Christmas Ornament Ideas
Six HGTV.com users share their crafty ideas and tips for creating handmade Christmas ornaments.
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Created by Penny A. Talley
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Penny makes her Light Bulb Ornaments from burned-out light bulbs, basic craft supplies (such as: craft paint, ribbon and fabric) and a bit of imagination. She recommends that you begin by cleaning the light bulb with rubbing alcohol to aid the craft paint's adhesion. Next paint the design onto the light bulb. To ensure an opaque finish, several coats of paint may be necessary. Use card stock or oven-bake clay to create the feet, nose and fins. Make the stocking cap from a bit of knit fabric, such as a brightly colored old sock or t-shirt. Finish your ornament by hot-gluing a string of mini Christmas lights or tiny presents to the penguin's fins and adding a ribbon for hanging. A great holiday craft project for kids of all ages, these whimsical ornaments would make inexpensive, earth-friendly gifts for neighbors or teachers.