Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

For the christmas ornament exchange, I was paired with Chelsea from Love Paper Crafts. After we were partnered, Chelsea and I connected through email 
and I then went to visit her blog. 
Her blog is amazing and she shares a great story about how she taught herself Calligraphy and is now running a successful business! 
Please stop by and visit her! 

Chelsea's christmas style is traditional and she decorates with white, silver and red. Since she lives across the country from me in Las Vegas. I thought it would be nice to use greenery from the east coast in her ornament. 

For my tutorial, I made Chelsea a scented wax ornament with evergreens, cranberries, cloves and star anise. I played around with other looks incorporating snowflake decorations, but I stuck to the natural elements for Chelsea.

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things
Michelle · Our Crafty Mom Beverly · Across the Blvd. Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify
Christene · Key to Inspiration Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K
Debra · Shoppe No. 5 Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble
Lorelai Life with Lorelai Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says
Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey
Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog
Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

I love how these wax christmas ornaments turned out! 

To start this project, gather the following supplies:

silicone candy mold 
empty soup can
wood stir stick
vanilla scent
any assortment of greenery, spices, dried fruit, or little decorations
I used evergreens from my yard, cloves, star anise, dried cranberries
 and decorative snowflakes.

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Since my wax came in bricks, I chopped them up a bit so they could fit in the soup can. You can also buy wax that comes as beads and then you would not have to do this step.

Gather the wax and place it in the soup can. 
Then heat about 3 inches of water on medium heat in a small pot. 
You will be making a double boiler to melt the wax.

Once the water comes to a low boil, Place your soup can with the wax in the pot. 

Stir off and on continuously until the wax melts. This will take about 20 minutes.

While you are melting the wax you can begin to organize your decorative ingredients. I experimented with a lot of looks and what I liked best was having the natural elements visible from both sides. 
To get this look, start by adding some elements in the empty molds.
 This side of the mold will come out very smooth and only give a glimpse of elements. 
(I only did four samples for this tutorial
as I had done other batches and was getting low on wax.)

Once your wax is melt, turn your heat off and add a couple drops of essential oils if you like.
 I added vanilla.

Then using tongs or an oven mitt, slowly pour the wax into each mold and fill about 3/4 full.

Wait about 1 minute so wax is gelling just a little and add more elements. Lay them gently on top so they don't get buried in the wax and let some extent out. Get creative here and experiment here with different looks and elements

Then, drizzle more wax on top.
 Do not completely bury your elements under wax because once the wax dries it will become almost obscured.

Now, let the molds sit at room temperature and let the wax dry. After about 30 minutes, your wax ornament should easily pop out. To create a hole in the ornament I originally tried it with a straw but it did not work easily. So I found that heating a metal skewer, or in my case a metal tipped temperature gage I no longer used, over the heat and gently inserting into the wax worked best. I worked it through one side and slowing pushed it through.

Once your hole is set, simply add some pretty twine and hang!

FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.


Joanne said...

That is such an original idea! I think it's great that you used materials from your area too; that way she'll always remember where they came from. Pinned.

Debra said...

How pretty your ornament is. I love how organic they are. I bet your partner was thrilled to receive it.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Love this... you could almost picture ones like this hanging on Victorian Christmas trees.

Erlene said...

These are so lovely and unique. I can see these hanging on many different styles of Christmas trees. Thanks so much for sharing your ornament tutorial on the ornament exchange.

Mary K. said...

Such a pretty ornament. And so unique too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us. I will share this on my FB. said...

I have never seen anything like these cute Ornaments, they are so lovely and look amazing!

Roseann Hampton said...

I love all of the Christmas elements - cloves, cranberries and evergreen! They look so pretty and I bet they smell wonderful too!

Emily @ Two Purple Couches said...

These are so neat! I never would've thought to work with wax like this. I bet they smell amazing, too! I've loved seeing all of the creative ideas shared for this hop!

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