Thursday, November 22, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments Day # 12

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!
 All of us at The Little Blue House hope you enjoy you day, This is Lynette bringing you the final ornament of the 2012, 
12 Days of Christmas Ornaments.

Letters to Santa
Years ago, when my first grandson was born,I purchased a " Letters to Santa " ornament. Each year his Mom puts a copy of his letter to Santa in the tube. It is fun to look back and see what he has asked for in the past years. I hope you will make one of these ornaments and start a tradition for your child or grandchild.

paper towel cardboard tube ( makes two )
piece of art metal - 4 1/4 X 6 or
piece of cardstock - 4 1/4 X 6
distress ink
sandpaper or sanding block
embossing folder and cuddlebug
versa mark
paint ( acrylic )
heat gun
tacky tape
ribbon 3/8" ( 12" length )
glitter tape
scroll die cut ( Cricut, Teresa Collins, Dec 25 )
small alpha stamps
black archival ink
2 small pieces of chipboard
2 small pieces of cardstock
Two - 12" pieces of baker's twine
scallop diecut or punch
12' jute

To get started:
Cut your cardboard tube ( paper towel ) in half. Trace around the end onto chipboard- cut two. Punch or diecut 2 scalloped circles ( needs to be slightly larger than chipboard circle ). Adhere chipboard circle to center of scalloped circle. Clip scallop up to the chipboard circle and bend up all around circle. Punch two holes in each circle.
Embossed enameled metal or cardstock:
Cut art metal or cardstock 4 1/4 X 6. Emboss using your favorite embossing folder.Paint with acrylic paint. Let dry. Sand. Slide distress ink pad over raised areas. Immediately cover with clear embossing powder and heat set. If you want your painted background color to be "enameled " as well, cover completely with versamark and while wet, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set. This step was used on the metal, but not the cardstock.
Place tacky tape on the back of the embossed metal or cardstock.
Wrap around center of tube. Add a small amount of glossy accents under seamline to secure. Wrap tacky tape around each end of the tube and place ribbon over tape. In between the ribbon and enameled metal or cardstock,add glitter tape. This will overlap the metal slightly. start and stop each of these steps at the same place. I used an " old school " 1/4" punch and punched a hole from each end as far in as it would reach which was just the other side of the glitter tape.
Lace your 12" length of jute through the holes. Tie a knot in the jute at each hole. ( hint: If you place a needle or pick in the loop of the knot, it will tie the knot at that place ). Bring the two ends up and tie an overhand knot at the top of the jute.
Tie two ends of baker's twine in a bow. Pull the two ends through the two holes of the scalloped end through the tube lacing through the second scalloped circle and tie another bow.
Stamp  " Letters to Santa " on the diecut scroll. Adhere to the tube. To insert the letter, just untie the bow, place letter in tube, and re-tie.
Hope you have enjoyed all of the ornaments brought to you by the Gals at the Little Blue House. Be sure to comment to win your Letters to Santa ornament.

Lynette Chiles
Hope you have a Blessed Day!

The WINNER of Day #11's Ornament is...

andra.villegas said...
Cute house! It is a "keeper". My favorite memory of LBH is meeting up with friends for a fun! I've met lots of new friends there also!!
Congratulations Andra! Please stop by or contact the LBH to
 claim your ornament.


  1. What a great idea, Lynette!! All children and Grandchildren should have one of these!! Such a great remembrance!! I love the holly pattern you used on the rolls.
    Thanks again LBH gals for all of your hard work and the fabulous ornaments you created this year! Can't wait to see next year's creations!

  2. This is Awesome.. thanks Lynette.. I cam make this for all three of my grandies...

    Thanks to you all for the great inspiration always..

    Happy Holidays LBH Family

  3. Lynette, what a great idea for a keepsake!!! I am so making this for my new grandson. I want to keep all his letters in it throughout the year and when he gets older make a tradition of reading them every Christmas

  4. Very clever!! I have my daughter's letters from years ago and hoping to have grandkids soon:). This will become a family treasure.

  5. This is so sweet. What a clever idea!!!


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