Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts | 2014 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Details #michaelsmakers

Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts | 2014 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Details #michaelsmakers

Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts – 2014 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Details #michaelsmakers #tagatree | I’m back today to share all of the details for our Michaels Dream Tree that was revealed a couple of days ago.

Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts | 2014 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Details #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels #tagatree
One of the perks of putting a tree up early is having time to throw some crafty ornaments into the mix. All of the ornaments used on the tree were purchased right at my local Michaels.

These easy ornament craft ideas are incredibly simple – anyone can re-create them – and they are a great opportunity to involve the little ones in the decorating process.

All of the ideas can be customized to match any theme or color scheme
– plus they are inexpensive as well!

Christmas Tree Basket base #michaelsmakers
Before I jump into the ornaments, here is a little bit about the base. I just love the cozy look of a Christmas Tree nestled in a large woven basket. If you have ever tried to do this you know how unstable the base becomes if it does not have enough room to be fully extended. Last year we created a homemade remedy to keep the tree stable, upright and safe.

Christmas Tree Basket Base #michaelsmakers
All of the supplies can be picked up right at your local hardware store.

The step by step directions can be found on last year’s post: Easy Holiday Ornament Ideas | 2013 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Details

Christmas Tree Basket Base #michaelsmakers
The great thing about this project is that it allows you to easily change out the basket each year if you wish – without the need to create a new tree base stabilizer.

Wooden Filigree Ornaments #michaelsmakersWood Filigree Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Celebrate It® Unfinished Wooden Filigree Ornaments
Minwax Wood Stain
Artminds™ 1″ Round Mirrors
Gorilla Super Glue

Michaels Unfinished Wood Filigree Ornaments #michaelsmakers
Michaels has a nice selection of unfinished wood ornaments that all pretty much run under $2 a piece – plus they are always having sales. The filigree snowflakes ended up being 97¢.

Wooden Filigree Ornaments #michaelsmakers
The stain was simply brushed on each ornament.

Mirrored Wooden Filigree Ornaments #michaelsmakers
Once dry, the round mirrors were then super glued into place – on the back of the ornament.

Stained Wood Filigree Ornaments #michaelsmakers

DIY Mirrored Filigree Ornaments #michaelsmakers
I just adore the natural, rustic feel the wood adds to a tree – especially when it is stained. Plus the mirrors add some extra depth as they reflect the twinkling Christmas lights.

Wooden Filigree Christmas Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Stained Wooden Ornaments #michaelsmakersStained Wooden Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Celebrate It® Unfinished Wood Ornaments
Minwax Wood Stain

Michaels Unfinished Wood Ornaments #michaelsmakers
I used these ornaments on last year’s Rustic Christmas Tree Design and was so excited to see them again this year in the store. Michaels carries five different shapes and they ended up costing $1.50 each, on sale.

Turned Wooden Ornaments #michaelsmakers
I used the same early american stain that I used for the filigree ornaments.

Simply brushed it on – let it sit for a minute – then wipe any excess off with a cotton rag.

Stained Wooden Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Turned Stained Wooden Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Handmade Pearl Monogram Ornament #michaelsmakersPearl Monogram Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Celebrate It® Glass Ball Ornaments
Crystazzi® Round Pearl Beads
Alphabet Stickers or Silhouette Cameo® & Vinyl

Monogrammed Pearl Ornaments #michaelsmakers
These are quick and simple as can be. The possibilities of ‘stuff’ you can stick into these versatile glass ornaments are endless. I chose round pearl beads.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the monograms from black vinyl – though Michaels has a whole section of alphabet stickers that would work just as well.

Pearl Filled Monogram Ornaments #michaelsmakers
The hangers for these ornaments were also sprayed with gold paint – but it’s not necessary.

Homemade Pearl Monogram Christmas Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Pearl Filled Monogram Ornament #michaelsmakers

Glitter Dipped Handmade Ornaments #michaelsmakersGlitter Dipped Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Upcycled Ornaments or Celebrate It® Glass Ball Ornaments
Krylon® Colormaster™ Satin Enamel, Black
Krylon® General Purpose Metallic Enamel, Gold
Mod Podge® 
Martha Stewart Crafts® Glitter, Smoky Quartz

Handmade Glitter Ornaments #michaelsmakers
This is a great way to up-cycle some older Christmas ornaments that have seen better days. Since they will be painted it doesn’t matter what color they are! New glass ball ornaments can be used as well.

