11.19.2011

Ornament-ing Away

I've been writing a lot recently about how excited I am about decorating our first Christmas tree this year and all the ornament-making that has begun in preparation. I saw this ornament in Emily Henderson's holiday gift guide (definitely check that out for some fun gift ideas!), and immediately pinned it on Pinterest to make for our tree:


I busted out the vintage maps I bought at a yard sale awhile back to use for my collages and bought a pack of 10 basic round ornaments at A.C. Moore for $3, which resulted in a "50% off any item" coupon valid a few days later. I went back to A.C. Moore at the appropriate time and used my coupon to buy a little 1" circle hold punch for half off, which ended up being about $5.

Et voila!

In the background of this image is my lovely art room at work. 

My very own beautiful map ornament! Emily clearly used some text pages mixed in and used a whiter color palette, whereas I just used the map to give it more color. I used lots of the Mediterranean Sea to mix a good amount of blue in with the warmer colored land areas (mostly the Middle East... amusing).

Here I am gluing on the pieces with regular Elmer's glue:



And from another angle:


I kindof love how the map looks with all those holes cut in the edge.

I didn't take step-by-step pictures, partly because it wasn't my original idea, and partly because I was just so excited I didn't want to stop, and Chris didn't get home until the point where these pictures were taken!

For anyone who wants to make one, the basic process was:
1. Cut out a TON of circles. It took way more than I thought. Definitely invest in a circle cutter.
2. Start at the bottom of the ornament. I put one circle flat on the bottom, then worked up from there, overlapping pieces irregularly to make it a bit more organic. I put glue on about the top 1/3 of the circle, then stuck it wherever I wanted.
3. Work your way up the ornament, making sure every bit of the original ornament is covered.

That's it! Not very difficult, but it does take a good amount of time to put together.

I'm quite in love with mine. Here's how it will look on the Christmas tree:


So pretty! I can't believe that a week from now it will be past Thanksgiving and time to get our tree! I need to make more ornaments and fast...

I actually spent some time today making more awesome ornaments, this time with clay! In a week or two they will be all fired and glazed and I will post about them.

Check out all my posts about ornaments here!

Anyone else making homemade ornaments for the holidays? Getting excited for holiday decorating?

Linked to hi sugarplum!Making a House a Home, and Bower Power

4 comments:

  1. your map ornament is just lovely! what a great idea. enjoying your blog, dear.

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  2. aww thanks! I made another one using part of a 2010 US Census Map. It amuses me that my ornament shows median family incomes by state... You'll see it on our Christmas tree when Chris posts pictures soon!

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  3. That is so pretty -- and I love the maps! thanks for sharing and linking up!

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