Teeny Canvases to Trim Your Tree Project by Christen Hammons

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Growing up we had two Christmas trees: a large one filled with all sorts of ornaments and a much smaller one on which my mom hung her handmade ornament collection. That tree was absolutely bursting with ornaments she had purchased from artisans over the years. It was always my favorite one, and I would spend a lot of time examining each hand-stitched snowman and hand-painted bauble.

This year I decided I wanted to change up my holiday decor. You see, much of it consists of hand-me-downs and isn’t really my style at all. Each year I dutifully pull everything out, but I don’t love most of it, which is something I really want to feel. The easiest way to make sure you love your decor is to make it yourself, which is what I decided to do. I committed to making my own ornaments to hang from my tree, and I had a lot of fun doing so.

These tiny canvases are the perfect size to turn into ornaments. It took me just a few minutes to adhere a square of patterned paper to each one, followed by a quick wash of white acrylic paint, a rub-on or two, and a touch of white glitter. To hang them, you can just staple a length of twine to the back. It’s that easy! These are also the ideal size to turn into gift toppers. Imagine the recipient’s delight when they find they can place the gift topper on their tree to enjoy all season long!

About the Artist:
Christen Hammons is the Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and editor-in-chief of Bella Grace, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio and Willow and Sage.

Interests: art, slow food, writing, books, yarn, authentic living

Follow Christen on Twitter: @christeno | on Instagram: @christenhammons

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Growing up we had two Christmas trees: a large one filled with all sorts of ornaments and a much smaller one on which my mom hung her handmade ornament collection. That tree was absolutely bursting with ornaments she had purchased from artisans over the years. It was always my favorite one, and I would spend a lot of time examining each hand-stitched snowman and hand-painted bauble.

This year I decided I wanted to change up my holiday decor. You see, much of it consists of hand-me-downs and isn’t really my style at all. Each year I dutifully pull everything out, but I don’t love most of it, which is something I really want to feel. The easiest way to make sure you love your decor is to make it yourself, which is what I decided to do. I committed to making my own ornaments to hang from my tree, and I had a lot of fun doing so.

These tiny canvases are the perfect size to turn into ornaments. It took me just a few minutes to adhere a square of patterned paper to each one, followed by a quick wash of white acrylic paint, a rub-on or two, and a touch of white glitter. To hang them, you can just staple a length of twine to the back. It’s that easy! These are also the ideal size to turn into gift toppers. Imagine the recipient’s delight when they find they can place the gift topper on their tree to enjoy all season long!

About the Artist:
Christen Hammons is the Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and editor-in-chief of Bella Grace, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio and Willow and Sage.

Interests: art, slow food, writing, books, yarn, authentic living

Follow Christen on Twitter: @christeno | on Instagram: @christenhammons

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