Crafted Christmas Ornaments

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Hello Friends!  Today we have a holiday guest post from our dear Caitlin, my almost-cousin and kindred spirit, who totally FRILLS us always.  Cait and her fella Kevin got their creative juices flowing in a Frilling, festive way. Enjoy!
- Fran
Caitlin Martin is the New Media Manager for the Association for Public Art (formally the Fairmount Park Art Association). She tweets, posts, and Instagrams about Philadelphia’s preeminent collection of public art. Trained as an architect, she is also currently working as an Architectural Intern for Loomis McAfee Architects. In her free time, she is a long distance cyclist and is in the process of writing a food guide for cyclists on tour based on her cross country journey completed in August 2011.
Hey y’all! Today I am going to share with you some simple and fun ways to create your very own Christmas ornaments. Kev and I have invited our families to Philadelphia for the Holidays this year! We realized after purchasing our Christmas tree that we had zero ornaments. So, instead of buying a bunch of brand new fancy ornaments, we decided to make our own. We did some really simple and fun things that resulted in an array of unique decorative pieces for the tree.
First, we purchased a bunch of cheap glass ornaments (like $1.99 for a pack of six cheap). We also bought ribbon and lace. I went to Jomar to purchase all of my supplies because they have a great selection of fabric for an affordable price as well as other craft supplies, but you could go to any craft store.
My friend also gave me some feathers that she had purchased from KIMONOS Feathers on Etsy. They have a great selection of colors, and they ship quickly.
All I did here was glue feathers all over the ornaments. I put short feathers of a different color on top of the long feathers to give them a more dynamic look.
We had a lot of fun with the lace, but you can use any type of fabric. First, cut out a large piece of the fabric and wrapped it around the glass ball. Then, wrap a rubber band around the top to hold the fabric around the ball. After the fabric is secured, glue ribbon, feathers, or more fabric around the top to hide the rubber band.

We didn’t want to waste anything, so we placed fabric and ribbon scraps inside some of the ornaments. We also used paint pens to do some decorating, and used more lace scraps and glued them around a wire ball that we had.

We complimented the three dimensional ornaments with some two dimensional ones. We cut circles out of a book of fabric samples and glued a hook to them. Thanks to our friend Gus for the brilliant and simple idea as well as lending us the fabric!

We also bought a few candy canes and there you have it folks — our very own Christmas tree filled with home made ornaments and holiday fun. Please take note of the awesome star. Kev had some fun with paper-mâché.
- Cait

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