How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman!

How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman!

Have you seen the adorable sock snowman DIY posts on Pinterest?  When I saw these, I couldn’t resist!  I showed them to Sophie and she was completely on board with the project.  We talked about color combinations.

I know!  Christmas is over, and these would be adorable for Christmas, but winter isn’t over and wouldn’t these little snowmen make cute Valentine decor?

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Most of the items in this picture were picked up at the local Dollar Tree.  The fleece was picked up at the fabric shop and the enamel dots were purchased at Michael’s.

I chose packages of men’s, women’s, and children’s crew socks for the snowmen’s bodies.  The packages have two pairs and that will make four snowmen from each package.

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To begin this project, you will need to choose one of the white crew socks and cut the foot part of the sock from the heel completely across the sock, as shown in the picture.

You can use the leftover top of the sock for a hat, a scarf, or save for another project.

 

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Place the cut sock in a heavy bottomed glass with the toe down and wrap the cut edge over the top of the glass.  It will be much easier to fill this way.  Pour in rice.  Once filled almost to the top, the rice filled sock can be removed.  The rice will help support it and you can continue filling the desired amount easily.

 

 

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Using your hands, shape a neck and determine if you want more rice for the head or if you are happy with what you have.  If you want a larger head, add more.

 

 

Using a rubber band, secure the top.

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Shape a neck and add another rubber band to secure it.

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When you have the size head you want and are happy with it, use string to wrap over the top of the rubber band and secure with a double knot.  Over time, rubber bands can disintegrate.  You don’t want your snowman to fall apart! 

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After tying the knots, trim the string close to the knot.  He’s beginning to look like a sock snowman now, isn’t he?

 

 

 

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Next, choose a sock for the snowman’s hat and scarf.   Cut the foot part of the sock off right before the heel.  That will be shaped into a hat.  Cut the top of the sock about 1″ wide to wrap around the neck and another section below that for the scarf tail.  Cut the scarf tail section loop to create a flat piece of fabric.

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To create the pom-pom, on the hat, take a small amount of Poly-fil Cluster Stuff, (or some stuffing or batting), and stuff in the toe section of the sock. 

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Tie a piece of string around the bottom of the pom-pom.  Pull tight, tie a knot, and tie the string into a bow.  Snip the ends to match.
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Then, with a hot glue gun, apply glue to the lower edge on the outside, a small section at a time, roll up the bottom edge until the entire lower edge is folded up creating a cuff.  Repeat this step, gluing and folding, one more time so that the raw edge is now folded to the inside.

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Take the piece cut from the top of the sock, stretch over the snowman’s head and place over the rubber band and the knotted string around the neck, covering them both.

 

 

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Slip the cut loop for the scarf tail under the band around the neck to look like the tail of the scarf.

 

 

 

 

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Next, you have the fun part, creating an adorable snowman face.  Using a black Sharpie, I covered two of the little enamel dots for his eyes.  You could use hot glue here, but I chose to use Tacky Glue to adhere these to his face.  Have you ever noticed that snowmen look better with their eyes closer together?

 

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A small piece of an orange pipe cleaner was cut for the nose.  

With scissors, I trimmed the end of his nose to more of a point to resemble a carrot.  A little bit of Tacky Glue was placed on the end of the pipe cleaner and pushed into the sock material.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a button box?  Well, I do How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comand that is where I found these little red buttons that seemed perfect.  They were glued on, too.

Remember the Valentine stickers picked up from the Dollar Tree?  One little heart sticker was glued to his scarf.

The final step was adding a little blush on his cheeks.  This was added with a Q-Tip dipped in a little cream blush.  How adorably cute is this little sock snowman?

The Papier-mâché Snowman and Lady Snowman I made last year require a lot of patience.  These little snowmen do not.  They are quick and easy to put together.

Sophie and I will be making more of these this week and will share them on our Facebook page!  When you make your sock snowman, please share them here on My Humble Home and Garden Facebook page!

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How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Pipe Lamp

How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Pipe Lamp

Industrial Pipe Lamp

Have you seen the ‘industrial pipe lamps’, which seem to be one of the new trends?  They have a Steampunk look, don’t they?  Yes, they are so unique!  They also have a hefty price on them but how difficult would one of these be to make at home?  And at what cost?

 

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While you and I may not be savvy with all the plumbing paraphernalia, here, Jon-Michael, who works at the local Ace Hardware store, has come up with an easy DIY project!  How cool is this?  Can you imagine the impression made when you turn the red handle on the gate valve and the light comes on?

Jon-Michael put this first one together as I took photos of the process.  Then, using the directions, I put together a second one, which will be on the wall in the game room.

