Taking over one of my Gramma's traditions, each year I like to create a special ornament to give to my family members for Christmas. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but it does need to be handmade. Then every year when these special ornaments are added to the tree, it serves as a reminder that even though we are moving in our own directions and don't get to visit as often as we used to, we still love and think about each other especially during the holidays. Last year I made these Glitter Snowball Ornaments, and everyone really enjoyed them.
After celebrating one of my little cousin's 16th Birthday this past spring, I've been thinking a lot about my grandparents, and how (as much as I wish they could) they aren't going to be around forever. So this year I wanted to make something that was more specific to my memories of them, and a reminder of all those past Christmases when I wasn't so well...Old. As a kid I always loved my grandparents fancy flocked ornaments: santas, teddy bears, stockings, and tiny gingerbread houses all covered with a thin layer of velvety softness, and creating a more modern take on those precious ornaments seemed like the perfect family gift this year.
If you'd like to make a few of your own velvety ornaments this Christmas, you'll be pleasantly surprised just how easy they are to make. Working with flocking powder just like using glitter, and I'm pretty sure most of us mastered that task in elementary school, so this would be a great project to work on with your older kids. Create a few of your own special Christmas ornament memories!
Flocking powder - Ornaments (plastic or glass) - Double sided sticker sheets
Decorative hole punch - Paintbrush - Paper plate or piece of paper to catch leftover powder
Use your hole punch to create a bunch of double sided stickers.
Remove the backing from one side of the stickers and adhere them to your ornament.
Peel off the second layer of backing and sprinkle the sticker with flocking powder.
A straight pin is helpful when trying to remove extra stubborn pieces of backing.
Use your finger to tap the flocking powder firmly into the sticky areas and then brush away any excess with a soft paintbrush.
That's it! You can use different punches to form tons of new patterns, or draw a freehand design and create your own original stickers. If you have a cutting machine, you may even be able to cut far more intricate shapes, but be careful to keep your images small. The larger the sticker, the more likely it will wrinkle when places on the curved surface of the ball. (see the tiny lines on the deer's neck?)
Need more ways to get into the Holiday spirit?
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7) Felt School Picture Ornament
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