Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornaments: Day #1

Well, it's me, Susan Liles here (your resident LBH Reverse Confetti specialist) and I'm thrilled (and just a little horrified as the newbie) to be kicking off this year's Twelve Days of Ornaments event!  Beginning today, we will feature a unique, hand-made ornament and a full tutorial so that you can easily re-create an ornament for yourself and others...and YOU will have a chance to WIN that day's featured ornament by simply leaving a comment. One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen each day!

Let's dive right into the holiday festivities with Ornament #1 
Holiday Wishes Dome Shaker Ornament

For this project, you will need:
Clear plastic dome
Patterned paper-2 coordinating patterns
White Card Shoppe cardstock
Small bottlebrush Christmas tree
Seasonal Sentiments stamp set (Reverse Confetti)
Tag Me Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti)
North Pole Wishes Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti)
Black ink
Foam snow
Scallop Circle die to fit outside of dome edge
Sequins or similar tree embellishments
Star embellishment for tree
Used dryer sheet
Hot Glue
Tape Runner or ATG gun
Fabri-tac or Beacon 3-in-1 glue (or similar)

Putting it together:

Trace around edge of dome onto patterned paper to be the backing of your dome and cut out.  Cut two and one will be for the back of the ornament.  (You may have a circle die that will work for this.)  Cut the scallop circle from the white cardstock.  Adhere with tape runner or ATG gun (liquid glue will warp needs to be super flat. Don't ask me how I know this. LOL!)

Die cut tag from coordinating patterned paper.  Die cut 2 holly leaves and berry from patterned paper and set aside.  Stamp "Holiday Wishes" sentiment onto white cardstock with black ink.  Cut down and flag end each side close to wording.

Decorate the Christmas tree as desired using hot glue.  I used the star embellishment for the top and red sequins as tree ornaments.

Place all pieces onto paper circle backing and decide on placement, making sure it all fits flat and nothing sticks out the side of the dome. 

Adhere all pieces to the circle backing using tape runner/ATG for the tag and sentiment, and hot glue for the tree. 

Use the used dryer sheet to wipe down the plastic dome completely inside and out. This reduces static for the foam snow.

Turn dome over like a bowl and add foam snow (approx. 2 teaspoons).

Hold palm of hand over back and hold upward to see if more or less is needed, keeping in mind about where the tree and tag will be once the backing is attached.

Use Fabri-tac or Beacon 3-in-1 glue and carefully attach completed backing to dome, making sure the plastic loop of the dome is stationed at the top of your ornament and that the foam snow stays at the bottom of the dome. DO NOT DRY FLAT--Let it dry semi-vertical so that the foam snow doesn't stick to the glue around the inside edges.  Once dry, check for openings and apply more glue if necessary around the dome on the outside.  Let dry completely.  (I did mine overnight.)

Add twine or skinny ribbon to outside edge of dome to conceal glue.  Loop a separate piece of twine or ribbon through ornament's top hole and tie for a hanger. 

Tie ribbons separately into a bow, and attach with hot glue at the top. Adorn with star trim, paper holly, berry and sequin.  Using tape runner or ATG gun, adhere 2nd circle to back of ornament. 

That's it!  And hey, don't forget that you can WIN one of these that I've already made, because I created 2--one for me and one for you!  Just leave a comment on this post and tell us what your favorite holiday treat is.  Miss Tracy will randomly pick a winner and they will be announced on our Day #2 Ornament post coming your way tomorrow--a joint collaboration from Lynette Chiles and Miss Tracy herself!

Merry Crafting!


  1. Finally here day 1. What a warm, inviting ornament!
    Kimberly B.

  2. Susan you did a fantastic job!! Love it.

  3. Cute!! I'm so excited to get ideas to begin creating for the holidays!

  4. Love it! My fave treat is pumpkin pie. I could eat it all day.

  5. Great kick off Miss Susan!!!! My favorite holiday treat is anything that involves chocolate.

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  7. Absolutely love this! ! Thanks for sharing! My favorite holiday treat is anything with peppermint!!

  8. Very cute and simple. My favorite holiday treat is my grandmas chocolate cinnamon cookies. So glad I have her recipe.

  9. I love it! Saw the snow at Hobby Lobby last night and was trying to think of something to do with it! Thanks for including so many pics with your directions!

  10. This is adorable - so festive! Great tutorial.

  11. Great ornament, Susan. And thank you so much for the step-by-step process you took in creating this. Now to replicate - haha. You never should be "a little bit horrified" to start the ball rolling - you did a super great job.

    Favorite holiday treat? Hmmmmm - maybe my daughter's Quick Chick Toffee Fix ...or is it Quick Chick Toffee Mix!?! Either way, all you need is the "toffee" and it's delicious. Want the recipe? Just ask.

    Merry Christmas!

  12. Love this! Favorite holiday treat would have to be shortbread .. also a family favorite!

  13. Great job, Susan. I love the ornament. My favorite holiday treat is Hot Cocoa with marshmallows and a peppermint stick...mmmmm!!

  14. Great job kicking off the annual ornament extravaganza! My favorite treat is an old family recipe for cookies called Holiday Fruit Drop Cookies. They are amazing.

  15. Love the ornament & tips in tutorial. What a great way to start off the 12 Days of Ornaments.

  16. Susan, this snowball is amazing. Gotta have it! My favorite holiday treat is anything with pumpkin in it. Yummy!!!

  17. Love this ornament! My favorite treat this year will be watching my one year old granddaughter tearing the paper off of the packages!

  18. Susan, I love your ornament and the great directions! You did a great job kicking off the 12 Days of Ornaments(So happy, happy, happy this has started!)!! My favorite holiday treat is a tie between Texas Trash and peppermint chocolate bark!

  19. I love this! It really got me in the holiday spirit!

  20. Quick break from packing to come check out the 1st day of LBH 12 days of ornaments! So fun!

  21. Good start to the 12 days of ornaments.

  22. OH my, Susan's ornament is most adorable!!! I love the wonderful detailing!! Super special and something that will certainly be cherished year after year!! Thanks for this delightful inspiration and I'm looking forward to the next 11 days of fun!! :) My favorite holiday treat is homemade bread pudding, yummy!!

  23. OMG your ornament is gorgeous!! WOW girl you did one outstanding and amazing job...I totally in awe of what you did....My goodness gracious you totally outdid yourself. You sure are one super talented gal!! You definitely have created a one of a kind ornament that will be treasure by 1 lucky winner and my fingers are so crossed I want this on my tree front and center!! YOU so ROCK!!!

  24. A fabulous looking forward to the next 11 days if all the directions are this easy to follow.

  25. This is great!!!

    My favorite holiday treat is chex mix! Yum!

  26. Great ornie, Susan. I love it. You are so talented. My fave holiday treats are Knorr spinach dip & homemade chex mix. Thanks for the fab kickoff to the 12 days of ornaments.

  27. So cute. So glad I found you on Pinterest....just in time for these sweet ornaments and tutorials. Love this first one! Thanks so much.

  28. very cute!!! I need one for my tree!!!

  29. Thanks for the great ornament tutorial. My favorite treat during the holidays would be either chocolate or peanut butter fudge. Heavenly!


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