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November 21st, 2001, 08:17 PM
I'm probably one of the most feeble craft people in the world, but I'd like to make my own ornaments. I was wondering if any one had any ideas so my tree wouldn't end up covered in paper men.:)
Brightest Blessing,

November 21st, 2001, 10:28 PM
actually, this is what I am doing this year...instead of the normal christmas ornaments that my parents have given me over the years, I am going to the wood craft store and buy 2 dozen lemons and oranges...then I'll paint them different shades of yellow and orange and roll them in glitter and use those for ornaments...


If you are fond of oragimi, that can make nice ornaments too...


November 21st, 2001, 10:37 PM
I used to do bead snowflakes for our tree, but that was a long, long time ago.. Usually craft stores have these that come with instructions so you don't get totally lost. (thank goodness
I also have small cross-stitch ornaments somewhere in my basement. :) I don't remember seeing these in a craft store, but they were in a catalogue I do believe.. Although I'm certain a craft store would carry them.
Also for a garland, this year I was going to string popcorn and/or cranberries instead of that metallic store-bought stuff (that my cat likes to eat, btw.. :( )

Yvonne Belisle
November 21st, 2001, 11:25 PM
Try hollowed out eggs or flour dough orniments.

November 22nd, 2001, 12:06 AM
i am ordering mine from the ceramic shop.
they were only about 3.00 with the paints and firing.
i am so excited. i got 20 suns that i will paint in yellows, oranges, reds ,and gold. since it is a celebration of the sun.
and i got 20 teardrop shapes that i'll do in more traditional colors.
but i have to wait we are moving next weekend.

November 22nd, 2001, 12:13 AM
The first tree I ever had in my own apartment I had a paper ring chain and some paper ornaments I made.

Now i have wooden ornaments that I got from a kit and painted with glitter paint. Some beaded ornaments (also from a kit). This year I want to put oranges with cloves on my tree as well as a popcorn/cranberry garland.

The craft stores usually have TONS of ideas. They range from very simple to complex. Good Luck!

November 22nd, 2001, 01:09 AM
OOOOO!!! I posted a recipe somewhere for cinnamon dough. You can cut shapes out of them with a cookie cutter. When they dry, you can paint them & hang them on the tree as ornaments. They smell like cinnamon & make great gifts too!

November 22nd, 2001, 02:31 AM
I really gotta try these cookie dough ornaments... I've heard of people using regular gingerbread cookie dough but I'd be too tempted to eat 'em. :D

Another thing that I forgot to mention was that a couple of my friends last year got a bunch of plain glass ball ornaments and decorated them with glitter and stuff like that.. That'd be another fun thing to do - and would make great gifts as well. :)

November 22nd, 2001, 02:57 AM
Wow you guys these are great, now I've got to figure out which ones to do. Think I'm going to put in a search for those cinnamon cookies. Thanx i was already excited, now that you guys have helped I'm practicly bouncing around the house.
You guys are great!
Brightest Blessing,

November 22nd, 2001, 09:46 AM
Mmmm, you have to try the cinnomon ornies- they smell so good. Try tying them on the tree with raffia instead of hooks, makes it looks so country and natural.

Salt clay makes nice ornies too.

You can get the hollow glass balls from a craft store, roll paints inside of them. Put a few drops inside the hole, roll the paint around, let dry. Add as amny colors as you like. Or you can paint and decorate the outside.

A neat idea would be to have an ornie party- have each friend bring an ornie or make a bunch of them together. That way all of your ornies will have a special memory built in. My favorite part of Christmas is unpacking the ornamants and just remember where I got each on of them. I was a preK teacher and I accumulated lots form my students over the years. :)

Thanks for starting this thread~ I am thinking about making some of my own ornies with my kids this year, with a Pagan twist. This helped give me lots of ideas too.



November 22nd, 2001, 02:02 PM
Chryss! That's a great idea! My sister has a Christmas breakfast each year & all the guests are supposed to bring an handmade ornament. I'm going to try the paint in the glass ball this year!

