Homemade Christmas Ornaments
Submitted by Darby Payne of TN
This year money at Christmas was a little tight,
so we decided to do some Christmas ornaments from the heart. I have three
boys (ages 10,6 and 5) and we made some Poinsettia flowers that will keep
forever. My kids made their own creations with mom doing the hot gluing, we had
a great time. It is a time that I will always cherish.
*5 hickory nut hull pieces (Hickory nuts have an
outer hull that is green and turns brown as it dries. It will split open usually
into about 5 pieces and reveal the shell of the hickory nut.) You may need a
couple of hulls in order to get 5 pieces that are about the same size.
Take the five pieces of hulls. place together to
where one part of the hulls meets in the middle. You will then have your flower.
Move the parts around until it looks like a flower. You may have a little space
in the middle. I just filled this up with extra hot glue. Now take the hulls,
one at a time and place enough hot glue on one side (about a 1/4 in. up) and
press another hull against it until you have glued your flower together in the
pattern that you first had. Once you finish hot gluing the 5 pieces, you
should have a flower that has 5 petals. Fill any gaps in the middle with hot
glue. Let cool. Now take cooled flower and paint with red paint both front and
back. After paint dries, add a little more hot glue to the center and sprinkle
seeds to make the middle. If you use popcorn place about three seeds in the
middle. Try not to add too much hot gun when adding the seeds. Now cut a strip
of ribbon long enough to double and make a loop so that you can hang it on the
tree. Add a little hot glue to the back side of the flower and press the ribbon
or twine into the hot glue. Add a little more hot glue if needed to make the
ribbon stick and hold. Now you have your own Forever flower.
P.S. I got this idea from a Master Gardener