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Ornamental

by ysoldateague December 19, 2007

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My internet isn’t playing very nicely, so hopefully I can finally manage to post this. I’ve been making decorations for my tree and I thought you might like to see them. Or at least that you might like to humour my obsessively photographing the tree because it. is. so. very. pretty. Every year as a kid I made new decorations to add to the box and my mum still uses at least a few of those scrappy decorations full of memories. I love the idea that this is the beginning of a box that can be added to. I made these without the help of any little hands, but they’re all pretty child friendly ideas.
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Little ‘water bomb’ balloons papier mached with tissue paper or wrapped in embroidery thread soaked in watery pva. I used just a couple of layers of tissue, but they are pretty delicate.

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More layers would be sturdier but less transparent. So pleased that I managed to find water bombs in December, but then Toys Galore never disappoints.
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Felted jumpers cut into stockings and birds + glitter glue. Because there must be glitter on the tree.

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You’ve seen the fake gingerbread already, but I thought I’d share my recipe (though I’m too lazy to do any conversions). Mix 6oz plain flour, 2oz salt, 1tbsp oil, 1tbsp molasses or black treacle, and 1 egg to form a stiff dough. Add either a little flour or water if necessary to obtain the right consistency. Roll out on a floured surface, cut into shapes and bake at 180c for 10-15 mins until golden brown. I just iced them with a simple glace icing, which worked fine on the cookies that were hung up immediately. Most of them I stored in a glass jar until I got the tree and the icing chipped off those so if you have a better solution I’d love to know.

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Glass beads a friend bought me from Venice are much nicer hanging on the tree than sitting in a paper bag waiting for inspiration to strike.

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I think this might be my favourite, even if it was impossible to photograph very clearly. It’s just white fimo rolled out to about a 3mm thickness and stamped with black ink.

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More old sweater felt sewn into a garland. The bigger red links are cut from the sleeves and joined with smaller green strips.

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I’ve also received a few very unexpected ornamental gifts along with holiday cards. One for the tree, one for me (those leaves would be pretty pin I think)

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and one for my knitting. Thank you so much for these – you know who you are.

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ysoldateague
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