Begin by spraying each ornament with the black satin paint. I also sprayed the hangers with gold paint – but it’s not necessary.

Once the ornaments are dry, brush the bottom of the ornament with a coat of Mod Podge.

How to Make Glitter Covered Ornaments #michaelsmakers
Generously sprinkle on the glitter. Martha Stewart’s Smoky Quartz is my favorite shade of gold.

When working with the glitter I like to use a flexible container to catch the excess. It makes it easy to pour the glitter back into the container.

Glitter Dipped Ornaments #michaelsmakers
Let the Mod Podge dry completely. I stuck the ornaments upside down on wooden skewers to keep them separated. (The wooden skewers also help when you’re spray painting the ornaments)

Handmade Glitter Dipped Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Glitter Dipped Handmade Ornaments #michaelsmakers

DIY Yarn Wrapped Ornaments #michaelsmakersYarn Wrapped Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Upcycled Ornaments or Celebrate It® Glass Ball Ornaments
Aleene’s® Quick Dry Tacky Glue™
Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Yarn, Wheat
Loops & Threads® Cozy Wool™ Yarn, Granite

Yarn Wrapped Ornaments #michaelsmakers
This is another project that is perfect for up-cycling old ornaments. I used some big old plastic ornaments that had seen better days. Again, it doesn’t matter what color they are, or if they even have designs, as they will be completely transformed! New glass ball ornaments can be used as well.

For these particular ornaments, I gave the hangers a quick coat of black spray paint – since the originals were bright shiny gold.

Starting at the top of ornament, squirt a generous amount of glue then begin wrapping the yarn into place.

Homemade Yarn Wrapped Ornaments #michaelsmakers
Do not cut the yarn – leave it right on the skein. Working in small sections at a time, apply more glue and continue wrapping the ornament.

Ways to Recycle Ornaments #michaelsmakers
When the ornament is completely covered, cut the yarn, apply a generous amount of glue and tuck in the end.

Yarn Wrapped Recycled Ornaments #micahelsmakers
The glue dries clear so you don’t have to worry about any being seen.

Homemade Yarn Wrapped Ornaments #michaelsmakers
I simply adore the coziness of the soft wool-like knits and warmth the thick, chunky textures add to the tree.

Handmade Yarn Wrapped Ornaments #michaelsmakers

DIY Yarn Wrapped Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Handmade Yarn Wrapped Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Handmade Yarn Pom Pom Ornaments #michaelsmakersYarn Pom Pom Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Yarn, Wheat

Yarn Pom Pom Ornaments #michaelsmakers
I had to find a way to use more of this yarn on the tree – it’s one of my favorites – so I made some some pom pom balls.

These are incredibly easy to make and you can do so many things with them – ornaments, garland, gift toppers….

The step by step directions can be found on this post from a couple years ago: Yarn Ball Pom Pom Garland

Handmade Yarn Pom Pom Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Yarn Pom Pom Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Handmade Clay Bird Egg Nest Ornaments #michaelsmakersClay Bird Egg Nest Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Ashland® Birds Nest
Sculpey® Oven-Bake Clay, White
Americana® Acrylic Paint, Burnt Umber
Creatology™ Glitter
Ashland® Spanish Moss

Homemade Clay Bird Egg Ornaments #michaelsmakers
When I found the mini bird nests I thought they would be adorable tucked into the tree. Unfortunately our local Michaels was sold out of all the faux eggs.

I grabbed some oven baked clay to make a few of my own. Once baked, I spattered them with some acrylic paint.

Homemade Glittered Bird Eggs #michaelsmakers
I also rolled a few in some glitter for a little sparkle.

Bird Nest Handmade Ornaments #michaelsmakers
Spanish moss was added to each nest – along with some faux greens and the eggs.

