Holiday Ornaments

Nest in Peace by Virginia Diane

Nest in Peace by Virginia Diane

Materials used: Crabapple berries, Goose feathers, piece of green fir tree, and the tops of maiden grass in the fall and a small birds nest

 

Hope by Keri

Hope by Keri

Materials used:
Dove hand carved from a northern white pine branch. Suspended from branch decorated with 3 crinoid fossils (1 below and 2 above) and pink rose pedal. Boxwood stem used as “olive branch”.
*Bird cage made from maple branches  and held together with variegated liriope. Decorated with pine needles and a pink rose bud.
*Hope scroll is white birch bark. Chard wood to write word (also eye of dove).

 

Peace Dove by spallies

Peace Dove by spallies

Materials used:
Wood chip from the woodpile, piece of huckleberry bush

 

The Heart Center:  Microcosm within Macrocosm by Steve

The Heart Center: Microcosm within Macrocosm by Steve

Materials used:
Ornament hanging in evergreen tree by braided horse hair (donation by Rosie my mother-in-law’s pony); intertwined willow branches physically bind the other elements consisting of pheasant tail feathers, halved & quartered milkweed type seed pod husks, misc. red winter berry, some prairie blazing star husk bunches, and mossy “roots” from unknown tree vine

 

Cross With Star of Bethlehem by Carolyn

Cross With Star of Bethlehem by Carolyn

Materials used:
I used plants for coloring but I don’t know what they are called.  The red flower is very small like 1/2″ or so and grows on a small plant about 6″ tall.  The green leaves come from a small bush.  I used them for the coloring of Christmas colors of red and green.  I got them from the woods and meadow across the street from me.  The string is horse hair from my horses.  I used 6 red strands from one horse and 1 black strand from the other.  The cross is carved from antler from a whitetail deer.

 

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Canadian Polar Bear by The Wolf

Materials used:
Carved from the marble of my blaze

 

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Dollar and Cents by EddieV

Materials used:
Sand dollars and stripped some Johnson grass for the cord

 

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Made NUTS by Stephanie

Materials used:
Found nuts on ground and string of grass to act as garland

 

Merry Christmas, I Give You Title to the Gold by colokidd

Merry Christmas, I Give You Title to the Gold by colokidd

Materials used:
Braided corn husk for the body, corn husk for the hat and title, corn cob for the head

 

DragonFly's Dream by WiseOne

DragonFly’s Dream by WiseOne

Materials used:
Bladdernut Tree Twig Body w/ Outer Skin of Bark Carved Off for Stripes,
Maple Tree Seeds for Wings,
Trailing Wild Vine Bean for Eyes/Head
Maidenhair Fern Stem for Legs,
Pine Tree Sap Mastic
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15 thoughts on “Holiday Ornaments

  1. when I saw the Christmas ornament contest,I knew I wanted to make something,But what?my husband and I came out of a restaurant,I saw the crabapple berries, so I picked a couple off the tree,thenI thought what else could I use.so I decided to go see what I could find , along the road was the pretty fall fluffy maiden grass blowing in the wind,I thought ,oh how pretty .so I cut some tops off. then I decided to go to a park in golden Colorado,that I like by clear creek to see what I could find ,while not trying to step in all the goose poop everywhere.thats when I found 3 goose feathers and a red maple leaf,so when I started walking back to the car still looking,low and behold there was a small birds nest on the grass,with all the lovely goose poop.so I got it,and talk about being excited,i was,as I never thought i’d find anything like that.so I thought it would be fitting to put the berries in the nest ,then the goose feathers by the berries and then the maiden grass tops.and got a piece of green fir to make some more color .the maiden grass has a yellowish color to it in the fall.i thought it was pretty.i decided not to use the maple leaf.I got two pieces of different pine tree for sap,but they didn’t have any sap.so I stuck everything all together to the nest.its like mr. forrest said get out and you never know what you will find .I found a treasure with the little birds nest.so sweet.so then it just came all together how I wanted it to look.I have a tree that is in the den with nothing but Texas longhorn ornaments on it ,as my husband was born and raised in Austin,Texas.so hook em horns.we sometimes use it as a nightlight while watching tv.Thats now where my nest in peace is sitting,on that tree in the den.I’m pretty proud of my little ornament,it is special to me because of the birds nest.

  2. Virginia Diane – Thanks for sharing… It is really beautiful and even more beautiful with your story. I am hoping to make one tomorrow if it ever stops raining…:)

  3. I am so proud of Keri for her entry! She did it all on her own, all I did was give her some advice when she asked and a pair of cut resistant gloves so she wound not cut her self. Oh, and I even kept my mouth shut when she did things I would have done different, for example I let her work so long hard at cutting the wood with a saw made for cutting metal instead of give her one made for wood. Yup, it was hard to watch, and I didn’t gloat one bit….well maybe a little.

  4. If anyone has submitted an ornament but I have not posted it yet…please let me know. I am under the impression I posted all I have received so far but …maybe not…

  5. WiseOne, what an amazing ornament! Your artistry and details are beautiful. The turned wings give it the motion expected in flight. You deserve a prize and should take up fly tying professionally.

    • Thank you 42 and Lucky Girl for your kind words. Much appreciated. Dragonflies & Damselflies have special meaning to me, plus I like what they symbolize.
      And you’re right, I would like to try fly tying sometime. Didn’t either of you make an ornament?

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