Friday, November 9, 2012

Crafty Christmas: Tree Light Ornaments

Christmas Countdown: Christmas is 6 weeks away!

In case you haven't yet noticed, one of my favorite gifts to give is anything involving felt and anything Christmas-y {particularly anything that can hang on a Christmas tree!}. Put the two together, and I'm in craftiness heaven.

These ornaments are super cute and mostly easy, though they do take time:

Here's what you need to make this project:
  • Felt scraps in desired colors {I chose yellow, purple, orange, blue and red}
  • Felt scrap in green {or you could do the top part of the bulb in another color}
  • Ribbon in desired color
  • Threads to match each ornament
  • Needle
  • Templates
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fiberfill
Felt is extremely economical. The cost for this project is minimal if you have to buy all the materials. I would guess that you would spend about $15 out of pocket and you would have enough materials to make at least eight sets of five ornaments. That works out to about $2 per gift.

Here's how to make this project:
  1. Draw a template for the bulb part of the ornament. Mine was about one inch wide at the biggest part and about two inches long, from top to bottom.
  2. Draw a template for the green top of the ornament. Use the bulb template to decide the dimensions for this template. You want the green bit to completely cover the color bit from side to side.
  3. Pin the bulb template to your first color choice and cut out all the bulb pieces you will need. And here's a handy tip for you: don't cut 16 separate pieces of orange if you're making eight sets. Instead, fold over the felt so you can cut a pair at the same time.
  4. Repeat the bulb template process until you have all the pieces you need of each color.
  5. Pin the green top template to green felt {or another color if you chose a different color for the top piece}. Cut out all the green pieces you need. Folding over the felt to cut a pair at one time was not easy for me, so I just cut out all the green pieces individually.
  6. Store all the pieces together in a container so you don't lose them.
  7. Thread your needle with the color of the first bulbs you're going to sew. Pin the two pieces of felt together for the bulb and start sewing. You can use any stitch you'd like.
  8. After you've sewn it all except for an opening, stuff the bulb with fiberfill. You may need a blunt object in which to thoroughly and completely stuff the bulb. I prefer using a knitting needle for this.
  9. Sew the opening closed; set the bulb aside.
  10. Repeat this process with all of the bulbs.
  11. This is where it got a bit tricky for me, and my lovely husband, Jason, who has a ton of sewing experience stepped in and really helped me. I'm not very good at sewing things together, unless there are pins holding the two pieces together. The green tops are small, and a pin was not working to hold them together. I would suggest trying a pin first to see if you can get it to work. If not, no worries. My husband is available.
  12. Just kidding. He's really not! Haha. Okay, so if the pin idea doesn't work out, no worries. You can do a variety of things to get this part done. I personally suggest sewing each one on the bulb bit, just at the the bottom, sewing the ribbon directly on the bulb, then sewing all the pieces together, like shown in the picture. You can see the stitches that are going across, in the middle, at the top. This makes the top extremely secure, which is never a bad thing. But play around with this if pins aren't working for you to find the most comfortable way to do this.
  13. Repeat sewing on the green bits and ribbon for all of the bulbs.
This is more of a time-consuming project, but honestly, I had so much fun making these. The time was beyond worth it. I made a few sets and of course, I made one for our tree.

Happy crafting!

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