On the 9th Day of Stitchmas... Applique Ornament Tutorial


I'm kind of an ornament snob in that I (almost) exclusively put glass ornaments on my Christmas tree. My parents started a tradition of giving each of us kids one beautiful glass ornament for Christmas when we were young. That way when we moved out on our own we had a great start to decorating our own tree. I kept up the tradition for my own kids, and my husband, and we now have a very full tree of beautiful ornaments.

But that doesn't mean I don't love all ornaments, especially handmade ones! I just find other places around the house to display them: cabinet knobs, doorknobs, shelves, windows, etc.

These ornaments are a great little project to use up the scraps you've collected throughout the year and can be so much more than an ornament (if Christmas isn't your holiday or ornaments aren't your thing): gift tags, framed as wall art, turned into potpourri sachets. It's endless! Check out the bottom of the post for some other options.

As a side note: please excuse how dark these photos are. I was squeezing in photographing this tutorials before the baby arrived and sadly not every free day could be sunny and beautiful!

Materials:

-Scraps, scraps, scraps galore! Pull a variety of different sized scraps from your stash and give them a good press.

-Two bigger scraps, at least 6" x 6", to be used as the main background and the backing of the ornament