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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quick & Easy Holly Ornament

I am cannot even begin to say how sick and tired I am of, well, being sick and tired.  The whole house has been sick since the last time I posted...almost two freakin' months!!!!  Hopefully we will be better before Christmas morning.

Speaking on Christmas (or Yule, or Mother's Night, or whatever you call it), last night my daughter and I made a really quick and easy ornament for our tree.  Many of you already know, but for those that do not, I am obessed with holiday ornaments and Yule trees!  We buy our daughter at least one ornament a year, usually with a special meaning.  For instance, this year's ornament is a picture frame ornament shaped like a bus that commemorates her first day of Kindergarten and has her school picture in it.  It has the year, the school name, and her grade on it.  I even have an heirloom diary that has a picture of each ornament, when she received it, who gave it to her (her Granny gifts them to her as well), and if there is a story behind it that is included as well.

I also buy ornament kits after the holidays on clearance and then have the kids (our daughter and cousins) make an ornament on Thanksgiving each year.  This year was a snowman's top hat.  That is when I learned that off-brand school glue sucks majorly, especially when gluing felt together!  I will use Aleene's Tacky Glue from now on, screw the cost.  The headache is not worth the money saved.

Anyway, now that I have rambled on, if you have gotten this far, here is the instructions for last night's ornament"

Holly Ornament

1 sheet green felt
1 bag red vase filler gem balls
Thin red ribbon
Holly leaf cookie cutter or template
Aleene's Tacky Glue

Using the cookie cutter and Sharpie, trace two holly leaves that overlap slightly at their tips, so you have one piece.  Cut it out.  Turn it over so that any lingering Sharpie marks are on the back and glue three of the red gem balls in an inverted triangle to form the holly berries.  Allow to dry completely (we let it dry overnight).  When dry, turn over and glue a loop of ribbon to back of the ornament for a hanger.  Again, allow to dry.  Hang on the tree when finished!

I plan to make a few more ornaments this week, hopefully, health willing.  I will post directions for them when I finish them.


  1. I like this little ornament so much I am making them to use as gift toppers. Great idea thanks for posting it.

  2. You are very welcome. And I love the idea of gift toppers!