Saturday, November 17, 2012

[Make] Stamped Burlap Ornaments

With the sparkle and glitz of holiday decor, sometimes it's the simple things that really grab my attention.  And what can be more simple than a burlap-covered ball that is stamped with Christmas cheer?

Stamped Burlap Ornaments

materials needed:
sharp scissors
white glue - i used tacky glue
this template from martha stewart- template for 2 or 3-inch foam ball; for 2.5-inch ball, enlarge to 105%
pack of foam balls - more economical than styrofoam
small alphabet stamps
permanent ink stamp pad - i used StazOn in jet black
ribbon, twine or string
bells, faux ivy or evergreen, other small decorations (optional)

Step 1: Print out the template and cut out the appropriate size for your sphere.  For my 2.5-inch sphere, I enlarged the template to 105% and cut-out the 2-inch size. To ensure that the size is correct, the tips of the template should reach the poles of the sphere.

Step 2: Cut out the burlap using the template--

Step 3: Apply glue to the edges of the burlap piece.  Use glue sparingly since it will bleed through the burlap.  The glue will dry invisible but will be sticky to handle in the meantime--

Step 4: Lay down one piece at a time and smooth down the edges--

Step 5: Once the glue is dry, stamp your ornament using alphabet stamps and a permanent ink stamp pad.  I stamped both sides of the ball with different Christmas-y words.

Step 6: Attach your ribbon/twine hanger and any other embellishments.  I used a little glue and a pin to secure the hanger to the foam ball.

for "jingle" i had to add some jingle bells.  i toned down the brass by lightly sponging on some white acrylic paint.  as soon as i find my faux ivy stash, i'm going to add a leaf to the top of "merry".

These happy little ornaments just make me smile.  A trip to the craft store may be in order so that I can make some more!

Hope you're having a nice weekend!