Handmade Clay Egg Bird Nest Ornaments #michelsmakers

Gold Perler Bead Hexagon Handmade Ornaments #michaelsmakersPerler Bead Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Perler® Beads Small Clear Shaped Pegboard Set
Perler® Beads
Krylon® General Purpose Metallic Enamel, Gold

Perler Bead Ornaments #michaelsmakers
These were my little guys favorite ornaments to make – and I am not going to lie – I enjoyed them too!

If you’re not familiar with Perler beads, they are tiny beads that you place on special made plastic templates. The beads then get fused together to form a design with a heated iron. Although there are lots of different templates available, I used the basic small hexagon shape from  this inexpensive set for these ornaments. The set contains a series of basic shapes – plus you can arrange the beads however you like – so the possibilities are endless.

Once our designs were  fused together I gave them each a coat of gold spray paint. So easy and fun!

Gold Hexagon Perler Bead Ornaments #michaelsmakers
They made perfect fillers for any empty spaces on the tree – plus they added a shimmer of gold!

Perler Bead Hexagon Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Framed Gold Typography Ornaments #michaelsmakersFramed Typography Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Studio Décor® Ornament Frames
Recollections® Cardstock Paper, Black
Alphabet Stickers or Silhouette Cameo® & Vinyl

Michaels Framed Ornaments #michaelsmakers
This is another idea I recycled again from last years Dream Tree. Michaels carries this ornament frame series every year and they are perfect for adding a personalized touch to any tree. They are made for photos – though last year I stuck monograms in them and this year I used some simple typography.

Framed Gold and Black Typography Ornaments #michaelsmakers
I used black card stock for the base and just cut it to fit into the frame.

For the lettering, I cut some gold vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo. If you don’t have a machine, check out the sticker aisle at Michaels – they sell a ton of pre-made sayings. You can also simply print virtually anything right on cardstock, using your home printer, and pop that into the frame as well.

Black and Gold Typography Frame Ornaments #michaelsmakers
This year’s ornaments have the year on them; however that tiny snowflake is simply attached with a jump ring that can be removed for use in the future.

Framed Gold Typography Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Pussy Willow Branches Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
I also picked up some Ashland® Pussy Willow Stems to tuck in the tree, as fillers among the branches.

Wooden Bead Garland #michaelsmakers
And I also grabbed some of this Celebrate It™ Wood Bead Garland to nestle around the tree.

Rustic Wood Black Gold Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers #tagatree
More photos of the finished tree can be found here: 2014 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Hope you’re inspired to start some holiday crafting!

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  1. Your tree is stunning. Love love love all of the handmade ornaments that u created. Thanks fir sharing the inspiration. Hope you are enjoying the fall season.

  2. Such a beautiful tree! I love decorating for Christmas so much I put up quite a few trees. I am happy to report that I am done with my decorating on the inside.

  3. I enjoyed your tree so much! All of your decorations are beautiful. Thank you for sharing all of your tutorials. That must have been a lot of work putting the steps togehter…Thank YOU!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for all the tips and projects.

  5. You made SO many beautiful ornaments it’s hard to pick a favorite! Your tree looks gorgeous. You did such a wonderful job! Thank you so much for the ideas!

  6. Your ideas are so simple but make such gorgeous ornaments!

  7. I just love your tree! It doesn’t have a lot fussy things and it looks so natural. Great job on all of the ornaments too.

  8. Such beautiful ornaments! Can’t decide which is my favorite.

  9. Your tree is such a beautiful mix of textures. Would you be willing to share where you bought your pretty wrapping papers? I love both the animal print and the wood/cork striated looking one.

    Thank you!

    • Thank you Lori. Home Goods – TJ Maxx – Marshalls are all great sources for wrapping paper (plus they are very inexpensive, too!) I believe the leopard was a Michaels find though – in the special bins near the front of the store.

  10. Love love love the tree. Did I miss where you talked about what kind of ribbon is on the tree.

  11. While searching for ideas for Christmas 2015, I came across your blog & am so glad I did! Great ideas for the tree, really love what you did there! I also enjoyed how you have put everything together for your readers. Your posts are well written and your directions are easy to follow, your pictures are beautifully staged & plentiful (very appreciated for us visual learners!). I now have great ideas for some beautiful & simple ornaments for next year. I can’t wait to look over your blog for more great ideas! You can now add another name to your list of dedicated readers!


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