Day 11: Eleven Piped Ornaments

I found inspiration for this next project while unpacking my Christmas décor.

When I came across the set of glass ornaments I had purchased a few years back, I had an innovative idea for how to use them this year.

In past years I have nonchalantly placed them in a silver revere bowl. This year, I decided, to let them be the decorative vessel instead.

What, may you ask, will they be displaying? None other than some fabulous evergreens from the Southern Living Plant Collection, of course!

In keeping with the “Twelve Days of Christmas” theme, I decided to include pipe cleaners to hang the ornaments from our tree.

I love anything and everything “mini” and that is why I chose to use these ornaments on a miniature Christmas tree. Smaller Christmas trees like this one are perfect for entryways, walkways, porches, patios and any nook or cranny in need of a happy-holiday touch.

This is a quick and quirky craft that is great for children and will definitely keep the little “pipers piping” cheerfully all season long.

I have enlisted the help of my friend Lily to create this beautiful tree.

Instructions: 

Step 1: Collect clippings of Yewtopia® Plum Yew, Oakland™ Holly, and Boxwood Baby Gem. Snip clippings between 2-3 inches long depending on the size of your ornaments. Soak overnight in a bucket of water. 

Step 2: Remove the tops from the ornaments.

Step 3: When retrieving clippings from the bucket, pat dry to remove any excess moisture.

Step 4: Fill the ornaments with your greenery. I prefer that my clippings do not mix. Each type of evergreen is better showcased when standing alone.

Step 5: Once the ornaments are filled, place the tops back on them.

Step 6: Neatly tie a bow around the wire hanger on top of the ornament.

Step 7: Next, thread a piece of pipe cleaner around the center portion of the bow curling the ends.

Step 8: Finally, hang your ornaments on the tree using the pipe cleaner. 

If you do not wish to use a miniature Christmas tree, these ornaments also look fantastic showcased in a decorative bowl or incorporated into a simple garland and hung above the fireplace.

*If you would like to reuse these ornaments again you can remove the clippings safely with a pair of tweezers. 

Materials

  • Miniature Christmas tree
  • Clear glass ornaments 
  • Green/red pipe cleaners
  • Clippings of Oakland™ Holly
  • Clippings of Yewtopia® Plum Yew  
  • Clippings of Boxwood Baby Gem
  • Fabric for a mini tree-skirt

Tools

  • Wire cutters

Instructions

Step 1: Collect clippings of Yewtopia® Plum Yew, Oakland™ Holly, and Boxwood Baby Gem. Snip clippings between 2-3 inches long depending on the size of your ornaments. Soak overnight in a bucket of water. 

Step 2: Remove the tops from the ornaments.

Step 3: When retrieving clippings from the bucket, pat dry to remove any excess moisture.

Step 4: Fill the ornaments with your greenery. I prefer that my clippings do not mix. Each type of evergreen is better showcased when standing alone.

Step 5: Once the ornaments are filled, place the tops back on them.

Step 6: Neatly tie a bow around the wire hanger on top of the ornament.

Step 7: Next, thread a piece of pipe cleaner around the center portion of the bow curling the ends.

Step 8: Finally, hang your ornaments on the tree using the pipe cleaner. 

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