Happy New Year! Ok, so I realize it’s January 1st and I’m still posting Christmas projects but these could technically work for winter so I’m going with it. The reality is, I couldn’t post these easy little Handmade Ornaments until after Christmas because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise for my family so I am finally getting around to sharing them!
Almost every Christmas throughout my childhood I made a homemade gift for my grandparents and extended family. Some years I would even start making gifts in the summer time because I was so excited. I think I stopped sometime in Middle School (maybe even high school) and I have since restarted the tradition with my own kiddos. This year, Miss E and I made these little Painted Drop Cloth Ornaments.
One side she painted with a snowflake stencil and the other side I let her freehand. I had to jump in and help with the actual construction, but otherwise these are really fun Handmade Ornaments For Toddlers as they really showcase their true artwork!
– Snowflake Stencils ( I used Silk Screen Stencils)
– Pillowing Stuffing
– Pins/Thread/Sewing Machine
First we stenciled different sizes of snowflakes onto the drop cloth, using different metallic colors. I love love these Lumiere paints from Jacquard products because they are actually really soft and I’ve even washed them before and they don’t crack or fade.
Then, she free handed her beautiful creation on a separate piece. I must say, I think my 2 year old has a big future in abstract art :)
I cut the snowflakes out into circles, as well as the paintings. Making sure that one snowflake and one painted piece match in size.
Then, put the right-sides facing together and pinned them. I stitched around the outside, leaving a small section open.
I flipped the circles open so the right-sides were out, and then stuffed them with pillow stuffing.
And lastly, I pinned in a piece of jute and top-stitched around the entire outside
When my mother-in-law opened hers, she actually thought it was a sachet and I thought that was a great idea (although these are just ornaments) all you would have to do is fill them with potpourri or lavender and these would work great for that as well!
Enjoy your New Years! I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings :)