Learn how to make a simple DIY plaid ornament out of a dollar store bulb and some thrifted flannel!
Plaid flannel is a staple in the traditional, cozy Christmas décor. There’s just something about the pattern that emits festivity!
With this simple DIY tutorial, you can make and use super cute flannel plaid ornaments to add that festive feeling to your tree.
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This tutorial uses just a few low-cost items (you can get them at the dollar store and/or thrift store) and the ornament can be made in next to no time.
I hope you enjoy this idea and have fun making your own DIY flannel ornaments!
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How to Make a Plaid Flannel Ornament
For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.
Steps for Assembling the Plaid Ornament:
STEP 1: Cut Fabric
We will begin by cutting and shaping our fabric.
First, cut two strips of fabric at 1.5″x9″ and four strips and 1.5″x4.5″
Next, we will shape the four smaller strips into an almond shape by trimming the corners.
Starting about 2″ down from one end, shape the end to a rounded point on either side, meeting in the middle.
Fold in half and follow this shape to cut the other end of the strip.
Use this piece to cut the remaining three strips.
We will do the same thing with the longer strips as well.
STEP 2: Glue Fabric on Ornament Bulb
Before we start gluing down fabric, remove the top metal piece of the ornament.
We will reattach it at the end.
Starting with the four smaller pieces, we will now glue down the fabric to the ornament.
First, place a dot of hot glue on the bottom center of the ornament.
Next, take the point of one 4.5″ strip of fabric and glue it to the bulb.
Now this part is important for getting the fabric tight.
Using your thumb, stretch one side of the fabric up towards the tip of the bulb.
Place a dot of glue up at the top, under the fabric to secure this side.
Next, push the other side up towards the top using your thumb again.
Place a dot of glue under the fabric at the top to secure it.
You will be left with a little flap piece which we will use to create a pleat on our ornament.
Fold this piece over to the side you just glued and secure it to the bulb with another dot of glue.
Cut off the remaining flap above the top of the bulb.
Repeat this step, first directly across and then again creating 1/4 across the bulb.
Now we will use the longer pieces across the ornament to cover the gaps.
Find the center of the first 9″ strip and place that in the center bottom of the ornament where the other pieces are glued.
This time instead of glueing the middle down, hold it in place with your thumb, while you use your pointer finger to stretch out the fabric to tighten it over the gap.
Glue the top down how you glued the first pieces down, and create the pleat in the same way you did the others.
Repeat on the other side of the first 9″ strip of fabric to cover the opposite side gap.
Repeat with the other 9″ strip.
Cut all extra fabric at the top of the ornament bulb.
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STEP 3: Reattaching Metal Piece and Leather Cord
First, reattach the metal top by opening it up and the closing all the tabs tightly over the fabric.
Next, cut one 10″ piece of leather cord, stick it through the hole where you would normally put an ornament hanger.
Center the leather cord so the two ends are the same length and tie a knot at the top to create the loop for your ornament to hang.
And there you have it; now you can hang it on your tree!
I love the texture of the fraying flannel – isn’t it so cool?
Try it with a red flannel, spray paint the top gold, and add jute string for a more warm, farmhouse look.
The options are endless! 🙂
As promised, here are the printable instructions:
- Cut your fabric into 6 strips: two at 1.5"x9" and four at 1.5"x4.5".
- Trim each of those strips into an almond shape.
- Remove the metal top from your bulb and glue the shorter pieces to the bulb with hot glue from the bottom to the top, pleating the top where it hits the opening. Glue the first one, then one across from it, then the two perpendicular to those for strips along the 1/4s of the bulb.
- Glue your long strips all the way around the bulb (from the top on one side, to the top on the other side) to hide the gaps.
- Trim the fabric off the top and put the metal topper back on the bulb.
- Tie a loop of string at the top for hanging.
I hope you have fun with this DIY ornament!
Let me know how yours turns out and if you have any questions. 🙂