Making ornaments is one of my favorite holiday traditions! I love small projects and that all of those small projects add up to a cozy space to hang out during the cold winter months. Today I have a really fun and fast DIY chalkboard handmade ornaments project for you.
The best part of this project is how customizable it is. These handmade ornaments are literally blank canvases for you to shower your creativity upon. Or, if you are not feeling so creative or you are a beginner crafter, you can keep it simple and still have awesome results. Let’s get started!
Supplies needed to make your own handmade ornaments:
- 6″ Chalkboard Ribbon.
- Chalk Pen.
- Sharp Scissors.
- Double Sided Tape Runner.
- Twine (baker’s twine or thin cord).
- Optional Embellishments (alphabet stickers, sequins, washi tape, rhinestones/pearls, etc).
Step 1. First, let’s talk about this awesome chalkboard ribbon. I thought it would be paper based on the online description but it’s actually a sturdy vinyl with a nice finish (not quite shiny but definitely not matte). It’s perfect for making ornaments!
The ribbon is six inches wide so, for mini handmade ornaments, you can get an even amount of ornaments by cutting three strips 2 x 5.25 inches. You can play with this and cut any size you want. For medium ornaments, I cut them 3 inches wide.
Step 2. Run three strips of double sided tape onto the middle of the chalkboard strip.Step 3. Cut a piece of twine a few inches long, tie each end together (to make a circle) and place onto the tape as shown in the photo.Step 4. Flip the chalkboard strip in half and press firmly onto the middle area, securing the twine and tape.
Step 6. After you are satisfied that the tape is secure, you can do the most fun part – decorate! First, cut the bottom of the ornament into the shape you want. I love this banner look. Second, use all your fun embellishments to personalize the ornament.
For this one, I used alphabet stickers.If you have a personal cutting machine, you can make some really cool decorations for the handmade ornaments. Here, I cut “joy” out of gold adhesive vinyl and stuck it on. Then I cut little pieces of scrap vinyl and spread them out like confetti. Easy peasy.
For this one, I used a cut file to create a wreath in the Silhouette Studio and it cut beautifully.There are so many great holiday cutting files out there. I already have a bunch I’ve gathered over time so it was super quick to cut a few for this handmade ornaments project.
For a true chalkboard look, you can use a chalk pen to draw monograms or words. Add some dots to create snowflakes. One note of caution – I let these dry overnight but the chalk still wasn’t permanent. I smudged some of the dots to check and then decided to smudge them all to create a chalky look.You can use anything you have to decorate these little handmade ornaments. Here I used adhesive pearls for a quick design.Again, I just used some number cutouts I had in my paper stash to create this 25 design. Simple but effective.The possibilities are endless!! Just churn out a lot of the chalkboard bases and then have a family decorating party.
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.