 

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This may look like a disparate group of items, but when assembled together in a particular way, the end result makes a real conversation piece!  

Note in this picture, this type of light socket was changed to the kind in the picture and the materials list below.  It will be safer for this project.   After roughing this up, we realized there was a possibility of the socket causing a potential short and we chose the safer light socket.

For this project, you will need:

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You Will Also Need :

Electrical tape, an adjustable wrench,  a plumber’s wrench or vice, and quick -setting epoxy.  You may need Teflon tape.How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Spacers for mounting on the wall (This will give enough room for the cord to slip between the wall and the flange.) or you could mount the lamp on a board, plaque, or piece of a pallet.  You could create a channel in the back of the wood to accommodate the cord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This multi-tool from Gerber really came in handy for this project.  These were a Christmas gift last year for my son and he uses them all the time!  (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small percent of any purchases through this link.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

 

The Lamp Cord we chose is an 8′ Silver cord.

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 Industrial Pipe Lamp Instructions

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Thread the male end of a 90° Street Elbow into one end of the 1″ Tee.  (Each thread can be slightly different.  Not all the threading starts in the same spot.  If the  elbow, once tightened, is not at the right angle, wrap with 2 – 3 turns of Teflon tape and retighten. )

 

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Cut two pieces of the smaller vinyl tubing about 3″ long and slide one over each of the rotary switch wires, stopping about an inch from the switch.   The tubing helps prevent the plastic coating on the wire from being damaged on the abrasive interior of the pipes.  The plastic coating on the wire is to protect you from being electrocuted!  You don’t want to damage that wire!  

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Insert the switch into the elbow and Tee fitting with one tube covered wire extending from each end. 

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Loosely thread the 1 – 1/4″ to 1″ Reducing Bushing into the 1-1/4″ coupling.

*Do not tighten at this time. 

 

 

 

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Loosely thread the 1″ close nipple into the 1-1/4″ to 1″ reducing bushing from the previous step.  

 

 

 

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Insert the socket, wire ends first, up through the 1-1/4″ coupling and out the top of the 1″ nipple.

 

 

 

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Connect the black wire from the light socket to the wire from the switch, using a wire nut(Remove the small piece of plastic insulation from the end of the switch wires and the socket wires first.)  Twist the ends of the wire slightly before covering with the wire nut.  Then, twist the wire nut catching the wires inside.  There should be no bare wire showing once the wire nut has been tightened!  Be sure to wrap the wire and the wire nuts with electrical tape.  I have seen where some say this is not necessary but I prefer to err on the side of caution!

The correct way to wrap the wire with electrical tape is to pull the tape tight and start wrapping the wires going into the wire nut, wrap across the wire nut, wrap back to the middle, and then cut the tape.  I cut a piece of tape about 8″ long so it was more manageable.

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Cut 1″ of the 1/4″ tubing and carefully press this onto the brass tip of the rotary switch.   Press down and then continue pressing back and forth when it becomes difficult.  It needs to completely cover the brass tip but not the threaded plastic piece.  (My first instinct was to heat the tubing but I was informed not to do this!  It distorts the plastic.  Slow, steady pressure, and wiggling back and forth slightly finally worked.)

 

 

How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comPlace the 1/2″ gate valve into a vice or hold in place with a plumber’s wrench.  

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Taking a second wrench, unscrew the stem from the valve and remove the brass tip from the end of the stem.

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Mix a small amount of epoxy following the directions on the package.  

 

Place a small amount on the threads of the stem and thread this into the reducing bushing.  *Do not over tighten!

Wipe off any excess and let dry for 10 minutes.  

 

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Set the 1″ to 3/4″ reducing bushing and stem from the previous step in front of you.

Now, take the valve Stem – Bushing piece, press the other end of the tubing from the rotary switch onto the end of the stem firmly and thread the bushing into the top of the tee.  (If you are having difficulty pushing the tube over the end of the stem, and I did,  rock it back and forth slightly, while pressing the bottom of the rotary switch from inside the tee.)How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

To prepare the lamp cord, pull the two end wires of the cord apart for about eleven inches.

Cut an 8″ length of the 3/8″ tubing and insert the neutral wire all the way through the tubing.How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Next, run the tubing with the wire inside, through the tee – elbow fitting.  (You might have to loosen the switch assembly to allow the tube with the wire to pass through.  Remember to tighten afterward!)

On the specific lamp cord used for our project, the ribbed wire is the Neutral.  The smooth wire on the cord we used is the HOT wire!  It also has the black wording on it. (Be sure to check the package for which wire is hot on the cord you use.) We wrapped a small piece of black electrical tape around the hot wire for easier identification.

