As I pulled out all the Christmas tree decorations, I realized how many handmade ornaments I had and I thought it would be fun to share them with all of you!
Some were made my me, some were made by friends, but most were made by my Grandma (a.k.a. the Queen of crochet). She gives each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren an ornament every year. I cherish them and look forward to seeing the new ones each year.
I'm not posting tutorials or anything, just sharing ideas to get your juices flowing. Enjoy!
1. Quilted angel with wooden bead head (notice the YW value colors, anyone?)
2. Santa's pants. One of my favorites. I think they are so funny!
3. Gingerbread ornament. It smells fantastic.
4. Crocheted gold ornament. I told you Grandma was the Queen.
5. Silver crocheted ornament. It is so sparkly in real life.
6. Crocheted doily hardened with Mod Podge or similar substance.
7. Crochet attached to a silver star.
8. Snowflake man. Isn't he adorable? The body is felt with crochet edging.
9. Crocheted Santa. Another favorite.
10. Snowman made of model magic. If you haven't used that stuff, it's awesome.
11. Felt poinsettia. Easy to make
12. Wreath. One of my music students made this for me. He is five.
13. Candy cane mouse. The candy cane slides through a tab on the back and then through the ears.
14. Baby Jesus Wreath. Simple to make, but I love the reminder of the real reason for the season.
15. Hand stitched gingerbread man. You could make any shape, but I love the whimsy of hand stitching.
16. Jewel mouse. Grandma made one for each grandchild out of their birth stone. Kind of a fun idea.
17. Ceramic train I painted for hubby. It's an inside joke.
18. Ribbon snowflake. A friend made this, but I remember her saying the instructions were from Martha Stewart. Basically it is just wire ribbon and beads strung together.
19. Modeling clay gummy worm. I shaped it, baked it, painted it, then rolled it in real sugar to make it look authentic. Another inside joke ornament for my husband.
20. Plastic snowflake with crocheted center. I love how Grandma added a handmade touch to turn something inexpensive into something really special.