Thursday, November 3, 2011

Series 7 - Ornament-ED: Twiggy Skate Ornaments


You remember not so far back when I introduced you to my boot ornament brainwave. Yes, over here. That's correct. Well, I was out on a leisurely autumn walk the other day. It's so pretty out right now with the painted leaves a' falling and the sweet breeze a' blowing. The temperature is near to perfection. This weather brings out the kid in me. It makes things look pretty and shiny. Everything's a treasure I want to collect and keep. You know. Like leaves and rocks and seed pods and things. I could not help bending at the knee to grasp the fallen sticks and twigs I came across.

I was of course thinking of making more boots as before but then it hit me. Why not make some lovely twiggy skates too? "Why not?" I said to myself. So that's just what I did, man. Want to see how? Well come on already. Let's do this thing!

Tutorial ❅ Twiggy Christmas Skate Ornaments

You start by making the boots, same as before. Do you recall how I did that? Here's a refresher, just in case.

For pairs of skates, try finding twigs that are close to the same size. Apply a coat of paint if desired.

Then all you do is drill one hole in the heel, one hole in the toe, and one at the top to accomodate a hanger. You then take a paper clip, unfold it, and trim it to the size of your boot. Shape the paper clip into a skate blade with needlenose pliers. Stick that paper clip into the holes. And BAM! Skates!


Now if you want, you could add a fancier blade to your skates. To do that, take a small piece of metallic duct tape, fold it in half (before removing the protective backing), unfold it, remove the backing, and stick it across the paper clip. Finally, trim both ends with a pair of scissors to resemble skate blades. 

Nifty, eh? Look at the teeny skates... So cute. Now all you have to do is add a hanger and go to town decorating them.


I kept mine real simple. I just brushed on a coat of colourful paint and added some lines and laces with my sweet Sharpie. But you could make yours multi-coloured, bedazzled, zentangled little works of art!




Go ahead and have fun making yourself some twiggy Christmas skates!



You might have noticed this is the beginning of a brand new series. Remember last year's Situation Christmas Ornament-ation Series (Series #3)? I had so much fun with it, I decided to do another ornament series again this year. Thusly, I'll be back soon with more ornament action... See you then!


40 comments:

  1. Love your twiggy skates! They are awesome! Looking forward to more ornament fun!!

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  2. Fantastic! I like it very much!

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  3. Michele, I cannot tell you how much I love your skates!I am in love!! I've already pinned them but I will have to find twigs and make some myself!

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  4. what a cool style :) Love the idea as usual *(*

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  5. Are you kidding me?! Those are absolutely genius!!

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  6. I love these!!! They are just adorable!!!!

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  7. I love them as skates, especially the traditional white pair, that's my favorite.

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  8. You've done it again, Michele! I am always amazed at how you see new things in ordinary objects.

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  9. Great idea ! ( I might steal it if you don't mind ...)

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  10. These are so cute and I love what they're made out of!

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  11. These are really sweet. I hope to try to make some soon! Making a bunch of tree ornaments this weekend, and then hopefully on to the skates. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Absolutely brilliant as usual! The metal tape blade is great! I love it!

    Mieljolie

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  13. Amazing, Michele! I love how your mind works :) These are so cute.

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  14. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [04 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  15. Okay, the boots were fantastic. But these, THESE are something way beyond special. I'm gonna have to go out on a limb (hee, totally did not plan that) and say this is my favorite thing of yours EVER.

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  16. Oh my goodness - these are amazing! You must have a good eye for things to have spotted the skate shape in the twigs! Genius!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  17. Michele your just to clever and these are stunning well done....love em x

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  18. You're just too clever Michele! These are adorable!!

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  19. I love your blog Michelle its always so much fun and innovative!
    Another fab idea these........just priceless.
    I SO enjoyed all the denim ideas too,inspirational!

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  20. So awesome! What a great idea, they look super cute
    x

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  21. I LOVE THESE! Not sure if you share at link parties, but if you do, I'd love for you to link these up to a arty that I'm having at Project Queen! Here is the link:
    http://projectqueen.org/christmas-gifts-and-ornaments-for-10-or-less-blog-hop-3

    I'm your newest follower.

    Mandy
    www.project.org

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  22. Wow, these are amazing! I've never seen anything like them.

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  23. SO unique! What a great idea! These skates are truly whimsical... I'm going out to look for twigs and branches tomorrow morning.

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  24. I've been searching all over the internet looking for cool handmade items of good taste. I almost gave up and something linked me over to your page and I am overjoyed! Not only do you have good taste, but you have lots of fun activities for me to try :)!

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  25. Great idea! Thanks for the tut! :)

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  26. I've been scrolling through you projects today and thoroughly enjoying them and thinking how clever you are, and then I came to this one... Just can't not comment about how incredible I think they are. Thanks for sharing them.

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  27. Seniorsue says I need to get out & scavenge for twigs. let them rest & dry some, Im in Minnesota!!! Precious Michele, talent they are Susan(seniorsue)

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  28. Michele You are a very talented gal. Hope to try one soon Thanks

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  29. that is brilliant , u are awesome michelle

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  30. Hi,
    I made a few pairs and love them! Brilliant idea and thank you for sharing the tut. Had to blog them - just so gorgeous!
    Hel

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  31. These are so cute. Very detailed. Good work,

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  32. So, so, cute! I'm featuring this in an ornament round-up at The Crafty Crow soon!

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  33. we made six pairs--white, red, sky blue, mint green--they are adorable! directions were simple and easy to follow..they ended up a bit like something from an edward gorey book.

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