Handmade State Ornaments

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hello, there. I hope you had a great weekend! Can you believe there are less than two weeks until Christmas? Time has just flown since the beginning of November. Luckily I wrapped up the last of my Christmas shopping (even picking out my gift from my mom - thanks for the winter hat!) so I don't have to fight any more crowds. I also finished up the last of my Christmas decorating and can't wait to share pictures with you later this week.

A few weeks ago I signed up for an Ornament Exchange on A Little Clairefication. I was paired with a blogger from San Diego (I'll leave out her name and blog name because I never received an ornament from her and don't want to embarrass her in case she forgot or it was lost in the mail or something...). In our e-mails back-and-forth, she told me that she and her husband collect ornaments when they travel so I thought it would be fun to make a New Mexico ornament for her.

DIY New Mexico Ornament (Chile Ristra) from It's Always Ruetten #ornamentswap13

Using a small 4-inch embroidery hoop, I hot-glued felt pieces on a scrap of white fabric to create a New Mexican chile ristra (dried chile's). I love how it turned out and hope she did too!

Greetings from New Mexico - DIY New Mexico Christmas Ornament from It's Always Ruetten #ornamentswap13

DIY New Mexico Ornament (Chile Ristra) from It's Always Ruetten #OrnamentSwap13

I thought it would be fun to share other state ornaments so below are a few of my favorites!

I Heart Colorado Ornament-Made to Order any city


Arkansas Ornament

state ornaments 4

texas ornament

Did I share one for your state?

{I party with these blogs.}


  1. Love your ornaments. Sorry to hear that you did not get one in return. It was a great experience for me, but not for you.
    Maybe next year.

  2. Love your ornament! The back is really cute too!

  3. Julia, these are so, SO cute! I have not seen anything like this, and I just love them.




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