I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season this year. I have been so excited to share this post with you today.
Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!
So lucky me I got partnered with the amazing Kim at Made in a Day. I have followed her blog for quite a while. So I was super excited (and a little nervous) to get to create and share a Christmas ornament with her.
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After getting some info from Kim and checking out pinterest for some inspiration. I decided to go with something a little different. At the same time I wanted to keep cost down on this project. I wanted to make it affordable for any budget and also easy for beginner crafters out there.
I had this thicker floral wire from the Dollar Tree and some white embroidery floss. So I went with a wire Christmas tree with a white jingle bell tassel.
Here are the supplies needed:
1. Gold floral wire from Dollar Tree
2. white embroidery floss
3. gold mini jingle bells
4. gold craft paint I used Folkart Metallics in pure gold
5. gold tinsel wire from Dollar Store
6. paint brush
To get started I just bent the floral wire into the tree shape I liked. This wire was super easy to bend. It also is really hard to get a clean straight line. The more you work it the more it gets a little curvy. I liked this look but if you want a more polished look it may take a few attempts.
Once you get your desired shape you can paint (if you want). I didn’t like the bright cheap gold tone the wire had, so I painted it with the gold paint, which gave it a more sophisticated look.
After the paint dries now connecting the wire comes next. This took me a while to figure out how to connect them. I tried glue at first but this did not hold at all. I do not have a soldering tool. I think that would be the best method for a super modern look. But since I wanted to keep this project on a small budget, I decided to dig through my supplies and see what might work. I decided on the gold tinsel to keep it more modern and less rustic.
I think this would be cute as well with bakers twine or jute twine. Giving it a more farmhouse feel.
Once I found my tinsel. I simply wrapped it around the base of my tree attaching the wire ends together.
Next up was creating a tassel. Since Kim really likes tassels. I wanted to create a cute mini one for the center of the tree. Tassels are really easy to make. You can check out Kims tutorial here or you can easily search a how to on Youtube.
Once I made my mini tassel I tied another piece of embroidery floss around top and added 2 mini gold jingle bells. I mean nothing says Christmas like the sounds of jingle bells.
Then I just attached to wire tree shape with the excess embroidery floss you leave while making tassel.
Congrats you just made a super cute and modern tassel ornament! Add it to your tree,wreath or even as a adornment on top of a gift. I like this ornament so much I am making a few for my tree this year as well.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so please share and remember to check out all the other fabulous bloggers creations on the blog hop today!
Now head over to Made In A Day to see the gorgeous ornament Kim sent me.
I am in LOVE! I have been obsessed with agate everything lately. I have been eyeing some gorgeous home decor with agate accents. But it can be kind of expensive. So when I opened this up and saw it I was super excited!
FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.