Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!
I had a blast doing the ornament exchange the last two years, so I’m excited to be part of it again! My partner in this hop was Hilary from the awesome site, Raising Fairies and Knights. I had actually visited her blog a few times before this but never reached out personally, so this was a fun connection for me! I would definitely encourage you to connect with her by visiting her site or checking out her Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest profiles!
Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts
Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things
Amanda · Domestically Creative Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons
Michelle · Our Crafty Mom Beverly · Across the Blvd. Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify
Christene · Key to Inspiration Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K
Megan · C’mon Get Crafty Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights
Emily · Two Purple Couches Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault
Debra · Shoppe No. 5 Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble
Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul
Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House Pamela · Home On The Corner
Lorelai ⋅ Life with Lorelai Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says
Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity
Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela
Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey
Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedy Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog
Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After
Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie
Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts
I was partnered up with someone who participates in a much different version of the holidays than I do, in that they celebrate Yule, or the winter solstice. She has a lovely little summary, sharing that the winter solstice is a celebration of the halfway point where nights start getting shorter and days start getting longer. There is a celebration of the sun’s rebirth.
Once I knew my new friend’s tradition, I got to work. I still had a few wood discs from previous crafty buys, plus twine and glue, and I thought they would make a pretty little rustic wood tree ornament.
Supplies You Need to Make This Winter Solstice Wood Tree Ornament
- Two small thin wooden discs
- Acrylic craft paint
- Thin paintbrushes
- Glitter or glitter paint
- Hot glue gun
I wanted to give sort of a stained wood look to the discs, so I dry brushed them first with brown acrylic paint. Once they were try, I stenciled on a design to each one – a snowflake for winter, and a sun for the solstice. You could draw them freehand if you have a talent for it, but I used a cheap plastic stencils from my stash that happened to have pretty designs of suns and snowflakes.
Once you have traced your design, use a thin tipped paintbrush to fill it in with acrylic paint.
There just wasn’t enough pizazz for me. I wanted to honor the rustic simplicity I felt would go well with a winter solstice tradition, but I certainly didn’t want to phone it in either. I dug into my drawers until I came up with yellow and silver glitter paint bottles. Perfect!
A few dabs of silver glitter paint on the snowflake and a full fill of the sun with yellow glitter paint made a world of difference to me! I used clear Gorilla glue to secure the discs together, snowflake on one side and sun on the other. Then I used hot glue to secure a length of twine around the outer edges, looping the end to make the ornament hook and fastening it with more hot glue.
For a fairly simple craft, I felt like this ornament turned out quite pretty! I hope my new friend likes it when it arrives! We live in different countries, so the mail takes a bit longer. I can’t wait to share the ornament she sent me when I get it!
FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.
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Mother of 3 says
Very cute. I love that there are so many ideas on this blog hop that use the same type of materials with very different outcomes. I am so excited to try making some wood sliced ornaments now that I have seen so many. Pinned.
Thank you!! I️ love the creativity in this hop!!
What a nice idea and you can leave it out all year if you want to. At least during winter. It is always such a let down after all of the decorations are put away.
I know, it’s such a bummer! Nothing to look forward to in January, especially in cold, gray Chicago! lol
Super Mom - No Cape! says
It was sweet of you to create something that reflected your partner’s celebration of winter solstice into the design of the ornaments you made for her. They turned out very pretty.
Thank you! I had fun reading up on the winter solstice for it as well!
These ornaments are perfect for a winter solstice tree. Love that you added the glitter 🙂 and I’m sure your partner will love these. Thanks so much for sharing these on the ornament exchange.
LOVE LOVE LOVE my ornament!!! Thank you so much!! It is at the top of my tree and I am so thankful for it. I am glad you were my partner!!
So happy!! Loved the beautiful one you made for me as well! Awesome pair up!
I think the glitter adds the perfect touch! I really like that you made a 2-sided ornament!