01 December, 2012

DIY Vintage Christmas Ornaments Tutorial...

It's the first of December... so let the festivities begin!!!

This year I've been upcycling my old Christmas decorations with some vintage flair, using sweet vintage sheets and doilies from my stash.

 Upcycling your old Christmas hanging ball ornaments with vintage fabrics is really simple!

What you'll need....

Old round Christmas Baubles
Vintage Fabric Scraps
Paint Brush

Remove the cap of your bauble & cut strips of fabric approximately 1.5cm wide.  To get the right length, measure up on your bauble from the top to bottom.  Mine were approx. 7cm.

Next apply some glue to half of the bauble and then attach a fabric strip from top to bottom.  Attach the next strip, leaving a gap between it and the first one.  You'll find that you need to apply a little more glue at the top and bottom where the second strip will overlap the first.

Continue adding strips all the way around, until you reach the first strip that you attached.  

Apply a coat of glue over the entire bauble and then let dry. 

TIP....  To allow the bauble to dry evenly, without touching any surfaces, I grabbed an old jar and a bamboo skewer.  Insert the skewer into the hole at the top of the bauble and then stand it up in the jar.

Once dry, repeat the above steps, this time attaching the fabric over the spaces that are left.

Give the bauble one or two extra coats of glue, depending on how shiny you want your ornament.

Replace the cap.  (If you find it tricky getting the cap back on, a little dab of hot glue or super glue will help)

Last of all, use some thin satin ribbon or beaded string to hang your bauble with.

All ready to hang!

Creating the Vintage Snowflake Ornament is even easier!

I took a rectangular doily that had lots of little crochet circles.  

Cut the circles out, then apply glue on the bauble where you want to position your "snowflake".  

Attach the crochet circle, patting down to remove any lumps or bumps.  

Apply a coat of glue over the entire bauble and reapply once the first coat has dried if you feel it needs it.

That's it!  See... I told you it was easy!

If you create some upcycled ornaments of your own, I'd love to see them. 
 So leave me a comment here, share it on the Cass Can Sew Facebook Wall, Tweet it to me or tag me on Pinterest.

Have yourself a very Vintage Christmas!

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  1. Love these, especially the doily ones!

    Bettina @ http://littleoldsouls.blogspot.com

  2. Absolutely love the Doiley one!
    I think I need to get my hands on some doileys

  3. I adore the doily one! They are all pretty. You will have one good looking tree :) I wondered when you would post these after my sneak peek a couple of weeks ago xx

  4. Awww just gorgeous. They'd also make a wonderful gift too.

  5. These are just gorgeous....it's a wonderful idea! Even a non-crafty type like me could manage it! Xx

  6. Lovely idea, Cass and mu favorite is the little one in the back with the round doily :)

  7. Love the twig tree with the vintage ornaments. I have to go with the doily one, too, as a favorite.

  8. I love that doily one!
    I need to start doing some Christmas crafts!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I love the warm, homespun feel of these ornaments!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link part is open.

  10. they are all so beautiful ~ great idea and 'recycle' use ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  11. I love this so much. Thanks for sharing xo

  12. so cute! Would love if if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  13. These are so cute. Found you via Paula's hop. Hope you can drop by sometime. I have a giveaway going on right now if you'd like to enter. Visiting from DearCreatives.com

  14. These are soooo wonderful Cass! I found myself a 1970's Christmas activity book and it has a little section on how to make your own decorations like these. I've actually been using pages from the book itself as wrapping paper and gift tags...I might be able to do something like this with it too! Thanks for the inspiration lovely xx

  15. These ornaments are beautiful. Nice work!

  16. Ooh, those look so pretty! Thanks for sharing at our Ornament Link Up. :)

  17. What a lovely tutorial! These are so so cute!
    Siubhan x x

  18. Beautiful Cass! What a great way to brighten up those plain baubles!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success


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