Giant Glittered Ornaments from Quilting Hoops!

December 11, 2015Allison Murray
Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

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Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Have you figured out that I’m messy yet? I know I say it and sometimes I even show my mess to prove it but I’m telling you again… I’m a freaking walking disaster most of the time. Give me glitter and I swear you’ll be finding it everywhere. It’s likely hereditary as my nephew once told someone at the craft store when we were buying stuff to get crafty with, “I even found glitter in my crack!” ‘Cause he did. And none of us were surprised.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

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Rob will come home from work and I’ll notice that he’s had glitter on the side of his face that he no doubt picked up from me. He has been informed that he’s always going to find glitter, sometimes in unlikely places and that’s just a cold, hard fact of his new life with me :)

Give me paint and I’m going to get it all over the floor, all over myself and all over my clothes. I will be so careful and so proud of how well I did and in the morning I’ll notice a smudge of paint over here and drips and drops everywhere else. Sigh.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Since I spend a lot of time making I spend a lot of time making time to clean up my messes, too. Sometimes it can really be frustrating. I could be finding something else to paint and cover in glitter if I wasn’t spending so much time scraping paint off of the floor with a razor blade. I’ve been trying to work smarter rather than harder and in that I have decided that the proper tools are worth the investment. I have a great steam mop that is perfect for disinfecting floors but it doesn’t have a ton of scrubbing power. I’d often find myself on hands and knees with a scrub brush and then I’d follow up with my steam mop after.  In a house that has nothing but tile floors, this has become a ridiculous time suck.

So when I ordered my  O-Cedar MicroTwist™ from Amazon I was pretty stoked. If anything I assumed that the microfiber makeup of the mop head was going to be a great attractant to all of the glitter on my floor. It picks up dirt, dust, and you guessed it, glitter on the first pass. Yay! It’s also super quick to use and covers 75% more area with that 16-inch mop head and that saves me time I’m too impatient to lose :)

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

It’s also got some decent scrubbing power and you can wring the daylights out of this thing by twisting the plastic jobby you see up there and rotating the handle. Less water and cleaner on the ground means it dries faster which is great for me. I have a tendency to forget things super quickly. I’ll slip on a wet floor 10 minutes later and be all confused about it :)

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

And just to show you how messy I am, before I even got to the glitter part of this project, which I knew was going to be a terrible mess, I had glue all over my desk. Now you can ask me a million times how this happened and I’d tell you just as many times that I have no clue how all of that glue made it onto my desk. In the span of, like, fifteen minutes I dropped my phone and made a little crack in the screen, got glue all over the desk, dropped a bottle of soda straight down on the tile where it immediately geysered up and got soda EVERYWHERE.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

And then when I ran and got my glitter box I dropped it and found that I never put the lid on my black glitter. Dang! Some days you just can’t win for losing! But in the end, looking at that fine glitter I decided I needed a quick run to town to grab some of the chunky stuff. The fine just wouldn’t have the glitzy effect I needed and my little tumble there made me realizing. So maybe you can win for losing :) But let’s quit talking and start making…

For this project you will need:

  • Embroidery or Quilting Hoops
  • Spray paint
  • Razor blade
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric
  • Glue
  • Glitter

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

First you’ll need to tape off your metal on your embroidery hoops as best as you can.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Spray paint them to match the most common color in your fabrics. I used white.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Take your fabric and place it over the part of the hoop WITHOUT the wood blocks and screw to tighten. Yes, I know my picture is all sorts of backward! NOT like I did it here :)

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Place the part with the tightening blocks on top and over the hoop below the fabric. Squeeze together and the hoops will hold the fabric inside. Tighten hoops together using the block with the screw. As you tighten pull the fabric taut. If you pull too much you’ll pop the fabric out and if you wait too long you won’t be able to get the fabric to be smooth. It isn’t difficult but it might take a time or two if you’re not used to working with hoops.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Once the blocks are as tight as they will get trim the excess fabric from the back with something sharp. I prefer a razor blade for cuts like this.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

If you need help to tighten your blocks, grab a pair of pliers and a screwdriver. Use the pliers to hold the nut still and the screwdriver to turn and tighten.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

And here are my ornaments. Now this was a totally impromptu idea after seeing the hoops and thinking they looked an awful lot like ornaments. As such I started knocking this business out right in the middle of the living room while the dogs sat beside me eating kibble :)

Since it was far too messy to continue on to the next step I picked up my work and started glittering in the glitter zone, a.k.a. Allison’s office, where I don’t have to worry so much about being neat.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

If you grab a tube of glue like this tube I have you can use it to draw directly onto your fabric over the pattern. It’s super handy. Trace lines and shapes in the colors you want to accentuate.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Glitter and allow to sit a few minutes to get the best adhesion. Work over a piece of paper or poster board…

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Roll the paper up and you can place the glitter back onto your surface that needs more glitter or put back into your glitter shaker to prevent totally unnecessary waste!

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

Now see where my lines get a bit thick and fuzzy? I tried using a brush but I couldn’t get the lines nice and crisp. In the end I found that the brush was way too time consuming and way to difficult to control. Straight from the glue bottle is the way to go!

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

If using fabrics patterned with lots of colors you can either glitter everything with several colors or pick and choose what to glitter. I decided to make everything blue or teal glittered leaving the green alone. I’m not sure what I think about this in the end and I might go back and hit up the greens sometime soon.

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

After all, just the blues and teals were still a lot of glitter!

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

And for very busy fabric you should just choose to accentuate the areas you like the best. I worked this pattern so it looked a bit like peacocks. I love it :)

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

This bold blue and white geometric pattern is the smallest of my ornaments at 14 inches…

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

This lovely floral pattern is medium sized at about 19 inches…

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

And my favorite is this big mamba jamba right here at 24 inches.

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If you purchase your hoops with coupons and get sale fabric this project is totally affordable. If you buy it all at once with no discounts it’s pretty expensive, though, so I’d work the coupons as best you can!

As far as the end results go, my really chunky glitter is really noticeable and I love that about it. No matter what angle I take I can see that shimmer and that’s exactly what I wanted. Because like Rob said, most true ornaments are glittered and I’ve noticed he’s pretty dang right! They’re going to look so fabulous on my front porch. Yep, I made these babies for the front porch to compete with my freaking gigantic front door!

Because I have my  O-Cedar MicroTwist™  mop I’m pretty sure that I don’t have to worry about my glittery messes so much. Maybe I didn’t really worry all that much about it but it’s great knowing I have a way to quickly pick that stuff up and that’s pretty awesome! And when I’ve worked this baby out and need a new one, I can easily replace just the head. That’s less wasteful and I really dig that, too!

Make big ornaments for Christmas decor out of embroidery and quilting hoops. Fun!

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Comments (2)

  • Pat Schwab

    December 11, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Allison, What a fun idea. My favorite is the blue glittery pattern. Thanks, Pat S

  • Ama Ryllis

    December 16, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Awesome idea! I love the fabric you choose, nice colors.

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