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Monday, December 5, 2011

Heirloom Ornament Tute

Merry Christmas Ya'll!

Gather 'round, grab a chair and join me in making a wonderful Christmas memory...A Christmas ornament that can be made to fit any style or decor, using almost any family treasure. Our family has been making our heirloom ornaments for over 50 years, and now I would like to share a tutorial so you can make your own family heirloom for Christmas!  
( Mouse over image below)

A Sample of what you can do!
Let's get started by gathering all of our supplies. Luckily, my mom has been gathering ornament "goodies" for 50 years, so we have plenty...
Styrofoam ball
2 1/2 - 3 inch wide Ribbon

Gold or Silver Foil Medallions
Beads! Beads! Beads!

More Sequins
Cord, Straight pins, Foam glue
Large Sequins

Here's the list of supplies..... 
  • Styrofoam ball (2 1/2 inches)
  • Wide ribbon (2 1/2 - 3 inches wide)
  • Straight pins
  • Foam glue
  • Sequins (all sizes)
  • Corsage and hat pins
  • Beads (get 'em anywhere)
  • Cord / Twine
  • Gold or Silver foil doilies (optional)
  • Whatever you want to include

At our house we pick 1 day each Christmas season, 
and devote it to our ornaments....
Well, besides takes the better part of a day....But what fun we have! We each end the day with a beautiful heirloom ornament. So, what if it may take a little while, the results and the memories are well worth it! Can't start it today?....Pin it on Pinterest,  pick a day and make it a tradition! With that said....Let's get the tutorial started...

Get your favorite color of wide ribbon, and cut 23 to 25 angled strips
 (about 30 degree angle), approximately 1 1/2 inches wide...
Cut! Cut! Cut!.....Like this: 
Cut at a 30 degree angle
Cut 23-25 of  these
Set your ribbon pieces aside and get your Styrofoam absolute must for every Christmas project! Place a straight pin partially in the styrofoam ball, then mark it with a marker...this is your top center. Put a second pin in the bottom center (eyeball it... top to bottom and side to side), and mark it. Perfection is NOT necessary.....Like this....
Pin anywhere for top center...mark it
Top and bottom centers

Now it is time to attach the ribbon. Hold the ribbon at the tips and will sound like it is ripping, but this is how you make the ribbon soft and pliable. Fold lengthwise in half and pin one end close to the top center. The ribbon needs to be pulled taut and then pinned close to the center bottom....Like this...

Pull at ends
Fold in half
Pin then pull taut
After 2 strips pinned
Continue to pin ribbon pieces until you get all the way around, clip ends as needed. Try to keep em' out they can be slippery! It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but I know you can do it....The last ribbon needs to folded in thirds...Like this...

Clip end pieces as needed...just a little
Keep pinning until you get here
Last ribbon foled in thirds
Ribbon folded in thirds
Pin the last ribbon for a finished edge
Whew!!! Now that your finished with the hard part it's time to get creative! Pick beads, sequins, family jewelry...if you can pin it on then try it! Pick one color or several to work with....whatever you like! Now that you've picked your fun stuff, it is time to cover the top and bottom centers....Like this....

Colored beads
Old forgotten Necklace

Need to cover the ends
Doilies can be cut to cover 

Cut up doilies
Floral leaves?.....why not!
Like I said, we have been doing this for decades, so we do have some supplies that are no longer available. However, I grew up using gold and silver foil medallions, so I like to use my old trusted friends....Like this.... 
Extinct Foil Medallions
My choice...reminds me of a snowflake!

Pin on whatever cover you choose
Large Sequins would work too!
The great thing about these ornaments is that you can stop at any level you want...even now. It just depends on how simple or elaborate you want to make it. You can also use fabric to cover all or part of your heirloom....Silk, Satin, Burlap....whatever you like....Let your imagination take you away!
My mom likes glitz and glam so that is what prevails around here!
This is where your unique creativity takes what brings you joy?  If you have little ones, you can bring it to this point, and then let them take over....Kids love this part....we use glue!  Are you ready for the next step?.....Let's go...

I decided on green
Don't forget to glue each pin
Add stuff you like....sequins?
Bigger Sequins!
Create your sides and then get your hat pins and corsage pins....don't forget the glue!

Add  beads to hat pins
Add beads to corsage pins...
No beads?....Go get a necklace
You need at least one corsage pin to hold the cord that you hang your ornament with.....all the others are decide!  For my example, I used 1 large hat pin on the top and a dangle on the bottom center. Next, I added 2 beaded corsage pins on each side of the top...then 2 more...Like this....

One hat pin in the middle
Corsage pins all around
One or two of the top pins needs to be used to glue the can use the middle hat pin,  or two of the corsage pins on each side.....If the ornament is heavy I suggest balancing the weight between 2 pins....Like this....
Add cord for hanging
Double cord and stick pin through...glue
So,  from here on out I just keep adding stuff until it is just right....or can't hold anymore, whichever comes first!  For this year's ornament....I just couldn't stop. The rest of the process is pictured below. Can you stop?.....Keep going....Like this....

A total of 8 beaded pins on top
4 Beaded pins and a Dangle on the bottom
Sequins to fill the foil medallion
Beaded Star accent
My Heirloom Ornament 2011.... "Green with Envy"
Done and Done....Supplies used
The last step....Name your ornament!  Here are a few more family treasures from years past....

"Blue Waves"
"Grapes of Wreath"
"Eve's Fig Leaf"
"Crushin' on Velvet"
"Princess Dreams"
She has bling
"Retro Daze"
"Little bit a Country"
Now it is your turn to make your own Christmas memory....Enjoy every minute!!!
May God bless you and your family as He has always blessed ours!
 Merry Christmas!

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Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

Wow, these are amazing! They are so very beautiful! They look very labor intensive. Nice job. I am visiting from It's So Very Cheri!

Betsy Pool said...

Nice - I love the idea of making your own ornaments. They have so much more meaning that the ones you buy in the store.

Thanks for sharing this at the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

Buffie said...

So very Merry and Bright! I have a number of ornaments like this that my mother and grandmothers made. I love them so very much.

Thanks for posting.


Becolorful said...

Yowza these are amazing. I love how you make it an all day event. I have to admit, I'm a little jealous. Wish I could get everybody here to have a day like that. Your ornaments are stunning and I'm so happy you shared your post on Motivated Monday at beColorful.

'LUSH' said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Definitely a classic in the making! I am in admiration of your creativity! The tree is decorated gorgeously!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Love handmade ornaments. These are gorgeous and would make nice gifts! Thanks for stopping by today!

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are my kind of Christmas crafting genius. :)

So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

I would love for you to visit DTA as I am in the midst of a "Gifts You Can Make" series.

Be merry and bright!

Shannon said...

Oooh - your ornament is so pretty! It reminds me of a fancy one my mom used to hang on our family Christmas tree. Brings back happy memories.

WhisperWood Cottage said...

So crafty and beautiful! They have a vintage feel to them.