A Handmade Ornament Blog Hop
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Well my friends, the Holiday season is upon us and I’m officially sharing my very first Christmas post EVER here on making it in the mountains! Exciting, right?! This is going to be a very special season indeed. Not only will it be my first Christmas as a blogger sharing in and feeding off of everyone’s excitement, but most importantly, this will be the first Christmas that our little guy will understand the magic of the season! At 2 1/2, he won’t just be able to enjoy how pretty a Christmas tree looks all lit up, or crying on Santa’s knee, he’ll be able to take part in the magic of it all – decorating, making gifts, making his own list (with some help of course), watching holiday movies, looking at Christmas lights, reading Christmas stories, leaving out milk, cookies & carrots for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve, and of course waking up to a ton of fun presents on Christmas morning! This really is going to be our most special Christmas yet!
Though we haven’t exactly set up our tree(s) yet, I’ve already started crafting some decorations! My hope is to decorate one of our trees (in our new home, I can finally have two!!!) entirely with handmade ornaments! Ambitious? You bet! But, when have you ever known me to back down from a challenge? Especially one I’ve handed down myself! And of course, what better way to kick things off, than with 30+ Handmade Ornament ideas?!
I’m SO excited to share these little clay Christmas ornaments with y’all today and you won’t believe how incredibly simple they were to make!
I started by rolling out some Air Dry Clay to about 1/8 inch thick and cutting out my shapes. I used a cookie cutter in the shape of a circle, but you could use almost anything really.
I then added a bit of texture to my clay by pressing some different fabrics onto the front – I tried burlap, linen and lace and I especially loved adding a bit of detail with the edges of an old lace doily I had laying around (thanks Gram!).
I also added some Christmas text to some by stamping small letters into the clay. Finally, I poked a hole through each ornament so that I would have a way to hang them.
After letting the clay dry for 24 hours I added a coat of champagne acrylic paint to a few of the ornaments just to add a bit of sparkle, but I was also sure to leave some just the way they were because I loved the rustic look of the plain clay so much too!
With a bit of jute or ribbon tied through them, these pretty ornaments are ready for our Christmas tree – you know, just as soon as our Christmas tree is ready for them!
I cannot believe how simple these clay ornaments were to make and I couldn’t be happier with how these sweet little ornaments turned out!
If you’re looking for even more DIY ornament inspiration, here are ton of lovely ideas!!!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely Sunday!!!