We’re sharing how to create French Country Script Ornaments today as part of the Lifestyle of Love blog hop hosted by the always fabulous, Cindy of County Road 407!
If you’re coming over from Lora’s blog, Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder, welcome, we’re excited to have you here.
Lora has such a unique vintage style which inspires me all the time, I can’t wait to see what she has for us today!
It’s hard to believe our Lifestyle of Love group has been together for years now. Here’s a list of all the things we’ve created together so far…
- How to Create Farmhouse Crocks from Paint Cans
- Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase (one of the most popular posts from this series)
- Simple Ways to Organize the Pantry with Baskets
- Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar
- Easy Ways to Decorate with Frames
- DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy
- Jadeite Inspired Cupcake Stands
- 8 Easy Tips for Styling a Dining Room Hutch
- 11 Architectural Salvage Decorating Ideas
- Simple Chalkboard Decorating Ideas
- A Beginner’s Guide to Chair Upholstery
- How to Clean Vintage Pillowcases
A Moment of Inspiration at the Retreat…
Earlier this month, I hosted a creative retreat at home with my Mom and sister. Our days were centered around a leadership summit we live streamed from my Dad’s media room.
During our breakout sessions, we ate yummy foods (goat cheese on everything, please) and talked about our goals, dreams, and plans.
It was so much fun!
One topic that kept coming up over and over again was just how fast summer had flown by and how to begin preparing for the holiday season now.
I shared my plans to work on one project or ornament each month in the days leading up to Christmas so I could enjoy all the good things the season has to offer instead of scrambling at the last minute.
Well, that conversation led to the realization my parents would be hosting multiple holiday events at both Loblolly and Bliss Barracks.
While my Mom is still on the fence about how she wants to decorate Bliss Barracks (it’s very traditional), she’s committed to having a French Country Christmas at Loblolly.
We ate so much goat cheese while we were at the retreat, I decided to surprise my Mom with these French Country Script Ornaments so every time she hung them on the tree she would think about our amazing weekend together.
Here’s a look at how to create French Country Script Ornaments…
French Country Script Ornament Supplies:
- Air Dry Clay in White
- Goat Cookie Cutter or Christmas Cookie Cutters
- Rolling Pin
- Baking or Pie Crust Mat
- Baking Sheets
- Straw (plastic or paper straw)
- Parchment Paper
- French Script Wrapping Paper (this paper is from Ballard Designs)
- Mod Podge Glue
- Glue Brush
- Ribbon or Jute String
French Country Script Ornament Steps:
Gather your supplies and prep your work area by laying a food-safe mat on a flat smooth surface.
Tear off a chunk of air-dry clay and knead it several times until it warms up in your hand.
Place the clay on the mat and begin to roll it with a rolling pin like you would roll out pastry or sugar cookie dough.
Make sure to roll the clay out evenly. It should be slightly thicker than the consistency of a sugar cookie.
Use a cookie cutter (we used a goat-shaped cookie cutter) to make whatever shape you want.
Once you’re finished, remove any excess clay, gently pulling it away from the sides of the ornament.
Use a straw to create a hole in the top for ribbon or jute so you can hang the French script ornament from the tree or as a gift tag.
Carefully place the ornament on a baking sheet. Make sure the ornaments are laying as flat as possible.
Flip ornaments over every 30 minutes to allow each side to dry evenly. Air dry clay ornaments should dry for at least 24-72 hours.
Adding French Script to Air Dry Clay Ornaments…
Once the ornament is completely dried, carefully place the ornament onto tissue, wrapping, or scrapbook paper with French script.
Next, use a pencil to outline the ornament.
Then using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut around the outline.
Make sure to cut out 2 French script patterns for each ornament if you want the script to be on the front and the back.
Apply glue (we used Mod Podge) to the French script paper with a brush.
Gently secure in place and add another light layer of glue.
Allow the top side of your French script ornament to dry before moving on to the back.
After the glue has completely dried, add a piece of ribbon or jute.
You can hang your French script ornament on the tree or use it as a gift tag to dress up your packages.
Planning Ahead for the Holidays…
I know this time of year is typically reserved for all things back to school and pumpkins.
But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come to a special occasion during the year and wished I had taken the time to do more in advance.
So, while you’re penciling in play dates and parent-teacher conferences or revising your schedule around the grands, now is a great time to start a new Pinterest board, pop down the aisles of your local big box store or shop your favorite boutique or online business so you can begin gathering all the elements that will help make your holiday season a magical one!
Up next on the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop, the always sweet and talented Christy of Our Southern Home. You’ll love how she incorporates farm animals into her gorgeous home decor!
Once you’re finished there be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing…
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.