Five Mixed Media Christmas Ornaments to Make

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It seems like this time of year brings out everyone’s creativity and we get a chance to show off our crafting skills by making greeting cards, Christmas decorations and Christmas Ornaments. This lets us share our passion with friends and family. I have been scouting the internet to find ornaments that we can make with our mixed media supplies and put all of those mixed media techniques to good use!

Here are my Top 5 Mixed Media Christmas Ornaments:

1. Paper Ephemera Ornaments

Being avid mixed media artists, we all have a huge collection of paper ephemera, old book pages, painted backgrounds and maybe even a few Gelli plate prints lying around. This tutorial by Shelley Detton, over at 7 Layers, shows us how to make these Christmas Ornament Spheres using sheet music, red ribbon and some sparkly glitter. She has also included the wordstrips for you to print ~ Thanks Shelley!

Shelley Detton from 7 layers

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2. Cookie Cutter Ornaments

These cute ornaments, featured by Martha Stewart can be made as simply or as lavishly as your creativity dictates. While the glueing will need to be done with care, this is another project to put those lovely ephemera sheets and lovely background on display. You can also use your embellishments to add a little sparkle.

Cute Martha Stewart design

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3. Button Tree Ornaments

For those of us that may have a bit of a button fettish, this Button Tree ornament is a “must-try”! Penelope has put together this tutorial to make sure we can all create a lovely little tree.

Use your button collection to make this cute christmas tree decoration

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4. Paper Origami Flower Ornaments

If you still have any paper ephemera or gelli prints left over after the previous paper ornament tutorials, Jenn, from Origami Twist has done this video showing how to fold and glue this gorgeous flower ornament. I’m not quite sure if your papers need to be two sided but I am giving this a go soon, so I’ll report back.

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5. Beading Mini Wreath Ornament

If you are looking to use more of your jewelry making skills, Stacy from Beads Direct, shows us how to create these cute little Christmas Wreaths.

Use your jewellery skills to make these lovely beaded ornaments

You will need some jewellery wire, a collection of beads and some ribbon. Alternatively if you don’t have these materials at hand, you could substitute pipe cleaners for the wire to make the support ring and replace thinner wire with thread to tie the beads into place. You could even mixed beads and buttons to create an interesting wreath.

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Mixed Media Christmas Ornaments

It’s that time of year again when we love to create handmade gifts. Here is a simple way to make cute little Christmas ornaments using your mixed media materials.

Holiday ornaments

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Using MS Word, draw a few start shapes in different sizes to make your template.
Print it out and cut it out.

Collaged mixed media Christmas star

Cut two pieces of cereal box cardboard to fit your template.
Glue the two pieces together and allow to dry.

Holiday ornaments

Trace out the star template.

Collaged mixed media Christmas star

Cut out

Mixed Media Christmas Ornaments

Using an emery board, remove the sharp edges of the cardboard.

Mixed Media Christmas Ornaments

Cover with a layer of gesso, both sides

Collages ornaments with tissue and gel medium

Holiday ornaments

Tear up an old dress pattern and cover your crafting table with cereal box
plastic or another protective surface.

Christmas star Collaged mixed media

Cover cardboard star with a layer of gel medium

Collaged mixed media Christmas star

Put your first piece of tissue paper onto the start.

Run a layer of gel medium over the tissue.

Add another piece

Continue adding pieces, covering with gel medium until your base shape is fully covered.
Overlapping pieces will give you an interesting finish. Each layer will show through.

Create a blend of gel medium, walnut ink and a little glimmer mist. Add this layer on
top of the wet gel medium. This will give your ornament a lovely deep colour.

Mixed Media Christmas Ornaments

Mixed Media Christmas Ornaments

Allow to dry. Gel medium is slow drying so leave it overnight.
Repeat with the other side of the cardboard shape.

Carefully cut away the excess tissue paper, back to the cardboard shape.

Carefully sand the edges again. Edge with metallic leafing pen.

outlining Christmas ornament

At the top of the ornament, punch a hole and add an eyelet
[see here for details on eyelet setting]

Collages ornaments with tissue and gel medium

Now it’s time to add the finishing touches.
Here I’ve added Collections pre-printed words and some stamped swirls
in bronze Brilliance Ink.

Collages ornaments with preprinted words

 

Collaged mixed media Christmas star with stamping

Now your ornaments are ready to run some cotton or ribbon through and ready to give.

Collaged mixed media Christmas star

Happy Holiday creating!

 

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