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Ashley’s Snowflake Ornament

Hi all!  First off, I want to say thank you to all of you who rated our project online today!  Wow!!!!  You guys are really helping us out!!!!  Thanks so much!!!!!  Now for my latest project!  I’ve mentioned that early Christmas decorating is a family tradition going way back!  We have always put the trees up right after Halloween and it feels right to me!  So here I am again, early November decorating my Christmas Tree!

I had to start from scratch this year because ALL of our ornaments were strewn across Hwy 114 on moving day (note to self ~ do not put a lightweight rubbermaid container in the bed of a truck).  Thankfully they were of no sentimental value!  I was going to revamp them anyway to match my new color scheme!
Here is the first of the replacements!
I’m sure you all have these!
Pair it with a bunch of cream colored buttons and a hot glue gun!
Cut 6 long and 6 shorter pieces using a pair of wire cutters
and hot glue each piece around a large button alternating sizes.
more hot glue….
and sandwich the wires with another large button.
Glue the buttons to each wire creating a pattern…
and flip!  Copy the same pattern on the reverse side.
Now for the hangin’
Use a strand of 1ply jute twine and glue it between the top two buttons to hide the edge
and coil up to the tip of the wire.
Tie a knot at the top creating a loop for hanging.
Now that was painless!!!!
Can’t wait to hang it from my tree!!!
I have added these to our Etsy shop ~ The Shanty Shoppe ~ Where they are available for purchase!  Stop by and check them out!!!!
Also:  If you would still like to help us out with our contest we entered just scroll down to the next post and click the SOS button!  It will take you to the site where you can rate our project!  5 snowmen is the highest rating!!!!  Thanks guys!!!!!I will be linking up at the Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday!

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  1. Jamie B. on November 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    This snowflake ornament is PRECIOUS! I just love it. It seems easy enough but what I really love is that it’s fairly inexpensive to make. Your instructions and photos are great too. I hope that it’s okay, I just finished a frugal crafts round-up and couldn’t resist including your pretty snowflake! You can see it here:

    http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/Frugal-Crafts-15-Easy-Craft-Ideas

    Thank you so much for sharing this:)

  2. Jessica on December 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    LOVE this idea! This year we are on a crazy budget from our crazy debt and this looks like just the craft for me! Thanks so much for putting the time into the tutorial.
    Merry Christmas

  3. Kate on December 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Love these! I featured them on “Top 10 Ornaments to Make” @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com! Feel free to stop by and grab a button to show that you are featured!

  4. Amanda on December 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    A great Christmas break idea!! My 8 year old will enjoy this project

  5. Christmas decorations on November 24, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Cannot wait for additional posts such as this!

  6. Ena Unrath on April 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

    • Ashley on April 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much Ena! We are very happy to have you:)))

  7. kraplap on December 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm
  8. A Touch of Country on December 23, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    winter storm coming here to Iowa so I think the children and I will make these button beauties!

    Merry Christmas!

    Natalie

  9. Kim on December 18, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Great idea! I'll add them to my craft list.

  10. Totallyscrappy on December 16, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Super cute!

  11. Sheri on December 15, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Wow! That's great and I am so sorry you lost your ornaments!

  12. texasdaisey on December 14, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I love it. What a cool and cute idea.
    Debbie

  13. Julia @ Hooked on Houses on December 12, 2009 at 2:32 am

    This is such a cute idea. Love it!

  14. Jennevieve on December 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Love the buttons! I make things with buttons too!. I am currently working on a button wreath.

    http://houseinsideout.blogspot.com/2009/12/holiday-wreath.html

  15. Amanda on December 11, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I love those, but mixing metal and hot glue is dangerous for me. Lol.

    Hope that you have a wonderful holiday!

    Merry Christmas!

    If you get a chance, stop by my blog today and enter my children's Christmas book giveaway.
    http://smallhomebigstart.blogspot.com/2009/12/gift-ideas-for-kids-gift-of-reading.html

  16. moretomeblog on December 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    This is such a simple and cute craft idea!

  17. Jerri on December 11, 2009 at 8:02 am

    What a great craft!

    Hope to see you next week for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash!

  18. Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents on December 11, 2009 at 6:22 am

    These are just the most adorable snowflakes ever! I feel the need to make one sooN!!!

    My post is linked up now, so please take a peek at my holiday home when you get a chance!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

  19. Sue on December 11, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Love the white buttons on this darling ornament! This is so do-able!

  20. Margarida Porto on December 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Parabéns pelo blog,é muito interessante.
    Beijos

  21. karlascottage.typepad.com on November 28, 2009 at 12:58 am

    How cute and clever!

  22. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage on November 26, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Those are ABSOLUTELY beautiful! You are such smart cookies!

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, my shanty friends!

  23. Katie on November 26, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Great idea, love how it uses one of my favorites things in my craft stash and those ugly dry cleaning hangers.

  24. The Weathered Cottage on November 26, 2009 at 1:31 am

    this is GORGEOUS! I hope I have time to make some for my white/silver/robins egg blue tree!

  25. seemommysew on November 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    That is so cute! If you live in the US, you should enter the tutorial contest I'm hosting: http://seemommysew.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/the-great-tutorial-contest/

  26. Pearl Maple on November 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Fabulous idea for creative ornaments, nice to be able to repurpose those collections of old buttons.

