Handmade Holiday Ornament Exchange

Beginning in 2012, my sister and I decided to exchange handmade ornaments based on the list of traditional and/or modern wedding anniversary gift suggestions. I am busy working on this year’s ornament but I thought I would do a Flashback of the three previous ornaments first.

The first year’s theme was Paper {traditional} or Clock {modern}. I created a Tim Holtz Cuckoo Clock ornament die cut out of paper.Alterations_Cuckoo_Clock

I began by covering a small box with vintage sheet music, this created the base. The music I chose happened to be from The Nutcracker Suite which seem suitable for the Christmas theme. Before I sealed up the box I punched two small holes in the bottom and ran a small chain through, leaving both ends hanging out of the bottom. I then sealed up the box and used Distress inks to age the paper edges.


I die cut two Sizzix  Tattered Pinecones to use as the “weights” beneath the clock. I added some snowy glitter and hot-glued them to the ends of the chain.

{Unfortunately the Sizzix House 3D die that I used to create the clock is discontinued at this time.} To add texture to the sides, I used the Woodgrain Texture Fade and Distress inks to highlight the raised surfaces. I cut an opening near the top arch and attached a small die cut Cardinal {more festive than a Cuckoo Bird}.


I die cut the Weathered Clock and first applied Tea Dye Distress ink as a background color. Next, I used Perfect Medium with an all-over stamp pattern and applied Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold. This created a random, worn metallic look to the clock face. Before assembling the clock/house, I placed the clock face on the front to determine where the clock hands would be attached. I used a small brad to attach the hands then set the clock face aside while I worked on the next steps. The clock face has to be attached after the house is attached to the base in the final step.


The assembled the clock/house had a plain top of the house but I wanted to add a more ornate roof. I cut and folded a piece of brown cardstock and ran both sides through my Vagabond die cutting machine using the Snow Flurries Texture Fade. I sanded the raised surface to give it more texture. I also added a small piece of die cut Vintage Lace along the front edge of the roof. It is cut from more old sheet music. I thought it added a nice gingerbread roof line. I used a large needle to punch two holes through the roof and top of the house. I glued the roof to the house then strung a piece of vintage ribbon through the holes to hang it.

I hot glued the house to the bottom box. I glued the clock face to both the front of the house and the base. On the left side of the clock I added a small bottlebrush tree. On the right side I glued a small die cut Reindeer.


The second year’s ornament theme was Cotton {traditional} or China {modern}. Visit again to see how that turned out.


This is linked to: Claire JustineCraft-o-Maniac, Create With Joy, Cupcakes & Crinoline, Flamingo ToesKathe With an E, Mad in CraftMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSew Can Do and The Crafting Nook

About Lynda Kanase

Former Sizzix Senior Product Designer and current Crafter, Maker, Stitcher, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

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