Monday, October 1, 2012

DIY Winter Flower Clip Ornaments à la West Elm

I feel like a crazy lady, because Halloween isn't even here yet, and I'm already thinking about Christmas. But I'm so excited to celebrate our first Christmas living under one roof! I want to make it special, with everything in white, gold, and silver, and with twinkly lights everywhere.


I've been browsing West Elm's new holiday decorations. Their clean, simple look is so pretty: White + sparkle = Christmas! I like their simple Winter Flower Tree Clips because you can use them to decorate your tree, clip them on gifts, or you can even wear one in your hair. But six bucks for a fabric clip... are you serious?! That's WAY too much, especially when you consider that it would take a lot of these to trim an entire tree. So I decided to make my own, and they were so cheap to make!
A 29 cent sheet of felt makes two full-size flowers, with enough left over to make one smaller flower. The alligator clips on the back can be purchased in bulk for just ten cents each. The buttons in the center, with rhinestones and fake pearls, were a dollar apiece. But you could definitely experiment and try something cheaper. I already had all the other supplies, and you probably do, too.

Supplies:
One sheet of felt
Alligator clips
 Decorative Buttons
Needle and white thread
Glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Marker



 First, print this piece of clip art in two different sizes--one small, and one large. Cut out the flower templates.

I whip-stitched the edges. West Elm didn't do this on their flowers, and this step is completely optional.
I thought West Elm's flowers were too plain, and I like the added texture.





I'm going to make a dozen or so to put on my Christmas tree and on holiday gifts. 
How would you use them?

18 comments:

  1. visiting from Knock Off Decor. Love your simple pretty project!

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  2. Pretty! I'm always looking for "sewing" projects my daughters can practice on that are actually usable. This looks like a perfect one for them, and I'll get some lovely decorations out of it! ;)

    Aloha,
    Charlie

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  3. Thanks, Charlie! I think even kids could handle this one. I'd love to see pictures of their finished ornaments!

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  4. i'm visiting from Knock Off Decor, too; these are lovely!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you stopped by.

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  5. I love your Felt Flowers and did an article about your tutorial on Craft Gossip Felting, please stop by and comment :)
    http://felting.craftgossip.com/2012/10/05/diy-winter-flower-clip-ornaments-a-la-west-elm/

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    1. Ahhhh, thank you for featuring me! Wow, I'm going to be lurking Craft Gossip so hard. It's exactly the kind of thing I like.

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  6. I can't wait to make some of these. I think red ones will be a good idea for a Christmas tree, too! WOW Love this!

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    1. I'd love to see pictures of your finished flowers. Red and white flowers on a tree reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. What a great mental image!

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  7. These are so pretty and elegant. I can't wait to make them! I'm fairly certain every Christmas gift that leaves my house will have a colour co-ordinating flower clip attached.

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to see pictures of your finished flowers.

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  9. Hi Jen, I featured your tutorial on Graft Gossip Felting and hope you come by and leave a comment 
    http://felting.craftgossip.com/2013/03/09/diy-winter-felt-flower-clip-ornaments-a-la-west-elm/#

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  10. I pinned your tutorial. I have a metal spider web with a spider in it. I would put 1 or 2 flowers on the web. Also on macrame plant hangers and paper lamp cords.

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