Christmas Ornament Ideas
Six HGTV.com users share their crafty ideas and tips for creating handmade Christmas ornaments.
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Created by Beverley Edens
To make her Santa People ornaments, Beverley begins by sketching a human-shaped pattern. She traces this onto five-inch squares of 1/8-inch pine. Using a jigsaw, she cuts out the shapes and paints the entire front of the form flesh tone; the back of the form gets a coat of black paint. If you're giving these as a gift, a great idea is to write a short holiday message and the year on the back of each ornament with a metallic paint pen. If it will be a Santa ornament, she paints on red pants and black shoes. On Mrs. Claus ornaments, she paints on white socks, black shoes and modest undies. Next she cuts out the faces of friends and family from photos. If you don't want to destroy treasured photos, use color copies or images printed from your computer. Beverley attaches the photographed face to the doll with Mod Podge. To create the Claus' clothing, she cuts the jacket and dress shapes from red felt which she glues on with craft glue. Finally, she adds the embellishments. Mrs. Claus gets white fur around the sleeve and dress hems, a seed pearl necklace and sequins with a seed pearl center for buttons. Santa gets white fur trim on his jacket and collar and small black buttons. Beverley adds a small screw eye for hanging on the tree with ribbon.