Last Christmas, I began to blog with more intensity than I had before. I also began to transition from writing a lifestyle blog to posting more DIYs, recipes, and tutorials. Why? Because of Christmas link parties like the 2019 Ornament Exchange Link Party! Join the party by making your own ornament, and posting the tutorial. Receiving encouraging comments from other bloggers (and possibly being featured) is fun and addicting! This year I also signed up to exchange ornaments with a fellow blogger. My blogging partner is Courtney from All Things New Again. She transforms old, unwanted furniture pieces into unique treasures. Drop by her blog if you have the time! I hope she likes my Victorian Holly Berry Bell Ornament!
- 2″ terra cotta flower pot
- 1 1/2″ jingle bell
- 8″ metallic stretch cord
- thin lavender ribbon for hanging
- reusable Pioneer Woman straws (her colors are so pretty)
- Krylon Colormaster Paint + Primer- Gloss Gum Drop
- pearlized beads (7.4mm)
- Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Paste
- DecoArt Americana Kelly Green, Snow, Santa Red, Deep Space Blue Galaxy Glitter (This is a sponsored post.)
- Folk Art 2934E Licorice
- Aleene’s Gloss Finish Acrylic Sealer
- paint brushes- liner brush, 1/4″ flat
Spray paint your flower pot with Krylon Gum Drop. Allow it to dry thoroughly. Using the liner brush and DecoArt Kelly Green, make some tendrils on the top and sides of the flower pot. *I was given free DecoArt product for this post-it’s fabulous! I’m loving the Galaxy Glitter.
Paint some holly leaves using Kelly Green and the liner brush.
Trace around the holly leaves and tendrils with the liner brush and Snow.
Paint some holly berries with the liner brush and Santa Red. Paint black ovals at the bottom of each berry with Licorice and the liner brush. Highlight the berries with the liner brush and Snow.
Sign the ornament with Snow and the liner brush. Years from now, when you’re trimming the tree, you’ll want to know when you made this ornament.
Run the 8″ metallic stretch cord through the top loop on the bell. Using both cord strands, tie a “balloon knot” about 2 inches above the bell. Leave the excess cord above the knot. Slide a 1″ length of plastic straw over the cord. The straw keeps the bell in place when you hang the ornament. Using a straw piece was my husband’s genius idea. The Pioneer Woman straws are made of hard plastic, which makes them also sturdy and long-lasting.
Push the top pieces of the metallic stretch cord through the inside hole of the flower pot. Slide a pearlized bead over the cord pieces sticking through the top of the flower pot. Place the 8″ length of lavender ribbon in between the pearlized bead and the balloon knot on the cord. Tie a tight bow. Make it snow around the bottom of the “bell” using the 1/4″ flat brush and the embossing paste.
Using the 1/4″ flat brush, paint Deep Space Blue Galaxy Glitter over the “Snow.”
You’re all done! I hope you enjoyed my Victorian Holly Berry Bell Ornament!
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