  27. Robin on November 25, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I have just discovered your blog from 'Today's Creative Blog'. It's fantastic and I just love those snowflakes. Will definitely be subscribing.

  28. Orange it Lovely on November 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Love this idea.. I just love your blog.
    I have it on my blogroll! 🙂

  29. Karen- The Graphics Fairy on November 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    So sweet!

  30. Nancy @ La Chambre Rose on November 23, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Okay, this one goes in the inspiration spreadsheet. Lots of buttons here and I'm sure we can find hangers somewhere. Love it!

  31. ImagineCozy on November 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Such a fun idea, my daughter would love to do it! Thanks.
    -Angela

  32. Katie on November 23, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    AHHH I LOVE it!

  33. Dragonfly Treasure on November 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    OMG! I love snowflakes and buttons, I am so making one!! Thanks for such a simple and sweet idea. So clever!!
    *hugs*deb

  34. Destination Seaborn on November 23, 2009 at 1:43 am

    You girls are so clever! I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now and y'all never cease to amaze me. Great job!

  35. Wendy @ The Shabby Nest on November 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I adore this ornament!! I just love buttons…and what a great use for them!!!

  36. Kim on November 22, 2009 at 12:27 am

    @Cheap Chic Home. This is just adorable and easy enough to let kids work on. Thx.

  37. Lisa on November 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I love this! Thanks for the tutorial,I'm going to try this!

  38. nessadee on November 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    What a great idea! I love it!

  39. Deanna on November 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Do you know if this works with pipe cleaners and white glue or rubber cement or something? So the kids can make them (on a smaller scale)

  40. paperglueetc on November 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I have to do this, I love it!

  41. Candy Girl on November 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Just found your blog and love it! I have a thing for buttons, especially vintage, and will definately be raiding my stash to make these. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Tales From My Empty Nest on November 21, 2009 at 8:00 am

    I want to try making some of these. I have lots of old buttons. Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

  43. Brown Sugar Babies on November 20, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    These are great – thank you so much for generously providing instructions. I have tons of antique buttons that I felt were too precious to put on cards as embellishments … this is a wonderful way to use them as true keepsakes.

  44. Sharon on November 20, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    OMG …. I have a "thing" for white buttons. I will be making these on the weekend. THANKS!

  45. Wendy on November 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I love to put a Christmas ornament instead of a bow on gifts and this will look perfect! Thank you for the beautiful idea!

  46. Hollis on November 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I saw an ornament like this on Anthropologie and was going to copy it as well. Anthropologie sells theirs for $16.00. Crazy, huh! Thanks for showing us how to do it!

  47. sweetjeanette on November 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I. Love. It!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

  48. Lisa on November 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Beautiful ornament and great tutorial

  49. TRICIA @ The Zoo on November 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Hi.
    I just posted an award for you over at my blog. It is ready for you to pick up anytime if you would like. Love your blog. 😉

    XO*Tricia

  50. TRICIA @ The Zoo on November 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Hi.
    I just posted an award for you over at my blog. It is ready for you to pick up anytime if you would like. Love your blog. 😉

    XO*Tricia

  51. Turley Times on November 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I could not love this more. I think I will be making myself one this weekend!!

    Hannah

  52. snowman hill on November 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    So cute! I would add glitter too!
    I love it!
    Krista

  53. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) on November 20, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    What a great idea. It is just gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs, Marty

  54. Jane on November 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    This looks great. The variation in the colors of the buttons really adds to the overall beauty of this ornament. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Jane

  55. Amanda on November 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    How clever and so pretty!

  56. duchess on November 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    So simple & cute. Thanks for the instructions.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  57. Terry on November 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    How cute and so very clever! You two are so creative!

  58. Barbara Jean on November 20, 2009 at 8:58 am

    This is great!

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    blessings

    barbara jean

  59. Marianne@Songbird on November 20, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I've got tons of buttons…..
    I must squeeze this project in somewhere, I must. It is way too cute not too!

  60. Janna on November 20, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Very cute, but you guys always make cute stuff!

  61. tales from an oc cottage on November 20, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Snowflakes are my most favorite symbol of winter!!!! I LOVE THIS!

    m ^..^

  62. { L } on November 20, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Too crazy! Just last weekend I bought ornaments EXACTLY like these except multi colored! And now I learn I could have made them. 😉 Wow, super cool.

  63. Two Beautiful Girls Mommy on November 20, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Ohhh I love these. I have to say that the story of your tree and ornaments almost made me cry.I guess I am bit more attached to mine that I thought. I think these adorable little snowflakes would make an AWESOME garland.

  64. Country Wings in Phoenix on November 20, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Well how winter are these? I just love snowflakes and these are so precious. Even I could make one of these I believe anyway. I am goig to try it and see. I thank you for sharing such a wonderful craft.

    Have a beautiful Friday. Country hugs…Sherry

  65. mommieofthree on November 20, 2009 at 4:37 am

    What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!

  66. Rafahi Family on November 20, 2009 at 4:33 am

    This is so cute!!! I love it.

  67. Melissa on November 20, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Love all the fun stuff you guys do! I was wondering though; where do you find all your finials? I have looked at Lowes, Michaels, Hobby Lobby. Everyone looks at me like I am crazy when I ask about them. At Lowes are they in a certain place? Can you help?

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