I’ve been making Christmas ornaments ever since I was a teenager. My mother and several of my aunts made them too, so you could say it was a family tradition. Here’s a selection of some of the ones I’ve made over the years.
In the early days, I was much into sequins, beads and ribbons. I dreamed up all of these early ornaments myself, working until I got something that was pleasing.
Later on, I tried my hand at painting on pre-made wooden shapes. I never quite got the hang of that, but I did make a couple of ornaments that turned out halfway decent!
At some point in the early 1990’s I got into woodworking. I used a pattern from a magazine to make the scroll saw dove in the photo below.
After a few years absence from making ornaments, I made one in 2005 to hang on the first Christmas tree my wife and I decorated (before we got married). This was a paper-mache birdhouse I painted. The roof shingles were scales from a pine cone I found while we were out walking. I was headed towards my ‘natural’ phase!
From that point, it has now become a tradition to make at least one new ornament every year. In 2006 I painted and decorated a small gourd to make a snowman.
Who could have guessed that in 2007, we would be married and moving into our own house! And so the ornament making tradition continued. I made the below ornament in 2007 by covering a glass ornament with multicolored pieces of tissue paper.
In 2008, I returned to a natural theme and made this one from seeds (squash and collards).
For 2009 I tried a new medium and covered this paper-mache star with pieces of metal leaf.
And in 2010 I made this mitten from felt, decorated from bells, ribbon and glitter I had on hand in my craft supplies.
Which brings us to 2011. And yet another new tradition. This year my wife and I are collaborating on making some ornaments. We are combining our skills – and supplies, learning as we go on this project. With a couple of days to go, it’s crunch time! If all goes well, we’ll have the finished ornament(s) just in time for Christmas. And you can be sure I’ll be back with photos!