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With Christmas fast approaching, I wanted to do something a bit different from previous years. I thought that decorating with unique and interesting ornaments would add that special touch, but I also wanted to get outside of the traditional Christmas themes. I decided to go with ornaments decorated in chinoiserie - a style that I've loved for a long time.
Chinoiserie is derived from Chinoi, a French word meaning, Chinese, and is a popular European interpretation of traditional Chinese painting. The motifs and patterns used in chinoiserie aren't really Chinese – they're more a romanticized vision of China from a time when few Europeans had ever actually been there. But it remains a beautiful style that has come into modern homes in a number of ways. Myself, I’m particularly drawn to the blue and white porcelain objects that were the original chinoiserie pieces (I find myself daydreaming about ginger jars and small plates). I decided to re-create simple blue and white ornaments that would evoke chinoiserie design. I kept the project budget friendly and made it as simple as possible to save on time.
To make your very own of elegant set blue and white chinoiserie ornaments just follow the steps. You'll be done in under an hour!Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Gather Your Materials
This DIY only requires a few materials and you can whip up a set of three ornaments in almost no time at all. Here’s what you’ll need:
- White ceramic Christmas ornaments
- Blue Sharpie permanent marker
- ½ inch Ribbon
- Chinoiserie pattern images
- Cotton swab**
**Optional suppliesContinue to 3 of 10 below.
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Choose Your Design
Google search Chinoiserie pattern images and you'll be flooded with inspiration for your ornament design. Other useful keywords such as Chinese writing, pagoda, cherry blossom and even, Greek key will pull up a variety of useful patterns and motifs that you can include in your design.
After gathering your images, decide on how you’d like to combine the patterns. You can combine two or more patterns or repeat a single one around the entire ornament.
Important Tip: Be sure to clean the surface of your ornament thoroughly before you begin. Any dust or grime will prevent the Sharpie marker from adhering well. Just grab some rubbing alcohol and cotton balls and quickly wipe over the entire surface.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Outline Your Pattern
If drawing is not one of your strengths, join the club! Rest assured – mistakes will be made. These mistakes are not catastrophic, and there are ways around them. To avoid errors, grab a pencil and outline your pattern first. The pencil marks will clean off at the end so don’t worry about them.
Skip this step If you’re a daredevil or can actually draw well.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Fill In Pattern With Marker
This is where the fun begins! Grab your sharpie and start tracing over the pencil marks. Ensure each traced section is dry before rotating to another area on the ornament. This will prevent smudges in your design.
Once your design dries completely use a dry cotton swab or your fingers to remove any visible pencil marks.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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I purchased 1/2 inch ribbon from my local trim store to replace the skinny red ribbon that came with the ceramic ornaments. The broader ribbon gives the ornaments a more finished and expensive look.
I wanted to evoke a traditional yet playful Christmas feel to the ornaments so I chose a pretty pink plaid instead of the regular green and red plaid. Feel free to use any color ribbon you like. I think red velvet or chartreuse satin ribbon would look stunning with the blue and white.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Cut Ribbon & Make Bow
At this stage you'll want to cut a piece of ribbon about 10 inches long. Feed the the ribbon through the metal cap on your ornament and make a loop secured with a knot. This will be the loop you’ll use to hang your ornaments. After you secure that loop, make a bow with the remaining loose ribbon and trim the ends of the ribbon on an angle.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Your ornaments are ready to deck the halls! I love how the pink ribbon pops against the blue & white design.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Gift Giving & Holiday Decorating Fun
Wouldn’t these make a great gift? Or how about a fun activity to do with the kids while decorating? Your recipient is sure to love these special handmade ornaments and the kids will love to see decorations on the tree that they made themselves.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Have a wonderful holiday filled with good cheer and lots of hot chocolate!