This is Rebecca. I "love" lots of things today :). I love these daily posts for December, and I love that we can share all these ideas on the blog this month. My post today goes along with some more holiday loves from me.....I love decorating, and I love trees.....I love the sparkle and the shine.....I love the near constant awareness of home and feeling of coziness.....And oh, how I love ornaments!
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I may have an ornament problem. Crystal would say there's no "may" about it. I am of the mind that a house cannot possibly have too many trees, and a tree cannot possibly have too many ornaments. Two to a branch? Nah, try three!
We don't have a basement, so the first year we lived in our new house we spent our holiday break time erecting heavy duty shelving in our garage, just so we could move all the decorations off the floor to make room for a car. We do store various household things there, but a solid 80% of it houses my holiday decor. Now, to my credit, it has only expanded by one overhead shelf in the 4 years we've lived here. AND, our former house was a lot bigger, so I've started to purge each year, too. But while I can get rid of lots of things, ornaments are generally not negotiable.
Last year we didn't decorate because Junior was a puppy. So I was extra happy to unpack some ornaments this year. We're still a bit scaled back - we just started leaving Junior out of the crate while we're at work during the day - and hopefully we'll be back to full strength decorating for next year.
So, in the spirit of, "one can never have too many ornaments," here are some quick ornaments to make today. Even if you've already decorated, I'm sure you could find some room for one....or 10....or 100 more! All of the ideas here use items you likely have in your scrapbooking stash, namely papers, cardstocks and basic embellishments.
The Die Cuts with a View blog featured homemade ornaments throughout the fall, and there are some great tutorials there in the October 2011 posts.
This one is for a snowflake: http://dcwvinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/snowflake-ornament-tutorial.html
And here's a similar idea on Dawn McVay's blog, in another snowflake shape, with glitter: http://dawnmcvey.typepad.com/these_are_a_few_of_my_fav/2011/10/3-d-snowflake-ornaments.html
Patterns for Mini-houses: http://www.bhg.com/christmas/ornaments/snowy-village-christmas-ornaments/
Paper Star Wreath: Reduce the scale a bit, and I think these would make lovely tree ornaments: http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/12/last-mintue-christmas-decorations-3d.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LittleBirdieSecrets+%28Little+Birdie+Secrets%29
A paper garland - garland can fill in a tree faster than any amount of ornaments: http://rachelsimonsen.typepad.com/rachelsimonsen/2009/11/im-ahead-of-schedual.html
When I saw Glinda's paper pumpkins in November's blog hop (http://razzledscrapper.blogspot.com/), it made me think how nice that idea would work as an ornament. Here's a tutorial for a similar idea, made with
paper strips: http://inkspiredcreations.com/christmas-ornament-tutorial/
And here's something similar, in the shape of a heart: http://www.reesedixon.com/2008/12/paper-ornaments-for-family-traditions-tree.html
Another mini-house pattern. She uses greeting cards, but your stash of pattern paper/cardstock and scraps can work, too: http://christmasnotebook.com/2009/11/11/christmas-card-putz-houses/
Cone starburst rosettes: http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2011/11/t-is-for-tiny.html
Can't forget the popular paper rosettes! Here's a youtube video for how to make them with a scoreboard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ85dJn92gM
This blog has a collection of paper ornament ideas: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2007/12/paper-3-d-holiday-ornament-tutorials.html
And another list of ideas are here: http://freeprintablefun.org/2008/11/free-printable-christmas-ornaments.html
I added all of these ideas to one of my Pinterest boards, https://pinterest.com/rebecca_delo/ornament-tutorials-and-patterns/. If you have anything to add to this board, please let me know. If you send me your email address, I can add you as a contributor, or if you send me the link to an idea, I can add the pin. Either way, I'd love to see the list grow!
Merry Christmas and Happy December Crafting!