Holiday Ornaments

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Surviving Christmas by fins up.

Materials used:
Honeysuckle vine, buckeyes, rabbit fur, sweet gum ball, crabapple berry, reed seed pod

 

 

Happy Hedge Apples to You by sandra-in-missouri

Happy Hedge Apples to You by sandra-in-missouri

Materials used:
Head: Hedge apple – fruit of the Osage Orange tree (aka Hedge or Bois d’Arc – definitely inedible)
Eyes & nose: Eastern Red Cedar (juniper) berries
Mouth: Limestone gravel from driveway
Mustache: Pheasant feathers that we’ve been carrying around since the late 70s
Headdress: Pheasant feather and Eastern Red Cedar branches
Body: More feathers and cedar, plus sumac seed heads (not the poisonous kind)
Support: Small Shingle Oak branch

 

 

PEHOGANT by STAR GAZER

PEHOGANT by STAR GAZER

Materials used:
Weathered Elk Shed – celestial sky – found in Big Horn Mts.
Fire Agate – Pehogant’s profile – found South East of Safford, AZ.
Garnets – heavenly stars – found on top of ant hills in Big Horn Basin.
Bison Fur – Hanger – found in Yankee Jim Canyon, MT.
Hide Glue – made from white tail deer – taken in Vermillion Co. IL

 

 

NM Adobe Church by azuredeb

NM Adobe Church by azuredeb

Materials used:
Clay soil from a road cut, processed it to seperate out the clay.
Door is a piece of petrified wood found on a walk.
Twigs from a poplar tree for beams and railings.
Bell is a seashell picked up on a beach in Florida.
Ponytail palm frond for hanger

 

 

Northern Lights Abound by Fundamental Design

Northern Lights Abound by Fundamental Design

Materials used:
5″ piece of tree limb from backyard and carved it for the body of the ornament. Collected rain water was used for the icicles which I then froze in the freezer in a rubber icicle shaped ice cube tray. Twisted unidentifiable grass for hanger. Borrowed light from outside each icicle shines through to the middle points.

 

 

Nut Berry Santa and his Acorn Reindeer by Indiana

Nut Berry Santa and his Acorn Reindeer by Indiana

Materials used:
Tree bark
Red Berries
SeaShells
Acorns
Weeds
Unknown Weed thingy for Santa’s head

 

 

Does This Tree Make My Hips Look Big by sweetironlisa

Does This Tree Make My Hips Look Big by sweetironlisa

Materials used:
Pine branches for tree
Rose hips for bulbs
Paper birch for star and base
Holly berries
Root string to tie it together and for hanger
Blackberry thorns to tack the birch base and also the moss to the base

 

 

Mother and Child by Geoff Idaho

Mother and Child by Geoff Idaho

Materials used:
A stone found near my search area

 

 

The Reason for the Season by MattB

The Reason for the Season by MattB

Materials used:
The base is made up of larger branches from a silver maple tree in my front yard which were then tied together with smaller twigs that were pressure fit into drilled holes in the larger branches that came out of the central spoke. The green came from hedge plants in my front and back yard and a blue spruce in my back yard. The cross is also from my silver maple and then dadoed to make a tight pressure fit. I do not know what the pods on a vine and the branches that have the little brown leaves, they were here when we bought the house

 

 

midnight bear by noaeh

midnight bear by noaeh

Materials used:
Douglas Fir Branches
Rocks collected in Puget Sound

 

 

Grand Poo-Bah Forrest Fenn by 9ttersc6ut

Grand Poo-Bah Forrest Fenn by 9ttersc6ut

Materials used:
Forrest: Pinion Pine pitch ball found in the high desert of NM
Hair: Feather tip from a Peregrine Falcon kill in Canyon lands
Cap: Pine cone petal from the Sierra Nevada’s
Horns: Red chili from my garden
Beeswax and Pampas grass

 

 

 

 

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38 thoughts on “Holiday Ornaments

  1. Great Contest! Grand Prizes! Good Luck Everyone. This gives me a chance to use of some of the stuff I have collected during my adventures in the great outdoors.

