When I was six I made a snowflake Christmas tree ornament. It was made from cutting folded paper and covered with glitter at school. My mother kept it always. She never seemed to think it was out of place among glass ornaments.
Make these ornaments at any time of year, place them in a pretty box and give them as a set. Part of their beauty is they won’t break if they fall off the tree, but should be protected from Fido and Fluffy the same as other ornaments.
At your house, every holiday can have their own ornaments. Tie them to a gift package and use as a gift tag.
Use them as a mobile for decorations in a child’s or baby’s room. Hang them from curtains or from the ceiling. Solar systems, rainbows, ponies and more can adorn your child’s room.
Rudimentary sewing skills are needed, and the use of scissors. If an adult performs these two tasks, children may participate in decorating the ornaments. This is a great time to raid- ahem; I mean reduce the amount of fabric in the scrap box for more shopping next year.
You will need:
• Felt pieces
• Fabric scraps
• Fabric Glue
• Sewing needles, perhaps yarn needles
• Coloring books
• Cookie cutters
• Geometric shapes
• Different size plastic lids
• Leftover buttons
• Tracing paper and marking tools
• Pillow stuffing or plastic grocery bags
• Fabric paints
From the materials list, you can get an idea that anything can be used to make these ornaments, even old blanket or quilt pieces.
1. Using a coloring book, find a picture of a carousel horse and trace onto tracing paper. Enlarge the design, keeping or eliminating sharp edges and/or the center pole.
2. Cut two pieces of felt in any color desired. Sew together along the outside seam, leaving a one- inch opening. Stuff with pillow stuffing or plastic bag. Cut a two-inch piece of half-inch wide ribbon and pin in the opening to make a loop. Sew closed and use a ribbon or string tied to the loop to hang ornament.
3. Decorate the ornament as you desire. Cut small pieces of fabric and glue in place for the saddle, mane, etc.
4. Use this for any design from the coloring book.
1. Draw shapes freehand for snowman, snowflake, etc. Sew two pieces together without stuffing, decorate and hang.
2. This ornament may be stuffed if desired. It works wonders on round figures such as gingerbread men, Santas, and snowmen.
1. Take a family picture to a copy store and have the picture copied onto a piece of fabric. Do this with several pictures, making sure the pictures are the same size and square.
2. Using a plastic lid large enough to fit around all four corners of the picture, trace around and cut out the circle.
3. Sew a binding stitch all the way around the circles, or cover with binding tape. Match the flat edges of the squares with the circles outside and stitch just on the outside of the pictures.
4. Leave the circle edges as is, or attach lace and sew the circle edges together. On the last circle, insert a ribbon loop as in the first ornament for hanging.
5. This keepsake ornament is a perfect gift any time of year. Make several from various school years for a graduation party.
1. This works especially well for small children. Using large plastic lids, cut a felt insert to fit inside the lid or on the back side of the lid. Freehand draw a figure or using carbon paper, trace a picture onto the felt.
2. Allow child to decorate the picture using glues, glitters and so on the same way they would decorate cookies.
3. Use the lid as a wall hanging, ornament or decorate the container and allow the child to use it as a bank or crayon holder.
1. These ornaments come with prizes inside. Make an oversized candy cane ornament. Sew together without stuffing. Make a cut 2/3 of the way up from the bottom, and insert a real candy cane.
2. Cut two circles and one- half circle of felt, and decorate like a cookie. Sew the circles together with the half circle forming a pocket for a real cookie.
3. Make various figures such as a Santa with a sack that contains a real gift. Let your imagination run wild; just don’t forget which ornaments hold treasures.
Make these ornaments for any occasion and any time of year. They’ll be treasured forever.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in crafting: sewing, knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, dyeing and more.