I found the thread about the dough recipes & bumped it up! :D


November 24th, 2001, 06:12 PM
Another VERY simple idea is to go to the craft store and buy ribbon. Cut it in pieces and tie bows on your tree. One step further is to buy styrofoam balls and fabric that matches your ribbon. Cut the fabric into small pieces and then you lay the fabric on the ball and "poke it in" all around the edges. The styrofoam holds it in place and when you are done it looks like a "quilted ball"!

Good Luck!


November 25th, 2001, 12:54 AM
How about pop corn balls???? My mom did it for us when I was a kid. Make popcorn balls in diffrent colors and wrap them in plastic wrap and tie with a bow and hang. when you want a snack get one off the tree. they look pretty and taste soooo good. :)

November 25th, 2001, 03:39 AM
would look cool and taste great! Easy to take down, CHOMP!

November 25th, 2001, 10:28 AM
When I was student teaching, the teacher had the kids push toothpicks into styrofoam balls. When they were all finished, she sprayed them with theat snow spray stuff. Sorry, no clue as to what it is called. ;) You could proabably coat the tips in glue and then in glitter.

November 26th, 2001, 01:46 PM
Originally posted by chryssi1
When I was student teaching, the teacher had the kids push toothpicks into styrofoam balls. When they were all finished, she sprayed them with theat snow spray stuff. Sorry, no clue as to what it is called. ;) You could proabably coat the tips in glue and then in glitter.

I love that idea. I'll have to do that this weekend with my kids.

November 26th, 2001, 01:48 PM
Does anyone know how to marblelize glass ornaments? I bought some glass balls and paint and tried it but , well, lets say they aren't very pretty. :rolleyes:

November 26th, 2001, 09:04 PM
With the approach of the holiday season, many of us are looking forward to decorating our trees and putting up wreaths and decorations. At this time of year, I am reminded of a question my mother once asked me (very delicately, with considerable hesitation) ..."Are Pagans allowed to have Christmas trees and wreaths and presents and things like that?" I laughed, and said, "Mom, who do you think invented most of those customs? There certainly weren’t any pine trees in Bethlehem!" Pagans are just as much into decorating for the holiday (Yule, December 21st, the Winter Solstice) as anybody else! And most of the decorations are perfectly acceptable whether you be Pagan or Christian – most of the traditional decorations originate in Northern European pagan traditions anyway. But we could, if we wanted, decorate our homes with wonderful witchy decorations. Even the non-Pagans among us may find some interesting ideas here, so read on!

The Yule Log: A very old English tradition, the Yule log was the first fire kindled at Yule. The old hearth fire was allowed to go out. A log cut from a fallen tree was brought into the house, decorated with evergreens and ribbons, and kindled to symbolize the return of the life-giving sun. A piece of the charred end of the log was kept to use as kindling for the next year’s log. Now, most of us don’t have big fireplaces which are vital to the well-being of our homes any more. A very nice candle holder can be made from an attractive piece of log. Saw one side of the log flat so it won’t roll. Put felt on the flat side to protect your furniture. Drill three 3/4 inch holes, evenly spaced, on the top of the log, and decorate the log as desired with ribbons, pine cones, evergreen branches, and so on. You can put spray adhesive and some glitter on it if you want. Put candles in the holes, and voila! At 12:21 a.m. on December 21 (or on Christmas Eve, or at any holiday party you’re hosting), light the candles and ring bells and cheer. Save at least one candle stub along with the holder to use to light next year’s Yule candles.

Yule Tree Decorations: Here are some ideas for things you can put in your tree.

Garland your tree with fake ivy from the craft store. The kind with variegated leaves (white stripes on green) looks very nice. Tie sprigs of holly and mistletoe (real or fake; remember that real mistletoe is poisonous, so if you have cats or toddlers around the house, use the fake stuff) into the tree with red or white bows.

