I just snapped off the extra wood (with my crazy-strong muscles) and then used a little sand paper on the edges to smooth it out. Add your favorite ribbon and voila! I was wondering today, if I sanded the tiles down a bit, if I could whitewash them a fun color?? Hmm… Let us know if you try that!
4. Accent Decor Balls: You know those balls that people use in vases or bowls for filler decor? Well, we had a bag of them sitting around and I thought, Hmm… I have like no time left and a whole tree staring me down. Let’s just use those bad boys as ornaments! All I had to do was jab some wire into them and they were done. I only have a picture of one of them, but it yielded about 12 ornaments in 4 different styles. So grab your filler balls and you have insta-ornaments!
5. Sweater Ball Ornaments: Okay Monica, behave. Don’t write anything embarrassing. You’re a grown adult. Please excuse my note-to-self. So, these balls were created just using styrofoam balls from the crate and an old knit sweater. I cut the sweater into strips, wrapped it around the ornament, and tied the top and bottom with twine. I also think it could be fun with some really bold colored sweaters. I might need to try that next year!
So there you have it, my easy-peasy ornaments! And just to set the record straight… I am not a neat person. The picture of my nice and neat supply table was a “Made for TV” display… Here’s what it turned into…
Then, I altered the earrings until nearly unrecognizable and hot-glued the whole thing together. Add some jute twine and that’s it!
2. Jute-Wrapped Ornament: This one is my favorite ornament of all! Although it takes a lot of patience, it really isn’t difficult to do. You also need hands of steel, because trust me, they will get hot glue burns. I found that the easiest way to do this was to start wrapping at the middle of the ornament and wrap the jute around until you get to the top. Then start in the middle and work down the opposite way. Make sure to push the rows together as you go so you don’t see the styrofoam, and use hot glue to secure the jute along the way.
4. Burlap Ornament: I love love love this ornament. It was inspired by the ornaments sold here on Esty. Cut the burlap in strips and hot glue around the styrofoam ball.. I totally didn’t measure the widths, but I figure the messier the better with burlap. And if you don’t want to make your own, go ahead and buy them. No shame in that.
5. Scrapbook Paper Ornament: I used the same method as we used on our decoupaged pumpkin, and it worked great! Cut your scrapbook paper into thin strips (about 1/4 ” thick) and slap a generous amount of modpodge on the back of the strips and wrap them around the ball. Make sure your strips are long enough to go the entire way around the ornament. I also mentioned that I used glossy modpodge for these, and it gave it a really nice sheen- a little bit dresser, if you ask me. Side note: I had a few brown kraft-paper ornaments in my crate that worked a heck of a lot better for this than the styrofoam balls, so use those if you can!