Every day-after-Thanksgiving when I pull out the Christmas ornaments I look at the box and think "This won't possibly be enough to cover the tree!" The artificial tree that is the exact same size it was last year, and the box of ornaments that, if anything, is more full than last time I saw it. As I'm trying to find an empty space for the last few I realize how wrong I was. Oh, well, at least it gives my husband a good laugh to start the holiday season. Every year. I've made at least a quarter of the ornaments on our tree, if not more. They're so much fun, because there are no rules. You can make an ornament around any theme or subject, using just about any medium. If you can hang it, it's an ornament. Given Oregon's abundance of hazelnuts, or filberts, as they were known before they got all fancy, they're the perfect thing to experiment with turning into something cute for the tree.
To make one of these ornaments you'll need:
- two hazelnuts
- white acrylic paint
- 1/4" wide ribbon for hanging
- cord, ribbon, yarn, narrow strip of fabric for scarf
- clear sealant
- black permanent marker
- orange permanent marker
The first step is choosing good hazelnuts. You want the tops to be fairly flat so you can glue them together easily. The one on the left is perfect. The one on the right is going to find himself in a cookie.
I bought a bag and just sorted through them to find the best candidates. It was a little like a puzzle, and in fact when I found a good pair I made sure to keep them together.
Wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth. Let the hazelnut dry. Paint one side with white paint. Let that dry about 30 minutes.
Flip it over and paint the other side. Repeat if needed. Mine took about 3 coats. You could use spray paint instead if you'd like.
Apply a generous blob of hot glue to the top of one hazelnut. Press the top of the other into the glue and hold until it cools a bit. Lay it down to finish cooling. Don't worry about the glue oozing out – we're going to cover that up later
Cut 7" of the 1/4" wide ribbon. Knot the ends together. Glue to the back of the snowman with the knot in the indent between the two hazelnuts. Glue the ribbon to the back of his head, otherwise he'll dangle from his neck when you try to hang him up.
You can use just about anything scarf-like that you want around his neck. I made some with ribbon, baker's twine, jute cord, and I even crocheted a short scarf from yarn for one. Whatever you choose, tie or glue it around the snowman between the two hazelnuts.
Draw the face on with the permanent markers. Spray with clear sealant and leave to dry.
Who cares if my tree already has too many ornaments? There's always room for another cute snowman.