I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet and I’m not trying to rush you, but with handmade stuff, you need a little time. Today I am participating in the 2015 Ornament Exchange with Erlene at My Pinterventures. The exchange posts have been going on since the beginning of November and there are some really great things showing up on the posts. On November 14th there will be a big link party with instructions to make all of the hand made ornaments. Today I’m showing you how to make Birch Ornaments, at least the way I make them.
To begin, let me tell you something about a trip my husband and I took this summer. We own between 8 and 9 acres of land in Alaska, north of Denali National Park. It is very, very wooded. Our plan is to build a small summer cabin on the land and this summer we spent 3 weeks there camping and working on the beginnings of the cabin. By that I mean cutting trees and moving them to our actual cabin site. Trees are really heavy by the way. A couple of summers before, my husband and youngest daughter cleared the cabin spot, so we had a lot of downed trees laying around. Some of those trees are birch trees.
Funny thing is that as my husband and I were walking around and looking at trees to use, I kept telling him not to touch the birch trees. They are so pretty. However, he had to cut a few of them because they would have gone right through our cabin. It is wood from one of these trees that I used for these ornaments.
That’s me below, building our cache, which is like a storage unit. We used pieces of wood from what we cleared to build it. We don’t want to clear a bunch of trees because we like it wooded. Currently there is only one spot where you can see in to the cabin spot, which is a road he cleared to hook up the electricity this winter. It will also be a 4 wheeler road when we get to that point. You can’t drive big vehicles in there.
Okay, on to the ornament. I got off on a tangent. So sorry about that. These are the pieces of birch, with a little sanding. Now that I got these done, I wish I had brought more back. Maybe next year. I was partnered with Yvie from Gypsy Road. Yvie home schools her kids as they travel across the United States. I just love that. We did that for lots of years too and it is probably my favorite time while I was raising my kids. I miss those days. Yvie writes about their travels and schooling.
For these ornaments you will need:
2 birch circles (You can actually buy these in craft stores)
1 Snowflake Element (found at Stampin Up)
2 prints of Home for Christmas paper (found at Stampin Up)
2 colors of acrylic paint
white paint pen
clear acrylic sealer
Paint the pieces of birch your desired colors. While the paint is drying, cut some small designs out of the papers. After the paint dries, write your words on the birch. Allow it to dry.
On your painted birch, paint a pretty thick layer of Mod Podge where you want the paper pieces to go. Add the paper pieces and rub them down flat. Allow it to dry completely.
After the papers are completely dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge on the whole front on the birch. Allow it to dry completely.
Drill holes in the tops of each piece of birch. Glue the snowflake onto the birch. When the Mod Podge is dry, spray the ornaments with clear acrylic sealer. Finally, when that is dry, string twine through the holes and your ornaments are done! Yay!
I really like these and I really hope my swap partner, Yvie, likes them as well.
Be sure to check back on the 14th for the link up. You can also check HERE daily for updates. I think you will find some great inspiration for what to add to your tree this year. Do you make Christmas ornaments? What kind do you make? Scroll down to see the other bloggers posting today.