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November 20, 2007

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.


  • 1.
    Amy said…

    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.

  • 2.
    Patti said…

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

  • 3.
    Aimster - KY said…

    You ROCK, Ali!
    What an awesome idea!!

  • 4.
    Kristi said…

    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.

  • 5.
    Sara said…

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

  • 6.
    Cammie said…

    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.

  • 7.
    Lauren Z said…

    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

  • 8.
    Camille said…

    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!

  • 9.
    Stephanie said…

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

  • 10.
    Jennifer said…

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

  • 11.
    jenn said…

    Love those Ali!

  • 12.
    Amy said…

    What a GREAT idea! So simple yet so elegant.

  • 13.
    Debbie - NZ said…

    What awesome and amazing ideas you have Ali!

  • 14.
    Teresa said…

    what a beautiful idea!

  • 15.
    Mary said…

    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!

  • 16.
    Palonek said…

    Fantastic idea, thank you.
    Edward Palonek.

  • 17.
    Amadia said…

    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!

  • 18.
    laura said…

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

  • 19.
    suetreiber said…

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

  • 20.
    Penny said…

    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.

  • 21.
    Alice said…


  • 22.
    Lan said…

    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!

  • 23.
    Angie said…

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

  • 24.
    Margie said…

    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.

  • 25.
    Doris said…

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

  • 26.
    Ashley Schultz said…

    I love the simplicity of these! Thanks for sharing Ali!

  • 27.
    Lindsay said…

    THANK YOU ALI!! I am in love with this idea! I’ve collected supplies tonight and plan to make them as place holders for our Christmas dinner as well as for my 20 darling Grade 1 students as their little holiday gift from me. Thanks for the inspiration- it’s so frosty here in Vancouver, Christmas is coming!!

  • 28.
    Lyric said…

    Just love your site! I made a button Christmas tree with my grandson this weekend. It was fun and it’s adorable. You can see a picture of it on my blog.
    I’m going to make these ornaments next!!
    Thanks so much,

  • 29.

    woohoo! these are awesome!!! (I think you just helped me figure out what to give to coworkers for Christmas…)

  • 30.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    You are amazing!! Thank you so much for your every inspiring Xmas ideas. We are getting revved up for the season and always looking for new craft ideas.

  • 31.
    MariaM said…

    They sparkle!! Another beautiful idea you shared!! Thank You!

  • 32.
    Jen said…

    great idea! i had been eye-balling lots of ornaments myself out of PB. i am going to attempt the ribbon balls!

  • 33.
    terribradford said…

    I am SO excited to see that you linked to my glass ornaments on 2Peas. VERY honored… thanks, Ali! Love your versions!

  • 34.
    Lynn said…

    Very cute! A fun one that kids love is to put unpopped microwave popcorn into a clear ball, put it in the microwave and it pops! I used to be a teacher and did this with my 6th graders and they loved it! Every so often, a kernal will break the ball so be sure to supervise!

  • 35.
    Debbie said…

    I got the glass ornaments for 50% off today too but am having trouble finding the stickers in the larger monogram. I found smallish monograms at Michaels. Has anyone used those satisfactorily?
    I really like the size of monogram you used! I live in a small town and we have one scrapbooking place that I have not tried yet.
    Thank you again for another wonderful easy project!

  • 36.
    Lisa M said…

    These balls are so adorable!! I had to try making one tonight and it looks pretty good! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • 37.
    tchou said…

    these balss are beautiful! great idea!

  • 38.
    erin yamabe said…

    omg you’ve been busy, and oh so creative as ever!!! from your cute boxes on the wall, to these simple and so cute ornaments, wow!!! love your style and your stuff. such good stuff goin on.
    happy thanksgiving!

  • 39.
    Julie Howard said…

    These are wonderful ornaments! I am loving the Christmas ideas you share here.. We have also picked up some styrofoam trees from Joann’s to make the button christmas trees – though I think I might make a ribbon one too (goodness knows I have enough ribbon!)
    Love your work!

  • 40.
    valerie said…

    and to tag onto Doris’ post…Mike’s has them in SQUARE ornaments…something totally cool and completely different!

  • 41.
    Tif said…

    Thank you for these wonderful ideas!!!

  • 42.

    I LOVE this idea. I’ve had a set of clear glass ornaments in the craft closet for about 10 years now (Yikes!) waiting for the right design inspiration. This is it! Who knew I was actually waiting for the “write” inspiration!
    Thanks for the brilliance!

  • 43.

    Wow! Fabulous idea and so easy! If you don’t mind, I’d like to link to it on my blog.

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