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!
Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts
Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · Domestically Creative
Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom
Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things
Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place 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 Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K
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 Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify
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
Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie
Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts
Is your Christmas tree up yet? You can be honest! I don’t put mine up until after Thanksgiving, but I won’t hold it against you if you’ve had your decorated for a month…or more!
I was in a fun Handmade Christmas Ornament exchange with some other great craft and DIY bloggers. My partner was Chelc with Inside The Fox Den.
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Chelc sent me a picture of her gorgeous Christmas Tree so I could get an idea of what she likes. It’s beautiful with lots of glitter, shimmer, and pastel colored balls. I have never made Glitter Christmas Ball Tree Ornaments before, so I thought this was the perfect time to try.
Supplies Needed to Make Glitter Christmas Balls
- Clear glass or plastic Christmas Balls
- Pledge Floor Care
- Ultra Fine Glitter
- Cricut Machine – Have you seen the new Cricut Maker?
- White Adhesive vinyl
- Transfer tape
- Small flowers, berries, greenery, or pearls
- Glue Gun
I used small glass Christmas Balls. The larger ones are awesome for longer names or larger graphics. Remove the metal cap, and set the ball on top of a plastic cup. Pour a small amount of the Pledge Floor Care into the glass ball.
Swish the Pledge around in the ball, to make sure the inside is covered. Turn the ball over and pour the excess into the cup.
Set the clear Christmas ball right side up onto the cup. Using a funnel, pour glitter into the ball. If you don’t have a funnel that’s small enough, use a piece of paper to make a cone funnel. That’s what I did, and it worked perfectly!
Hold a paper towel over the hole with your finger, and shake the glitter until the inside is covered. Shake out the extra glitter.
I wanted to add the words peace and joy to my glitter ornaments. I found both words pre-designed in Cricut Design Space and cut them out of white vinyl using my Cricut Maker.
This was one of the first projects that I made with Maker, and it turned out great. This amazing Cricut Machine, cut the words 1 1/4″ high with no problem.
I used application tape to attach the vinyl decals. If you’re not sure how to use transfer or application tape, I made THIS VIDEO showing you how to weed and apply vinyl.
I liked the Glitter Glass Ball the way it was, but I really thought it need something around the hanger. I added fake white berries and pearls using a glue gun, and I love how it gave the Christmas ornament an extra Pop.
Do you want to see more DIY Christmas Ornaments?
- Handmade Christmas Ornaments 65+ Ornament Ideas!
- Fave Crafts and All Free Christmas Crafts have hundreds of ideas for ornaments
- Gumball Machine Christmas Ornament *So cute*
- Vintage Bottle Christmas Ornaments
FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.