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Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments

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shabby chic ornament, burlap, lace, neutral,

I'm planning on having more natural holiday decor this year. Unlike last Christmas when I used lots of red, this time I want a more subtle palette, lots of wooden-tone decorations, burlap, fresh greenery, and a little bit of sparkle.

I think my project today will fit perfectly within the theme. These embroidery hoop ornaments are so charming and the best part:

They're so EASY to make!

As I mentioned before, I'm so glad to be part of this group of bloggers brought together by Diane at An Extraordinary Day, Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline, Malia at Yesterday on Tuesday and Stephanie at The Silly Pearl. I just have to say, thanks so much ladies for all the hard work you have put onto this wonderful Christmas Ornament blog hop.

You might think you'll need an embroidery needle, floss, yarn, and lots of time to stitch, stitch, stitch, but nope! I told you this is EASY.

You'll only need the embroidery hoop and a fabric that has some designs on it that looks like it's already embroidered.

I used this burlap/lace fabric I bought at Walmart, 1/8 of a yard for only $1.50 and I'll probably have enough material for 16 ornaments. The burlap makes it sturdy enough and the lace on top creates the embroidery illusion.
Christmas ornaments

The materials you'll need for one:
  • 3" Embroidery hoop
  • The fabric of your choice - 5" square
  • 2 Pieces of Ribbon - one piece 10½" long and the other 16" long.
  • Scissors
  • Elmer's glue - optional
  • Embellishments - optional.
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The instructions are basic. Stretch the fabric taut using the embroidery hoop.
Once the fabric is well secured, trim it using the scissors.
placing fabric on bamboo embroidery hoop and trimming excess with scissors

3 inch bamboo hoops - burlap and lace fabric

Some people use glue to keep the fabric from unraveling, though I don't think much unraveling happens once the fabric is pressed in between both circles.  I would use glue to permanently secure the fabric onto the hoop.

But, I have to tell you, I only used glue on one of the hoops. I know I'll be using a different fabric next year and I don't want to have a fight trying to separate the fabric from the hoops. ;)
Elmer's glue on the back of hoop to hold the fabric

For the bow and holder, I used two pieces of ribbon. The shorter piece of ribbon is passed thru the screw, tying both ends in a knot.  The other piece of ribbon is used to make a bow right above the screw securing it to the ribbon loop.
rustic, shabby, ribbon, neutral

And that's it. Easy right?
neutral, monochromatic, bows, burlap

Though, I went ahead and found these wooden snowflakes that I glued onto the fabric. The decorative possibilities are endless. You can add buttons, rhinestones, a letter initial...
wooden snowflake embroidery hoops - ornaments

I can't wait to set them on my Christmas tree!
burlap, lace, snowflake, ribbon,

Just for fun, I tried this red-and-white variation. I also bought the fabric at Walmart -last year when I used it on my kitchen window right HERE.

geometric designs on ornaments

And I love it too!

A simple rhinestone was added to the center of each hoop.


I like the different patterns you can achieve.

Which version do you prefer? Have you picked a theme already?  It's never too early!

Be sure to visit the links below to see what my blogging friends are crafting. Lots of inspiration!

For more Handmade Christmas Ornaments check these out:

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  1. Hi Cristina. What a GREAT idea! I used to use those hoops for cross stitch ornaments years ago but they took forever to do! I still have some that I made back in the 80s. Yours are much more "with it" though. Love the idea(s). xo Diana
    ps-If you get a chance I have a great little giveaway on my blog today!

    1. Diana, That's the good thing about handmade ornaments, we keep them forever - good memories! Thanks for stopping by, heading off to enter the giveaway. :)

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Kim! Yep, you really know how to add that right amount of red in your home decor!

  3. It takes you to come up with such adorable and clever C'mas tree ornies! You are so talented, it's amazing.
    Thanks for sharing amiga bella.

    1. You're as always, so sweet Fabby! Gracias por tu visita querida amiga!

  4. Cristina... these are so cute!! And so easy!! I love both color combos... equally as well. You are always so creative. :) Thanks for the wonderful inspiration. And thanks for joining in the fun for 31 Days!!! :)

    1. Thanks Diane! And thanks so much for organizing this wonderful blog hop!

  5. This is such a fun idea for ornaments! I wonder if you could even get just a plain white or cream fabric and have the kiddos use fabric paint to make their own-like you said, the possibilities are endless!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  6. These ornaments are beautiful, Christina! I thought that the lace was separate from the burlap until I read your instructions. These are going to look lovely on your tree.

  7. I LOVE these! They look fairly easy to make yet so elegant. These would make great gifts!!

  8. I didn't realize they made embroidery hoops this small. Where did you find them? I'm a sucker for red and white, but your neutral ornaments with lace are adorable!

    1. Thanks Brenda! These are 3" embroidery hoops. I bought them at Michaels, but you can also find them at fabric stores.

  9. These are so sweet! Love the neutral palette :)

  10. I like both versions for different reasons. I think I need two trees this year! I just found a huge bag of these small embroidery hoops at the thrift store...definitely trying these.

  11. Love it Cristina! My Christmas will be kid-friendly this year so these are great ideas for some hand-made ornaments I might make! Thank you!

  12. These are just beautiful, and look simple to make. Gotta go dig out my embroidery hoops now! Pinned it!

  13. Great ornaments - I love both versions. It just shows how many possibilities there are!

  14. Love these and all your ornament ideas! You're so creative!

  15. I'm torn as to which I like best! Normally I'm all about the bright colours but the burlap and lace is just so pretty. Thannk for the great ideas.

  16. These are beautiful and they are so easy to make too! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

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