Day 280: Acorn Ornament

Part of my December Adventivities.
This was one of the ornament crafts that I found on Pinterest and altered. Many of the acorn cap balk ornaments were a little more fancy than mine. It took some time to complete, so I would only make this again if I wanted to do some crafty gifts.

I was picky, which means this craft took a lot more time than it should have. I finally found some foam balls that appeased my expectations. They were white, of course, so I first painted them with a deep brown and allowed them to completely dry.

Next, I prepped my tools. I heated the hot glue gun, made sure all my caps were clean, and cut an appropriate length ribbon.

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I can’t give you an exact length for ribbon everyone likes their ornaments to hang just right on their tree. I took deep brown ribbon. I think the ribbon was either a half inch or 3/4 inch width.

I recommend taking both ends, overlapping and gluing them to the bottom of the ball. Glue little by little up the side of the ball and mash the ribbon flat. This will enable you to glue the caps down flat on top of the ribbon. Once you glue the ribbon you should have a loop left over for hanging.

After your ribbon is glued down, you can begin gluing on the acorn caps. Start by putting one at the bottom so it hides your ribbon overlap. From there, just do what feels right. I packed my acorns pretty tightly but perhaps you want a little brown paint to show through.

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I also added little silver bells in periodic places. If you do this as well, be careful how much hot glue you stick it to. One of my bells doesn’t ring because I buried it in glue. They should have a nice tinkling sound not a dull sound.

Even though I burned my finger tips a bunch this was really fun to make! I might make some as gifts for next year if I get started early enough.

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Day 267: Bacon Ornament

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Kit and I have accidently started a Christmas tradition where we get a new unique ornament every year–mostly if we go somewhere special. We started it on our first vacation together to Florida. It’s a good plan because we had zero ornaments when we got together.

This year we decided to save a little cash and make some crafty ornaments. It was so much fun! We found directions for making these felt bacon ornaments on Pinterest and I really simplified them.

I only did a single layer instead of sewing them back to back and I didn’t sew anything. I used hot glue to piece the white, red felt and brown ribbon.

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We also didn’t print off the patterns. We just measured and eyeballed a lot. They look sweet and homemade. We gave a few of our bacon army away at Christmas and I hope they enjoy them.

Part of my December Adventivities.