PB2361442 Christmas Ornament Exchange

Since becoming a “big girl,” I have bought a Christmas tree once and it happened about a week ago.

I’m all for Christmas – holiday scented candles burn throughout the year in Chateau Madalynne and holiday tunes, including N’SYNC, start playing on June 1st. By this time every year, I’m a full-fledged bundle of holiday everything, except décor, and it’s because I’m still a youngster (twenty-five-years-old) and the memories of Christmas before I moved out of the home I grew up in are still fresh. I hesitate to decorate because I don’t want to tamper with those memories. In a sense, if I don’t decorate, I’m still living at home. I’m still a child. Kind of.

I received an email about a month ago from Kelli of True Bias inviting me to join an ornament exchange. After reading the email, my mind instantly recited the Toys R’ Us jingle – “I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R’ Us kid…”  but looking at the roster of participants and considering my age, I decided to give it a go. So, over the past month, Sonja, Mika, Suzanne, Miranda, Megan, Jen, Dixie, Lizz, Kelli, and I have been secretly crafting holiday ornaments for each other. Today, I show you how I made my ornaments, tomorrow, I will send each one of my ornaments to its new home, and in a couple of weeks, I will post a recap with photos of my tree with everyone’s ornaments in it. Tis’ the season for giving!

Kelli… thank you for putting together a wonderful collaboration.I’m glad you pushed me to grow up, although I’m still am and always will be a Toys R’ Us kid!

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YARN: The yarn I used was yarn that was being thrown away from the knitting room at work but here, here, and here are great places to find yarn

TWINE: I used this cotton twine but this Sisal twine and this Jute twine are other options

PINS: I used these pins but these holiday sewing pins are another cute option

RUBBER CEMENT: I used Elmer’s rubber cement but spray adhesive is another option

ORNAMENTS: Simple, clear, glass ornaments are the best option
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STEP 1: Coat ornaments with rubber cement. It is recommended BUT NOT NECESSARY to roughen the surface with sand  paper as it will help the glue absorb to the glass

STEP 2: Start wrapping yarn around ornaments in a circular motion so that all areas are covered EVENLY

STEP 3: Wrap some more

STEP 4: When no glass is VISIBLE, wrap the yarn around the shaft of the ornament once or twice

STEP 5: Remove tab at top of ornament and insert yarn into the opening, making sure the yarn is pulled tightly into the opening

STEP 6: Put tab back on to close opening

STEP 7: (not shown): Use cotton twine to make an ornament hook. Ornament hook length is approximately 2″-3″ and is tied in a bow to secure (see picture above)

PB246193 Christmas Ornament Exchange

Relating to this post, Kollabora is hosting a handmade holiday contest called “Put A Bow On It.” I’ve been hesitant to dive into Pinterest but this contest created the good opportunity to become addicted to the world of pinning. So, I created a board with fun DIY holiday gift ideas that I would make as gifts this holiday season, including the ornaments above. I’ve also created other boards so that my Pinterest page doesn’t look too meager. Check it out. Maybe you want to join the Kollabora contest too? Two hundred and fifty dollars worth of Kollabora goodies would be just as good as – maybe better – than what Santa will bring me this year. I know it!