Welcome to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafting. It’s a 12 day event with 12 bloggers making 12 ornaments each and sharing for 12 consecutive days for a total of 144 handmade ornaments created in the end. Phew. We culminate with a multi-blog link party on November 23 where you can share your very own handmade ornaments!
Today I’m sharing my chalkboard-look embroidery hoop ornament …
My family has been very tolerant of the changes I’ve been making around the house these past few years. But their tolerance comes to a screeching halt when it comes the the Christmas tree.
It’s always real. And it’s always decorated with the ornaments we’ve collected over the years. Some starter ornaments I picked up long before the kids were born. Some ornaments the kids have received as gifts. Others purchased at holiday markets …
… and the decorating of the tree includes the kids reminiscing about this ornament or that. Searching for favorites. And it’s sweet.
But beyond the sweet, I’ve yearned for a tree I could freely decorate without causing an uprising. A tree I could change up year-to-year. So gave in to my yearning last year and acquired a second tree. A faux lighted one for the family room. Last year’s theme was all about the white. But this year I’m going with red and white and chalkboard, inspired by this tree I spotted in my Pottery Barn catalogue.
So when I crossed paths with inexpensive ($1.69) wooden 7” embroidery hoops at Michaels, I knew they could make the perfect frame to recreate that Merry Christmas sign featured on the inspiration tree. So I whipped out the gift card Michaels sent me (thanks Michaels!) and picked up three hoops.
I started by taking them apart. One embroidery hoop comes with two wooden circles. So I was able to double the number of my faux frames. I spray painted the hoops red – but you could also paint them with a brush and craft paint.
In a moment of insanity, I thought I would hand letter the ‘Merry Christmas’ with either chalk or a chalk marker. So I traced and cut out circles from poster board and spray painted them with chalkboard paint.
But then I came to my senses and decided instead to make a faux chalkboard look version. I just downloaded some free chalkboard paper and created my own image using the PicMonkey photo editing program.
Which I cut out.
And glued to the poster board. And then glued the frame on top.
To hang on the tree, I threaded some baker’s twine through a large eye needle.
And just poked it through poster board and tied off.
Now it’s time to check out the handmade ornament ideas the eleven other 12 Days of Christmas crafters have created on this 2nd day of Christmas …
Easy Gold Jingle Bell Wreath by Serendipity Refined | Instagram Wood Slice Christmas Ornament by May Richer Fuller Be | Modern Urchin Ornament by Thrifty and Chic | Embroidery Hoop Ornament by It All Started With Paint | Joy to the World Ornament by Lovely Etc. | Sunburst Mirror Ornament by Whats Ur Home Story | Painted Rattan Ornaments by Cherished Bliss | DIY Moose Ornament by Bigger Than The Three of Us | Angel Ornament by Remodelando la Casa | DIY Sprinkle Ornament by The Happier Homemaker | Monogrammed Wood Slice Ornament by All Things G&D | Chalkboard Rudolph Ornament by Mom 4 Real
P.S. For even more holiday inspiration, you can find more handmade ornaments by clicking here …
P.P.S. All 12 days – and all 144 ornaments – can be found by clicking here …
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* Some of the products used in this post were purchased with a gift card provided by Michaels *