I love handmade ornaments, the good, the bad, and well…even the ugly. Unfortunately my oldest doesn’t feel the same so last year in an attempt to please both my goal of a handmade Christmas and his request for a ‘pretty’ tree, I started the first No Ugly Ornament Challenge. Every day during the month of November I tackled a new ornament and while they weren’t all pretty they did bring the family together and got everyone in the creative holiday spirit.
Last year it was a one man show but this time around I’ve recruited a host of crafty bloggers who’ll be visiting and sharing their own ornaments all month long. I hope you have a chance to stop by and in the meantime here’s a quick little ornament I’ve come up with on my own.
- wooden spools
- glue (white glue and a glue stick)
Start off by making mini lists. If you’re particularly good at writing really small by all means, go for it. My handwriting is barely legible so I opted to print my lists. All you need to do is measure your spool, adjust your font size accordingly, print at the bottom of your page, and cut the paper into strips long enough to wrap around the spool with the list hanging off.
Once your lists are made, distress them by running the edges along a stamping pad.
Now it’s time to roll. Secure the end with a little white glue and start winding it up.
When you get close to your list, using a glue stick, put a little dab down to hold it all in place.
Thread a bit of twine through the spool, tie it off, and that’s it!
I hope you like these ornaments as much as I do and if your husband tells you they look like miniature toilet paper rolls…ignore him. For more ornament inspiration be sure to stop by My Very Educated Mother this month or you can keep up with the No Ugly Ornament Series via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.