Aug 03, 2015


Holiday Crafting: Handmade Christmas Ornament (A Tutorial)

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It is that time of year again.  That wonderful, colorful and cheerful time of year.  The perfect time for gathering with loved ones.  It is also the perfect time for crafting simple, yet beautiful things for your home or to give as gifts.

One of the things I like to make around this time of year are tree ornaments.  They are perfect as a small gift, placed on top of a wrapped package, or to decorate your home.  That lovely dove you see above, I had seen around many places and thought:  I can totally make that and show others how to.  So I did.  For you.  Enjoy.

Gather your materials:

You don’t have to use wool felt.  I just prefer to use natural fibers as much as possible.  I also like the feel and look of it, over the other felts.  But any felt will do, as long as it is not too thick.  The ribbon I used was 1/8″  (3mm) wide.  It does not need to be as thin, just thin enough to be used as your hanging loop.

The tutorial:

The first thing you’ll need to do is create your stencil.  It can be any figure you like, in this case I decided to draw a dove.

Once you’ve drawn and cut out your stencil pin the stencil to the felt.

You should end up with three pieces.

Sewing your pieces together:

To sew the hanging loop I used a regular needle and white thread.  Make sure you sew from the inside out, to the back piece.  Knot inside.  It is okay if there are minor imperfections, the wing will be covering part of the hanging loop.

Begin to sew with the embroidery thread by starting in the inside of the body.

Like this:

Then use a simple straight stitch to sew around.  Try to keep your stitches the same length.

Stitch around the wing as well, then attach to the body by sewing directly over the lower three wing stitches.

This is the way it should look after you’ve sewn the wing.

The finishing touch:

Sew a simple cross stitch (an x) for the eye.

You’ve just completed a beautiful dove ornament to gift or to keep- that is all up to you!

Happy Crafting!


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Lisa Renata is a proud multicultural Latina of Mexican, German and Japanese descent. She holds a degree in cultural Anthropology and is a certified Interpreter. She is also the creator of, where she shares her craft ideas, and her passion for sewing and photography.

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  1. Oh, how cute! Love the step by step tips, looks so easy.

  2. YOU are AWESOME! wow! so talented. great idea, beautiful ornament & great tutorial! thanks for this!

  3. What a great craft to do with the kids! Thank you!!

  4. Lisa Renata says:

    Glad you liked the tutorial!

  5. This is great! It makes me want to have kids to craft with. And a real tree. And time! You rock.

  6. How cute Lisa! I can see a whole set of these in different shapes and colors but with that simple thread and one color theme. Love them!!

  7. Ana Flores says:

    Lindo! Looks easy enough for a klutz like me to make!

  8. These ornaments remind me of the ones that adorned our tree growing up before Martha Stewart crotcheted her way into our collective consciousness and we ran out and bought the Made-in-China accoutrements that made our tree look perfect, as opposed to inviting, mismatched, warm, like our lives. Terrific tutorial, too!

  9. Lisa Renata says:

    Ana, I’m sure there is some craftiness inside you that just needs to be discovered. If only I lever about 3 thousand miles closer to help you discover them!

  10. Lisa Renata says:

    You totally can. I made some in soft pink and others in soft blue for babies 1st Christmas (not mine). They can even be made with fabric. The possibilities are endless!


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