5-Minute Embossed Ornaments (Christmas Ornaments)

 5-Minute Embossed Ornaments 

 

Simple homemade Christmas ornaments- Embossed Ornaments | Easy project for kids and adults with stunning results! We used household aluminum foil to make them.

Materials

  • Chipboard or Cereal box
  • Leaves or other shapes cut from chipboard– You can use something like this to create lovely shapes
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Jar lid
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Black paint like this
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper Towels

Instructions

  • Step One Draw a circle on a piece of chipboard using your jar lid. Cut out the circle.
  • Step Two Using a glue stick cover one side of the circle with glue.
  • Step Three Pres your leaf or paper cut onto the circle.
  • Step Four Add more glue on top of the leaf/paper shape.
  • Step Five Cut out two pieces of aluminum foil, one slightly larger than your circle and one the same size as your circle.
  • Step Six Cover the back of the circle with glue and press the circle sized piece of foil onto it.
  • Step Seven Turn over the ornament and press the larger piece of foil onto the leaf. Trim that piece of foil to be roughly ¼” larger than the circle and fold the edges over.
  • Step Eight Emboss it! Using your finger press down on the front of the circle to reveal the leaf lines. You will need to really press to see the details. It’s amazing to watch them appear!
  • Step Nine Paint a layer of black paint over the top of the ornament. Then quickly wipe of the paint with a paper towel. It will make the foil look like it has patina. Apply more paint as desired and wipe off. If you have too much paint use a damp paper towel to wipe it off.
  • Step Ten When you are done poke a hole in the top with a large needle, thread with embroidery thread, and hang it from your tree!

I really like the surprise factor of this project, especially burnishing the foil with your finger to reveal the image underneath. I also loved the way the leaf ornaments look like vintage tin.

Tips

  • You will want to use FRESH leaves to get the best impressions. Leaves with some thickness are preferred but be sure remove any stems that are extra thick as they will poke a hole in your foil.
  • An alternative to leaves is using paper cut shapes. We used this snowflake paper cut stamp
    to make small snowflakes out of chipboard and then pressed those as well.

Embossed Yarn Ornaments

These are easy for kids to make and decorate!

Materials 

  • Chipboard or Cereal box
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Jar lid
  • Scissors
  • Our favorite markers
  • Thin yarn or twine
  • Glue stick

Instructions

  • Step One Draw a circle on a piece of chipboard using your jar lid. Cut out the circle.
  • Step Two Using a glue stick cover both sides of the circle with glue.
  • Step Three Cut an 18” length of yarn. Start wrapping your circle with the yarn to make patterned blocks.
  • Step Four When you are done wrapping add more glue on top of the yarn.
  • Step Five Cut out two pieces of aluminum foil, one slightly larger than your circle and one the same size as your circle.
  • Step Six Press the yarn wrapped circle down on the larger piece of foil then place the circle of foil on the back side of the circle.
  • Step Seven Trim the larger piece of foil to be roughly ¼” larger than the circle and fold the edges over.
  • Step Eight Emboss it! Using your finger press down on the front of the circle to reveal the yarn “lines.”
  • Step Nine Color in the pattern with sharpies! Use the yarn to guide your pen and stay within the lines.
  • Step Ten When you are done poke a hole in the top with a large needle, thread with embroidery thread, and hang it from your tree!

Conclusion

If you decide to make homemade Christmas ornaments this year consider trying a few finger embossed ones, either style or both! They make a lovely addition to a Christmas tree and embossing is a great way to explore the sense of touch.

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