The Scandinavian country look, with it’s cheery red and bright white, is a great choice this season, giving a homespun yet light and cottage-y look to the Christmas Tree. Using supplied I had on hand and inexpensive glass balls from the local thrift store, I was able to make several dozen new ornaments for my tree that hopefully give it that charming look I’m going for. I’ll start by showing all the ornaments I made out of regular glass ball ornaments.
Folk cross ornament:
Since a Scandinavian country theme was on my mind when I started this project, the first thing I tried was a folk-style cross.
Use a medium-tip white paint pen on a red glass ornament. Start with either a cross or an “x” shape and then embellish with drops, dots and arrows. It takes two coats, which gives the end result a charming hand-made quality. Finish with a wired-on bow of 1/4″ gingham ribbon.
Large vintage button ornament:
I have a collection of vintage buttons and some of them are quite large. I thought it would be nice to feature the most interesting of these on an ornament with a minimum of additions to put the button front-and-center.
Hot-glue medium red ric-rac onto a frosted white glass ornament, making an X on both sides. Cover the intersection with a large vintage button on each side, also using hot glue, and tie a simple red ribbon around the neck.
Rag ball ornament:
This ornament was inspired by Dawn’s fantastic tutorial on rag ball ornaments. Unfortunately, for some reason in my area styrofoam balls are gold-plated, because they cost a fortune, However, I had on hand these extra-cheap thrift store glass balls. So I made my rag ball ornament out of them, choosing red for the body and white for the bow.
Tear 3/4″ of fabric, then cut sections just big enough to fit around the ball. Hot-glue one end at up near the neck, then wrapped the fabric around and glued the other end on the opposite side of the neck. Add strips in this fashion until the whole ball is covered. Add a white bow in medium ric-rac.
Pom-pom trim ornament:
This fun ornament reminds me of some kind of vintage winter faux-fur coat and was one of the easiest to make using simple pom-pom trim.
Use hot glue to attach a spiral of white pom-pom trim to a red glass ball ornament, starting at the bottom and contining toward the top until the entire ball is covered. Then, wired on a 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon in red. Easy peasy.
Lace skirt ornament:
This cute little thing is one of my favorites of the bunch. Hanging on the tree they almost look like little red berries hanging with a small cap of white eyelet lace leaves, or a dancing girl with red britches peeking out of a white eyelet skirt.
Wrap a short length of pre-gathered white eyelet lace trim around the top of a smaller-sized red glass ball ornament, attaching it at the shoulder with hot glue. Hot glue on medium white ric-rac to cover the edge, then wire on a bow of 1/4″ gingham ribbon.
Cotton lace ornament:
This ornament was sheer serendipity, as I just happened to have a yard of pretty cotton lace trim in my stash whose width covered the ornament exactly from top to bottom.
Cut a length of white wide cotton lace trim just long enough to encircle the red glass ornament, then gather the sides with pearl cotton, weaving it in and out of the holes in the sides of the lace. Pull it tight at the top and button of the ornament, then slip stitch the two ends together to form a seam in back. For a finishing touch, wire on a 1/4″ red grosgrain ribbon bow.
Button dotted ornament:
I love polka dots, and when I sat looking at a red glass ornament in one hand and a pile of vintage buttons in the other, this was the natural conclusion.
Hot glued a random assortment of white or cream buttons onto a red glass ornament, leaving space to create polka dots. To complete, wire on a bow made from hemp twine.
Encrusted vintage button ornament:
Of course, you can’t have a jar of vintage buttons without wanting to encrust something with them. Again, this is an ornament you would usually use a styrofoam ball for, but those are expensive and used glass balls are cheap, so that’s what I used; a white frosted glass ball ornament. An added benefit of using the glass is that any gaps are less noticeable because the frosted glass blends right into the buttons.
Simply pave the surface of the ornament with vintage buttons using hot glue, and finish with a tied-on sheer red ribbon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of these crafty ornament ideas to add to a red-and-white theme! If you make any of them, please, let me know and include a link to pictures!