Welcome to the Art Elements Christmas Blog Hop
sponsored by Art Elements. Anyone can join in this challenge and you can make your ornaments from any material you please and in any style you like – it just has to be hand made. The goal of the challenge is to have fun and maybe be inspired to try something new and make something different.
|owl ornament by BayMoonDesign|
I have been saving Altoid tins for a number of years. I like to have them on hand to ship delicate pieces of jewelry and I store bead mixes in them too. Recently, I had been toying with the idea of making Christmas ornaments from them. I have collected a few ideas of what other folks have done with Altoid boxes here on Pinterest. There are also several tutorials there. After gathering ideas and reading tutorials, I decided that my Altoid tin ornament will be centered around some cute owls that I found on a Christmas card given to me by a dear friend in the 1980's.
|Back of the ornament|
I used that card as the background on the ornament and to cover the back and sides of the tin I used some paper with a wood pattern that I had on hand. I dug into my collection of art beads and a ceramic with a heart on it. I added a few beads to it. I used beading wire and crimp beads to connect them. Before attaching them to the Altoid tin I used a hole punch and placed two small holes which I centered on the bottom of the tin prior to attaching any paper to the tin. I opened a jump ring and inserted into the two holes, and then closed the jump ring. This is where I attached my strand of beads. I then covered the inside of the tin with part of the card. To cover the bottom and sides, I used wood patterned paper. Modge Podge was used to adhere the paper to the tin. I used scraps of white trim around the edges and added a snowflake that I made from paper. I also added a tiny tree and owl that I found at the store. The final touches to the ornament include a strand of white and brown twine that I ran around the sides and up to the top. This twine serves as a way to hang the ornament. I also added a white bow at the top. I made 2 ornaments using this owl card. I plan to give one of my friend that sent me the card in the '80's for her family Christmas tree and one to my daughter who loves owls. Be careful what you send me! It just may make it back to you.
Now go and grab a hot beverage and sit back and enjoy seeing what ornament other folks made for this blog hop. A special thanks to
Lesley Watt for organizing this. A visit to the blogs and comments are appreciated.
Art Elements Team