The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #5
Ribbon Tree Ornaments
I found these on Pinterest back in January & decided to use them for my annual ornament exchange with my friends. But our ornament exchange got altered this year, so I decided to make these cute ribbon ornaments for my co-workers & my local quilting club friends, instead. The photo above is about 1/3 of the full amount I made.
Cute & inexpensive, I made a total of about 65 of these. Most of the beads were already in my craft supply, so I mainly only bought the ribbon & some stars for the tops.
Aren’t those stars just so cute?! These ornaments were so much fun & pretty simple to make. I typically made three per 45 minute episode. I think they could’ve gone faster if I were more focused, but they worked pretty well for TV crafting. Although, I realized part way into an episode, that I can’t make them while watching Lilyhammer. (So excited Season 2 finally came out!!) There is too much reading required in that show, to pay attention to anything except the screen.
Five crafts down & seven to go! How are you doing on your Christmas crafting so far?
I had intended to post this yesterday, but as we all know, holiday times can be chaotic & in addition, I am still working on getting into the habit of doing this on a regular basis. So yesterday didn’t make it, but I should be able to get both #2 & #3 up today & be back on track.
A few years ago, my friends & I decided to switch from a full gift exchange, to an ornament exchange – which saves us money. So for the last couple years, I’ve made ornaments to exchange with them. This year though, we decided to do something a bit different & we got together and made
The 12 Crafts of Christmas #2…
Painted Ceramic Ornaments
This was so much fun. We got together at the ceramics place & each selected an ornament to paint & exchange. Then we sat down with some pizza, drinks, & a lot of laughs & painted! After painting them, the lady at the shop glazed & fired them for us. One of the girls in our group picked them up from her later, packed into anonymous gift bags, so we couldn’t tell which was which. Then when we got together for our annual Christmas celebration, we each selected a bag and kept the ornament that was inside!
This are Before & After pics of the pony I painted. I was a bit concerned when I was painting him, but I think he turned out pretty cute! The lines on his hooves & hair are a little unsteady, but overall I’m happy with him. Most of the paint colors really darken as they’re fired, so you have to look at the reference cards for them to judge how they’ll look once fired.This event was so much fun, it will most likely become a new tradition for us!
What is your favorite group crafting project? Do you have any sort of special gift exchange traditions with friends, family or co-workers?