Monday, December 9, 2013

Make Homeamde Felt Milk Jug Cap Ornaments

Each year I try to make a couple of handmade ornaments for our tree.  Last year, Chuck and I made these hand and feet salt dough ornaments.  I would have made him a new set this year... but his feet are so big that the ornaments would end up being the size of small plates.

So instead, this year I turned a bunch of milk jug caps (gifted to me by a craft-loving aunt- thanks!) to make these mini felt ornaments.  Each one has a different design and they came out so colorful and cute.... I just want to eat them up.   But don't worry, I won't because they're made of felt...and glue...and plastic...

Can you guess which one is Chuck's favorite?  Keep on reading to find out... 

Yup!  The car one.  The snowman one comes in second.

Here's how I made these guys:

  • Gallon milk jug caps, washed and dried
  • Drill
  • String (I used really thin hemp cord)
  • Felt scraps
  • Fabric scissors 
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Fabric Paint
  • Tacky glue

1.  Imagine or doodle out a design for each ornament.

2.  Trace your milk jug onto a piece of colored fabric to get the background piece.  Use tacky glue to adhere it to your milk jug.

3.  Cut out other pieces of felt to create your design.  Glue them on.  (I used tacky glue for this project instead of hot glue because my felt pieces really small.  I was afraid I'd burn my fingers.  I also used fabric scissors instead of normal scissors because they cut felt better.)

4.  Add fabric paint details. 

5.  Once your glue and paint dries, drill a hole through the milk jug's ridged back portion.  Then, string your string through the hole and tie it into a loop.   Now you've got a way to hang your ornaments.  (Be sure to drill the hole at the top of your ornament.  We forgot to look at our design, so we had to redrill some holes... eek!)

Then, hang your handmade ornaments onto the tree.  Happy crafting!

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