I haven’t started collecting holiday decor quite yet (we keep on moving, and I really don’t want to haul that stuff around) so I’ve made do with what little decor I have. And this is one of them – mini ornaments I got from target for like 50 cents, and then knotted on embroidery thread. Since I don’t have a mantle anymore I am just hanging them around the apartment…
I staggered the ornaments in sort of an asymmetrical far-apart-then-close-together design but obviously you can do whatever sort of arrangement you want. This tutorial allows for easy design change if you end up not liking your initial line up.
Want to see the step-by-step tutorial? Yes, yes you do.
First, choose a few thread colors that you like. I chose non-Christmas-y colors because those ornaments were Christmas-color-y enough. Bought my threads from Walmart for cheap. The mini ornaments were from the dollar section at Target (gets me every time). I bought them in January 2014, so instead of being $1 it was 50 cents…save a whole two quarters! Ha. But I think I saw some more slightly different version for sale this year so check it out! They came in a tube like this:
- Pull strings out so all the ends meet. Make it whatever length you want (mine was about 20 inches) but be sure to add an extra 25% / quarter of string for tying and what not. Always better to have it a little long than too short.
- Tape ends
- Slide ends through ornament
- Place it near the top, leaving a few inches at the top for a loop knot
- Now just tie a simple knot!
- …and repeat with your second, third, and so on.
If you want to do the stagger effect like I did, line up the next ornament before tying it the thread, making sure it’s just a little bit shorter than the prior. That way you’re not spending all your time with a measuring tape and can spend your time doing more important things like watching The Good Wife. Actually you should watch The Good Wife while you’re making this.
When you’re finished, you can tie little loop knots (is that what they’re called? I was never in girl scouts…) on the ends. Cut off excess/taped ends or just remove tape.