things I already had stashed away.  These ornaments were so simple they should be in the Holiday Decor for Dummies Book.

First up are tinsel filled ornaments.  I bought these clear ornaments two years ago I think and had plans to paint them.  While unpacking my decor this year I came across them and decided to turn them into tinsel ornaments.

All is took was some tinsel garland (mine purchased at Ikea), scissors and something long to push the tinsel into the ornament.  I removed the ornament cap, cut my garland into 4 inch long pieces and used a chop stick to push it into the ornament.

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Next I decided to take a stash of holiday coasters I purchased at a Crate and Barrel after Christmas sale and turn them into ornaments. I punched a hole in one corner so the coaster would hang on the diagonal and easy peasy, I had ornaments.

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Both of these ornaments add something different to my tree–the tinsel ornaments add sparkle and shine and the coaster ornaments layer in a different shape and dimension.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share my fully decorated Christmas tree in part one of Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.

Have you crafted any of your Christmas decor this year?  

Shelly

#merryandbrightholidayhome

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