Hi there! I have a fun and easy project for you today–a vintage Christmas ornament that I think you’re going to love. And I deserve it, too! Have you ever had one of those weeks where it seems like things are just slipping between the cracks?
I’ve had one–two trips to visit sweet daughter at college (one for needed “supplies” and another for a dance review), one day packing sweet mother for her move this Saturday, and some important ministry needs that came up.
Not to mention my ongoing craft show and blogging “day job.” Those are the two that slipped between the cracks this week. It’s 11:34 Thursday night and I’m just beginning to write this post, and I still have merchandise to price for the show and merchandise to package up for shipping. Say a prayer for me please!
Pretty cute, right? Whenever I use a vintage something for a DIY or craft project, it seems to really set off my creativity and often I can’t stop at just one project, but I am compelled to continue until I reach the very end of my ideas.
Materials Needed for the Vintage Christmas Ornament
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- Yardsticks (red are nice)
- Hand saw
- Scrabble tiles
- Hot glue gun
- Sand paper
- Pine pipe cleaners
- Red berries
- Baker’s twine
Whenever I see Scrabble sets at garage sales for a dollar or less, I pick them up to use in craft projects or to sell in vintage jars.
How to Make the Vintage Christmas Ornament
Step 1: Cut your yardstick the appropriate lengths using a hand saw, or if you’re lucky, a miter saw. To determine the size of each piece, count the number of tiles you’re using for a word and then add 1, and that’s the number of inches you’ll need for the ornament. So for the word “PEACE,” you’ll need 6″ of yardstick, for “NOEL” you’ll need 5″ and for “JOY” 4″.
Step 2. Drill a hole at the top of the yardstick and thread a piece of baker’s twine through it for hanging.
Step 3. To decorate the ornaments add a berry and pine accent.
To create it, start by twisting two wired berries together, just under the berries; trim them a bit leaving a good length of wire at the end.
Use that wire to hold together two 1 1/2 inch pieces of pine garland/pipe cleaner. Trim the wire and add a dab of hot glue to the back. Press it onto the yardstick, just under the hole you drilled.
Step 4. Now it’s time to add your Scrabble tiles, which is trickier than you might think. Because both the surface of the tiles and my yardstick were pretty slick, regular tacky glue did not hold them in place. My solution: I lightlly sanded the back of each tile, applied hot glue, and immediately pressed it into place on the yardstick.
Completed Vintage Christmas Ornaments
I made eight ornaments out of that red yardstick and priced them at $6.00 each. They sold out immediately(!). Tomorrow I’ll be bringing up another batch made with a yardstick that had some red writing on it.
I’ll post a photo of them soon. As always, I get a thrill out of using vintage materials to create something new and interesting, hopefully attractive and useful, too. I think these fit the bill.
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