As much as I love craft magazines, for whatever reason, I don’t think I have ever made anything I saw in a magazine. Recently, however, I purchased this year’s Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts because it featured an ornament I wanted to make.
I love this ornament because it has a sweet, vintage feel about it. I had a bunch of mini tart tins that I had gotten from a fellow eBay seller, Sherri. I wanted to make this ornament for her as a “thank you” for giving me the tins. But for whatever reason, I had the hardest time finding the right type of mini Christmas tree that was the same look and size as the one featured in the magazine. At the same time, I was mulling over another ornament idea.
Sherri’s kitty cat, Bruiser, died last year, and I thought it might be nice to make her an ornament featuring her Bruiser instead of a snowman, so I went hunting for just the right small cat figurine that could stand in for Bruiser, who was a Russian Blue breed, which is actually gray in color. I finally found a Schleich toy gray cat on eBay that was the closest thing to a Russian Blue. I also really liked his pose – a little proud, maybe haughty, even :0)
I wanted to make an ornament featuring Bruiser in cat heaven, so the first thing I did was make him a halo out of 32 gauge wire that I glittered with white glitter “snow.”
I also thought it would be humorous if he got all tangled up in Christmas tree lights, like a lot of cats do. I happened to have some mini fake tree lights that I had purchased as part of a lot of mini Christmas doodads from the Salvation Army a number of years ago. (Every time I come across a bunch of minis sold as a lot at a thrift store/estate sale/flea market, I grab it to add to my craft stash.)
For the tart tin base, I lined it with a piece of green dry floral foam and layered a piece of foam core board on top of it to provide some elevation.
I covered the stacked foam with a piece of white felt.
Next, I inserted a mini snow-covered pine tree that I had purchased as part of a pack of minis.
I glued on a piece of silver chenille stem that I had trimmed to size.
I took some gold tinsel garland I had in my stash, cut it into small pieces, and glued them all around the perimeter of the tart tin to fill in the gaps.
Since I always see images of cats chasing butterflies, I thought I’d add a few butterflies to the ornament. Using my Martha Stewart butterflies paper punch, I punched a strip of butterflies out of gray cardstock.
I cut out some of the butterflies individually.
I glittered three of the butterflies and glued them to the chenille stem.
I know butterflies in winter seems like a contradiction of sorts, but hey, this is kitty cat heaven we’re talking about :0)
I glued Bruiser on to the ornament and added some glitter snow to him.
I decided to top off the Christmas tree with a little bird that I removed from an old, broken wooden music box that I had purchased from SCRAP, a local source for discarded and donated materials.
I added more glitter to the bird, glued a “Bruiser” label to the ornament, and the ornament was done!
It turned out a lot nicer than I thought it would. I couldn’t wait to give it to Sherri as a surprise.
I hope the ornament brings back some fond memories of Bruiser for Sherri :0)
Have you made any Christmas ornaments this year? What have you been working on? Please share in the comments.