Monday, December 21, 2009

Simple Tree Ornaments

My orange slices are dried.  I used three different ribbons to make loops for hanging:  light olive satin with picot edging, burgundy satin with picot edging, and white "metallic" (sort of opalescent) with straight edging.  My apple slices are dried, too.  I used three other different ribbons:  ivory satin with picot edging, red satin with picot edging, and apple green with picot edging.  Here they are ready to hang:

I also made cinnamon applesauce ornaments.  I used a full pouch of cheap cinnamon (about 1 3/8 cup), about 1 1/8 cup of cheap unsweetened applesauce, and about 2 tablespoons of regular white glue.  I mixed the glue and applesauce first, then added the cinnamon.  Once it was all well-mixed, I decided to add some ground ginger and allspice for extra fragrance.  It would have been much easier if I had added the extra spices to the cinnamon BEFORE mixing it all together with the glue/applesauce.  I managed, but please note that I highly recommend wearing latex or rubber gloves.  I needed to knead the "dough" and the glue makes it particularly sticky.  Without gloves, your hands will smell lovely, but the brown difficult-to-clean gunk under your fingernails will be most unattractive.  I dried them in the oven at about 175 degrees for a few hours.

To glam them up a bit, I followed Emily's lead from Remodeling This Life.  I didn't have any Mod Podge, but noticed some Multi Podge at the dollar store and bought it to use.  It didn't dry clear!  I was disappointed, but not ambitious enough to start again from scratch - so they'll suffice.  I used sisal twine and jute twine for hanging loops.  Here they are:



I finished decorating the tree last night at about 1:30am.  The batteries in the camera have died, though, so no pictures of the tree yet.  Sigh...


  1. They all look nice to me...I have been wanting to make some of those applesauce ornaments so I might try it this weekend since it will be a long weekend...some hearts for Valentines because it will be here in no time. I love the added effect you added to those also.

  2. cute!!! I love your spin on the mod podge and epsom salt.

  3. Just beautiful. Love natural elements in holiday decor!

  4. Your DIY is DE liciously lovely!

    Have a merry and bright Christmas.

  5. How pretty and homey these are. Thanks for sharing. MERRY CHRISTMAS