 

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Connect the two neutral wires with the wire nut, the neutral from the socket and the neutral wire from the lamp cord.    Wrap with electrical tape like before. 

 

 

Now, connect the two hot wires, (the one from the lamp cord marked with the black electrical tape and the one from the switch), with the wire nut and wrap with electrical tape.

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Unscrew the close nipple and thread it into the street elbow, guiding the wires through the center as much as possible to keep the wires from being skinned.  How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Next, unscrew the 1-1/4″ to 1″ Bushing and thread it onto the nipple from the previous step.

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Gently press the wire nuts and wires back up into the reducing bushing and then thread the coupling onto the reducing bushing. How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

*Do not twist the socket as you spin the coupling!

 

 

 

 

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Finally, thread the 1-1/4″ Coupling onto the bushing.  (Note the socket is still loose and not seated in the bushing.)

 

 

 

Wrap the light socket, behind the raised rim 2-3 times with electrical tape. Then, take hold of the light socket, twist it counterclockwise 1/2 turn, and then press firmly into the 1-1/4″ bushing another 1/2 turn clockwise. How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

Carefully insert the prong side of the cord into the remaining pipe nipple and guide the cord through.

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*The prong on ours was snug, but it was able to be eased through the pipe.

 

 

 

 

 

Guide the rest of the cord through the pipe, keeping it away from the sharp pipe edges, and then thread the nipple into the tee. How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guide the cord through the flange in this same manner and thread the flange onto the pipe nipple.

 

 

 

 

 

To mount this to the wall, you will need 4 drywall anchors (if not mounting into a stud) and 4 nylon spacers (these will allow the cord to hang down the wall without being pinched when mounted).

You could also use a wooden base of your choice for the lamp.  Just drill a 1/2″ hole through the wood to allow for the cord.  You might want to create a channel down the back for the cord, too.

We opted to buy and use one of the Edison light bulbs.  Don’t they look neat in this industrial pipe lamp?  When lit, they just look like regular light bulbs.

Create your own AMAZING industrial pipe lamp!  It’s really pretty easy!

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How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

Want to make a snowman you’ll love?  Making these Papier-mâché Snowmen is so much fun!  This is the third snowman I’ve created using the same Papier-mâché used for the pumpkins earlier this year.  Creating those was so much fun, too!  What can I make for spring?  Hmmm…

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How to make a snowman?  This little snowman, (With his hat, he stands 12″ high.), was made in the same way the other snowman and the lady snowman were made, using a newspaper sleeve and crumpled newspaper.  A warning here, after you make a snowman, making these can become addictive!

You may think that I had a vision when each of these was started but that is not really the case.  For Frosty, I knew he would be wearing the earmuffs.  For Ellie, (It just seemed an appropriate name for her.), the Lady Snowman, I knew she would be wearing a red hat.  The last snowman, Archie Frost, (My friend, Cyndi, named him!) would be wearing a top hat.

 

Beyond that, they just began to take shape as the clay was applied and the arms were shaped.  Archie reminded me of a dancing snowman at first.  The way his arms happened to be positioned, it just seemed right. 

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Then, a little bird perched on his hand came to mind, and there you go.  Perfect!

 

For complete instructions on how to make a snowman, click here ►How to Make A Papier Mache Snowman from the beginning.

After he was completely dry, he was painted white, antiqued, and clear glitter was applied just like the other two before him.  He looks adorable just like this, but wouldn’t he just be perfect with a top hat?

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Instructions On How To Make A Top Hat

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To make this hat, I actually used the same brim pattern I cut out of an advertisement for the Lady Snowman’s hat.  Ellie and Archie had heads that were about the same diameter.  The hat I envisioned was a little wider at the top than it was at the base.  So, I cut a piece of newspaper, which would fit the inner circle of the hat brim.  Then, I sliced the top of the crown pattern, as you can see in the picture, to open it up a little.  You can see that making your own pattern is pretty simple.

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Using that piece as a pattern, and leaving those spaces open, I traced it on another piece of newspaper.  Then, it was folded in half, pinned to a piece of folded black felt, and cut out.  You can see the brim was cut, too, but a little width was added to the brim.  

Not shown in the picture, but also necessary, is a 4″ circle of black felt, (or whatever size fits your crown), for the top of the hat.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

The piece for the crown was folded in half and a 1/8″ seam was stitched on the loose edge, which would be the back seam.

 

 

 

 

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Fold the brim in half and mark the fold with straight pins.  Fold the brim in the opposite direction and mark these folds.

