Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!
Introducing my Ornament Exchange Partner
My 2017 Ornament Exchange partner is the amazing Evija Roberts of From Evija with Love. Evija has a wonderful DIY, crafts & furniture up-cycling blog, where she shares all the creative things she and her cute pug Coco get up to.
Evija’s preferred style of ornament for this exchange is traditional, in silver and white. Luckily for me, I also got bonus intel…. last year Evija did a post about her new Christmas tree and some of her family traditions, so I was able to see exactly what I was aiming for! 🙂
How the Drum Ornament came to be
When I signed up for this blog hop, I had a stack of ornament ideas in my head. But none of them were conceived with the simple elegance of silver and white in mind. And since I’d used up all my silver fabric scraps on several projects last Christmas, I was effectively handed a clean slate to try something different, and an excuse to go craft shopping. Actually, that’s pretty much my definition of Christmas!! Whoop!
I went my local craft store not having a clue what I might make., but assuming colours would be no big deal. But when I got there I discovered all sorts of fun Christmasy fabrics in stock, but nothing in just silver, or in silver and white, or even predominately silver. So, I bought pieces of the two most silver textiles I could see and went home to invent “something”.
Soon I was happily humming “Pa rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum…”. My supplies had spoken. After tinkering for a while, I realised I had serendipitously purchased exactly the right things to make a drum ornament!
PA RUM PA PUM PUM! ….. Go on, hum along as you take a look at my tutorial. 🙂 If you do not yet have the Drummer Boy carol firmly stuck in your head, either you are made of very ear-worm resistant stuff, or your education is lacking somewhere and you should google it…… Enjoy!
Oh yes! And because today feels a lot like Christmas, and because I don’t need the remainder of my supplies to make any more of these ornaments (I really think 6 is enough….) I am going to give away two drum ornament kits. Two of you will be able to make this ornament with these exact fabrics! You will find the giveaway opportunity at the bottom of this post.
Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts
Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts
Make your own Drum Christmas Tree Ornament – Full Tutorial
You will need the following supplies:
- a feature fabric – sufficient size for 6 hexagons (downloadable pdf template for 3 different hexagon sizes found in this link)
- fabric scraps for the top and base of the drum
- paper-backed iron-on adhesive or glue stick
- Insul-fleece, ordinary fleece or other heavy non-fraying material such as quality felt – You will need a slightly larger piece than that of the feature fabric
- 6 small beads ( I chose 4mm clear rainbow pearl beads that I had on hand)
- 6-8″ scrap of thin ribbon to match your project (I used white ribbon snipped from new clothing… you know, that ribbon added to clothes for display hanging purposes….. why waste it?)
- cardboard tube (the cardboard tube insert from a hand towel roll or similar)
- thread to match or complement your feature fabric and beads
- hot glue and gun (or ordinary glue and some patience!)
- 2 bamboo skewers (large drum) or 2 wooden toothpicks (small drum)
- a very small amount of air-drying polymer clay (steal it from your kids/grandkids if you can)
- hand-sewing needle, scissors, masking tape or other strong sticky tape, pencil
- sewing machine and iron (for sewn version as pictured)
- your favourite non-permanent fabric marking method (such as chalk, wash-out marker, freezer paper) for marking hexagon shapes
- glue stick (for people who do not like to sew)
Notes on my specific supplies:
The feature fabric I used is called X17 Sparkle Xmas Hexagons (cream) from the Spotlight Apparel Fabric range. It was the hexagon print that directly triggered my idea for the drum ornament. However, there is no need to actually have a hexagon print for this project. Your favourite yardage or scraps cut into hexagons will do equally well.
I also chose to use Insul-fleece (by Legacy) for the main body of the drum purely because it has an Aluminized Polyethylene coating on the back that is shiny silver. …….ooooooh, shiny…… 🙂 . If you don’t need the silver effect, feel free to substitute felt or fleece in your favourite colour instead.
Trace out 6 hexagon shapes onto the paper-backed adhesive and iron onto the reverse side of your feature fabric. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for ironing on your brand of adhesive. Cut out your hexagons and remove the paper backing. Note: If you are using a fabric printed with suitable sized hexagons like I did, you can just iron on the adhesive without pre-marking the hexagon shapes.
Alternative method: If you want to do a no-sew version of this ornament, simply mark out 6 hexagons on your fabric and cut them out. You don’t need to use the iron-on adhesive.