  2. Dal, I had been saving your praises until after the end of the contest. I didn’t want anyone to think I was trying to influence a judge. But, I just can’t hold it in any longer! Thank you so much for all you do. Until this contest I hadn’t spent any real time exploring your site. I would pop in once in a while but never kept up with things. I have had the pleasure over the past few weeks to really check it out.
    You have done a wonderful job. I can only imagine how busy you have been lately, but yet you always manage to get the new stuff posted in short order. You are appreciated!
    Good Luck to you in your search for Indulgence.

  3. Star Gazer, I love you and your ornament. You are always so wonderfully creative. Good Luck Sweetheart! If you win, its mine!

  4. Well thanks Puppy Love! …Well my grandma said I was built for having babies. I’ve never decided if I liked that comment or not..Ha

    • Revel in it! That’s what guys are looking for whether they realize it or not. Mother Nature has her own ideas for these guys. She is in ultimate control of all things.

      • Pupppy.. I totally agree. Wintertime is not the time to be wandering around in the mountains where there’s ice and snow on everthing. Rain freeezing on things with snow on top. some times it is time to just enjoy a simpler life in the winter. There is a time and place for all things.Enjoy your loved one and MERRY CHRISTMAS Time to reflect on what the new year has to bring and think about what yours goals will be for the up coming year.”’ Happy new year .”””

  5. Stargazer and Fundamental design, both of your entrys look amazing…If i find the chest im keeping it quiet until after next christmas.Im gonna have to redeem myself.Everyones entrys look great.I would hate to be a judge.

  6. I feel sorry for the judges. Kinda like judging the Miss America Pageant, all pretty in their own unique way but some are down right beautiful. Judges you have a hard job.

  7. Thanks Fins Up, here is some more info about the ornament.
    The profile of Pehogant already existed in the fire agate. The ornament was made by cutting and polishing the base of the antler. The shape of the fire agate was cut into the center of the antler to allow the light to pass through the agate. The agate and garnets are glued on with hide glue. The hanger is bison fur twisted into a yarn.
    If time allows, I will post the glue making pics, but I hate to give Dal and Goofy more to do at crunch time.

        • Dal/Goofy were kind enough to post a couple of “making hide glue” pictures for me.
          Here are the links:
          http://lummifilm.com/images/012.JPG
          http://lummifilm.com/images/014.JPG
          (I am not sure if I did that right)
          The first pic is the hide simmering in the pot. I simmered it for about 1 1/2 hrs.
          You must use raw hide not tanned hide. The hair didn’t seem to hurt anything or make it more difficult. I did trimmed a lot off, but don’t think I needed to trim at all. I cut it into a few large pieces and as it softened, cut it smaller with kitchen shears in the pot.
          The smell wasn’t gross, just odd. A good exhaust fan will do the job.
          The water started to thicken within minutes of simmering.
          Then I strained it through a cloth and let it cool.
          The second pic is the rubbery glue after its cool.
          Then I cut it up and let it dry for a couple days.
          Simply reheating it didn’t work. I had to add water back in to make it gummy and usable.
          I saw on the internet that someone used those rawhide dog chews. It looked like a good option if you don’t have any other hide available. I don’t think that would qualify as “found it yourself in nature”, but if you ever needed natural glue for another reason, dog chews would probably work just as well.

  8. I gave that up a while ago.lol It doesnt matter, the reward was the fun of doing it for me.
    I love Grand Poohbah! So funny.
    You all are amazing, this was great to see so many entries. 🙂
    Merry Christmas Everyone!
    Ho Ho Ho

  9. The originality and inspirations of all the ornaments are truly amazing. Lots of creative power! Thanks for having this wonderful contest. I’ve enjoyed being a part of it.

  10. We all here in Fort Worth, Tx. have enjoyed the effort to get an entry in. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to participate.

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