Divide the crown into quarters in the same way.  Then, match up the pins and pin the two pieces together, adding more pins to secure the pieces.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Sew around the pinned opening, 1/8″ from the edge.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

A four-inch circle was cut for the top of the hat.  The top edge of the crown and the circle were divided into fourths with the straight pins and that edge was sewn in a 1/8″ seam.  

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Clip the threads and turn it right side out and you have a hat!  How simple is that?

A piece of red velvet ribbon was attached by using a tiny dab of Tacky Glue in the front, on the right side, the back, and on the loose ends on the left side.  A little sprig of holly was glued where the two ends came together.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

I think this is my favorite so far!  Each has his own personality!

How to make a snowman you’ll LOVE?  It’s really easy!  Hope this inspires you to make one of your own.  Another newspaper sleeve with crumpled paper stuffed inside with a wadded up ball of paper for a head sits beside me right now.  Yes, a collection begins.

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How To Make A Beautiful Delicate Pine Cone Wreath

How To Make A Beautiful Delicate Pine Cone Wreath

A beautiful, delicate, pine cone wreath caught my attention on Pinterest.  Attached to ribbons, the pine cones were delicately suspended from the wreath.  I had never seen this done before and felt I needed to make one of these.  The pine cone wreath on Pinterest was more natural and woodsy, however, the wreath in my vision had beautiful shiny silver pine cones.

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At first, the plan was to buy another grapevine wreath as the base, but when I went to the basement storage room, the DIY Christmas wreath I made a couple of years ago caught my eye.

Wouldn’t those silver pinecones look great with the sprigs of greenery and the little red berries?  The tiny silvery leaves would echo the silver!  So, there was the plan in a matter of seconds.

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All of the flowers and the ribbon bow were removed from the wreath.  There was basically a blank canvas.  Although the wreath previously had a coat of theDeluxe Snow Spray’, a few more light coats were sprayed over the front and sides of the wreath. 

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Next, the pinecones had to be spray painted silver.  The cinnamon scented pinecones were purchased at JoAnn Fabric and Craft store for half price.   They don’t have to be scented.  That was just a bonus!  A search for that ‘mirror’ spray paint at several of the craft stores was fruitless.  I settled for shiny silver spray paint, which ran about $3.oo.  (I read a review on the mirror paint and the lady wrote that it was just an overpriced silver paint, in her opinion, anyway.)

The pinecones were just placed in a shallow cardboard box and several light coats of the silver paint were sprayed over them, allowing them to dry between coats.  I didn’t get obsessive over this.  Some of the areas at the base of the pinecone petals were not covered, which was not a big deal.  The pinecones had a nice silver shine to them.

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Using a drill and the smallest drill bit I have, a tiny hole was drilled in the top of the pinecone.  Some of the stems had to be removed before the surface was flat enough to be able to drill.  I just used the needle nose pliers to break the stem off to make it easier for drilling.  The hole makes it much easier to start the eye screw. 

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 The space where the stem was in these pinecones was limited.  It was necessary to remove a few of the petals around the stem on a couple of the cones.  My fingers would not fit to screw in the eye screw on several of them.  I could get them started but ended up using the needle nose pliers to finish the job.

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The red ribbon is such a bright contrast to these silver pine cones!  I love it!  

Not sure how long I wanted the ribbons at first, a ribbon end was threaded through the eye screw and tied in a knot.  The wreath was hung on the closet door so the ribbon lengths could be determined.  The ribbon was draped through the wreath and allowed to hang down, while the other end was held and manipulated until a decision was made on the length of the longest one.

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Then, the ribbon was cut and another pine cone was attached to the loose end.  (I already liked this pine cone wreath at this point!)

 

That process was used to decide how long each length of ribbon, with pine cones attached, needed to be.

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Once I was happy with the positioning of the pine cones on the ribbon, the tiny silver spray with the red berries was wired to the bottom half of the wreath.

Then, a bow from red ribbon was made.  I stood back and looked at it and decided that bow that was removed from the original wreath was really perfect for this wreath, too!  

Once it was attached to the wreath, there was still something lacking.  The top half looked plain.  It needed something delicate to balance what was going on at the bottom of the wreath.  After scouring the craft stores, fabric stores, department stores, etc., nothing seemed quite right.  The unfinished wreath sat here for a week. 

Then, I went to Michael’s and they had all of their tiny ornaments on sale – 70% off the regular price!  There were little boxes of 1″ diameter silver ornaments and I could envision them on the wreath as the perfect subtle finishing touch.  They set me back $1.80!

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To attach them to the wreath, instead of using hangers, a piece of wire was cut and shaped into a ‘U’ resembling a hairpin.   Then, the wire was slipped through the hanger on top of the ornament and twisted to hold it securely.  The two loose wires were then twisted around the branches on the wreath so they would hold more securely.

