Last Minute Christmas Ornaments

I made these easy last minute Christmas ornaments by wrapping styrofoam balls in various materials.

I actually won the styrofoam balls and mesh I used for this first ornament from the  Crafts ‘n Coffee (check out their blog for some great crafting inspiration) in a recent contest they had for the materials to make a Christmas topiary.  While I loved the topiary,  I decided to use the materials in other ways instead.

For this first ornament, I wrapped the ornament in the mesh and held it in place using floral wire and simply wrapped a ribbon (salvaged from gift wrap)  around it and then added the miniature ornaments as a final touch.

ornament

For the second ornament I used some ribbon. I chose a couple different prints, one which I have saved from a gift wrapping, the other which I had got from a clearance bin for 50 cents.  Again, I held the top tight with floral wire, and then tied a scrap piece of gold cord around the top. To hold the ribbon secure on the bottom, I add a dot of glue and a ribbon.

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Super easy AND super quick!

Gift Ribbon Wreath

Gift Ribbon Wreath

Gift Ribbon Wreath

On my quest to use up my crafting stash and make some wreaths I’ve had in mind, I created this Gift Ribbon Wreath. Why do I call it that?  My mother wraps gifts beautifully and often I receive a gift wrapped in such pretty ribbon that I can’t bear to give it up, so it goes into a stash. Sometimes I re-use it to wrap a gift for someone, but more often than not, I’m in too much of a hurry to wrap things as nicely as my mother. So I’ve acquired this stash of Christmas ribbon and what better way to use it up than to make a wreath.

Wreath 1

Here is what I started with

I had lots of gold ribbon for some reason, plus a couple of partial spools of ribbon that I don’t even know where it came from! Since I had so much gold ribbon, I just wrapped it around and around the wreath.  When one piece ended, I grabbed another piece and kept wrapping. I ended up with a couple of layers of gold, which fully covered the green foam of the wreath.   I saved the longest piece for last, and was able to go all around the wreath one more time with that piece.   The burgundy ribbon I saved for last and used that as an accent color.  I glued the final end of ribbon and held it in place with a tack while it dried.

Gift Ribbon Wreath

My bow was a bit crinkled, so I undid the bow and flattened the ribbon the best I could and re-made the bow using my last piece of gold ribbon to tie the bow off and tie it to the wreath.  The gold ribbon has a mesh-like texture and wanted to naturally curl after being wrapped on a spool. I enhanced the curl by wrapping the ribbon tightly around a cardboard roll (a paper towel or toilet paper roll will work) and letting it stay that way for a while.

Voila!  One more item made from my existing craft stash and zero money spent!

Handmade Gifts for the Soldier in Your Life

I previously mentioned wanting to make more wreaths, and here is one!  While searching for supplies for the deer hunter wreath I made, I had bought a package from Walmart that contained 2 bandanas.  The camo was the digital print, it didn’t mix well with the traditional camo, and was really more suited to soldiers since this is the style the where.  So in honor of anyone who had served in the military,  here is what I made.

I started with the wreath and had enough left over to make all of these other items.  To make all this you will need:

2- Bandanas in Digital Camo (available at Walmart)

1- 14″ floral foam wreath

1 foam ball

1 wooden picture frame

1 foam cone

Craft Glue (I recommend Tacky Glue)

1/2″ long pins (for tree)

Double-sided tape (optional)

Button or other item for tree topper

To make the wreath, I simply cut my bandanas into strips about 1 1/2″ wide. But first I cut the hem off all the way around the bandanas.  It’s the hem  pieces that I used to make the bow.  I wrapped the strips around the wreath and used double-sided tape to help hold it in place, then glued the final end, glued my bow on, and used one last piece of the hem to make a hanger.  You can see that the bandanas came in 2 different shades, so I alternated the strips between the 2 shades.

I made the ornament by gluing strips around the ball until it was fully covered.

The picture frame was one I bought at Michael’s a while back for just a dollar. It has a cardboard backing that can me removed and I just wrapped it in the same manner I did the wreath.  The corners were a bit tricky to get just right, so I had to fiddle with those a bit.

Lastly, the tree was inspired by a really neat tree I saw on Pinterest that was made from ribbon.  I cut the strips of camo into shorter strips, folded these shorter strips in half and pinned them into the cone using glue for extra adhesion. I just worked my way around and up the cone in this manner. And my star tree topper is from my button stash.

Any or all of these would make great and unique gifts for someone who has or is serving in the military. Or you could choose different bandanas, fabric or even ribbon.   And they are kids friendly crafts and inexpensive to make.  I actually had all of this in my stash (which I previously vowed to use up), so I didn’t have to make a trip out to buy any supplies!

Roll of the Dice

We were doing some cleaning some boxes out of the basement and I came across two giant cubes of styrofoam (I don’t even recall what they were from–probably some packing material from an over-sized item) and I wondered what I could do with them. Well, my boyfriend jokingly said I should make a giant pair of dice.  I took the challenge!  This was one of those projects that I made for the pure and absolute fun of it.  All I needed was some white fur material, Tacky Glue, some black felt, a wooden skewer, a sturdy piece of string, and a good pair of scissors. I coated the blocks evenly in Tacky glue and neatly covered them up in the fur. I cut a long rectangular piece of the fur  to the width of the block and long enough to wrap around 4 sides, then I cut squares to cover the final two sides.  Next I cut out the black circles from the black felt and glued them on using real dice as a guide.   I wanted to hang them, so needed to attach a string.  To ensure the string to hang them didn’t come out, I tied it tightly around half a wooden skewer and put the skewer, pointed end in, into the center of the dice. I put some glue in and around the whole made by the skewer.  Voila!  A giant set of dice.