The Ornament Exchange

November 10, 2011
A little while ago, I discovered a blog that was hosting a handmade ornament exchange -- here. I immediately entered my name for the opportunity to send an ornament to someone that I have never met. It was such a fascinating, and perfect idea.

I recently received an email from the lady who owns the blog, and she informed me that my ornament would be making its way to Florida. The only problem was that I didn't yet have an ornament. I had to think long and hard about what to do because I do not sew, and I wanted my ornament to be something unique -- the idea is that the ornament should be something that you've created, right? Something handmade.

That's when I remembered a little ornament that I made when I was younger: a little Styrofoam acorn with gold and green circles pinned to it. I knew that it had to be elegant, but not over-the-top Christmas. Because I don't know the person it is going to, I didn't want the ornament to be kitschy.

The idea that I came up with is Old-Hollywood glamour:

First, you need paper, and from that paper
you punch out circles.

You are also going to need pins and ribbon -- pins
for pinning the paper to the Styrofoam
ball, and ribbon for the loop
that you will use to hang the ornament.

Start pinning the circles to the Styrofoam ball.
The tricky part is keeping them lined-up
properly so you don't have a lopsided ornament.

I also used the ribbon to create a little bow
at the top of the ornament.

Voila! My Old-Hollywood Glamour
Christmas Ornament.

I can't wait to send it on its way to a new home in sunny Florida!

This ornament has been linked-up:



  1. That is a really pretty ornament! I would like to do that now as well! I, too, am participating in an ornament exchange (though through another blog). We don't have to make homemade if we don't want to, but I definitely do. Thank you for sharing your ornament exchange!

  2. Thank you very much! Ornament exchanges are so exciting, aren't they? I hope you do make something homemade. It's fun to think that something you made is going to be loved by someone else!

  3. wow! what a fancy and dolled up ornament! love it!

  4. how beautiful! i just might have to make some :)

  5. Wow, that ornament is just like my pinecone map one - except yes, way more glamourous! It's beautiful.


  6. Thank you :)

    Yes! I've seen your pine cone map ornament and all of your other ornaments too! They are all so very lovely, fantastic ideas :)


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