When I was growing up my mom used to go to ornament parties where everyone would bring ornaments and a dish (with recipe card) and at the end of the day you had like 20 ornaments and recipes to take home. I participated in a couple of these and have a really big stash of homemade ornaments. This year I decided I wanted to start the tradition of making my nieces an ornament every year. When my friend Amy shared this blog post with me I knew my nieces needed candy filled ornaments :) I found these really cute heart shaped glass ornaments at Michael's that were perfectly sized to go on the top of their Christmas Presents.
However, when I tried to make them using varnish like Little Gray Fox suggested, my ornament turned into this:
Not pretty! I think I didn't wait long enough for it to get tacky enough to add the sprinkles or I used the wrong kind of varnish. Oh well.
So I just filled the suckers up and added hot glue to the top so no little ones would try to pry out the sprinkles and put the caps back on. The ornaments were small enough that they weren't too heavy. I think I'll try the varnish thing again sometime, I have a dream of covering my white tree with candy type ornaments one day.
I have a huge collection of sprinkles to choose from so I ended up with this assortment of ornaments for the girls.
I had a couple of ornaments left and this huge container of yarn ends from my granny a day project (not sure why I'm keeping them, but I am) so I made a couple of yarn ornaments too.
Super easy, fairly inexpensive handmade ornaments! Now my wheels are turning for next year's ornaments.
Do you have a lot of handmade ornaments or do you tend to gravitate towards other types of ornaments. For me, the last two years have been all about the colored balls on a white tree, but next year I think I'll pull out the handmade ones again.