Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Easy Christmas Ornament

I know many of you do not like to rush the seasons but here in Nanaland, it is time to be creative and knocking out Christmas crafts.

I enjoy watching Crafty Girl on You Tube and she shared this easy ornament on her channel. She took a regular canning jar lid, added plaid ribbon, but on a hanger and called it a day. While her ornament was cute it got my creative juices flowing on how to improve upon the original.  This picture is of my dad's barn on a snowy day last year. Kudos to Cousin Scott for another great photograph.

I made these for my sisters and my children. I am taking my sisters their ornaments next weekend as they might like to use this idea for some of their own Christmas crafting. My children do not read my blog so I will just hand these out at Thanksgiving and they will be surprised.  By the way, I always give my children and grandchildren their ornaments when we gather for Thanksgiving at Amelia's home.  Most of them have their trees up the minute the turkey is eaten! Ok, they got that from me...I love my Christmas tree but I wait until after Thanksgiving to get it up.

What you will need...

Canning jar Lids.....better get them now as once canning season is over they are harder to find.
Bronze spray paint
A special picture of your choice
Embellishments of your choosing
Jute for the hanger.

It is pretty self explanatory. you just cut the picture to size and slip it in the ring, add your jute hanger. Push in the lid for the back and add embellishments to your hearts desire. This could be fancy or plain and it is still a cute gift.  I added some rusty jingle bells and some small pine cones and berries from picks I got at The Dollar Tree.  I had the jute on hand. I think the total cost was about $4 for each ornament.

Here is the back

I painted the lids and put Pa's Barn on each one.  I used a pencil to write it is easier than using a paint brush. I dip the pencil in paint and write away.

I must also give props to my friend, Karen, in Chatsworth who does a similar ornament every year for her family when they gather. She has used the large plastic buttons you find at Hobby Lobby. They are located in the craft section at the back. The back comes off and you can slip a picture inside. I am going to use her idea for another ornament and I will try to show it next week.  It is fun to make a gift that has a sentiment behind it.   Happy Crafting.


Phoebes World said...

Crafters know that you have to start early for no apologies needed

I love this idea..and it has inspired me to do a couple myself. The little grey cells are working overtime.. even at 5am.

Thank you for sharing Arlene. Have a wonderful day!

Phoebe x

Cranberry Morning said...

First of all, I'm so disappointed in the news about The Crown coming late in 2019. But maybe Victoria will help. I love those two also. This ornament idea!!! I love it, and will make them for my family. If better get busy, for our family's Thanksgiving is October 13! So you use the lid and the ring, right? This is a great idea. I like our tree up right after Thanksgiving (end of November) too, and have tons of Christmas music to start playing. ☺️☺️

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Great idea and they look so good. I love easy!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a fabulous ornament idea, Arlene! Thank you for sharing it with us. The picture of Pa's Barn is stunning.

Mrs.T said...

Love this, Arlene! I have seen various ornaments made with canning lids and have even linked to some on my Christmas blog. But I think I like yours the best of those I have seen! I will have to give these a try.

Visits With Mary said...

Great ornament, and easy, just the way I like it. Thanks for sharing.

Meg said...

How cute! That’s a great idea, and it would work well for cross stitch, too. Oh, the wheels are turning.... (can you see the smoke coming out of my ears?) I am looking forward to seeing the button ornaments.

Mari said...

That is just adorable! It's even more special because of that photo!

Terri D said...

This is such a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing it, Arlene! I do need to start thinking of some things to make and this one looks fairly easy for a novice like me!

Barbara said...

Wonderful idea! And of course, the canning jar lid is an excellent frame for cross stitch as well. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Arlene, it's been a while since I last visited. I love this idea and you seem so organized that you are already doing your handmade ornaments for your children. I would like to make one too.

Carol said...

That is such a great idea and would be fun to personalize a special occasion that happened over the past year, too! Thanks, Arlene :)