It’s the time of year again for the ornament exchange!
I truly enjoy this challenge, it is just so nice to exchange crafty fun with like-minded strangers! This year I was partnered with Sue at Super Mom No Cape.
Sue professed to be a fan of sewing, quilting, and other fabric-leaning crafty hobbies. I am TERRIBLE at fabric crafts. I can basically sew a button, but my costuming classes from college left little imprint on my brain about how to even work a sewing machine. I once made a backpack, but I’m pretty sure I’d screw up a quilt square today. I was at a loss!!
I suddenly recalled my amazing hoard – um, stash of Christmas ribbon and thanks to a little Youtube tutorial by HappyBird’s Glittered Nest, I figured I could mix my partner’s fabric affection with her love of a new angel ornament annually. Now, the photos are all of the FIRST ribbon ornament I made, but I went with my second attempt to actually send to my partner. I just feel like the second attempt was better.
I don’t want to take ANY credit for this, since I followed her plan to a T, but here are a few pics of my progress. Definitely check her out!
Measuring the ribbon helped to create the right size angel. On my second attempt, I went a bit longer for a fuller dress.
Won’t lie, never expected to use staples in crafting!! This took a few tries to nail down the right spot.
I was VERY happy with our final “Skirt” product. Suddenly I am imagining all of the various princess style ornaments I could create like this!
Once you’ve created the skirt, you create the top of the dress in a similar fashion, though it is stapled in the center for the “wings” or “sleeves”, however you look at it. Again, HappyBird’s Glittered Nest walks you through it exactly. Hot glue to two halves together and add a small round ornament for the head. Glue a ribbon to the back and you’ve got an angel ornament!
When all was said and done, my red angel turned out just fine. However, I decided to try again, just to see if I could make it a little bigger, and my blue angel ended up being the perfect gift for my exchange partner!
I can’t wait to see what she created for MY tree!
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