Welcome to the 2nd day of the 26-Day Christmas Craft Marathon!!
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This tutorial will show how to make these beautiful nature-inspired ornaments. They're really inexpensive to make, costing under $0.50 each!!
Step 1: GATHER SUPPLIES
- Bass wood strips (wooden skewers, chopsticks or craft sticks would work too!) (on hand)
- Wooden letters (about 10 cents - 60+ letters for $2.50 at Wal-Mart)
- Fake berries (5 cents - 1 bunch for $1 at Dollar Tree)
- Acrylic craft paint- red & gold (on hand - about $1 at Michael's)
- Glitter Glue (on hand or 5 cents - $1 per bottle at Michael's)
- Moss roll or sheet (10 cents - 1 roll/sheet for $1 at Dollar Tree)
- Hemp/jute cord (thin) (2 cents - rolls available at any craft store)
- Hot glue gun and glue (10 cents)
- Tacky Glue (on hand)
- Craft Knife (x-acto knife)
Step 2: PREP WOOD PIECES
Place them on the wooden strips as you want them to appear when finished.
Mark the wooden strip where you need to cut them.
Using an craft knife, cut the wood where you marked.
Sand all sides and edges of your wooden strips.
Sand or trim any areas on your letters that may need it.
Step 3: PAINT WOODEN PIECES
Paint a bright red on just the top of your letters.
If your paint goes on the sides, it's okay, because you'll cover it up next.
Paint a nice shiny gold on the sides and edges of your letters.
It can be a bit messy, but try to keep it neat.
Sponge a darker red on the top, while trying not to get paint on the edges.
Glitter and Wooden Strips
Add a thin layer of glitter glue to the top of the letters.
Paint on side of your wooden strips the same gold color as you used on your letters.
Paint all 4 sides of the strips too.
Step 4: ADD MOSS & HANGER
Cut long strips of moss that are a little wider than your strips of wood.
Cut those strips to be a little longer than your wooden strips.
Remove Plastic Webbing from the back of the moss.
Note: If the moss breaks into smaller pieces, it's okay, you'll never notice it in the end.
Step 5: ADD HANGER
Determine where you want your hanger to go and cut the hemp/jute to size.
Using the tacky glue, attach the cord to the unpainted side of the wooden strip.
Note: I used small pieces of toilet paper to cover the glue & cord for extra hold.
Step 6: ADD MOSS & BERRIES
Using hot glue, attach your moss to the unpainted side of your wooden strip.
Glue your berries to the front of the moss towards each side.
Step 7: ADD LETTERS
Glue your letters onto the front of the moss using hot glue.
Step 8: SECURE HANGER
Using hot glue, attach the hemp/jute cord to the back of either the nearest letter or berry.
This will keep the ornament from hanging down in the front.
Thanks for reading!! Until next time...