This is actually a project I did last Christmas, before I started my blog, but I love it so much I recreated the process so I could share here. If you are like me (i.e. crazy), then you might find that it is hard to find ornaments in the color scheme you are going for. Not to mention, ornaments themselves can be a little expensive, especially if you only like a few colors out of the humongous multi-color pack. This was my problem last year when I jumped out of my neutral Christmas shell and rolled with a red/black/white theme for the first time. I was able to find a pack of red and black ornaments, but they looked really dark against the green tree. But then I saw this pin and knew I could easily whip these up myself.
So, I ran to Lowes, picked up two 4 foot pieces of 1x2s for like $2.50 each, a roll of jute twine (also around $2.50) and ran home to get started. I cut my pieces into approximately 7 inch sections, which yielded around 7 ornaments per 1×2. I used my table saw, but as I mentioned before, a cheap and basic miter box would work just fine for this project as well.
After my pieces were cut, I drilled a hole at the top of each one using a 7/32 bit for the twine to fit through.
After a quick sanding, I was able to paint each piece. Obviously for my tree I just used some white paint I had on hand, but in recreating this I used a few different mediums to prove that the possibilities are endless. One I stained in English Chestnut by Minwax, some chalkboard paint on another, a sample can of blue paint I had leftover on the third, and the final one I did white like my original ornaments. The longest part of this project is honestly waiting for the paint to dry.
I strung my twine through the hole I made earlier and tied it with a knot. I found it was easier to get the twine through the hole if I put a little piece of tape on the end to help push it through without unraveling.
Then I was able to write my festive words on each one. Again, you could use a variety of items to do this. I used stamps on a couple, chalk on my chalkboard one, and a white marker on the blue one.
Aren’t they cute?
Last year I made a few extra to give as gifts as well. Such an easy idea!
And here are a few of mine on my tree this year. Happy Holidays!