Go big or go home—that is the mantra for Christmas in the Bay Area. Extensive planning is required to ensure that the holidays go off without a hitch, from decorating to entertaining. The pressures that come with this sometimes leave us without a second to catch our breath or enough limbs to handle everything. However, if you’re one of the few fortunate out there who has time to spare and/or are just looking for something crafty to do, we’ve got you covered. If you’ve got some extra tile from your past or current remodeling projects, follow these easy steps to create your very own tree ornament—All Natural Stone style! (brought to you by our genius in-house designer, Lucila)
For this project, you will need:
- Hot glue gun
- Lots of hot glue sticks
- 1 roll of jute (2.5 inch wide)
- 1 roll of 5/8 inch sheer ribbon
- Tile (A smaller sized decorative tile is ideal. For this particular project, we used a 4 inch by 4 inch decorative tile by Motawi Tile)
Now, that you’ve got all of your materials handy, let’s get started!
Determine the appropriate length of jute. Make sure that you have 9-10 inches of extra jute on the ends. For this size tile, we used roughly 35 inches of jute.
Once you’ve got your appropriately sized jute, cut the jute into two half strips. Set aside one of the halves for your next tile, and cut the other one into thirds down the length of the strip—but not all the way through. Make sure to leave the bottom end of the strip in tact at least by an inch.
Proceed to braid the three strands.
Once you get to the end of your braiding, take the strand with the wire and wrap it around the whole tip as demonstrated by the picture below:
Be sure to place a towel or a piece of cardboard down to protect your work surface from any messes.
Find the mid-point of the braided strip and mark the midpoint with pencil.
Apply hot glue on one corner of the tile then place on the center mark. Apply hot glue on all edges of the tile and quickly stick the strip onto the tile’s edges while applying pressure. It is important to do this hastily as the glue dries almost instantly.
Take the open end of the braided strip and glue the wired strip down. Cut the excess length.
Glue the two strips together where they meet on the corner edge of the tile as demonstrated in the photograph. Press and hold them together for a few seconds.
Find the ends of the two braided strips that are not wrapped. Glue the inside of the ends as demonstrated below. Slide the opposite tip in the crevice then press and hold.
The end result is a loop.
Cut two 10” strips of the sheer ribbon.
Wrap one strip 3 times around the neck of the braided loop and then tie into a knot. Cut off ends as desired.
Repeat Step 11 on the top of the loop where the two braided strips meet for reinforcement and aesthetics.
Voila! Now, you have a gorgeous and unique holiday decoration made by you! Your tile ornament is now ready to hang out on your Christmas tree, or anywhere else you desire!