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Crafting for the Holidays: Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite ways to mark the beginning of the Christmas season is to decorate my Christmas tree! While store-bought ornaments can be beautiful and make for a very polished tree, I love hand made ornaments the best. Making ornaments is a fun family activity, and can be a way to make some nice personalized ornaments for gifts.

Every year I make a variety of ornaments. My favorite style is to repurpose old wood (ie fallen tree branches) to make discs to paint. I’ve done this for several years. I tend to use whatever type of wood I have access to, my absolute favorite is when I can get some cedar! My dad had a huge old cedar tree fall in his yard, so I have him to cut me some slices for ornaments. Its such a rich beautiful color, and smells so good!

I also LOVE snowmen, so I’ve focused the art on my wood ornaments on portraying snowmen in a variety of scenes or multi-piece snowmen. I wood burn a design, then paint it with acrylic paint, and finally seal the ornaments. They have such a cute rustic look that I love!

Another fun way to make ornaments is using light weight wooden discs. You can add scrapbook paper to the discs, photographs, stickers, or painted designs. I’ve made a couple different types of wooden disc ornaments. The first set I made using printed images of my favorite band. I print the images or art work in a size that fits the disc, then cut it out and attache with Mod Podge. Finally I add a clear coat on top to seal it. Ornaments like this can be personalized with a favorite artist, tv show, or even printed family photos.

Photo Ornaments

Ornaments with pretty scrapbook paper backgrounds are great to personalize with a name or monogram. These make a nice gift that can fit in a greeting card, or be used as a gift tag!

Monogram Ornaments

The newest ornament design I’m doing this year is a chalkboard art style ornament. It’s got a simple black chalkboard background with a name or monogram and a simple decoration. These are cute and classic looking. I think they will make GREAT teacher gifts!

Chalk Board Style Ornaments

Shop for these ornaments and more at my Etsy Shop

If you are interested in a custom item, I’d love to hear from you!


Clique Art Giveaway!

I’m feeling sad that the Bandito Tour is over and I don’t have anymore shows to look forward to, so I’m gonna do a Clique Art giveaway in July!

To enter, follow @RockStarTchr and @sarahlallred on Twitter and retweet the post. To gain additional entries for the Grand Prize, enter each of the smaller weekly giveaways as well.

There will be one winner each week of the items listed below and the final week one grand prize winner will be selected from all the entries. You may enter to win once for the grand prize and then once for each weekly giveaway. Open to US and International. I will pay for shipping.

Good luck! I’m excited to share some of my art with my Frens!!!

Grand Prize Announced July 31

Week 1 Giveaway

Week 2 Giveaway

Week 3 Giveaway

Week 4 Giveaway