Home Made Ornaments~Old Fashioned and Inexpensive

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I like to give gifts and I like to make “stuff”.  I wanted to combine both and make something inexpensive yet giveable.  These ornaments are very easy and very inexpensive.  I bought styrofoam balls {3″}, two in a package at the Dollar Store and printed out a simple, colorful, Christmas holly pattern. 

I then folded the paper in half lengthwise and cut away.  Next, using Mod Podge, I glued the paper to the styrofoam ball cutting notches at 1/4 inch intervals at the top and bottom and then adhering those areas gluing tightly.  The end result will NOT be smooth, but that is okay because we are going for an old-fashioned look.   Once the paper has been adhered fully to the styrofoam ball, I then brushed Mod Podge all over the ornament to seal the paper and give it a nice finish.  I used a matte finish for this project.

I did one half of the ornament at a time so that I could dry them and then turn over and do the other side.  I found placing the ornament across the top of a washed out jar was helpful.  Once totally dry, I added some ribbon and a button.  If the paper did not meet at the bottom you can glue a button there as well to give your ornament a finished look.  I also made some quick tags to hang on the ornaments and will personalize these when I decide who the recipients will be.  Rustic Christmas hugs, mb.

I posted this link over at The Inspired Room.  There are so many wonderful links over there right now…oh my!  So many links…I wish I could just browse all day…lots of great ideas for the Holidays!

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  1. What a fun ( & do-able!) idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Jinx´s last blog post..North Pole Memories

  2. That’s a fun idea. I love simple crafts for Christmas gifts! (Also love the name of your blog!) -Julia :-)

    Julia @ Hooked on Houses´s last blog post..Can You Name That Christmas Movie?

  3. Delightful ornaments!!

    Jan´s last blog post..SNOWMEN…ANGELS & NATIVITY SCENE & MORE!

  4. What a nice idea Mary Beth! These are so pretty and the opportunities are endless! I love ornaments and these are fabulous!

    Jennifer´s last blog post..Old fashioned Christmas

  5. Now that’s an Idea that I think I can handle- great-
    Beautiful ornaments!
    Thanks for sharing

  6. These ornaments are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your step-by-step instructions for making them! ~Arleen

    Arleen´s last blog post..Christmas Fitz & Floyd Collection

  7. I love these ornaments! They are so precious!
    Now that so many years have gone by since my little ones made ornaments, I find myself in tears when I unpack them! Keep up the good work!

    Leila´s last blog post..How do you decorate for Advent?

  8. Very very clever and lovely!~~~XXOO, Beth

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  9. I have a similar ornament I make with fabric that I shared on my blog. I use wire for a hanger and it is a great handle to use while covering the Styrofoam ball.
    I’m having a giveaway ending Monday at midnight. Stop by to enter.

    Elizabeth´s last blog post..Candy Lasses

  10. I came over from Melissa’s linky. This is such a cute idea! I’ll have to try it – I love mod podge and use it all the time. Thanks for the idea!.

    the pleasures of homemaking´s last blog post..A Sparkly Christmas Fireplace Mantel

  11. Great idea!

    xoxo, alli

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  12. I’m always looking for homemade ornament ideas. Thanks for sharing this one!

    amy´s last blog post..Talk About A Successful Boot Camp!

  13. Great idea! So versatile, I bet you could do this with just about any medium! Love this!!!!!

    Jennifer´s last blog post..Super Fast & Easy Chili

  14. Kim @ Up North Mommy says:

    I love those! I’m a sucker for old-fashioned things like this. They’re beautiful.

    Kim @ Up North Mommy´s last blog post..It’s been one year since Kelsey died

  15. I love the vintage look! This would be so fun to do with my girlfriends :)


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