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The 4th Day of Christmas with Sharon Glasgow

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Welcome to the 4th day of Christmas (2013) guests and giveaway. Today you are in for a treat. My talented Proverbs 31 ministry partner Sharon Glasgow is joining us. She is a sought-after speaker, a blogger and a homemaking genius! She gardens, raises goats and chickens and makes many homemade foods and decor for her house. You will love her ideas here for homemade ornaments.

Now, here’s Sharon:

Homemade Ornaments-Simple and Pennies to Make

I love a tree filled with homemade Christmas ornaments. It’s nostalgic, warm, personal and brings back memories of the good ole days years later. Making them is a great way to spend family time together on Christmas break. Enjoy creating your own memories! Merry Christmas!

Wagon Wheel Snowflake Ornaments–Made with Wagon Wheel Pasta

Supplies needed- pasta, glue, cream paint and thread

Work on parchment paper or wax paper. Design small and large wagon wheel pasta pieces into ornament shape. Glue together with glue that dries clear. Use clear coat on top if you want to add glitter. Paint them and add glitter if you desire. I wanted cream paint and glitter (I didn’t have any glitter, maybe later).


After glued put string through for hanging.


It took minutes to make, the glue was fast drying. If you already have glue, you’ll only need to buy the pasta and one small paint. The most inexpensive ornament and beautiful.

Cinnamon Ornaments

1 cup cinnamon, 3/4 cup applesauce, 2 tablespoons glue- mix all ingredients, roll out and cut! Make sure you put a hole in top before you bake for string. Bake 200 degrees for 2 hours.

I made cinnamon ornaments for everyone on both sides of our family 8 years ago and they’re all in perfect condition. Cinnamon does cost money but these are worth making. Smells heavenly, even 8 years after making. I store them carefully.


Stir and knead



200 degrees- 2 hours-flip after first hour
Use puffy writer paint to write name and outline

Dried Fruit Christmas Ornament

Ingredients needed: fruit, craft varnish, thread

See this post for how to make: http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/12/making-dried-fruit-christmas-ornaments/;


Felt Snowman Ornament

1 piece of black, white and orange felt, thread to sew seams, ribbon for scarf and dryer lint for stuffing

Buy white, black and orange felt. Use pattern to draw front of snowman and snowman’s back. Draw the hat (2 identical pieces for hat) and buttons onto the black felt and cut out. Cut a triangle nose from orange felt. Sew buttons on. With black embroider thread sew black eyes and mouth. Sew nose one. Sew the back and front of snowman together. leave hole at bottom to fill with lint from your dryer. After you stuff it, sew bottom closed. Sew two pieces for hat together, you can add a tiny bit of lint into hat if it fits. Sew onto snowman, leaving flap over front of face and flap over in back of head. Red ribbon around neck, tie knot.

Here’s the Snowman pattern in inch squares.


Sandpaper Gingerbread People Supplies needed: Sandpaper,white paint in tube, festive thread

Use our pattern to draw your gingerbread boy or girl
Or use your own cookie cutter as a guide
Add festive string to top and decorate

Here’s the Gingerbread pattern in inch squares.

Decoupage Photo Ornament: Supplies needed-Photo, decoupage, glue, tinsel rope or ribbon, festive thread

Glue photo on top of cardboard piece, brush clear coat on top


Put holes on both sides and string festive thread or twine through. Put child’s name and age on back


Cross– Supplies needed-Popsicle sticks, aluminum foil and rubber band

Two Popsicle sticks wrapped with aluminum foil-held together with a rubber band


One of our daughters made this years ago- tin top with punched holes


Dale made this when he was a little boy
Ellie made this for a state fair when she was 8 years old with homemade dough baked





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  1. We have a tradition in our family that the first baby rattle received becomes that new baby’s first Christmas ornament. Mine has been on a CHRISTMAs tree for 45 years now. My moms for 66 years!

  2. My favorite Christmas ornament is a pair of ornaments my sister and I made for my mom and my dad with my grandparents’ help one Christmas when we were little. They remind me of my grandparents and their involvement in our life. They also remind me of my sister and I working together for our parents.

  3. we love making ornaments every year! We try a new idea every year so thank you for this post!!! I love the ones we have made but one of my favorite store bought ones has the salvation message on it!

  4. My favorite ornament was a gift from my mother-in-law who passed away seven years ago. She got a hand painted ceramic gingerbread style girl and boy with our names on it made for us when Ben and I got married. Every year when I unpack it, I think of her.

  5. My favorite ornament is one my daughter made me when she was 2.5 years old – it is a pinecone with pretend snow on it!

  6. My favorite ornament… hmmmm I love the angel tree topper does that count? My husband and son picked it out all by themselves so it is very special to me.

  7. My favorite ornament is a photo of my son at age 3 dressed up as a shepherd. It’s in a rectangular shape made of sticks that look like a stable. I ooh and aah every year over it.

  8. My husband and I went to first grade together, and then he changed schools. We didn’t meet again until after high school. We both have a Snoopy ornament made from felt that we made in first grade and our moms saved them for us. Now, all these years and three kids later, they hang together on our tree.

  9. My Jesse Tree ornaments are my favorites…I have more than one. Why? Because they tell the story of Jesus from the prophecy in Isaiah 11:1-2 all the way to his birth in Luke 2. Including, important people in Jesus’ family, and other prophecies about his birth. We hang one every day during Advent and read the corresponding scripture. It’s a special tradition and a wonderful way to keep the focus on Jesus. Please visit my Etsy shop to see a full list of symbols, scriptures and pictures.

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  10. One of my boys made a teeny tiny little manger back in 4-year pre-school — inside 1/2 of a walnut shell there is a tiny bit of hay with a teeny little wooden baby Jesus — hung with red satin ribbon. Precious!

  11. my son made his first ornament in class during preschool and it has been in the tree every year since .. it’s his first, of course we adore it :-) Thanks for the chance.

  12. One that commemorates my mom’s first Christmas in Heaven. She was my best friend as well as my mom and passed away at the age of 47. Although it’s been almost 5 years since we’ve shared coffee together on Christmas morning, the ornament reminds my aching heart of her joy and my own awaitng our reunion.

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