Mini Christmas Ornaments

7 May
Close up of a Christmas tree showing a six pointed white quilled snowflake
They are so delicate, just about 1in across. and about 1/8 inch thick

Back in December 2017, I got back into quilling, and made a bunch of things for different people. I do not have photographs of all of them, because back then it just didn’t occur to me to document my making endeavors.

Among the things I made that year, there were a dozen little ornaments each for different people at work who had put up desktop Christmas trees.

Close up of a Christmas tree showing a tiny white quilled snowflake among the decorations; the wires from the three lights give a sense of proportion.
I love these!

The snowflakes above were for Karen, who usually puts up one of those pre-decorated, pre-lighted trees. It’s a really lovely little thing, and I think the white paper ornaments brought it up a notch.

(Yes, I’m biased, I made them, what do you want from me?)

Blurry really close close-up of a double layer quilled poinsettia, just over an inch across
Apologies for the lack of focus

That year, A. had really sparse desktop tree that just called for more red, so I made her a dozen little poinsettias. These are also around 1in across, and made with 1/8 wide strips.

Image of a dollar-tree desktop Christmas tree (aka, very sparse) where the lights and decorations far outnumber, and overwhelm, the branches.
The tree in all its Charlie-Brown’s-tree glory!

Of course, after that, I had to get a desktop tree myself, and decorate it with my own creations. So I made tons and tons of teeny tiny little baubles and snowflakes, ranging from half an inch to an inch in diameter. The tree is just a cheap little foil-like material one.

Close up of the green foil desktop Christmas tree showing over 20 tiny quilled ornaments
So many! Perhaps even too many

I have since switched the lights for a string of mini-leds, which are a lot more congruent, scale-wise, with the ornament–and the battery box is tiny, which I also like. (Note to self: I should really get more recent pictures of it). Part of me wants to upgrade to a better looking three, part of me just loves the kitschy-ness of it.

Green foil desktop Christmas tree with lights and quilled ornaments
I love the five-pointed silver star topper

I do want to make a simple, appropriately-sized tree-skirt for it. Even with the much smaller battery pack, a tree skirt would be tidier.

I should totally work on that.


4 Responses to “Mini Christmas Ornaments”

  1. willaful 07/05/2021 at 2:43 PM #

    Amazing, as always.

    I bought my kid a little tree for her studio and it came with lights already on, which I think was an excellent decision. Plugs in.

    • azteclady 07/05/2021 at 2:51 PM #

      Thank you!

      And yes, I would much rather have the lights pre-installed.

  2. shallowreader 11/05/2021 at 6:40 AM #

    Just stunning! And perfect timing for you to celebrate the antipodean celebration of Christmas in July!

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