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I love hand made Christmas ornaments. Some of my very favorites are ones that belonged to my Grandmother, they’re not in great shape these days but they’re so precious to me.
This year, I’m participating in the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop.
There are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!
My partner is Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity. She’s all the way up in Canada, and I’m all the way down here in Florida, so our ornaments have a long way to travel. Her Christmas style is Victorian – pinks, golds, silver, copper. She and I have very similar tastes, so that made the ornament I created for her pretty easy to design.
Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts
Victorian Roses Globe Christmas Ornament Tutorial
Clear 4″ globe ornament (I used plastic since it had to travel so far up to Canada, I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t break)
Wood kebab skewer
Glue gun & sticks
Embellishments (lace, ribbon, small fabric rosettes, etc.)
The thing to remember about Victorian style is that it includes a variety of textures and usually a lot of layers, and they liked things to be fancy.
Then, I printed a set of three of the images onto photo paper, and cut them out.
Next, glue the sides of the three circles to each other.
When it’s completely dry (because you don’t want glue on the inside walls of the ornament), curl the edges into each other and insert it into the ornament. This is why photo paper is awesome, because it’s very forgiving and flexible.
To prevent your rose papers from sliding all over the inside of the ornament, cut a skewer to size, and add hot glue to one end. Insert it directly into the middle of the rose papers, and glue it to the bottom center of the ornament.
Now for the real fun, embellishments!
I used a variety of vintage and newer lace, ribbon, and rosettes.
I cut several rosettes and inserted them into the ornament on each side of the paper roses.
Then, I wrapped vintage pink lace trim from top to bottom and hot glued it to the top.
I added a tiny mercury glass bell ornament to the bottom, because you’ll often see dangles from Victorian ornaments.
You could use tassels, beads, crystals, anything pretty.
I finished it off by gluing a lace and pearl trim around the metal top once I reinserted it onto the top of the ornament, and hung it with a wide piece of white lace.
And that’s it!
I can’t wait until Cyn receives it. I hope it will find a special spot in her decor this Christmas.
FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO!
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