How To Crochet a Handmade Christmas Ornament

Hey Everyone!

I can’t believe it is already the “most wonderful time of the year.” Is it just me or did this year literally fly by. But, then again, I’m getting older and I kind of hate it so of course I want time to slow down a bit, lol.

Anyways, you didn’t come here to hear me blab on about how I really don’t want to get older. You want to know how to crochet a handmade Christmas ornament and I am so excited to show you. You could say this is a bit of an unconventional way of decorating a crochet piece, but bear with me.

I know you’re probably thinking, “Amanda, how do your color changes look so perfect.” Well, my curious friend, it is because the colors are not crocheted. Rather, the colorful design is painted on. Again, I know it is super unconventional, but I have always been one to find fun and different ways of crafting and this is just another one on a very long list of odd crafts.

This could be a totally redundant use of supplies, or crafting for that matter, but man is it fun. Crafting does not have to be one way or the other. If it makes you happy than go for it. If you would rather crochet the design in that’s awesome too. (I have a few color changing tutorials on YouTube if you need a reference)

Anyways, before I start to ramble on even more than I already have, let me show you how to make these adorable ornaments for yourself, friends and family.

Happy Crocheting! and painting 🙂

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Materials

*4.50mm Crochet Hook

*2mm Cotton Cord

*Acrylic Paint

*Cricut Explorer 3 or you could easily use scotch painters tape and an X-Acto Knife to cut out your design.

*Removable Stencil Vinyl

*Yarn Needle

*Scissors

Dowel Rod cut to size (I cut mine to about 4 1/2 inches and stained it)

Stitch Key (US Terms)

Ch = Chain

St/sts = Stitch(es)

Sp = Space

Sc = Single Crochet

Special Notes

-The ornament is worked in rows.

-The ornament is worked from the bottom up.

-Repeat what is between the asterisks **.

-The 1st st of each row should be placed in the same st as the turning ch.

-The turning ch does not count as the first st of the row.

-The odd side rows are the right side, even row are the wrong side.

-The ornament is crocheted first, the painted using a stencil, followed by hanging the ornament on the dowel rod and attaching the fringe. (Optional: you can brush out the fringe to give it a fun fluffy look)

Dimensions: 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches (not including the fringe)

Pattern:

Chain 14

Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (13)

Row 2: sc, ch 1, sk next st, *sc in the next st, ch 1, sk the next st, sc in the next st* repeat until the end of the row. Ch 1, turn. (7sc, 6 ch 1 sp)

Row 3: sc in the 1st st, *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc st* rpeat 4 more times. Sc in the next ch 1 sp and in the last st. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc, 5 ch 1 sp)

Row 4: sc in the 1st st, ch 1, sk next sc st, *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc st* repeat 4 more times. Sc in the last st. Ch 1, turn. (7 sc, 6 ch 1 sp)

Row 5 – Row 12: Alternate Row 3 and Row 4. Ch 1, turn.

Row 13: sc in each st and ch 1 sp across. (13)

  • Fasten off leaving at least a 2 foot tail.

Creating the Design

To create the design on your ornament you can either use your cricut machine and stencil vinyl to cut out your design or trace your design onto scotch painters tape and cut out with an X-Acto knife.

I found these designs through the cricut design space but you could also find clipart through google that you can print out and use as a guide.

  • Make sure that your stencil is just a bit smaller than your ornament. I measured mine to be about 2.5 inches. Attach your vinyl or tape stencil to your ornament.

Using acrylic paint and a paint or sponge brush, begin to apply paint to the stencil to fill in the design.

Remove the stencil and wait for the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.

Hanging the Ornament

To attach the ornament to the dowel use a yarn needle and weave the tail over the dowel and back under into the 1st stitch on the top of the ornament.

Repeat for each stitch on top of the ornament. Knot off and weave in your ends.

Attaching the Fringe

  • To create the fringe cut 6 inch strands of cord. You will need 2 strands to complete 1 fringe.

To attach the fringe grab 2 strands of cord. With a crochet hook, push the hook through the far left foundation chain. Fold the 2 strands of cord in half, looping the middle of the strands onto the crochet hook.

Fold the strands through the loop.

Tighten to create the fringe.

Repeat in every other foundation chain. To give the ornament of more boho look, use a fine tooth comb or wired dog brush to brush out the fringe. Trim the fringe.

  • To hang the ornament, drill 2 small holes on either side of the dowel. Weave in an extra piece of cotton cord through the holes and knot the ends to keep the cord from coming through the holes. Trim just below the knots.

Enjoy!

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