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Friday, November 23, 2012

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

 My mom has the vintage ornament that belonged to my father with tinsel inside. It's one of my favorites, because it was his. So recreating this type of ornament seemed fitting. Nothing could be easier...
 I do have a crush on anything made with sheet music and vintage book pages...I will admit. These are fun and easy to make, but are very time consuming. I like the outcome, so that's fine. Using a paper cutter, cut thin long strips of any type of paper. While still curled up push into the ornament. Easy.
For these,  I just bought a strip of silver tinsel, and we cut piece off and stuffed them into the clear ornaments. You know where I got these clear ornaments, right? Of course, Goodwill. 99 cents for the box.You can find them in plastic or glass. And, again for these, you can use any type of tinsel garland.
 I love the fact Lucie (my little nine year old elf) can help with these. They are easy and...
 She was pretty proud of them.

 I think they mix in well....
It's been fun changing the theme of our tree. I don't do it often. I usually decorate with old ornaments that have some sentimental value. I have so many cute Hallmark ornaments from the early 80s on. I love getting them out every year. Now we just need a trees!

Here are the results:



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Do you change up the theme of your tree every year?

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28 comments:

  1. Those are so elegant! I used to change up my tree...but the last several years I've kept it the same...guess I like it!

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    1. Thanks, Danni. This is the first time I am completely changing it since we moved back from France over 9 years ago. I like what I already have too. Lucie is excited about the change. She thought our tree was boring. She has been very involved in the change! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  2. Very pretty ornaments! I like using sheet music too! I simply find songs or copies of sheet music online, and print it off and cut it however I want it. I have a hard time cutting up "real" sheet music.

    Thanks for your visit and comment. Your daughter is a cutie! Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I agree. I have a hard time cutting up real vintage sheet music too. I have some special collections I would never cut into. Sometimes cutting up a collectible book, map or sheet music seems a lot like smashing a collectible vase or china. Making copies is idea. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. Hello Karen, your ornaments are beautiful. I think anything that takes some time is well worth it. Love the concept. Making copies sounds like a great idea. Where would someone find vintage sheet music? Thanks for sharing a lovely decoration

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    1. Thanks, Linda! You know, it can be hard to find. I have found some at estate sales, and thrift stores, but it's not always easy. I sell it in my Etsy store, although I need to post more. I found an beautiful French book from the early 1900s once. It was completely falling apart, so I decided to use it. Otherwise it would have been quite collectible, because it's filled with hand sketched drawings on birds. I have tried to make copies myself, but my printer doesn't do the pages justice.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Your ornaments are lovely! I especially love the ones filled with the music strips :)

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    1. Thank you! They were fun to make! A lot easier too as I finally got a paper cutter :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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  5. Tose are beautiful ornaments. So is your little elf. Thanks for stopping by Cozy Blanket and following. I signed up to follow you as well. Loved your bio......right up my alley, hah.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I love your blog and I am looking forward to following you! Thanks for following back and stopping by!

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  6. What a great idea, the ornaments are lovely and doing them with you adorable daughter has to make it even nicer.

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  7. Those are beautiful ornaments! They are going to look lovely on your tree. I've tried to change the theme of my tree, but my kids weren't having it! :) They wanted the same old traditional tree with ornaments collected over the years, ones made in school & Hallmark ornaments. No messing with a good thing, I guess.

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  8. Beautiful! I especially love the ones with the sheet music in them. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  9. Hi, If you like shabby style, you might want to enter my Christmas Giveaway with a shabby white terrarium. Best wishes, Linda
    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas-giveaway.html

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  10. What a beautiful ornaments !! I'm very very happy that you are one of mine followers !!! Thnak you very much

    Roberta
    La Sportina

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  11. These homemade ornaments are the prettiest! I love the sheet music ones. Lucie looks so sweet helping out. These are special times she will always remember. Nel and Jess are making homemade crafts soon. I am going to tell them to check these out and get some ideas. I love the silver and white in all of them. It's so beautiful and perfect for Christmas.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Thank you so much!! I hope Nel and Jess like them. I saw some others recently with Christmas words cut up inside About an inch wide and just over a 1/4" think. Words like mistletoe, Peace, etc. on card-stock. She did a brown paper bag color with pretty brown ribbon. Need to try that too! Nel and Jess might like those too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. OH, LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER TOO!!

    ~Sheri

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  13. I wondered how these ornaments were done. I thought they unscrewed or something. Now I know. Thanks.

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    1. Yes, just pop off the top of the ornament. Very easy! Thanks for stopping by Maggie!! I am going over now to see what beautiful magical thing you have done now!! Love your blog!!

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  14. The ornaments look superb Karen and I really like the ones with the tinsel in them. And that little elf looks proud as punch too! Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicous Friday.

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    1. Thank you so much!! My elf was proud. Because of all our simple plastic ornaments we made she really got to help decorate the tree too (a different story when I use old glass ornaments, etc) Thanks for the fun party! You always have a great bash!!!

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing your ornament idea at Passion Parade. I am featuring you at the party today! Hope you could come by and check it out!

    xo
    Myric

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  16. Your decorations are very beautiful and it glass really helps to reflect the light wonderfully. Great idea and very effective.
    Jillian

    http://puzzlemecomplete.blogspot.com/2012/12/when-they-smile-i-smile.html

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  17. I love these! What a beautiful tree too!

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  18. Your tree was SO amazing! I just featured you on my blog! Thanks so much for linking up to the 'Tis the Season party.

    Angela

    P.S. I'm now following your blog.

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  19. Nice blog! i also plan to diy my Christmas Decorations this year, so your blog is a great help. Thanks for sharing!

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