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The wreath was hung in the dining room.  Although this pine cone wreath has a pop of red, it really seems quietly elegant, doesn’t it?

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Actually, the title of this post could have been, How To Make A Beautiful Delicate Pine cone Wreath For Next To Nothing!

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How To Easily Make Beautiful Christmas Ornament Garland

How To Easily Make Beautiful Christmas Ornament Garland

 

DIY Christmas Ornament Garland

To make your own ornament garland, you will need some wire, wire cutters, and a large washer.  Then, you will need to make a picture frame wire knot.  This knot will hold the wire securely on the washer.  (I used some 24 gauge wire that I had in my craft supplies.  You want to be sure the wire is strong enough to hold the ornaments without breaking and yet strong enough to support the ornaments.)

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To make the knot, run the wire through a washer and back alongside itself.How To Easily Make Beautiful Christmas Ornament Garland on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Bring the wire over and around itself and back through the washer. 

 

That makes a little slipknot. The slip knot keeps it tight on the washer.

 

 

 

 

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Then, twist the wire around the base of the knot a few times.  Clip the tail off close to the wire.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Once the wire was securely attached to the washer, the washer was placed on a nail head, which has been used for attaching garland in the past.  (You can use the Command hooks for this instead.  Earlier, a couple of the clear damage-free Command hooks were strategically placed on the mantel for a place to drape the wire garland.) 

To measure how much wire was needed, the wire was draped over both of the Command hooks, looped down, back up, and across the fireplace to the other side where another small nail used for garland was positioned.   A generous amount of extra wire was added to the rough measurement and then the wire was cut.  Remember that when the ornaments are added to the wire, there will be added bulk and that will change the length of wire needed to drape nicely.

Then, I began to string red, white, gold, and silver ball ornaments on the wire.  Red was the intentional predominant color.  We have a variety of red ornaments in different textures.  There are red and white satin balls we bought in 1978!  There are a variety of plastic ball ornaments, which were purchased at end of the season sales over the years.  We also have some glass ornaments but I chose not to use them on this garland, fearing they might break.  Two more canisters of shatterproof red plastic ornaments were purchased for this project to add to those we already had.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sales from this link.  Thanks for supporting this website!)How To Easily Make Beautiful Christmas Ornament Garland on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Don’t you just love this look?  I don’t know why we haven’t done this before!  After stringing these few and placing the strand on the mantel, stepping back, I was just struck by the beauty of it.

 

Anyway, for each shiny red plastic ball I used on the first side, I set aside a matching one for the other side.  For each glittered red ball, one was set aside for the other side, etc.  My plan was to duplicate the pattern in reverse on the other end.  I didn’t want one side to be visually heavier than the other.  (It probably would have been just fine if I hadn’t done this.  Lol!)  In retrospect, maybe I should have started in the middle and worked on both sides at the same time.  Oh, well!

 

A few of the balls popped off of the end How To Easily Make Beautiful Christmas Ornament Garland on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comcap due to stress on them being bunched together.  This is not a problem.  Just use some Tacky glue to apply liberally to the opening of the ball, click it back on the cap and allow it to dry.  If you pick it back up before it is completely dry, it might pop off again, ahem, not that I did that.

Remember to leave some slack in the wire so that the washers, on the end, and the Command hooks can easily be reached with the wire.  If the balls are packed on too tightly, it will be impossible to loop on the hooks or nails.

The measurement of the fireplace where the ornament garland is placed is 72″ wide.  The final length of the ornament garland is 8 – 1/2 feet.

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In order to make placement a little easier, I measured, and with a ribbon, marked where the garland wire should drape over the hooks.  You could also use another piece of wire to wrap around the garland wire and secure to the hooks if you happen to pack the balls on too tightly.  There is always a way over, under, around, or through, right?

Although I had not planned to, the Papier- Mâché Lady Snowman and the Papier- Mâché Snowman are on the fireplace mantel.  I picked up the letter ‘J’, the letter ‘Y’, and the big red jingle bell at Hobby Lobby earlier this season.  I had a vision of what the mantel would look like but after seeing the Snowmen with the letters, I changed my mind!  The original snowman will ultimately be featured on the table in the foyer.  I’m working on another one with a hat to take his place on the fireplace mantel.  How To Easily Make Beautiful Christmas Ornament Garland on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Alright!  I LOVE this Beautiful Christmas Ornament Garland!  The picture does not do it justice.  It is so simple to make!  Can you imagine this in your favorite color combination?  The possibilities are endless!  What do you think?

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