December 1, already? How has Thanksgiving – and all those leftovers, already come and gone? Is your Christmas tree up? Are you ready for a few more, DIY Christmas decorations? I have a mantel decorating idea for you today that’s so festive and an easy DIY – Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries. These whimsical, super-sized ornaments might look over-the-top, but these Christmas topiaries can be made in a crafternoon. A pair of Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries will dress up your Christmas mantel, tabletop, bookshelf, or other little nook that needs some holiday cheer.
To make Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Two, 1” x 6” discs
- One, 1” x 4” disc
- Two, 4” balls
- Clay pots, two, 4” dia.
- Glitter paper in red and white
- Wood dowels, 3/8” x 24”
- Paint for clay pots (Patty used spray paint)
- Silver for wood dowels
- Wire, 10” (a clothes hanger would work)
- Corrugated cardboard (Patty used a lightbulb box)
- Decorative paper shred
- Double-sided tape
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; knippers; scallop edge scissors; pins; 1-¼” circle punch; pencil; painter’s tape
To make Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries
1. Paint your pots. Patty masked off the rim of her pots to create contrasting rims
2. Cut the wood dowel in half with knippers, so you have two, 12” lengths. Paint the dowels silver.
3. Insert a wooden dowel into the outside edge of each 6” disc, and then remove the dowel.
4. Place one 6” disc on the reverse side of the red glitter paper. Trace around the disc. Cut out the circle, adding 3/8” all around, ie your cut-out circle should measure 6-3/4” in diameter. Repeat three more times, so you have six, 6-3/4” circles.
5. Cut tabs around each circle, cutting to the original tracing line.
6. Center the paper circles on the discs, fold down the tabs, and pin the tabs in place. Cover the front and back of each, 6” disc. Keep the hole for the dowel uncovered.
7. Starting and ending at the hole you made in Step 2, wrap a 5/8” wide strip of red glitter paper around the outside edge of each disc, covering the tabs. Secure the paper strip with double-sided tape. Do not cover the hole.
8. Cover the 4” disc in the white glitter paper, following Steps 4 – 7.
9. Punch circles from the white glitter paper, and decorate the front and back of one 6” disc with polka dots. Position several dots along the edge, and cut along the curve, so the dots “bleed” off the edge of the disc.
10. Cut several strips of red glitter paper using the scallop edge scissors, and add the stripes to the front and back of the 4” disc.
11. Squeeze low-temp glue into the holes in the 6” discs and insert wood dowels. Before the glue dries, check to be sure the dowels are straight.
12. Insert a 4” ball into each clay pot. Trim as needed so that the balls fit snugly inside the pots. Glue balls in place.
13. Insert each dowel into a pot, and make sure the dowels and ornaments stand straight. Remove the dowels, add glue, and reinsert the dowels. Adjust if needed, before the glue dries.
14. Position the 4” ornament slightly off center on top of the solid red, 6” ornament. Glue in place.
15. Ornament hangers:
- Cut three, 5/8” wide strips of corrugated cardboard.
- Tightly roll up each strip with the corrugated side facing out, and secure with glue.
- Paint silver.
- Cut three, 1-½” lengths of wire, and bend each into a U.
- Insert a wire U into the top of each rolled strip.
- Glue a hanger to the top of each ornament.
16. Cover the top of each pot with decorative paper shred.
How was your Thanksgiving? We had so much fun at our Thanksgiving Craftermath. Even family members who don’t typically craft (you know who you are!), got into the spirit of a little making. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too.
In the meantime, this little cutie and I will see you on Friday, and I’ll tell you more about the Stocking Stuffer giveaway then, too.