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How to Make

Christmas Ornaments


 














How To Make Country Christmas Ornaments
Rachel Paxton


If you are looking for a fun Christmas craft or a quick gift
idea, these homemade country Christmas ornaments are very easy
and inexpensive to make. You probably already have most of what
you need to make them.

These ornaments can be made from scrap fabric you already have
on hand. They are called "country ornaments" because of their
homemade, handspun look. They look best when made from leftover
quilting scraps. I decided to recycle some fabric from my boys'
crib sheet that was ripped and ready to be thrown away. I
thought it would make a great keepsake for family members to
use the fabric from the sheet to make the Christmas ornaments,
as well as a great way to recycle the fabric.

Here are the supplies you will need:

3" styrofoam balls
Scrap fabric
Scissors
Craft glue
Small paintbrush

You will only need four or five strips of fabric to cover each
ball. Cut a strip of fabric approximately 1 1/2 inches wide and
long enough to wrap completely around the styrofoam ball. Cut
five of these strips. Cut one extra strip a little bit narrower
to use for the ornament hanger.

Spread out a piece of newspaper to work on and use the paint
brush to paint craft glue on the back of a strip of fabric.
Make sure to liberally cover the fabric so that it will
completely adhere to the styrofoam.

Wrap the strip of fabric around the styrofoam ball and hold it
there for a couple of seconds until the glue begins to dry.
Glue on the other strips the same way until the ball is
covered. When gluing the last strip on, thread the piece you
are going to use for the hanger under the strip on one end
before you press that last piece down (see photo). Tie the ends
of the hanger together.

Press down all the strips of fabric to smooth out any gaps in
the fabric. Use the paintbrush to add glue to any spots you
missed.

That's it! An easy Christmas craft project you can make in less
than an hour. Make a few to add to the top of your Christmas
packages this year to give them some "country" appeal.

Photos of finished ornaments:
http://www.crafty-moms.com/country-christmas-ornament.shtml

About The Author: Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom
who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook
containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more
recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday
hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at
http://www.creativehomemaking.com




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