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Christmas Project #7 : Initial Ornaments

A few weeks back I was flipping through Pottery Barn's holiday catalog and came across some very simple, beautiful initial ornaments (can't seem to locate them online). What can be easier than rubbing on a single letter or two and calling it good? I used a combination of rub ons from Fontwerks and letter stickers from American Crafts and will use a little piece of ribbon to add them to our tree.

These plain glass ornaments can be picked up at any craft store and they come in a variety of sizes. There are all kinds of cool things you can do with them other than just doing a rub on + letter sticker on the outside. I loved these ones and  these ones (quilled paper rolls - also a great use for any extra ribbon) and these too that I saw during a quick search for "ornaments" in the gallery on Two Peas.

These make great little gifts.

And I also wanted to let you know that Creating Keepsakes is having a big sale starting this Friday, November 23 with up to 65% off of books, special issues, and other products.

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  1. Amy says…
    11/20/2007

    Hi Ali, thanks for sharing the idea and the links to the others! Those are great, I always end up buying ones like that that are hand-decorated by kids at craft fairs because I love what they come up with, but I may have to try making my own this year. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  2. Patti says…
    11/20/2007

    This are great Ali! You could do these as gifts for neighbors. Inexpensive, creative and personal!

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  3. Aimster - KY says…
    11/20/2007

    You ROCK, Ali!
    What an awesome idea!!

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  4. Kristi says…
    11/20/2007

    I am in love with this idea (not to be too dramatic or anything:) I can't wait to get started on this! Thanks for sharing your idea.

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  5. Sara says…
    11/20/2007

    The ornaments are very cute. Sometimes simple is totally the way to go. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Cammie says…
    11/20/2007

    Such and elegant idea, I think I will make these for the Grandparents. Thanks so much for sharing yours and the link to the others.

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  7. Lauren Z says…
    11/20/2007

    Super Cute!
    By the way- That second Ornament- I do not think that is Ribbon. I think that it is strips of paper that has been "quilled"... or at least I think that is what it is called. Quilling... or somthing like that...
    But that way you can make super paper into super cute ornaments.
    But I have made ones with ribbon- and they are cute too

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  8. Camille says…
    11/20/2007

    Holy Moly! How simple, creative, and personal--why didn't I think of that?! = )
    I've yet to look at the links, but I'm agreeing with a previous poster.... am thinking perfect grandparent (or anyone) gift!
    Thanks!
    ~C.

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  9. Stephanie says…
    11/20/2007

    What fabulous ornaments! So simple, yet gorgeous! Thanks for the great ideas. I am loving your blog.

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  10. Jennifer says…
    11/20/2007

    Such a cool and very easy idea to do. Thanks for inspiring us yet again.

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  11. jenn says…
    11/20/2007

    Love those Ali!

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  12. Amy says…
    11/20/2007

    What a GREAT idea! So simple yet so elegant.

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  13. Debbie - NZ says…
    11/20/2007

    What awesome and amazing ideas you have Ali!

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  14. Teresa says…
    11/20/2007

    what a beautiful idea!

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  15. Mary says…
    11/20/2007

    What a surprise to check your blog today only to find that you linked to my "joy" ornament on 2peas! What a delight! I get so much inspiration from your ideas, it's an honor to give it back!
    As another reader pointed out, it is paper "quilled" around a round pencil and pulled tight to fit in the hole. Double-sided thin papers work best...Thanks again for making my day!

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  16. Palonek says…
    11/20/2007

    Fantastic idea, thank you.
    Edward Palonek.
    http://www.edwardpalonek.org/

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  17. Amadia says…
    11/20/2007

    These look adorable! I just wanted to send a thank you for sending your book for winning the Method Playground challenge. It really brighted my day yesterday and I was truly inspired by every page. Couldn't help but start creating!

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  18. laura says…
    11/20/2007

    LOVE the personalized ornaments!!!! What a great gift idea for co-workers and neighbors!!!
    Thanks Ali!!!
    As always, your inspirations amaze me!
    laura
    w. cola, sc

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  19. suetreiber says…
    11/20/2007

    these are really cool. Of course, you made them!

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  20. Penny says…
    11/20/2007

    Love those balls. I've also seen the clear, red glass balls with white letters on them and white ribbons on the top, which was very pretty too. Thanks for the sale tip.

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  21. Alice says…
    11/20/2007

    LOVE IT!! LOVE IT!! THANKS FOR SHARING SUCH TALENT!

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  22. Lan says…
    11/20/2007

    Loving all the holiday crafts you are coming up with! I finished two button trees with my 2 year old, now I'm planning on making some of these clear ornaments. It'll be perfect for my secret santa gift for my co-worker. Thanks Ali!

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  23. Angie says…
    11/20/2007

    What a fantastic idea! I love it! I can't wait to get started on some.

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  24. Margie says…
    11/20/2007

    Thanks for the links. I have a bunch of those glass bulbs waiting to be decorated. There are also some cute ideas for them in the latest Simple Scrapbooks.

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  25. Doris says…
    11/20/2007

    I just came back from Michael's and they have the ornaments on sale for half off.

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