Every year I have good intentions of creating new homemade Christmas tree ornaments, and every year the long list of other holiday preparations between Thanksgiving and Christmas seems to get in the way.
So when I saw that
are co-hosting a Christmas Ornament Party where I can create new felt ornaments each month beginning in January, I thought it was a great idea. Supply lists, easy instructions, and tips are provided by the hostesses with two new patterns available each month.
To share the fun I invited my daughters to join in, and last week we gathered at my house for an afternoon of Christmas ornament-making. I printed three copies of the patterns before they arrived and had plenty of felt, embroidery thread, needles and scissors ready for each of us. We chatted and caught up on some Project Runway episodes while we stitched away on our ornaments.
These are our completed ornaments hanging on my bulletin board. The girls each made unstuffed owls, and I made a stuffed owl and a bear. My daughters' unique personalities are reflected in their interpretations of the same owl pattern, and it was fun to see how different they all turned out!
It's not too late to join in the fun. The ornaments can be made from inexpensive felt squares or fabric scraps and embroidery floss or thread. Each one can easily be made in less than an hour and for under a dollar.
Next Christmas I'm planning to have a small tree in the family room with a woodland theme, where I can display my 24 cute new felt ornaments with some pine cones and burlap and other natural woodsy things.
Today, I'm heading over to pick up our February patterns and to link up our ornaments at the Ornament Linky Party where we can see other completed ornaments. I can't wait to see all the different colors, fabrics, shapes, stitching, and details, and to load up on some new ideas for the rest of the year's ornaments.
I hope you'll join me for some fun ornament-making at