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Homemade Christmas Ornaments made from Curtain Rings

by Jane Windham on November 18, 2012

ornament made from a  wooden curtain ring

Today was a cold, rainy day which was perfect for making these homemade Christmas ornaments. I made these ornaments from wooden curtain rings, and since we don’t have our tree up yet, I just hung one on this container so I could show it to you.

bag of wooden curtain rings

This all came about when I ran across this bag of wooden curtain rings that I forgot I had.

And when Janet Metzger from the blog The Empty Nest posted these beauties on Facebook back in October, I knew what I was going to do with my curtain rings.

bag of pinecone potpourri

I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to transform my curtain rings into ornaments, but when I ran across this bag of potpourri containing miniature pine cones and preserved juniper I knew what I was going to do. (I ‘ve already been gathering pine cones to use in my Christmas decorating this year, and it seems that a whole lot of other people are doing the same!)

bowl of potpourri

The potpourri contains pine cones of all sizes, and I found it at Carolina Pottery in Columbia, SC.

miniature pine cones and preserved juniper

Here you can see the miniature pine cones and the preserved juniper.

completed ornament made from a curtain ring

You can see how I used the little pine cones and juniper in making the ornaments.  Hobby Lobby also carries the miniature pine cones.

white curtain ring with metallic paper on the back

  The first step in making these ornaments is to paint your rings. Mine were already white, so the next step is to create a back. Since I’m going to be using these on a tree decorated in white and silver, I decided to go with a silver back.

circles cut out of a paper plate painted silver

I had spray painted a paper plate with silver paint and cut circles out of it to make some of my backs, and that worked the best. But it was raining today and I couldn’t spray paint more of them.

circles cut out of metallic scrapbook paper

Luckily, I had some silver scrapbook paper and I cut circles out of it.

silver leaf Rub 'n Buff

After gluing on the backs , I added a little silver leaf Rub ‘n Buff to the rings.

pine cone and juniper glued on

Next I hot glued the juniper and the pine cones to the ring.

Epsom salt and glitter in a bowl

I mixed some Epsom salt and glitter in a bowl so I could glam up the ornaments a bit. To apply it, I watered down some Mod Podge and brushed it on the ring. Then I sprinkled the salt and glitter onto the ring.

glitter and Epsom salt added to ring

2 finished ornaments on burlap

I can’t wait to see them hanging on our tree.  It’s all part of my plan to use more natural materials in decorating for Christmas this year. Are you thinking about Christmas, too?

I’m joining:

Christmas Decorating on a Budget@Creative Cain Cabin

Meet Me Monday@You Are Talking Too Much

Newbie Party with a Twist@Debbiedoo’s

Metamorphosis Monday@Between Naps on the Porch

Uncommonly Yours Party@Uncommon Designs

Wow Us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

A Crafty Christmas Linky Party@Before Meets After




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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachee November 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Cool!
Doable and so elegant!
Hopped over from the hop and now staying to see what else you come up with.
-r

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Lavender Dreams November 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

This is a fun project and I see bags of these rings at the thrift store all the time. It would be fun to embellish them in all different ways! I love red berries! Enjoy your week! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Kim November 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Those are so cute, Jane. I have a very old curtain ring ornament that has a cross stitched back on it and was given to me as a gift. I hang it every year.

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Saxon @ Lets Drink Coffee, Darling November 19, 2012 at 4:11 am

Those are adorable! What a great idea to use curtain rings for! Love handmade ornaments! :)

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Carlene @ Oganized Clutter November 19, 2012 at 6:25 am

Cute ornaments Jane. I like adding natural touches.

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Danni Baird November 19, 2012 at 7:15 am

How cute and clever! Pinned it!

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dawn November 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

Jane, these are too cute:) What a creative girl you are.

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Kathleen November 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

Very pretty, Jane!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Mary November 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

These are adorable Jane! I love the idea of mixing Epson salt with the glitter! Christmas has just been on the fringes of my brain with Thanksgiving this week. I have lots of cleaning to do :)

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Dolly Sarrio November 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

So cute Jane!

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Olive Cooper November 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

Love the use of mini pine cones.

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Barbara F. November 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

These are so adorable. I have some rings in my linen closet I’m sure, although I have doors and no longer use the curtains. I also wanted to get a package outto you this week, I may not be able to do it til next week, things are a little hectic ;-0 but I will let you know definitely! xo

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vikki November 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

So cute. I did have to laugh though since my husband and I just got done rewatching the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Made me think of John Candy’s character who was the shower curtain king!

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Kris November 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Great idea! I just purchased some clear glass round ornaments and with Mod Modge, I decoupaged them with colorful Christmas scrapbook paper torn into small pieces. They turned out great and are wonderful to give as gifts! :)

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Ann November 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

These are pretty cute! I agree that pine cones seem to be the go-to natural element. lol. I cut some boxwood today and put it in a bucket. I guess that’s a start! Plan to really get started this weekend. Hoping you and Leo have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for our friendship. Blessings to you both!

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Dawn November 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Thanks for dropping by the party and showing off your creative talent.

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Karen November 20, 2012 at 12:12 am

Wow amazing. So so creative and pretty.

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Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside November 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

Jane, this is a clever idea! So many possibilities with this project! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Jean Windham November 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

Jane I had seen a similar type of Christmas ornament in one of my ladies magazines. Most of them had family photo’s and family pets. Yours are creative and will look great with the theme of more natural materials for Christmas. Jean

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Anu@MyDreamCanvas November 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

This looks great, what a fabulous idea. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I would love for you to visit me and see the centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table :) I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

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Shirley@Housepitality Designs November 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Jane…fantastic idea!!…The ornaments are so beautiful…and what a great “base” as they already have hooks!!…A great craft to do with my little one!!!

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Patti November 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

These are adorable! I was looking for a craft to make with my kids at school. These will just fit the bill.
Thanks for sharing and have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
Patti

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Kathy November 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Jane,
These are so cute! I’ve been thinking about decorating for Christmas! I hope to start on Friday, after Thanksgiving! Hope you and Leo have a great Thanksgiving!

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Thistle November 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

Jane,

These are so cute! What a fun, repurposed idea!

Wishing you and your wonderful family a blessed Thanksgiving!
karianne

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Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage November 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Jane!
These are adorable – I actually have some old curtain rings lying around and this would be perfect!

I love using natural elements in decorating and I’m trying to go simpler this year too!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too.
Kelly

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Ira Morse November 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Like the idea of your homemade Christmas ornament, silver has always been a color of freedom, peace, neutral, shining, silent, trust, still and silent and a color, which has been attractive to me always.

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Libby November 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

Happy to have found your blog. I enjoyed reading about your new adventures. I was a big fan of “The Breeze” and miss it so much.

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JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose November 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Sweet little ornaments – great idea!

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debbiedoos November 25, 2012 at 10:32 am

LOVE these Jane…they are adorable and such a clever idea. So glad you shared them at the party.

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Gail November 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Your Christmas ornaments are adorable Jane! What a great idea!!

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Laurel@chippingwithcharm November 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

I LOVE these!! I just happen to have a “stash” of curtain rings too :) Hmmm…now you’ve got me thinking. So many ideas…so little time! Thanks, Laurel

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Karah @ thespacebetweenblog December 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Jane!!! These are the perfect upcycle, love the touches of nature!! thank you so much for linking up to our party!!

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