Welcome and thank you for stopping by to see how my children were inspired and what ornament they made after learning about the October 2014 Featured Artist for the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club. This month’s featured artist is Tom Best. The three ornaments that he is being featured for this month are Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree, Wishin’ I Was Fishin’, and Happy Campers. We are learning about Tom Best as an ornament artist as part of the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series for the October 2014 monthly Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist.
Music is fun on so many levels. Our family loves all things Disney and right now a favorite is Ross Lynch, who plays a guitar in a lot of his music videos and in his shows. When we found that Tom best was inspired by music, especially his brother’s love of the guitar, it just clicked for my daughter Elizabeth and she was excited to be creating a guitar themed ornament.
After learning about Tom Best’s ornament Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree as the month’s Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist, it was time to try our own hand at making our own version of this wonderful Hallmark Keepsake Ornament. There are many ways to craft a guitar, but here are the materials and methods that my daughter Elizabeth, son Beck, and I used as we made our own Tom Best inspired guitar ornament.
To make your own guitar ornament for this month’s Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist you will need the following materials:
- October 2014 Tom Best Project Tag
- Red Felt
- White Cardstock Paper
- White Crayon
- Popsicle stick
- Green Puffy Paint
- Purple Puffy Paint
- Craft Sequins
- Craft glue
- Fiskars Scissors
- Single Hole Punch
- Ornament Hook
The first thing that we did was to visit our local Hallmark store to see the Tom Best Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Hallmark Keepsake Ornament. It was very easy for us to find since he a featured artist this year. We found it front and center in our store’s display.
Once we got home, we assembled all the materials and set out to make our very own version. We started by making a guitar shape out of the white card stock paper that was about 6ish inches tall. Once we had the shape to our liking, Elizabeth cut it out and transferred the shape to the red felt using a white crayon and then cut out the guitar base from the red felt. Then, I used a single hole punch to make a matching hole in the card stock and felt to hang the completed ornament from.
Then, we placed a Popsicle stick in between the card stock and felt, and used craft glue to glue it all together. We allowed a lot of time for the glue to dry completely.
Once the guitar was completely dry, Beck used green puffy paint to make the strings.
Then, Elizabeth used the green puffy paint to make the sound hole of the guitar. We did a quick search and found that the strings are part of the fretboard and neck and that the technical terms for the sound hole is just that, sound hole. We got a chuckle out of that, but it was still fun to learn a little about guitars too.
We then let the puffy paint dry. When I thought it was dry, we went to move to the next step, but unfortunately had to wait longer as the puffy paint needed more time to finish drying. Just be sure to let the puffy paint dry until it is set.
Then it was time to finish our ornament by adding a few details like a handle with purple puffy paint and glued on some sequins for the turning keys.
Lastly, we filled out the October 2014 Tom Best Project Tag and attached it to the back of our ornament with an ornament hook, making it to the perfect addition to our Christmas tree this holiday season or to give as a gift to a family member or friend!
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Don’t forget to check out all the other Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series fun either!
How did your Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree inspired ornament come out? Was it fun to make?