Published December 16, 2015
When it comes to decorating the tree I have always found the best ornaments are the ones that are made with family and friends.
Exquisite handmade Christmas ornaments transform any ordinary tree into something extraordinary. I recently came across the most beautiful snow white paper lovebirds on designer, maker and handcrafted lifestyle expert Lia Griffith’s website.
These little birds are absolutely stunning with their detail and when perched on a Christmas tree branch look amazingly festive.
There is time involved to assemble these little beauties, but it is well worth it. Be sure to purchase good quality white craft paper and look for paper that has a slight glitter finish. When the glitter paper is near a small mini light on the tree, the bird sparkles.
It’s best to follow the tutorial at liagriffith.com for Paper Love Birds and give yourself a bit of time to follow it for the first time.
I made these birds in white and also in red with black and red feathers. All craft materials were purchased at stationary and craft stores.
Another cute idea is to fill miniature wooden flowerpots with tiny artificial flowers. These pots are available at Michaels and when they are painted in white, red and green acrylic paint, they look very festive. Let the paint dry and then fill the little pot with a tiny bit of dry floral foam. Insert your miniature flowers to fill the pot.
Cut a piece of silver or gold beading threads and make a loop. Use a straight pin to insert into the middle of the pot to hang on the tree. Another cute option is to fill the wooden pot or silver bucket with miniature white pom poms.
They are sold in small packages in craft and dollar stores. Once completed they appear as buckets of snowballs.
If you prefer a more modern ornament then try making little painted, wood balls.
Purchase the wood balls at Michaels in their wood section along with a small package of screw eye hooks. Attach the screw eye hook into the flat upper part of the wooden ball. Pour 120 millilitres of an assortment of white, copper, bronze and silver acrylic paints in small containers.
Carefully dip half of the small wooden ball into the paint and hold over the container until all the drips have disappeared.
Insert a small skewer or thick wire through the eye hook and suspend the ball in the air to fully dry.