Make Outdoor-Friendly, Upholstered Window Ornaments

Add a pretty play on scale and proportion to your exterior windows during the holidays with oversized, upholstered ornaments. Create wintry shapes of your choice and give your windows some handmade flair.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Wintery Window Dress-Up

Swap out tired window wreaths for something with a more contemporary twist.

Tools + Materials

Here's what you'll need for each ornament: 36x24-inch sheet of cardboard; utility knife; marker; staple gun; staples; 36 inches of 12-gauge wire; 1/2 yard of outdoor fabric; 1/2 yard of batting; 2 yards of cord trim; hot glue gun; hot glue; fabric scissors; decorative ribbon; 1/2-inch-thick sheets of 24x36-inch pressure-treated plywood; jigsaw; 1/2 yard of felt.

Trace Shape to Cardboard

Use a utility knife to cut the cardboard sheet in half down the center. Next, use a marker to trace half of your chosen shape directly onto the cardboard.

Cut Shape From Cardboard

With the cardboard still folded in half with half of the shape traced onto it, use the utility knife to cut a template out, ensuring the knife cuts through both pieces of cardboard.

Trace Template to Plywood

Unfold the cardboard to the full shape of the template. Place it directly on top of the plywood, then trace it with a marker.

Cut Plywood

Use a jigsaw to cut the plywood to size, then hold it next to the template to ensure it resembles the proper shape and scale.

Attach Batting

Cut batting to size, then attach it to the wood by pulling it around the edge and stapling along the back.

Cut Fabric

With fabric facing upside down, cut it to size using the plywood ornament as a guide. Tip: Add an extra 2 inches all the way around to account for proper overlap around the edges.

Cut Flaps

To keep the fabric from looking bunched up along the edges, cut the fabric overhang into triangular flaps. Starting at one end and making your way around, cut flaps with scissors and secure them to the back of the ornament with a staple gun.

Add Wire

Once all triangular flaps are stapled in place, unfurl 36 inches of 12-gauge wire from its spool. Fold the wire in half, then attach it to the back of the ornament in two spots spaced 2 inches apart using a staple gun. This will create a hanger.

Add Ribbon

The wire will be hidden by a strand of decorative ribbon. Unfurl the ribbon from its spool to 36 inches in length, then cut with scissors and fasten to the back of the ornament using a staple gun.

Add Cord Trim

Create a graphic, outlined effect by adding cord trim around the perimeter using a glue gun.

Add Back Cover

To create a finished look along the back of the ornament, cut felt to size in the shape of the ornament, then staple it along the back.

Hang Ornament

Add nails along the window trim, then attach the wire hanger and ensure it's concealed by the decorative ribbon.

Creative Curb Appeal

Showcase your DIY skills by covering every window in these festive beauties. The outdoor-friendly fabric will keep them safe from harsh weather, ensuring you can use them year after year.

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