Holiday Ornaments

Heavenly Bodies by Puppy Love

Heavenly Bodies by Puppy Love

Materials used:
Quills – from an unfortunate porky outside Hudson, WY
Yellow/Gold Dye – made from walnut husks from Hayfork, CA
Deer Sinew – from a yummy white tail deer from Northern CA
Pine Sap – from a park pine tree (Blue Spruce)in Cody, WY


Forrest’s Action Figure – #1 Holiday Wish List by Somewhere

Forrest’s Action Figure – #1 Holiday Wish List by Somewhere

Materials Used:
Forrest’s body – spruce twig;
Forrest’s head – pine cone that I shaped and whittled, milkweed silk for hair and eyebrows, Indian Mallow seed for each eye, milkweed seed for nose, crystallized pine sap for teeth, Hat made from a tiny portion of buck skin smudged with Kansas dirt for brown color (didn’t use horse manure like Forrest, too bad I don’t have horses or I would have used it);
Fishing Waders – Hosta leaves tied on with their stems;
Fishing pole and fly – pole made of willow tree stem, fishing line made by stripping wild weed stem; fly made from REAL fly with little red fleck of Burning Bush seed skin;
Fishing Creel and Big Brown Trout– pine needles and maple leaf; and
Other materials – bindings made from wild weed strippings, grass from yard, water, and pine sap.


Spanish Marble Reliquarry by M.S.

Spanish Marble Reliquarry by M.S.

Materials used:
A) I found the small rock a while ago in my backyard. I kept it because it was so smooth and round. I thought it was neat. Now it reminds me of Forrest’s Spanish toy factory story.
B) A dried corn husk from our compost pile.
C) Some sort of ivy ground cover was used to tie off the ends.


I'm dreaming of a Froggy Christmas by Moonshadow

I’m dreaming of a Froggy Christmas by Moonshadow

Materials used:
Main Body: Dried Sunflower
Bottom of mouth:  Piece of Bark
Bug-Eyes: Dried Roses left on our rose bushes
White dots on Frog: Seed Heads from wildflowers growing on our land
Tongue:  Chili from our garden that we neglected to harvest
Legs of Frog: leftover greenery from the pots of flowers in my front yard
Stick Frog is sitting on: Dried up cactus stick from our land
“glue” – not too much glue was needed as the seed heads could be stuck into the sunflower, the sunflower was stuck into the bark, the chili stem was stuck through through the bark, etc.  I did need “glue” for the eyes, which was made from dirt and snow from our yard.  It was all that was needed to keep the eyes in place.


And a Partridge in a pair of trees by Mapman51

And a Partridge in a pair of trees by Mapman51

Materials used:
All items used are from my back yard;
Base is a piece of dried out tree branch
Trees are clippings from juniper bush
Partridge is cut from a dried leaf, the wing of bird is from the same leaf and attached with two drops of pine sap
Hanger is a blade of grass, tied on with two other blades of grass


Missouri O'Keefe by Sandra Wayne

Missouri O’Keefe by Old Drum

Materials used:
Yearling whitetail buck skull
Jimson Weed (datura) pods
Eastern Red Cedar branches (botanically a juniper)
Wisteria vine for hanger
Binders:   friction & gravity
Background – bark of an Eastern red Cedar
All items found on our farm near Warrensburg, MO.



Fly Fishing at the Water Hole by James

Materials used:
Hand carved (Forrest Fenn type) frog out of disc cut from fallen tree limb
Green “paint” from rubbing Spinach
Green braided swimming shorts (Nobody wants to be embarrassed) from Liriope in yard (tied on)
Split hull of holly berry for eyes – adhesive
Rabbit hair for fly (on partial twig) – adhesive
Use of tree sap for adhesive


Joy to the World by Smile 4 U

Joy to the World by Smile 4 U

Materials used:
Flexible twigs from Pine tree to make porous ball.
Blanket Flower center, buds only use the petals removed.
Crabgrass =  handle for hanging.


