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I love hand made gifts. They are so special and you know that a lot of time and effort went in to them. I am excited to share with you this DIY Burlap Ornament. I wouldn’t quite consider it a rustic ornament, but it could definitely go with a rustic theme, or just a traditional theme. Either way, it is a great gift that recipients can enjoy year after year.
Several years ago, my brothers and sisters and I all decided that it was time to start having a family Christmas party that was not on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. We all have our own families and traditions and it was getting harder and harder to see each other on the holidays. So now we have a party a week or two before Christmas. I am excited to be in charge of our Christmas Party this year. I made these ornaments which I will give out as the party favor for everyone to take home.
To start, I suggest taking a look at Oriental Trading Company’s website and their large selection of ornament craft supplies. I chose large, clear ornaments. I also picked up several other craft supplies from burlap ribbon to paint markers. They have a ton of Christmas craft supplies for an amazing price. I wanted something a little extra to add to the ornaments so I also picked up some Merry Christmas charms.
DIY Burlap Ornament
Start by taking the stopper/topper out of your ornament. Then cut a 2 foot length of your burlap ribbon. I did some with natural burlap color and some with red. Put the burlap into the ornament. You will want a pencil or stick or something to help push the burlap into the ornament. Then you can also use it to move the burlap around how you like it.
Once you have gotten the burlap in how you want, you can use a paint marker to write something on the ornament (or use vinyl if you have a vinyl cutter). I chose to just write the year because my handwriting is not that great. If I had pretty hand writing I would have written “Family Christmas Party” or something on it.
While the paint dries on your burlap ornament, you can make your bows. I chose a Burlap ribbon with a chevron print on it to make my bows. You will need to measure your own ribbon depending on the size of your ornaments, but here are the measurements for my bows.
1- 10 inch piece
1- 8 inch piece
2- 5 inch pieces
1- 2 inch piece
Take the longest piece and use a glue gun to make it into a circle. Then place a dot of hot glue inside the circle in the middle and push down to create two bow ears. Do the same thing with the second longest piece. Then glue the smaller bow on the larger one.
I then took the two 5 inch pieces and glued them to the back. I did it this way so I could easily make sure the arrows in the chevron were facing the same way. I did them pointing up toward the bow so I could use the chevron print to trim the ends of the ribbon. You should end up with something that looks like the picture below.
Now take your bow and squish the center to give it the pleats you find in a bow. (See picture below)
Use a hot glue gun to glue between the layers to help it keep this shape. It may not stay perfectly, but you will now use the hot glue gun to wrap your 2 inch piece around the center, making sure it is tight and will hold this shape. You may have to trip some of your 2 inch piece off.
Next I took the charm and ran a thin string from the burlap through it . I used this to tie it around the bow. Finally, I used the chevron to trim the ribbon bottoms.
Put the topper/stopper back in your ornament. Hot glue your bow to your ornament.
Now, take some jute or other ribbon and run it through and tie it so the ornament can be hung. Now you have a fabulous rustic chic Burlap Ornament to give or to hang on your own tree.
Bonus- we are having our family Christmas party at a church in the gymnasium. I am going to take a small artificial Christmas Tree and hang all the ornaments on it as part of the decorations.
Stay tuned for more of our great Christmas Party ideas. And don’t forget to check out our Surprise Christmas Tree Cupcakes!