Monday, November 24, 2014

This Year's Ornaments (2014): Part 1

'Tis that time of year.  If you're related to me and you see a photo that says DIY GIFT at the top of my post, you just move right along.
No Peeking!

If you've been around the last few years, you know I make an ornament for family every Christmas.
Our Christmas tree is covered in ornaments that my mom started making when I was born, and continues to make every year for me and the kids.
And now I do the same.

I was originally going to give the Clothespin Snowflakes, but I'm greedy and wanted to keep them all to myself. 
So I made some different ones.

If you've ever stepped foot (finger) onto Pinterest during the holidays, you've seen a version of these.
The first time I saw them I was immediately obsessed.
Because The Kid has over 300 hot wheels (from the neighbors), all I had to buy were the little trees, which I found a couple months ago at Michael's.

I wanted them to have "snow" on them, so I watered down some Mod Podge, painted it on to the areas that would naturally get snow, then sprinkled on Kosher salt.
The kids helped make these and by far, this has been their favorite craft to date.
They LOVED making them.  They kept getting out more cars to add snow to.
They ended up putting Diamond Dust glitter on top of a few of them, and they turned out really cute like that, as well.

Since my tree isn't up yet, I had to find a place to hang them for pictures.
I walked around the house and ended up at the kitchen sink.  
Yes, that's a wee bit humorous.

Some of the cars have open windows near the middle, so when that was the case, I tied the string on through there.
The majority of them, though, had to go underneath.

Tip of the day:  
You know that super trendy Baker's Twine that costs an arm and a leg for a small roll?
Yeah, I found red, a turquoise and a green in the yarn section of Joann's last year for less than two bucks each with a coupon.  You could see a roll of it in some of the pictures from this post.  I've used a ton of it for all sorts of things and I still have enough to last me for years.

Anywho, like I said, the kids made a ton of these, but I only had enough trees for so many, so they'll probably just get poked around the house for decoration.

Any car works and looks cute.
We did tractors, pickups, convertibles, jeeps, all kinds.

Ahhh, they're so stinkin' cute.
I love them.
Are you makin' ornaments this year?
I'll be back later this week to share the other ones I'll be giving as gifts.
In the meantime, here are some other DIY ornaments that live on my tree:

Felt Animal Ornaments

Felt Snowmen and Christmas Tree Ornaments


  1. Hands down genius! Are you kidding me!!! They are fantastic pal!!! I want to make them now! I will be pinning these!! Happy night to you!!! Nicole xo

  2. I LOVE the cars with the little trees! So cute!

  3. Hi Mindy!
    I wanted to come by to wish you and your family a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!
    Hoping that your day is filled with all that is wonderful!
    Sending hugs,

  4. Homemade ornaments have always been my favourites. I have many of the projects my son made when he was little.
    I love your little car ornaments. I have seen them on Pinterest, but never thought to make any myself. They are so adorable!
    I like the clothespin snowflakes you made too. I could see that might be a great activity for my hubby's cub scout group.

  5. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

  6. Hello Rindy, I am Veronica from Venezuela, I love your new ornaments , the cars is so cute ... I cant wait to see the new pictures of your hom decorations this Christmas 2014... I loved your last decorations... sorry for my bag english Language ... Grettings From Venezuela


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