Sunday, January 2, 2011

Budget Ornaments

This year I wanted to make ornaments to decorate my tree with.  I don't have a ton of $$ lying around for decorations so I needed it to be basically free.
  I got a typewriter this summer and I have been crafting non-stop with it. So of course I wanted to use my typewriter in the making of these ornaments. Side Note: Getting a typewriter was probably one of the best things I've ever done.  It is so easy to use and makes any project, list, label, note, letter... x10 cuter!   
 I also had a large collection of old Christmas stamps laying around (more on that later) that I wanted to use.
To make the paper/stamp ornaments I typed tons of Christmas words onto brown paper bags (free), then cut them into segments and glued them, along with a few stamps, onto the ornaments ($1 at Big Lots).  
For the fabric ornaments I just hot glued small pieces of fabric left over from my quilt onto small plastic ornaments ($3 at Walmart). The ruffly one is the same small plastic ornament and the same small fabric squares but, using a technique I learned in 1st grade, I wrapped the square around the end of a pencil and just hot glued the eraser end to the ornament so the middle of the fabric is glued and the ends of the fabric are standing on end.
The glass ornaments (also purchased at Big Lots for $1) were made by typing the same 3 words in a column, then making a fold under each word and taping the ends together to form a pyramid.  I used a gold spray-paint pen to run around the edges to make it a little more festive.
By Christmas I only finished about 10 so I guess I'll work on them all year and they can be my decorations for next year.


Natalie said...

i love these. love

Martha said...

I LOVE the stamp one! SO SO cute!

Stefani said...

See I told you you were uber-talented! I'm ready to junk my ornaments after this year and start over for next. These are definitely going on my to-do list

Darrell said...

This is rad/a good idea.