Wednesday, November 2, 2016

DIY Embroidery Ornaments

When I get a craft tool, I would think that I should get the most use out of it instead of just one or two projects. With that said, I always think about various uses for the wood burning tool I have. I have already shown you around 5 to 6 projects using the tool and I also showed you my first try with the wood burning tool. Today, I have come up with another idea of using embroidery and wood burning together to make DIY embroidery ornaments. Let's see how.

How to diy ornaments to put embroidery

Materials used :
Laser cut or die cut wood pieces or Popsicle sticks
Wood burning tool with mini flow point nib
Scrap wood piece for the base
Pencil and eraser
Embroidery floss in desired colors
Embroidery needle

Step 1: Use die cut wood pieces and form a snowflake. I had this hexagon dies cut pieces and design circle pieces, I used tacky glue to stick the pieces together and formed a snowflake. You can buy readymade die cut wood pieces or made your own like this.

Another option to make these ornaments are, you can glue three jumbo popsicle sticks together and use any round object to cut out two round shapes from it. Use can glue a small rectangle wood piece to the top of the round shape to make it is as an ornament shape.

Step 2: Draw the design you want to embroider on the wood shape using the pencil. 

Step 3: Use the wood burning tool to make holes on the edges of the drawn design. Hold the tool straight and make a hole. Practice making holes in a scrap wood before doing it on your main design. You need to give a little push while holding it straight to make the hole. Make sure you have the scrap below while doing this. 

Step 4: Thread your embroidery needle using your embroidery floss. I used three strands of the floss and doubled it. Now, there is no particular way to do it. Use your creativity and go through the holes to complete the snowflake ornament. I used a spider web stitch or Rose stitch in the middle of the snowflake ornament.

It is so simple. After completing the center cross, Use a different color thread or same color thread and come up from  the center. Then, weave around the stitches one up and one below to form a rose or spider web. You can alternate the thread for each round or you can do it the same direction for a couple of stitches and then change the threads. It is up to you.

Once you are done with embroidery, attach a piece of ribbon to the back of the ornament to hang it on the tree.You're done!

In the same way, I also made a simple ornament using the popsicle sticks. 

If you want a little variation and more colors, color your design using markers before doing the embroidery. Here is how I colored a mandala design before doing the embroidery. 

The options to making these ornaments are limitless. You can bring a lot of variations as desired. You can also implement this technique in making name tags, zipper pulls, add-ons for key rings or as a keepsake wall art if it is done in a bigger size. Here is a simple laser cut flower design piece in which I tried this technique at first with a simple "S" embroidered with the back stitch.

how to make snowflakes ornaments

Let me know in the comments below, how you will implement this idea of DIY embroidery ornaments. As always I will be happy to hear from you.

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  1. Clever idea. I have wood pieces that have holes in them like this, but never knew I could do it myself with a wood burning tool. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

    1. Once I found out, I couldn't stop making holes and trying new designs :) Thank you, Erlene :)

  2. These are so clever and I love how the thread brings color to the ornament. Thanks for linking up with Pretty Pintastic and hope you join us for Small Victories Sunday Linkup too, which runs all week long across 12 blogs!

  3. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & Shared

  4. These are so fun Sahana! Thanks so much for co-hosting #HomeMattersParty

  5. I especially love the embroidered snowflake ornament. Pinned to my crafts board. #HomeMattersParty

  6. Sahana, these are amazing! They turned out so cute. What a fun project. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty :)

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  7. Thanks for this idea! I love the design and will be sharing your link in my newsletter.

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  8. Thank you for posting. I do ornaments that are similar, and saw these and love their simplicity. Thanks for posting.

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  11. Simply wonderful... ! Love those DIY Embroidery Ornaments. Your blog is a great place for learning the art of embroidery digitizing. Thank you very much.