In November, the craft stores usually have lots of those little decorative brooms (a couple of inches long) left over from Halloween. Or you could collect sticks and dried grass or raffia and make your own little brooms. Then decorate them with ribbon, holly berries, glitter, or whatever you like. Glue a loop of gold or silver cord to the top of the handle, and hang them from your tree.

Get grapevine and soak it until pliable. Bend it into little circles, tie it with thread, and let it dry. Then use twigs or more grapevine and a hot glue gun to make either pentagrams or sun crosses (equal-armed crosses) in the circle. Decorate with ribbons, add a cord loop, and hang on tree. (If you are grape-vine challenged, you could use colored pipe cleaners for this.)

Get a bunch of nuts (a bag of mixed nuts from the supermarket will do). Spray paint them gold (or silver, if it fits better with your tree motif). Spray with an acrylic coat to protect the paint if you desire. Glue a cord loop to the top. Glue little silk flowers or holly or bows to the top of the nut to hide where you glued the loop on. You can do the same with plastic fruits from the craft store.

You know those little counted cross-stitch kits to make decorations in a hoop with a little fabric ruffle? Some of those have perfectly acceptable Yule motifs such as wreaths, trees, candles, and so on. Santa is, of course, descended from the Norse God Odin, and the English Father Christmas is a wonderful Yule symbol. You can make up other designs or crib them from the net, or look in those books of simple designs that they have at the craft store, you should be able to find symbols like cats and cauldrons and suns and moons. It will take about 1 evening to make 1 of these, so start early if you want a bunch of them on your tree!

Crystals! What would a Pagan Yule tree be without crystals? You can get little spiral wire cages to put them in, or make wire wraps if you’re into that craft (and they make wonderful colored wires to complement your crystal colors).

Birds! Craft stores often carry those little fake birds, some with real feathers. Decorate your tree with a flock of birds. This looks especially nice if you’re using nuts and ivy and popcorn/cranberry garlands and other “natural” type decorations. It looks like they swooped into your house to eat the yummy foods on your tree.

Do you remember making God's Eyes when you were little? Take two sticks and tie them together at right angles. Then you wrap them with yarn or ribbon or colored cord, making a diamond-shaped pattern. Glue a cord at one point to hang. If you want little ones, use toothpicks and embroidery thread.

Take polymer clay and make ornaments. You can mold it into little gods and goddesses. Get a package of eye pins (blunt pin shafts with a loop) and stick them into the tops of the ornaments before baking. You can paint these ornaments or leave them whatever color clay you used. Terracotta is nice because it gives the feel of those little ancient votive figures like the Venus of Willendorf. You can also make long snakes of clay and make pentacles or sun crosses. Or roll the clay out between two sheets of wax paper and use cookie cutters to make shapes which you can then decorate with other colors of clay. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament for a string. If you didn’t decorate with colored clay, you can paint them after they’ve been baked. (Don’t use the cookie cutters again for real food after they’ve been used for clay. Get some inexpensive ones just for this purpose.)

I think I’ve gone on quite enough here. Have fun, y'all!

November 26th, 2001, 09:22 PM
For marbelized glass ornaments:
Remove hanger. Squeeze small amount of color into ball so it runs down side. Rotate ball and repeat until you've added 4 lines of the first color of paint with only a dime size amount pooling at the bottom.

Add next color along side the first color. Repeat using one or two more colors.

Rest ball on side five minutes. Rotate and tilt a quarter turn every 5 to 10 minutes until paint covers entire inside. Pour out excess paint.

Continue to rotate it every few hours over the next day to help paint coat evenly (and create great swirling patterns!).

Replace cap and decorate with a ribbon to hang with!

I took that out of a pamphlet from Michael's. I used those directions and have some beautiful ornaments. I used silver, blue, gold, red, hunter green and pearl.

When I emptied the ornaments I saved the paint and reused it on my spherical paper mache ornaments.

Have fun! :)