Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pintester Movement: Ho Ho Ho Edition!

Yep, The holidays are just around the corner, so Sonja at the The Pintester has challenged us to make a Christmas ornament that we've seen on Pinterest. 
 Find ALL the ornament creations Here.

 I found this super cute felt flower ornament at The Crafted Sparrow.
Unfortunately, none of the pictures are available, so I had to wing it based on the pin picture and the instructions.

3 sheets red felt
2 sheets of green felt (different colors)
Red ribbon
Red beads
Styrofoam ball
Hot glue gun
Unique Stitch or Tacky glue

I used a pint glass ('cuz that's how I roll) to outline circles on my felt.  I was able to get 8 circles per sheet. Then I cut out 24 of them. You may need more or less depending on the size of your circles and how big your Styrofoam ball is.

Cut all those circles into a spiral. 
Just eyeball it.

If you want to avoid a lot of hand cramping and frustration, use sharper scissors than I did.

kinda looks like a sperm...*snort*

Roll the felt, point side in, using the little circle/sperm head thing as the base. Put some glue between the felt roll and the base so it can't unravel.

Make A LOT of them.

The original instructions say to use a hot glue gun for the entire project.
I didn't want to.
I have a love-hate relationship with the glue gun. So I scoured my house looking for a bottle of Tacky Glue, which I know is in this place SOMEWHERE...but I couldn't (and still can't) find it.
I did however, find some Unique Stitch, and felt is in fact a fabric so... there ya go.

Cut a leaf shape out of the lighter green felt.
Use that one as your template and make 3 more.
Glue 2 of them to the dark green felt and cut them out.
Then glue the other 2 light leaves the the other side of the dark leaves you just cut out so you'll have 2 leaves total with a light center on either side.

When I couldn't avoid it anymore, I brought out the glue gun.
Don't get me wrong.
I like hot glue, it's awesome stuff.
I don't love the strings and the fact that I burn myself because I don't pay close enough attention.

My Styrofoam ball had a hole at one end.
So I filled it with hot glue and shoved the ends of the ribbon into it.

Then glued on the leaves and started sticking on the flowers.

I found it helpful to put the ball-o-flowers in a glass to aid in attaching the bottom flowers.

The original ornament had one bead in the center of each flower.
I had red seed beads already (I'm not sure why) which are quite a bit smaller, so I just plopped a little hot glue in the center of each flower while cursing at the glue strings and sprinkled some beads in.

When you're done, step back and revel in your creation.

Tah Dah!

This bad boy is getting shipped to Jodee over at the Cheesblarg for her very first Christmas tree!
I hope it's a biggie because this ornament is Gigantic!

If you don't want a ridiculously large ornament, use a smaller ball and use a smaller glass as your circle template.

So there you have it. My first Christmas Craft of the season.


  1. It's beautiful, and I kinda feel like I am ruining my own surprises by reading all the posts before the ornaments get to me, but, oh well! Thankfully my tree is huge, so I am absolutely sure everything will fit!

    1. Thanks Jodee! When projects are posted for all of the interwebs to see, you kind of can't help but peek right?

  2. Love this - I totally want to make one. Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I was pleased with the results (after I got all the glue off my hands).

  4. That's really really pretty. You are so patient to make all those little roses! LOVE.

    1. Thank you! Honestly, I sat on the floor watching Conan with my husband while I cut them all out.

  5. That turned out really pretty. Excellent work. And it isn't covered in glitter. At least Jodee is getting one ornament that isn't going to glitter bomb her house when she opens the box. (I am probably going to be one of the worst offenders - Sorry Jodee)

    1. Thanks! I was determined not to cover myself in glitter before Thanksgiving. Haha! I haven't gotten a chance to check all the other projects yet, but I'm excited to see all the glittery-goods!

    2. LOL. I deserve whatever glitter tsunami I get, I assure you!

  6. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to 'just eyeball' that spiral cut - I'm impressed!

  7. Awesome use of a glass for circles and for holding ball for gluing flowers. Great idea.

    1. I would've rather had a beer in my glass... but you know, using it as a helpful tool works too ;)

  8. Umm, wow...just wow...I have an image in my head of what it would look like if I tried that and it just isn't pretty so I am totally impressed!

    1. Thanks! I'd love to say it was fun... time consuming is maybe more appropriate :)

  9. I really want this. Totally jealous!

    1. Thanks! It was a bit surprised how cute it was when I was done. :)

  10. Wow that looks great! Of course, I can only think about all of those terrible hot glue strings. They are THE WORST. Nice job combatting them!

  11. Did you end up making one for yourself as well? These are so cute! I am going to pin them, but I doubt I will have the patience to actually do one.

    1. Thanks Julie! I haven't made one for myself yet but I'm considering it. :)