Handmade New Home Ornaments
Hello! Today’s topic is about customized new home ornaments. When Christine worked at a Hallmark store she created a handful of house ornaments to give as gifts for family members and a few pieces for one of her co-workers to give as gifts. Above I am posed with an ornament resembling Christine’s parent’s house.
New Home Ornaments for Christine’s Sisters
The polymer clay houses shown above were created for her sisters when they moved into their new houses. She added the house number of their new homes and she included the date they moved on the back of the ornament.
House ornaments for Christine’s Co-Worker & Her Parents
These houses were a few created for one of Christine’s co-workers. She made an ornament of her co-worker’s own house, one of her co-worker’s brother’s house and another of her co-worker’s parent’s house. Then Christine also created two ornaments of her parent’s house which is also the ornament I’m posing with at the beginning of this blog post.
A New Home Ornament created in New Materials
After creating those new home ornaments with polymer clay, Christine took a break from making house ornaments. Then two years ago Christine decided to create a new home ornament for her long-distance friend Caroline. This time Christine did not use polymer clay. As you can see in the step-by-step photos above, she used layers of cereal box material cut out in pieces to resemble the architecture of Caroline’s house. Then she applied a thin layer of Apoxie Sculpt to the cereal box surface. Once the Apoxie layer was finished, she coated the surface with gesso.
Adding Acrylic Paint & Texture
Next the fun began as Christine was able to add color with acrylic paints. In the last photo you can see a wreath, garland and a snowman in white. She used a textured medium called “Snow-Tex” to create those.
New home photo, sketches and finished ornament
Here you can see the photo of Caroline’s house that Christine used a reference to create the sketches and cut out pattern pieces for the new home ornament. And you can see the completed ornament.
A new home ornament complete with a new glittery “snowfall”
Christine also added Snow-Tex to the peaks on the roof and to the base of the house. You might have also noticed that she painted the Snow-Tex garland and the wreath green. As a finishing touch she added a coat of sparkly glitter to the snowy surfaces and to the garland and wreath. The only other item left to add was the beaded hanger to display the ornament with.
An Embellished Gift Box for the New Home Ornament
After Caroline’s new home ornament was completed, Christine embellished a gift box to present the ornament in. She added “handmade for you” in puffy paint, some epoxy stickers and finished it off with yes, glitter!
The Ornament on Caroline’s Christmas Tree
When Christine mailed Caroline’s gift to her she asked Caroline to take a photo with her new home ornament. Here you can see Caroline pointing to the ornament hanging on her Christmas tree.
I hope you enjoyed learning about how Christine created her handmade, customized ornaments. I will chat with you later in cyber-land.