November 27, 2013

DIY Baker’s Twine Christmas Ornaments

I love the aisles filled with glittering ornaments this time of year just as much as any other holiday freak out there.  But sometimes you just want something simple and homemade.  And wouldn’t it be cool if you could actually make it yourself instead of paying Target or Anthropologie to do it for you?  These baker’s twine ornaments really are easy to make.  So much so that you can have a grade school child help or make their own set.  And let’s be honest, these are easier on the eye than just about anything they’ll come home from school with.

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I dropped by Michael’s the other day to grab some supplies for a birthday surprise I’ve got brewing for Kayla and spotted these plain wooden ornaments for about $1.50 each.  They have a great weight to them and are sanded to a nice, smooth finish.  Obviously I threw a ton in my basket before nearly getting sucked into the world of Rainbow Looms for my niece. 

Initially I figured I’d paint them with Kayla, but then a package showed up containing a few rolls of baker's twine and instead of tying it on mason jars (a crime I’d have to divorce myself over) I thought I’d try and wrap these neat ornaments with it instead. 

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And it wouldn’t be a true Jillian project if there wasn’t some easy trick involved.  In this case it’s my new best friend, an Elmer’s Xtreme Glue Stick.  These things just get the job done!  You can also use the easier to find Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Stick I started at the top of the ornament and coated about half of it with the glue stick.  Then I just started wrapping the baker’s twine around the ornament being careful not to leave any gaps.

It goes pretty quickly and I might even dare to call it therapeutic after hours  spent chasing a child or tending to a constantly overflowing inbox.  You’ll keep wrapping until you get to the very tip of the ornament.  I cut the twine, leaving a little excess to wrap the tip without leaving a loose thread.  I did this by sticking the end of the twine down to the ornament where it stayed in placin the glue and then wrapping the remaining slack around the tip to finish covering the ornament.

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The glue stick is very forgiving.  If you spot a place where you left a gap as you’re wrapping it’s very easy to undo the twine a bit and go back.  Also, there is virtually no drying time like with regular glue.  Your hands will probably be a little tacky after this but a quick hand washing solves that entirely. 

It took me about 10 minutes to make an ornament the first time as I was figuring out how to work with the twine and a few minutes less the next time.  You or your child can easily give a set of 5 or 6 of these ornaments to a grandparent or teacher for under $10.  It’s personal, it’s cute and you can make them while watching your favorite guilty pleasure/reality show.  I won’t tell.  

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3 comments:

  1. This is my kinda craft! I have spools and spools of that stuff!

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  2. So cute! And such a great idea. Love how it turned out.

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  3. oh how fun! I'm still not sure my kids could handle it though, lol. We'd get some pretty fun and crazy designs though.

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