Christmas Ornament Ideas
Homemade ornaments are always an appreciated gift.
My latest venture is stained glass using the copper foil technique. It just seemed like a natural progression from mosaics, although many artists start with stained glass and then progress to mosaics because they have so many scraps, but of course, I rarely take the logical route...LOL. I will probably start a new stained glass page as I make more projects.
These ornaments are made by putting a variety of beads on chenille stems.
Heat Transfer Ornaments - Learn about the technique here.
Salt Dough Ornaments - See how to make them here.
I grow my own gourds from time to time and decided to make some ornaments out of them. Here are a couple of examples.
This first gourd ornament was created by copying a stencil onto the gourd and is great if you are not a good painter, like me. All you do is print the stencil image to the size needed using an ink jet printer. Then place the image on the gourd, image side down and then trace the back of the image with a pencil. The ink from the paper gets transferred to the gourd. Then you can paint as you would like, using the lines on your gourd as a guideline. I chose to outline mine in black marker to make it look more like a stencil.
This next gourd was made to look like a birdhouse. I took apart a pine cone and used it for the roof "shingles". Then I hot glued reindeer moss between the shingles. Using a Dremel, I cut out an indentation for the entrance hole and drilled a hole for the toothpick perch. The toothpick is attached using a wood glue. The entrance hole was painted black to give the illusion that it was indeed a hole and the hole thing was sprayed with an acrylic sealer.
Here are a few more gourd ornaments to get the ideas flowing.
See how to make this ornament out of old lamp parts and beads here.