Sunday, November 14, 2010

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

My daughter and I were admiring the Christmas displays in a department store last week when we saw this paper and tinsel bird ornament. This was our inspiration piece for some items we will donate to the Christmas Room at our Annual Church Bazaar which is held every November. Of course we will be baking cookies and maybe make some candy as well. This year is the 70th year for our Church Bazaar!
I thought sheet music would be perfect for our bird, so off to the resale shop.
And this is what we came up with.


We decided to glam it up a bit, So we bought sparkly lacey ribbons, glittered holly berries and vintage styled buttons to decorate more birds.
If you will notice, our inspiration bird was a cardinal with the little crest on its head.
We added tinsel "feathers" to our bird's head to make a partridge as in "a partridge in a pear tree". We loved the look so much we made all the rest into partridges.

We also made a star.......

And then more birds.......

If you're interested in making some of these, 
I'd love to know about it,
please leave me a comment below.  
I'd like to feature you in an upcoming post!!

I drew this bird freehand, but I've found an 
online pattern you could use as a template here.

When at the resale shop I also found a book of Christmas music.
 The text was green and the lettering old world style. 
I thought it was so beautiful, I had to frame it. 
So I cut out a little piece of "Away in a Manger" 
and put it in this little 3" square frame 
that I think will look adorable on a tree.
 I decoupaged the song title onto the top of the frame.
 I would love it if I could find a teeny tiny little nativity scene 
to glue right onto the glass in the bottom righthand corner.

I think the music looks so lovely I will use some larger frames and frame larger portions or whole pages of other Christmas songs to set on a table.

My daughter and I had so much fun making these we don't want to stop.
I'm joining the fun at


  1. They are beautiful!! Well done!

  2. Betty Jean,
    They are all soooo I want to get busy making me some!!!


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  3. Hello Betty Jean,

    What a fabulous job! The ornaments are so lovely!

    Thank you for visiting me and for your kind words. It's so nice to have such wonderful blogland friends ;-)

  4. Love these! I feature them on "Top 10 Christmas Ornaments to Make @ Feel free to come grab a "featured" button for your blog!

  5. Where are the directions for the birds? thank you

  6. Can you tell me where the directions are for this bird. Lovely

    1. Thank you for your comment JoAnn. I didn't post any directions. It's pretty straightforward. Just glue or decoupage sheet music onto foam core or cardboard and cut out a bird shape. With the foam core I covered the cut edge by running a bead of hot glue and pressing on 1/4 inch satin ribbon. I hot glued glitter sticks pipe cleaners around the front edge, and decorated with holly leaves, berries, vintage style buttons and bows made from lace and hem tape, etc. Please feel free to contact me at my email address in the sidebar so I can send you a link to free bird patterns I've found online.


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