One of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up was decorating the Christmas tree with my family. We would head out to get a tree right after Thanksgiving (we just couldn’t wait any longer!) and decorate the tree together. We would reminisce about our favorite ornaments and where they came from. I have loved carrying on this tradition with my family and our children have really started to enjoy it too! It is so fun to unwrap the special ornaments that we have collected over the years, and adding a new ornament that I’ve made recently. Bring on the decorating!
Each year I try to buy or make a meaningful ornament for our tree, and this year I got my inspiration from this book I received last Christmas. The authors are John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love, and their blog is awesome! They write about home decor, renovation, DIY, crafts, and family. I have found so much inspiration from their blog and their books! I own two of their books and hope to add their new coloring book to my collection soon.
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Here are the materials you will need for this ornament:
1. Sculpey Clay
2. Craft Knife
5. Rolling pin
1. First you start by taking a handful of clay and molding it into a ball, then rolling it flat with the rolling pin.
2. Then very lightly draw the house shape/outline with the pencil. If you make a small mistake you can lightly rub the clay to “erase” the line you made and it will blend into the surface.
3. Then use a craft knife to cut out the shape. Then to add dimension I drew and cut out the roof shape, front part of the house, door and beams. I lightly pressed these down on top of the house shape and made sure they were stuck together. You can also add window shapes or textures by using your craft knife.
4. Next it’s time to bake your ornament! Simply follow the directions on the Sculpey Clay package and then let it cool. Once it is cool you can paint it! I used a light shimmery gold color for most of the house and added some white accents and brown for the door and roof.
5. Next you can add twine or ribbon of your choice to hang it on your tree! You could make one for your own tree, or as gifts for your friends, family, or neighbors. This is such a sweet way to remember a cherished home. I love that my children will see this ornament every year and will always have a reminder of this home.
If you are finishing up your Christmas list, make sure to check out my Free Printable Christmas Gift List!
Do you decorate a Christmas tree every year? Do you have special ornaments that you cherish?