Today, I’m creating some really easy ornaments. Due to the fact that I have kids and a dog, I like making inexpensive ornaments. That way if they break, no worries. These are fun to make and I love the whimsical look of each of these. You could add your own touches with glue and glitter, elegant ribbon, and specialty paper. I’m going to show you four options for creating ornaments with music notes.
I’ll be posting several how-to posts this month for the holiday season, so hopefully you’ll find something you like here!
Music Note Ornaments
- A pack of clear ornaments with toppers (I purchased mine at Michael’s and they are plastic, but you can get glass if you prefer)
- Ribbon for hanging
- Stickers (mine are letters)
- Music ribbon
- Printable Christmas Carol (I used this one)
- Scrapbook paper with Christmas Carol Background
- Your own slips of paper with your own writing!
- Other: glitter, glue, paint pen, acrylic paint, paint pens (I’m not using this in our tutorial, but you can certainly add it!)
You can also see how I made this by watching my YouTube video:
Music Ornament 1: Ribbon Ornament
Step 1: You need a clear ornament & ribbon with music notes on it. I got mine at JoAnn Fabrics.
Step 2: Take the ribbon and slowly glide it into the opening of the ornament making sure the ribbon design can be seen from the outside. You don’t need to cut these in pieces. Just simply put it in the ornament until you have the desired amount. Alternately, you could also wrap the ribbon in a rectangle shape (around and around) and then fold it up to fit inside the ornament. When you get it inside the ornament, it will unravel.
Step 3: Take a pencil (eraser side) and move the ribbon around to cover all the bare areas.
Step 4: Place the top back on and use a ribbon to hang.
Music Ornament 2: Scrapbook paper Ornament
Step 1: You’ll need a clear ornament & scrapbook paper with music notes on it. Cut the paper into long strips. I cut some long and some shorter. It doesn’t have to be all the same size.
Step 2: Roll the pieces up with the design on the outside & push them inside the ornament.
Step 3: Place the top back on and add a ribbon to hang.
Music Ornament 3: Printable Christmas Carol Ornament
Step 1: Take your clear ornament and remove the top.
Step 2: Print a Christmas Carol on the paper of your choice. One option is to use an off-white or beige colored paper to make it look like old sheet music. I used this print out that I found online of Oh Holy Night.
Step 3: Cut these into thin, long strips.
Step 4: Thread them into the opening, making sure the music is facing the right way. Use a pencil to move the pieces around to cover any bare areas.
Step 5: Place the top back on and apply a ribbon for hanging.
Music Ornament 4: Your Own Hand Lettering
Hand letter a hymn, a Christmas carol, or even names of people. I used a pen that was running out of ink for a more old-time look. I hand lettered it on some sketch paper that was off-white. I chose to hand letter “Let it Snow”. I then cut the lyrics into strips of paper and followed the same directions as in #3.
- Apply acrylic paint to a big paint brush. Put your ornament without the top on a hard surface where it won’t roll. Make sure to use paper towels or paper to keep the mess off your counters or table. Take another paint brush and making an X shape, smack the brush with acrylic paint against the clean brush. Do this over the ornament to make a splatter effect. Use more than one color for an added touch. Let dry all the way before hanging. Note: If the paint isn’t coming off the brush like a splatter effect, use a little more water to make it looser.
- Apply stickers or decals. You could use letters to create words like “joy”, “noel”, or “merry”. Make sure they fit before applying. You could also use other Christmas themed stickers as well.
- Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the ornament. You might want to brush it on. Then sprinkle glitter and shake off the excess. You could also try this Mod Podge glue which already has glitter in it!
- Use a paint pen to color or write on the outside of the ornament. Make sure to let it dry before handling or hanging.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like some of my whimsical tags for gifts.