Friday, November 11, 2016

2016 Ornament Exchange Link Party

2016 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop


Hey friends!  Welcome to the 2016 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 11 pairs of partners or 22 talented ladies participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple - create a handmade ornament for under $15 to exchange with a partner and create a tutorial to share on the blog hop!



2016 Ornament Exchange Link Party

I'm so excited to be participating in this blog hop with so many other wonderful bloggers!  Thanks to Erlene from My Pinterventures for inviting me to join in on the fun!  I cannot wait to sit back and take a look at all of the Christmas ornaments that this talented group of ladies made.  My partner for this challenge is Jelica from A Pretty Fix.  Jelica is a Canadian blogger, and she has a great sense of style.  Her style is streamlined, classy, and clutter free- at least this is the sense I get from perusing her blog.  I was able to look at her Christmas decor from last year, and she used a lot of golds and whites on her tree.  She told me that she plans on sticking with that color scheme again this year, so I knew I needed to make something for her that would fit right in on her tree.  I decided to make her a pom-pom snowball ornament, and I love the way it turned out so much I am considering making some for myself!

2016 Ornament Exchange Hostesses

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom
Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Sherry · Savvy Apron Megan · C'mon Get Crafty
Jelica · A Pretty Fix Emily · Two Purple Couches Christene · Keys to Inspiration
Pamela · Home On The Corner

2016 Ornament Exchange Link Party

I think this pom-pom snowball ornament will fit right in on Jelica's Christmas Tree.  I think the soft and fluffy texture will be a great addition to the white and gold colors that she will be using on the tree.  This snowball ornament took me all of about a half an hour to make.  Let me show you how you can make one of your own!  I found all of my supplies at my local Hobby Lobby.  They have a whole section of supplies that you can use to make your own Christmas decor.  Take note of the tags on the supplies that are pictured below.  They say Make It Christmas-parts for holiday supplies.  I love the way these supplies make it simplified for customers to purchase things so that they can make their own decor.  I bought two strings of white pom pom garland (but I only ended up needing one) and this round hanging ornament.

Supplies: 

White pom pom garland (or just individual white pom poms)
Round hanging ornament
Hot glue gun

2016 Ornament Exchange Link Party


I chose to use this pom pom garland to make my snowball ornament because I thought it would be a little easier to work with the pom poms while they were attached already.  But keep in mind that you could use a bag of individual white pom poms.  This is quite easy to make.  I started at the top of the ornament, right next to the hanging loop that is already attached, and hot glued one of the pom poms to the ornament.  I thenpulled tightly in a straight line the strand of pom poms all the way to the bottom of the ornament, and cut the string.  After it was cut so that it fit from top to bottom, I hot glue a pom pom right in the middle, and another one at the very bottom.  I did the same thing on all four sides of the ornament, as you can see in the picture below.  

2016 Ornament Exchange Link Party


After I had a strand of the garland attached in four rows going down all four sides, as pictured above, I started doing the same steps over and over in rows until the entire ball was filled.  After the vast majority of the ball was covered in pom pom strands, I cut individual pom poms to fill in wherever needed for full coverage.  

2016 Ornament Exchange Link Party

2016 Ornament Exchange Link Party
     

It's soft, it's fluffy, it's fun, and it is white!  I think it looks like a snowball, don't you?  I think it is just so pretty, and something that wouldn't take too long to whip out a dozen or so of them.  It cost me less than $7 to make this ornament, so I thought that was pretty affordable too!  What do you think of my DIY pom pom snowball ornament?  Do you think this is something you could easily make yourself?  Some round snowball ornament like this would also be really pretty as a bowl filler sitting on a table.

2016 Ornament Exchange Link Party

I hope you enjoyed my snowball ornament, and I really hope that Jelica loves it as much as I do!  I will be mailing it out to her very soon!  Do you have any handmade Christmas ornaments that you would like to share?  Please, join the party with us and link up your DIY Christmas ornaments below!





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