Lay your hexagons onto the soft white side of the Insul-fleece, (or on your felt). If you would like to see borders of the backing fabric around your hexagons on the finished ornament, space your hexagons out accordingly.
Adhere your feature hexagons to the Insul-fleece or felt with a hot iron.
No-sew method: Use the glue stick to adhere your fabric hexagons to your chosen backing textile and skip step 3. Please do not use a glue stick if you intend to machine sew your hexagons! It will be no fun if you gum up your machine!
Sew around the edge of your hexagons to permanently fix them to the backing textile. Use a thread colour that blends with or adds to your design as you wish, keeping in mind that the sewing will be visible once the ornament is completed. Do this step before you cut the hexagons out of the backing fabric – because sewing around individually cut hexagons is too fiddly….. ask me how I know…… 🙂
No-sew method: Skip Step 3
Cut out your 6 hexagons. You can either cut the hexagons flush with the boundaries of the feature fabric or if you have allowed for it, with a border of fleece/felt.
Place two hexagons reverse-sides together. Join them together by sewing a few stitches on the spot to create an anchor point in one top corner and then the bottom corner directly below. This can be done either by hand or machine.
Open up your work so that you can lay the third hexagon behind the second hexagon. Join these two hexagons with a few stitches in the free top and bottom corners of the second hexagon. Repeat this step until you have a chain of 6 hexagons.
Form your hexagon chain into a circle and sew the top and bottom corners of hexagon 6 to hexagon 1. Quietly trim any corners that haven’t quite lined up to get a nice straight top for your drum. Your feature fabric should be on the outside of the circle and your drum should now look like this…..
If you are making a drum that is thinner than your cardboard tube, cut the cardboard tube lengthwise.
Now, overlap the cut edges to create a narrower tube that fits snuggly inside your hexagon circle.
Secure the tube at the correct diameter with tape.
Note: If you are using the largest size hexagons from my template, a standard (Australian) paper towel roll insert should fit inside your hexagon circle unaltered, so you can skip this step.
Shorten your cardboard roll to a few mm less than the height of your hexagon circle.
Next, cut two fabric scraps into rough circles somewhat larger than the ends of your cardboard tubes.
Snip the overhanging fabric from the edge in towards the tube so that the fabric bends easily over the tube. Secure one circle of fabric to the top of the tube with tape or glue to form the top of your drum.
Repeat this process with the second circle of fabric to form the bottom of your drum. I used Insul-fleece for the top of my drum and a white fabric scrap for the base.
Fold your ribbon in half and secure both ends to the tube (with glue or tape) so that the loop will emerge from the top of the drum for hanging.
Slide the completed tube assembly into your hexagon circle. Secure with a little glue inserted between the tube and the hexagon circle.
Each hexagon should have two corners poking out from the circle. Join these two loose corners to each other with a few hand-stitches so that they come together in front of their own hexagon.
Once each corner is secure, stitch a bead onto the point for decoration.
Create two drumsticks by trimming two toothpicks or bamboo skewers to size (for small drums use toothpicks, for larger drums use skewers).
Add a small ball of polymer clay to the end of each stick. Optional: Knead glitter into the polymer clay for a little more sparkle on your drumsticks.
Attach the drumsticks to the drum with a few hand-stitches or a little glue.
Send a picture of your fabulous creation to dione @ cleverchameleon.com.au so I can share it with everyone and we can see how clever you are! Then enjoy your new Christmas ornament and have a safe, magical Christmas!
Here’s a couple of variations of the drum ornament that I made: with borders around the hexagons – one with a simple solid purple feature fabric.
Don’t forget to scroll past the linky party to get to the giveaway!
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GIVEAWAY!!! TWO DRUM ORNAMENT KITS
For a chance to win one of two sets of sparkly fabric hexagons (with adhesive already attached), a sufficient piece of Insul-fleece, a piece of ribbon and 6 pearl beads subscribe to Clever Chameleon blog post notifications by email and leave a comment on this post, telling me about your favourite tree ornament that you already own. Want extra entries? Follow Clever Chameleon on Bloglovin’ and Pinterest or share this post publicly on Facebook, and then leave an extra comment (using the same follower email address as above) letting me know which you did. Entries close 9am South Australian time 29 Nov 2017. Interstate and international entries welcome unless your local law prohibits. Please note that kits will not include materials to make the drumsticks. Good luck!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the other 46 other ornaments on the blog hop today!
P.P.S. Please make sure you drop by Erlene’s blog at My Pinterventures and thank her for running this massive blog hop!