I am excited to teach you how to create an incredibly easy and chic holiday ornament today! I recently bought a roll of birch bark looking wallpaper off of ebay in preparation for some Christmas decorating. When I saw this adorable birch bark stocking ornament in my Ballard Designs catalog, I knew I could create my own!
To create this ornament you will need the following:
- Birch bark paper
- Fur trim ribbon (I bought my boa-ribbon at JoAnn’s.)
- Pencil, scissors, glue
- Sewing machine
- Polyester fiber fill
- Metallic paint
Step 1: Create a stocking pattern and trace it onto paper.
I drew a stocking shape onto some scrap paper, cut it out, and then traced it onto the back of my birch bark paper. Be sure to trace it twice, creating a mirror image of the stocking.
Step 2: Cut out the stockings.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut around your pattern.
Step 3: Glue edges and sew the stocking together.
To make sewing the edges easier, first glue your two stocking edges together being sure to only glue the edges and leaving the center of the stocking open. When sewing, just go slow around the curves. I used white thread and a decorative zigzag stitch.
Step 4: Fill stocking with stuffing.
You can fill your stocking with polyfill, or even with shredded tissues if you don’t have polyfill on hand. Use a pencil to position your stuffing in the toe.
Step 5: Glue twine and trim onto ornament.
Cut a piece of twine and place it inside the top of the ornament. Secure in place with hot glue. Wrap your fur trim around the ornament and secure with glue. I wrapped my trim around the stocking twice to make it look a bit fuller.
Step 6: Add metallic paint to your ornament.
This step is optional, but it adds some fun bling. Use a metallic paint to paint over the birch bark lines.
I love the way it turned out! I plan on making a few more stockings for the tree as well as some other cute shapes.
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