Every year, I try to make a few new ornaments for our Christmas tree. This year, I got on kind of an ornament making-spree, making several for my family and many ornament gifts.
In late November, the kids and I were making salt dough ornaments, and I cut out some of these cute little owls.
All you need for the owl body is a large and small circle cookie cutter - use the large circle for the body, and the small cutter to take a scallop off the top for the ears, and to make impressions for the wings (don't cut all the way through). For the polka dot chest, I used a capri sun drink straw, the flower eyes were a little fondant cutter, and the beak was made with just the tip of a butter knife. Slap on a little paint and a lot of glitter, and you have a fun little ornament.
For an ornament exchange at church, I made a few of these book page ornaments. I'm not great at photographing glitter, but it is a sparkly little number ... though not quite as pretty as the inspiration ornaments I was trying to emulate (these gorgeous balls made with vintage papers posted at Flea Market Style blog).
I used a really lovely free printable from That's Happy blog to make many sets of chickadee and cardinal bird ornaments.
After printing the birds onto watercolor paper (which is sturdy and has a nice texture), I mod podged them onto sheets of cork board to give them a little extra support. Then I glittered all the white sections. These were really simple to make, and probably my favorite ornaments this year.
Lastly, I made a set of peg people doll ornaments for my husband's ornament exchange at work. This was 100% Jared's idea. He likes the peg people I made last Christmas, and wanted to make some of a few of the partners at his law firm. It was fun to work on a project with him, because he typically does not get involved with the craft stuff around here.
These guys were a hit at the office, and now there is talk about making a peg ornament for each lawyer and staff member. Hmm, I better get started for next year!
Well, that's it - my homemade ornaments for 2012. Have you made ornaments this year? Are you still working on Christmas presents? I still have a long list of gifts to make, so it's going to be a busy week!