Handmade items are wonderful to give as gifts, tie onto packages, hang on the wall, use on a table and trim a tree. Today I want to show you a round-up of ideas from past posts and a new tutorial for simple and easy ornaments and decorations. These are crafting projects and most will use a glue gun, but all are festive and fun. Just click on the underlined links to see the entire post with instructions. Some of the easiest and fastest ornaments are simple Cookie Cutter Ornaments with buttons or roses glued on.
Cover an angel cookie cutter with white buttons. Small star shaped plastic beads and pearls accent the tree on the left.
Glue red and white buttons onto a red candy cane cookie cutter
Make an angel Ribbon Rose Angel Ornament.
Glue small buttons, ribbon bows and roses, sewing themed items onto inexpensive spools of metallic thread for a wonderful ornament gift for your friends. I will glue a larger button on the bottom too, to add detail and interest when the ornament is hung higher on the tree. I found these metallic thread spools in a bargain bin. The quality is not what I would want to use to sew, but the shine and glimmer works great for an ornament. Quick and easy, these could be a secret pal gift for your local sewing group, or a package tie-on for a sewing or quilting buddy.
But, if you can’t find metallic threads inexpensively, you can make your own. Just gather some glitzy trim and empty spools.
Place some hot glue on the spool, and wrap the trim like it was thread.
Finish them off with small items and buttons.
While you are in the sewing department, pick up some large covered button kits. These are no-sew ornaments!
Using the template, fussy cut a motif.
Center the motif in the bottom of the holder.
Place the curved piece inside, this is the button front. Fold in the excess fabric.
Add the back of the button
Using the little tool included, press the back into place.
Hot glue a hanger on the back.
Add some trim to the edge.
Overlap the ends and glue to the back.
Glue a circle of felt to the back to hide all the raw edges.
All done! You can use an even larger size and your embroidery machine to embroider a Christmas motif, or make Peace, Noel and Joy ornaments. Trim with lace.
I added a row of pearls to these too.
You can see how long ago I had this idea originally, LOL!! 2001!
Small motifs fussy cut from any kind of fabric can go into little frames dressed up with buttons and ribbon.
Since I love to cook, this little fabric motif of cookie mix with a cutter in holiday colors made a cute ornament framed in a hoop with lace, buttons and ribbon added. I have more of these little frames and hoops, so we will revisit this basic idea later in the year.
Of course, you’ll need a Winter Holiday Wreath for the front door or window. This Della Robia style wreath can go up before Thanksgiving and stay up all winter. I’ll be doing more wreath designs closer to the holidays.
Mason Jar Holiday Candles make great decorations and gifts. Place holiday themed items in the bottom and add a flared votive holder. Put the ring back on the top to hold it all together. Thrift stores are wonderful sources of mason jars.
Add a decorative beaded trim to the metal ring to really dress it up. See how at Beaded Mason Jar Decoration.
Make a Christmas Candle Wrapper, similar to the jewelry case, to dress up a purchased candle, adding a holiday touch.
Do you have pine cones at your place? Make a great Pine Cone Hanger! Quick and easy with just a bit of hot glue, you can stop with just one, or add two more for a larger piece suitable for your front door or wall.
You can make a similar sampler Christmas table cover to this one by using 12 blocks 8-inches wide and four blocks 12-inches wide, adding borders to get the size of your table.
Today’s giveaway will have multiple winners, a book from my personal collection! Just comment on this post with which book you would like most for a chance to win!
Entries close on July 24th at noon, winners will be notified by email, and announced on the blog July 25th. Winner has been drawn.
And the blog hop at Confessions of A Fabric Addict will go on for the next 11 days, with a quilt along too. Hop over and follow Sarah to see all the posts. If you are seeing this post first, click on the Sewing Kit to see my tutorial and enter the Aurifil Giveaway!
Thank you to everyone who has commented so far during this event, I am delighted with the response and have read every one. Share the links with your friends as all the drawings will be open for comments until noon on July 24. The sponsors love to see a great response, and I hope you will all continue to enter the drawings every day for the giveaways that appeal to you. Are you getting started on holiday sewing and crafting? Which book would you most like to win? Do you want to do a quilt-along in the fall for a sampler quilt like the one above?