I am an ornament snob. Not like most ornament snobs, who have perfectly color-coordinated and beautifully decorated trees. No, my ornament-snobbishness takes a different form.
Every single ornament on my tree has a story, and if it doesn’t have a story, it’s not going on the tree. Some stories are simple “xyz gave this to me for Christmas in 2001” or “I inherited this strange Charlie Brown set from my grandmother.”
Others are a bit more complex: “My fifth grade crush made me this Santa Clause light bulb for a Secret Santa gift, and I still hang it on my tree 18 years later. Also- he worked really hard on it, and I totally missed the hint.”
So for a new ornament to get on the tree, it has to have a story. Aka, I can’t just buy it; it has to be a gift or something I’ve made. Luckily, I love making ornaments, so this doesn’t hinder my tree-decoration too much.
This is the third ornament I’ve made this year; the Wooden Block Snowman Ornament, and the Scrap Wood Pet Ornament both turned out really well, so I was hoping to make this three for three. Go check out the other two if you’re on the lookout for easy DIY ornaments!
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30 Minute DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
- Two 3″ Embroidery Hoops- I bought this 10-pack from Amazon
- Stain or Spray Paint
Step 0: Stain the Embroidery Hoops (Optional)
If you’re staining your ornament instead of spray paint, you’ll want to stain the wood before assembling the ornament. That way, it’s easy to reach all the parts with a brush. Alternatively, if you’re spray painting the ornaments, it’s easier to do that at the end.
Step 1: Assemble Ornament
This looks hard, but it’s really not. Start by disassembling two embroidery hoops, so you end up with four separate circles.
Put one of the circles without screws into the other, so that your structure looks like this:
Added a screwed piece, and tighten the screw as much as you can:
Add the last (screwed) piece around the three circles you’ve already attached. Tighten the screw as much as you can.
Step 2: Spray Paint
I always spray paint small things in a cardboard box. It does a decent job of keeping the paint contained.
I used a Rustoleum Universal “aged copper” color that I had around the house!
Step 3: Add Twine Hanger
I just slipped a medium sized piece of twine (I eyeballed the length) through the top part of the ornament and tied a knot. Done!
When I put aside time to make these ornaments, I gave myself three hours. They were done in thirty minutes. Talk about a quick and easy project that will help you decorate your house for the season! If you think you might make it, take a second to save this post to Pinterest so you can find it later!