Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Handmade Ornament Ideas: Best Of HH 2011

Thanksgiving is over (phew!) which means that we can finally delve into full-on crazy Christmas prep.  Jesse and I are going to pick and cut down our tree this weekend, I've been able to catch my favorite movie (Home Alone) on TV twice already, and I have the Nutcracker Suite piping through our house whenever we aren't on conference calls.  I know, I know... it's still November.  But where I'm from, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (sorry) and I am looking forward to making our home all cozy and Christmas-y in the upcoming days and weeks.

Last December, I made a handmade ornament a day until Christmas.  There were some highs (below) and lows (I'm looking at you, Moose Ornament) and before we start with 2012 Christmas projects, I wanted to recap my favorites from last year (here are ALL of 2011's ornaments):

CD Ornament
The CD Ornament, above, is a) sparkly and b) repurposed, two selling points in my book.  This one has been showing up on Hardly Housewives Pinterest page all year and I am excited to pull it out again this year for our tree.  Just mind the jagged edges when making your own...

Snowy Truck Ornament
I am still in love with this Snowy Truck Ornament... so country and vintage feeling.

Polar Bear Ornament
This fuzzy, felt Polar Bear Ornament is one of my all time favorites (and not just because Diet Coke tweeted it out to all of their followers).  I still think it's super cute and it was very easy to make (no sewing!).

Wedding Invitation Ornament
Finally, I loved how this Wedding Invite Ornament I made for Jaisa and Charlie turned out.  Last December, I was all, "Oh, I'll send this to Jaisa right away."  In reality, I brought it up to Maine in June when I visited Jaisa & her family.  I was so proud I didn't forget it.  A festive reminder of a very happy day!

I will be back with more handmade ornaments in December, though maybe not one each day this year (I have a lot of other handmade Christmas projects on tap).  Stick with us, put on your favorite Christmas tunes, and stay homey!


  1. I remember I bought some clear ornaments on sale last year to make the invitation ornament after you blogged about it. I can't wait to make it soon......it's just now I have to remember where those darn invites are!! Hope you are having a great week!

    1. Great! Let me know how it turns out! Long time no talk :)


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