How to make a simple embroidery hoop Christmas ornament

Overhead view of embroidery hoop Christmas Ornament

How do you decorate your tree? Do you have a theme for your decor every year? Do you make at least one ornament to add to the tree? 

That’s a lot of questions, isn’t it, but I like to know what you all do and to see how similar we are.

One year, I made a bunch of fabric ornaments for the tree back when I was newly married and didn’t have any kids yet. I kept those ornaments until just a few years ago and finally parted with them. I knew I would in all likelihood never use them again and I thought someone else might want them for a kid’s tree (unbreakable – all fabric!) or for a theme they had.

This year, to be honest, I’m not sure how I’ll be decorating my tree. I have all the beautiful ornaments from last year’s French Country Christmas tree that you can see here, but I may just go back to a traditional free for all tree covered with ornaments that mean something to me and my family….no color theme, no style theme….just memories…I’m still pondering that.

Graphic for 12 handmade Christmas Ornaments Tour

In any case 😉 even if I go with a tree theme that won’t fit the ornament I made this year for the 4th annual Handmade Christmas Ornaments hop (did you hear trumpets there??? I did) I can still use this pretty, vintage looking, Joy to the World embroidery hoop ornament maybe even hanging it in a small space in the kitchen, living room, or just about anywhere. 

overhead view of supplies used to make an embroidery hoop Christmas Ornament

Other than the embroidery hoop, I had everything else on hand. Sometimes, it’s best to poke through your supplies and stash of craft goodies to see what you have before you head out and buy anything. 

Supplies Used

Small wooden embroidery hoop – 3 inches

overhead view of Joy to the World Vintage Music Sheet used to make an embroidery hoop Christmas Ornament

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Printed out sheet music – I found a wonderful blog I had never seen before and downloaded the Joy to the World music sheet I used but she has so many other ones to download and they’re free! (Little Birdie Blessings)

Small bottle brush tree with a wooden base

Ribbon or bakers twine

Cardboard gift tags – I purchased several packages of these types of tags at the Target Dollar Spot so I grabbed those from my stash and just used the plain, white, backside to stamp my word but you could even make your own if you don’t have any handy

Rubber stamp alphabet – small

Inkpad – I used a Tim Holtz distress inkpad but, unless you’re going for a specific look, use a red one if that’s what you have

Gold craft bell

Low-temp hot glue gun and glue stick

How-To Make Put It All Together – Embroidery Hoop Ornament

Overhead view of supplies used to make a simple embroidery hoop Christmas Ornament on a marble background

Overhead view of supplies used to make a simple embroidery hoop Christmas ornament on a marble background including an inkpad and rubber stamps spelling out the word JOY

I originally started by gluing the bottle brush tree to the bottom center of the embroidery hoop and went with that…but, I changed that up at the end so that’s why the “final” pictures are a bit different.

So, don’t do what I do, do what I say 😉 

Print out the music sheet of your choice or use an old book page, an old Christmas Card, anything that tickles your fancy. 

Trace the embroidery hoop on your background of choice and then cut out. It would probably be better to use a circle cutter (this is the one I have but I was too lazy to go get it from my craft room…I need to have a talk with myself about this) but if you don’t have one, just do your best with cutting out your background slightly inside the line you drew and then hot glue that to the back of the wooden embroidery hoop. 

THEN glue the tree to the bottom center of the embroidery hoop. 

Overhead view of simple embroidery hoop Christmas ornament with low-temp glue gun and rubber stamped word JOY on a small gift tag

Choose the word you would like on your tag and stamp it on the gift tag. 

Next, tie on the gift tag cutting to size if necessary and add twine or ribbon to use as a hanger.

AND….that’s it! I may go back and add some glitter but that was all there was to this pretty little ornament. 

I also think that I may buy some off-white pom pom trim to glue on the outside of the ornament and if I do, I’ll update my photos. 

Sometimes, I just can’t leave well enough alone and I tweak something after I make it. Do you do that? 

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornament hanging on a tree

Before you go to visit the other creative bloggers, I want to thank Diane from An Extraordinary Day and Jennifer from Celebrating Everyday Life for co-hosting with me. Diane is the detail-oriented creative behind this and if it weren’t for her, this hop would be a mess!  

Here are all 12 Bloggers in order of their appearance:

Day 1 – An Extraordinary Day

Day 2 – The How To Home – (me!)

Day 3 – Celebrating Everyday Life

Day 4 – Atta Girl Says

Day 5 – Hunt and Host

Day 6 – Lovely Etc.

Day 7 – Pet Scribbles

Day 8 – Sweet Pea

Day 9 – I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Day 10- Remodelando la Casa

Day 11 – Live Laugh Rowe

Day 12 –  The Crafting Nook

If you make a similar ornament, I would love to see it! You can share it and tag me (The How To Home) on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter!

Graphic of reindeer silhouette for the 12 days of handmade Christmas Ornaments Tour