Happy Free For All Friday everyone! Take one look at CraftGawker and you’ll see that Christmas-time is here! Well, just in case you missed the lights in your neighborhood, the music on the radio, and the holiday section of every store. I absolutely hate that finals are next week because all I want to do is eat cookies and wrap presents! Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in a little of both this weekend, somewhere between writing a paper, planning a unit on genetics, and studying for my Animal Behavior final. Fingers crossed, ya’ll!
Since I haven’t been able to start wrapping presents yet, I’ve just been dreaming about how awe-inspiring they’ll all be. I am OBSESSED with wrapping presents. It’s terrible. Sometimes I separate my family’s gifts into lots of smaller boxes so I can wrap more stuff. But it’s more fun to open lots of presents, right? Plus I went a little overboard at Target after Christmas last year (90% off?! Yes please!!), so I have a ton of wrapping paper, ribbon, and pretty bows. Anyway, one thing I thought would be super cute this year was to attach homemade ornaments to the ribbon of each gift. Well, probably one gift per person is more realistic… but a girl can dream, right?! In that light, I’ve been Pinteresting and Googling and searching for adorable crochet patterns and tutorials for beautiful homemade ornaments. The following six tutorials and patterns are some of my favorites and they’d be perfect for topping a gift or hanging on the tree!
1. Amigurumi Rudolph Christmas Pattern from Little Things Blogged
Isn’t this little guy adorable? I love how teeny he is and I can’t wait to crochet him and tie him to a present. I’ll have to make an extra for myself though!
2. Crocheted Granny Square Stocking Ornament from Eating Out Loud
Can’t you just picture this mini stocking on top of a gift with a candy cane sticking out? This modified granny square crochet pattern looks super easy but turns out super cute! Plus you can use up scraps of yarn that are dying to be included in your Christmas crafting!
If you’re looking for some other granny square projects, be sure to check out our 6 Great Granny Squares Round-up!
3. Gingerbread Tree Ornaments from The Blue Brick
Luckily these ornaments are made from clay rather than gingerbread, so you don’t have to worry about eating them all while you’re making them. I love the paint layering techniques she used — so pretty!
4. Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments from Adventures in Making
Okay so these ones you also can’t eat either, but they will smell cinnamon-y and delicious and be covered in glitter. Yay!
5. Wood Bead Snowflake Ornaments from Tinsel and Trim
I love the rustic look of the wooden beads on these snowflakes, but you could easily replace them with other types of spherical beads. I’ve got this simple craft on my Christmas to-do list!
6. Sequin Ornament from One Artsy Mama
If you have kids, this seems like the perfect holiday craft to do together! They get to color, glue, use sequins, and make their own ornament for the tree or to put on the grandmas presents!
Do you ever use ornaments as gift toppers? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!