Hello December and Hello Blogmas! I’m so excited for the series this year and there will be a post just about every day of the month. With the gaps in between there will be plenty of time to catch up. As for what’ll be posted, I’ll be sharing not just Christmas related content, but reflections of 2018 along with tips and tricks to get you focused for 2019.
For day 1, I wanted to share a quick and easy ornament DIY with you all. Now I’ve been working on my Christmas tree since November, so I’ve had time to create these ornament ideas for you all. What better time than now for all my last minute shoppers, crafters, and Christmas tree lovers.
As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
I came across the Christmas tree from one of my favorite bloggers, Craft-O-Maniac and I saw she has these super cute buffalo plaid ornaments. While I told myself I wasn’t spending any money on ornaments, I knew I could make one of my own that would work within my budget and I could make as many as I wanted. Hers were from the shop Krumpet’s Home Decor. They had two different sizes, one was $4 (5×5) and the other $8 (8×8).
Also, when I was browsing Dollar Tree’s selection of ornaments, I was disappointed in the quality as they didn’t seem to put much care into the project. For instance, a similar circular ornament I wanted was only decorated on one side, with the cardboard visible on the other. I’m not paying $1 for a pretty piece of cardboard. So, I thought about what I had on hand, took the idea I saw on Instagram and came up with one if my own. Not too shabby at all.
Furthermore, taking the cheaper route for a trendy item like buffalo plaid, worked better as I may change my vision in later years for Christmas. Yes, plaid is a staple during this time of year, but no need in breaking the bank if you don’t have to.
For the following DIY, here’s what you’ll need:
- Buffalo Plaid scrapbook paper (wrapping paper will work as well)
- Single Hole Punch
- Jute Twine / Ribbon
- Mod Podge (optional)
This DIY is super easy. All you have to do is cut your ornament to your size preference. I used a circular cup top for my smaller ones and a larger bowl for the others. Once cut, I adhered the scrapbook paper to one side, cut, and then repeated on the other side. I decided to glue and cut one side of a time just to have a more accurate image of what I was doing.
Once the plaid scrapbook paper was adhered, I punched a hole in the middle, and tied a knot with twine. For those looking for something more durable, add a layer of mod podge on each side. You can find mod podge at your local craft store in the following finishes: matte, glossy, satin, and glitter. For the type of look I’m going for, I didn’t use any sealer, but satin would be a great option. It’s the middle ground between matte and glossy. Glossy is a definite no, for me at least, as it doesn’t give that shabby chic vibe.
Of course you can adjust the size of these ornaments to your preference. Another option is to use them as gift tags. Happy Crafting!