Miss Tracy here, and I would like to personally welcome you to
Day #1 of our 12 Days of Ornaments feature presented by
The Little Blue House!
Over the next 12 days, we will feature a unique hand-made ornament and a full tutorial for you. We hope that you will be inspired to craft along with us and enjoy the new techniques and tips that we will be sharing with you!
You will also have a chance to WIN the featured ornament that day by leaving comments on each blog post and becoming a follower of our blog. Tomorrow, we will post the winner for Day #1's ornament and so on. 12 Winners in all!!!
Introducing Ornament #1...
My Christmas Cork Tree Ornament
Designed by: Tracy Pounds
As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of repurposing "old' items and that's exactly what I did with these recycled wine corks. You can easily recreate these ornaments and we have tons of wine corks and the other supplies that you will need all available at the LBH.
Miss Tracy's "How To":
Ribbon & Tinsel
Ribbon & Tinsel
Decorative Brads or Tacks
Glue Gun, Helmar 450 Tacky Glue
Begin by positioning your wine corks in a pyramid shape.
Hot glue them together.
Trim one cork down using your scissors to create a trunk for your Cork Tree. Hot Glue to the bottom center of your tree.
Here is what it will look like once glued.
I really like the look of the natural corks, but if you would rather have a more traditional tree, you could paint the tree portion green and the trunk a brown or gold.
I wanted to add a little sparkle to my Cork Tree so I cut strips of tinsel (Tim Holtz/Ranger) and glued a small strip to each valley between the corks. I used Helmar 450 for this step.
I also cut some small nips of tinsel and applied a dot of glue in between my corks on the front and back of my cork tree. I tucked the tinsel nips into these areas.
Next, adorn your Cork Tree with decorative brads or tacks. I used my paper piercer to start the hole and then just pushed the brads and tacks right into the corks. Very easy to do!
To create the ribbon topper for your Cork Tree, cut two pieces of ribbon (one 6 in. and one 16in.) and glue the shorter piece onto the top center of your tree.
Take the longer piece of ribbon and create a loop on one end. Glue each loop in place using hot glue or Helmar 450 Tacky Glue.
Continue gluing loops like the picture below...
Glue the tail of the ribbon to the center of the bow to create a hanger. It will look like this when you are through...
Now glue the looped bow to your tree directly on top of the small piece that you glued on previously.
To be sure that the bow stays secure through the years, you could push a decorative tack down through the center of the loop hanger into the top cork. Now all that's left to do is hang it on the tree. These would also be cute as standing decorations too!
I hope you were inspired by my tutorial today and will try making some of these charming ornaments. Don't forget to post your comments for a chance to WIN this ornament! Share with me anything that you may have repurposed over the years into an ornament or other Christmas decoration?? As a child, my brother and I used to make rings out of rolled foil and link them together for garland on our tree...and I still have a cardboard manger ornament made by one of my daughter's many years ago...it's so cute...Baby Jesus is actually a peanut (still in the shell) swaddled in a little scrap of fabric. I'll treasure it forever!!!
Happy Crafting & Merry Christmas!
Miss Tracy :)
Miss Tracy :)
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