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Well friends, we're getting into the Christmas spirit around here - are you? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Thanksgiving and the older I get, the more I appreciate it's quietness and emphasis on family and gratefulness. So I'll be sharing some more easy decorating ideas and recipes for your Thanksgiving holiday, like I do every year, never fear. But there's SO much around Christmas that is fun, too, and making easy crafts or handmade gifts should start a bit early so you can enjoy the holiday, right?
I'm a big fan of simple, homemade Christmas ornaments (which you can see here, along with other seasonal projects) and so I thought it would be fun to join 80+ other bloggers for a 2-week-long ornament exchange that showcases both crafted ornament tutorials and store-bought ornament ideas.
You can see all the ornaments shared by visiting the hosting blog at My Pinterventures 2015 Ornament Exchange, and find the other bloggers who are revealing their ornaments along with me today at the end of this post.
My exchange partner is Karen at Gardenchick and since I know that Karen is a fellow gardener and that she likes repurposed items, I combined those things by using a small grapevine wreath and scrabble tiles from an old game we had with many pieces lost (hazards of raising kids, ha!). It's an easy craft that is fun to personalize with the tiles - you could do first or last names in addition to many other seasonal words. You're only limited by your imagination - and your letter tiles, of course!
Scrabble Tile Grapevine Wreath Ornament Tutorial
Supplies Needed (note: affiliate links included for your information):
- 3-inch natural grapevine wreath
- Acrylic craft paint in desired color (I used gold and silver) and craft paint brush
- Narrow (1/4-inch) ribbon in desired color (I used apple green and white)
- Scrabble tiles (if you don't have any, you can buy just the tiles from Scrabble here)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Paint wreath lightly and let dry.
- Cut a long piece of ribbon (15-20 inches) and, leaving a long portion at the beginning (to tie and make the hanger from), weave the ribbon around the wreath until the ribbon meets at the starting point. Tie close to wreath and then tie the pieces together, trimming ends as needed, to create the hanger.
- Cut a small piece of ribbon (about 5") and tie in a bow. Trim ends on an angle. Gather the tiles to create the word for your ornament and decide on the placement of the tiles.
- Use a hot glue gun to glue the bow on the top of the wreath (at the bottom of the hanger) and then glue on your tiles, one at a time, using the spacing you decided on.
That's it, don't you love it?
This is such an easy project that you could do it with kids and groups as long as you had enough tiles.
Are you starting to think about Christmas yet? Maybe a fun, easy ornament is just the thing to get you anticipating the season, so be sure to visit the other ornament exchange participants for today!
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