Berry Christmas by Mahal

Berry Christmas by Mahal

Materials used:
Pyracantha Berries, small pine cones, pine needles, piece of pine tree, blanket flower centers (no petals), crabgrass


Granted Wish (all I want for Christmas) by Sixer

Granted Wish (all I want for Christmas) by Sixer

Materials used:
The small gift box is made out of Burrs of Burdock. Naturally binding.  The lid of the box (also Burrs) is opened to reveal the ‘Granted Wish’ of ‘all I want for Christmas’ resting inside.  They are the two front teeth of a Whistle Pig/Groundhog (taken from a skull I found).  The bow on the box top is a sprig of Holly with twirls of vine ends as ribbons.  The large ribbon wrapped around the box and of which hangs the ornament is made from 3 braided grasses.
Each component is symbolic:
Burdock Burrs: Represents the love that binds and holds all gifts.  Since these Velcro like seed heads attach and spread easily, it also reminds us how easily love can be shared and spread as well.
Holly:  Represents Immortality.  The six red berries symbolize harmony of the Soul
Vine Swirls: Represents the Dance of Life
‘The Gift’ (two front teeth): Represents wishes/dreams do come true
Three Grasses Braided:  One is dead, one is green, and one is in between. These represent the Time each of us exist in (past, present, future).   And as it holds the ornament/gift box suspended on the tree, it represents life is a gift of time.





28 thoughts on “Holiday Ornaments

  1. Spallies, I love your peace dove!

    Puppy love, your ornaments are heavenly!

    Those are two of my favorites. but wow, there are some amazingly beautiful and creative ornaments!

  2. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. There are so many incredibly beautiful creative ornaments here. I am glad I am not a judge!
    Spallies – I cut off the tips of the quills before assembly. I am not saying I didn’t stab myself a time or two. Ouch!

  3. Wow, the competition is really tough here. Beautiful ornaments. Lots of talent and imagination.

  4. Hi everyone. I noticed some comments refer to my entry as ornaments, plural. Just to be clear, this is one ornament. The stars are connected together with one long quill in the large star pushed inside of a cut quill on the small star and secured with pine sap. The points of the small star were also made by pushing smaller quill tips into the cut quills of the base pompom. To make the pompoms, the quills were soaked, bundled and wrapped tight with sinew to make them flair. Several bundles were added together and tied to make each star. The large star has filler quills pushed in and secured with pine sap.

    James – fabulous frog
    Smile 4 u – oh so pretty.

    Thanks to all who enter, this is fun.

  5. As an avid “follower” and not much of a blog “contributor”, I must say, it is nice to see lots of new names here and their beautiful and creative ornaments…..great job everyone! Thanks Forrest, Thanks Dal

  6. Oh my goodness! How beautiful, you all are amazing. 🙂
    So many beautiful ornaments. I dont know how the judges will pick from that assortment.

    • It was fun tying it to the line. I LOL and thought all the fly fisherman might get a kick out of it, too. I don’t have fly tying equipment so it was somewhat difficult using a toothpick to do it.

  7. Woody, that’s a cool idea. 12 best ornaments. I would buy one!

    I told my husband he had to make an ornament so that I can have the arrowhead for my Treasure Chest. It is full of treasure hunt journals, books and memorabilia from our hunt for Indulgence.

    He is busy in his workshop. I’m sure he will come up with something great!

  8. Since things are quite right now, I thought I would post this wonderful poem by J. Kilmer (1886-1918), in honor of the Christmas Tree.

    I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree
    A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
    A tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray;
    A tree that may in Summer wear a nest of robins in her hair;
    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.
    Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.

    • I Love Trees. It certainly is a wonderful poem… it paints a beautiful vista in my imagination. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Thanks Lois, He fell about 20 times when I was trying to take pictures. No kidding! Then his hat fell in some water and I had to reform and dry it (long story). Then my camera quit working and had to use the phone camera. Lucky he made it!! Guess that is like Forrest himself!! I don’t know how long he will last but I will enjoy him and keep him where I can see him for as long as I can.

      • I would buy your 1st edition, I think it is spot on. Let me know, if you would sell it. As I have said before, your ornament is # 1in this contest, at least if I were to judge. My ornament came out terrible and I 1st sent a pic, to Dal, of a bowl I made. lol. He kindly responded to me…just looking forward to an arrowhead from Forrest. A nice little Christmas present from Him. Good Luck…and Merry Christmas.

        • Your comments really make me feel good. Thanks a lot, but I love my little ‘doll’. ff would get first dibs anyway. Wish I knew what to put on him to preserve him. Merry Christmas to you!

          • Somewhere, if you are trying to preserve him AND keep him all natural, you could try the hide glue. You could make it real runny and dip him in it. The glue was easy to make. OR, maybe a quick dip in bees wax. I can’t guarantee it would work….it’s just a few thoughts.

  9. Polyeurthane spray could work, but not sure how many years it could last. Shellac only lasts @ 3 years before it starts yellowing.

    • Thanks. I think this sounds good. A spray. I can always make another one next year since I know how to do it. Just would like to save this one.

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