Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cross Stitch Mason Jar Lid Ornament

I know this looks odd seeing a Christmas project
being shared now, the day before Halloween.
It's not much different than seeing all of the
Christmas trees and such on display in stores -
right next to Halloween decor ;)

Why a Christmas project in the middle of Halloween cards ?
 I'm sharing it as my final Design Team project
an anything crafty goes challenge.
NOTE: all supplies used on my project are my own,
no images were supplied by the sponsor this week

This small cross stitch piece fit fairly well inside the
ring to a large mouth mason jar to make an ornament.
A little paint, stain and embellishments to finish it off.

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EDITED TO ADD  11/5/2018
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Cross Stitch Mason Jar Lid Ornament Supplies:
Small cross stitch piece to fit opening of mason jar ring
           (or whatever you wish to frame for the ornament)
Polyfil or quilt batting (optional if using a fabric item)
Heavy duty double stick tape
Low temp hot glue
Embellishments as desired. My project uses a thin twine, twill ribbon, wood snowflake, hand stamped and cut banner, snippet of orange card stock for a carrot nose
Pencil and scissors

Paint your mason jar ring if you would like. I used a white acrylic craft paint then added an antiquing medium over that. I also sanded it a bit for a slightly distressed look. Let it dry thoroughly before continuing the project.

Find a small image to fit inside the ring. There are so many things that you can frame, not just small cross stitch pieces. Something as simple as a photograph will work ! The ideas are endless.

Depending on what you choose to frame, you may not want to use batting. I like to use a polyfil stuffing type material if I am framing a fabric piece, but it is not necessary.

If you do want to use a batting material, cut it to fit inside the ring. You will also need to cut a piece of chipboard a smidge smaller than the ring. It needs to fit inside the ridges of the screw-on part of the lid and have a tiny bit of room for the edges of the fabric to fit. I traced my lid onto the lightweight chipboard then cut it slightly smaller using scissors. Test fit and trim as needed.

Cut another chipboard to use as a cover to finish the back of the ornament off when you are done. Test the fit of the chipboard pieces before proceeding, trimming if necessary to make them fit well. 

Trim your fabric about 1 1/2"  larger all around than the chipboard circle. You want to leave enough fabric to be able to pull it over the polyfil then around to the back side so you can glue it in place.

Layer the batting / polyfil stuffing material between the cross stitch piece and chipboard circle.

Carefully pull the edges around the chipboard and batting, working on opposite sides all the way around. For example, start at 12 o'clock, then 6 o'clock, 9 o'clock then 3 o'clock. Be sure to check the front after the initial adhering of the four points. Place it inside the ring to make sure it is centered.  Remove it from the ring then you'll then do the same thing, working in between those four starting points until all of the edges are pulled around and glued in place.

I used a heavy duty double stick tape to hold the edges of the fabric in place while I was working, then I added a little bit of hot glue once it was done. Don't worry about the unfinished look, you will cover it with another piece of chipboard.

Push the completed fabric piece all the way in to the ring. If you used batting like I prefer to do when making this type of ornament with fabric items, it will make it puff out slightly from the frame. Hot glue in place.

Make it puffier by adding extra polyfil . You may need to make the fabric circle larger so there is more to "give" if necessary as well as to pull around to the back. Don't pull it really tight when gluing the edges of the fabric to the back either, this will smash the polyfil down.
If adding quite a bit of stuffing to make it puffier, keep it centered in the fabric piece. You don't want too much at the edges where it needs to fit in the frame

Choose your embellishments to finish your piece. I've already tied a thin twine around the ring, adding an extra loop for hanging from the Christmas tree in this photo. You will also see my teeny tiny card stock carrot nose for the snowman, a twill tape ribbon bow, a wooden laser cut snowflake, hand stamped and cut banner and the final chipboard piece to cover the back. You might like to cover this piece of chipboard with decorative paper. I chose not to so I could hand write on the back of my ornament.

Use your favorite all purpose heavy duty adhesive to attach the embellishments. I used low temp hot melt glue for everything other than the teeny tiny nose and card stock banner. I used a toothpick dipped in Tacky Glue to stick them in place. 



  1. So creative and beautiful! GREAT JOB! Thanks so much for playing in our Merry Little Christmas Challenge! Good Luck and I look forward to seeing you again next month!

    Merry Little Christmas DT
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  2. It's even prettier on the tree!!! LOVE this wonderful ornament!


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