One of my favorite things to use for crafting is clay pots. And many, many years ago I started making a Christmas ornament from small clay pots. Since it seems we start to think of Christmas in July I thought I would share an easy craft to create a Christmas Tree from a clay pot. The first tree was mad in 2002.
Each year I make an ornament from a clay pot. The first one I shared on the blog is the Star themed one. Then last year I shared the Gingerbread Man in July which was originally created in 2004. The ornament for 2016 is the Little Red Car. I am still thinking about what I am going to make for this Christmas season.
Some are complex and others are so easy. This one is very easy but the fun thing is it can be decorated anyway. Pretty much like a real tree.
I like painting the pot in the classic Christmas green although I did do a larger pot in white. After I have painted the pot in green, I repaint it using a glitter paint. For the one I just made I used green glitter paint. For the other ones, I used the multi colored glitter paint.
Now a Christmas Tree has to have a star or an angel. My trees have stars. I found little wooden stars that are perfect. I do a base coat with gold craft paint. Once it is dry I have to add the glitter. I usually use gold but silver is pretty also. This time I used Mod Podge for the glitter to stick but generally, I use watered down craft glue. Either one works well. Set the star aside.
By now the painted tree should be dry. Time to decorate. In the past, I have used strands of craft pearls in white or gold for the garland. I decided to use gold cord on this version. Use the hot glue gun and carefully run it on the underside and press the cord on the bead of glue. You will wrap the cord or beads around the tree, gluing and wrapping. This time I tucked the cord in the hole in the pot and glue it down.
Cut a piece of green ribbon and thread it through a jingle bell. Tie the ribbon. Thread it up through the hole and tie a bow. That is the hanger.
Time for the decorations. You can use small pearls, sequins or tiny beads. I have tried it all. The newest one I made I used the tiny jewels. When I worked I had a lanyard and as the jewels fell off I stashed them away.
But you can also buy some because I combined the two on my tree and it looks fine. I dabbed the hot glue and quickly stuck on the jewel. Work fast and be careful because the glue is hot and you don’t want to be burned. Tweezers can help if you are using sequins.
Can you believe it? The tree is done! This is such a cute little gift to give to your child’s teacher or in my case, I gave them to friends and coworkers. I don’t have to make as many now that I am retired but I have a few people who look forward to the yearly Christmas Clay Pot Ornament.
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