These punch ornaments are a great way to get started with punch needlework using a basic holiday image that you can hang right on the tree.
This year I tried my hand and punch needle embroidery to make these country casual punch ornaments for the tree. If you have experienced working with punch needles then these will be a breeze. However, if it is new to you as it was for me, it may take a little practice and lots of patience. Still, I like the overall effect and plan on creating something larger in the near future.
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How to Make Punch Ornaments
Above is a handy template that you can print out and use to trace a template onto your fabric. I have them in reverse because you are supposed to punch on the backside of your image.
However, some people like the smoother front side for their finished product. And, some like a mix of both to show dimension.
Cut the fabric slightly larger than the hoop and draw the image on the backside. This is where you do the needle punching.
As you can see the first one I created was a little lacking. The needle comes with instructions and there are tons of YouTube videos that show you how to punch. It just takes practice.
Once you have finished with the needlework you can cut away the extra fabric, leaving about 1/2 inch all around. Then hot glue the edges onto the inside of the hoop.
Cut out a piece of complimentary fabric to cover the back.
Attach your gold cord to the embroidery hoop screw, and hang on the tree for all to see.
I also stained the hoops to give them a little-weathered feel, but that is totally optional. I think black or white chalk paint would look great too.
The punch needle art was so fun I tried my hand at a punch needle rug hooking pillow that is very similar and had a great result.
The best part of this project; It kept my hands busy in the evening, so I was less likely to snack. 🙂
- Embroidery thread
- Embroidery Hoops
- Needle Punch Fabric
- Hot glue
- Extra fabric for the backing
- Cording for hanging
- Punch Needle tool
- Use the above template to print out and trace the image you want onto the backside of the punch needle fabric.
- Cut the fabric slightly larger than the hoop.
- Secure the image in the center of the hoop making it as tight as possible for needle punching.
- Choose the colors of the embroidery thread that you want to use.
- Follow the directions on the punch needle to start filling in the image.
- Once you finished punching you can cut away any excess fabric, leaving 2 inches around.
- Hot glue the edges of the fabric inside of the hoop.
- Then cut out a piece of complementary fabric to cover the back and glue it into place.
- Add a piece of gold cording to the hoop screw and hang on the tree.
If you don't like the look of the raw wood of the embroidery hoop you can stain or paint it before starting the project.
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