Handmade Ornament Exchange 2013 – A Sugar Plum Fairy

Ornament Exchange 2013-One Little Minute Blog-1It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Truly! When Kelli emailed me a month ago about participating again in her Handmade Ornament Exchange, I was thrilled! I remember the fun I had last year thinking up and creating my ornaments, then receiving package after handmade package in the mail in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

I knew this year would be even more special. Along with having just moved across the country, this Christmastime also brings my family to the completion of our new home, and most special of all, the birth of our sweet baby girl, Plum!

Handmade Ornament Exchange 2013- One Little Minute BlogOf course my ornaments had to be Sugar Plum Fairies! What else would have been appropriate?! I had these sweet little gals dreamed up from the moment I replied “YES!” to the exchange invitation.

I wanted to keep them simple, sweet, and sparkly. Because they are very simple (and because I was whipping them out at 9 months pregnant!) I forwent a formal tutorial, but thought I could share some tips in case you’d like to make a Sugar Plum Fairy of your own! This basic idea would work for hundreds of other little characters as well, so dream away.

The plumpness of the Plum is a small styrofoam ball. I held them tight and shoved the wooden clothes pins right through, creating a perfectly sized hole for her body. Next, I painted all of the balls a nice purple and let them dry while I hot glued twine to the clothes pin head for a little bun. You know, channeling The Nutcracker. Once the paint was dry, I slid the ladies into place and secured them with a little hot glue. Then I attached the fluttery pink silk wings and sparkle ribbon hanger with glue. After adding little dot faces with the back of my paintbrush, I sprayed them each with gold glitter for some fairy vibes:) Easy as that!

Ornament Exchange 2013-One Little Minute Blog-21I loved them all in a row, but was excited to pack up and ship off, too. Sending a little piece of our family’s Christmas cheer to each of the participants.

Ornament Exchange 2013- One Little Minute Blog-HandmadeI got my ornaments finished and sent a little ahead of schedule, awaiting the arrival of my own little Sugar Plum. And I kept waiting, and waiting. Other’s ornaments began to arrive to our apartment (and get pinned up on our temporary IKEA fabric Christmas Tree) and little Plum still hadn’t shown up!

Each of the ornaments is unique and darling. I mean, look at these! If you hop around to each of the other participants blogs, you’ll get a closer look and some tutorials for the amazing creations:

Sonja of Gingermakes

Jen of Grainline Studio

Krista of Lazy Saturdays

Jennifer of Workroom Social

Katy of Katy and Laney

Laney of Katy and Laney

Erica of Caught on a Whim

Kelli of True Bias

And then, finally on December 15th (11 days past her due date!), my own amazing creation arrived.

Introducing, Miss Plum Taylor Anderson.

Lil Miss Plum-1

I’ll tell you more about her later. For now, go enjoy your Holidays with your families, make some new handmade ornaments for you tree, and delight in the magic of this special season!

xo Miranda


  1. Posted December 20, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    I love the ornaments, and I LOVE sweet baby Plum! Well worth the wait! Her face is absolutely darling!

  2. Posted December 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I would say something about your adorable ornaments, but BABY! Congratulations!! She’s just beautiful 🙂

  3. Posted December 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Welcome to the world Miss Plum! what a sweetheart, your decorations are very sweet too

  4. Posted December 21, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    i am still waiting on your ornament but can’t wait to get it. thanks so much for participating, especially with so much on your plate. baby plum is precious.

  5. Posted December 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the sweet little ornament and CONGRATS on your sweet baby, Plum. 🙂

  6. Posted December 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, thank you for my lovely Sugar Plum Fairy ornament. I had so much fun participating in this year’s ornament exchange, and I love your creating. It really sparkles on my tree. Congratulations on little baby Plum!! She looks precious. Can’t wait to read more about her. Merry Christmas!!

  7. Posted December 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    You’re ornament was so sweet Miranda! Almost as sweet as little Plum 🙂 I also adored the packaging! Congrats on your little girl. I hope you’re getting some rest and lots of cuddles in. Merry Christmas!

  8. Posted December 24, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Awe your Sugar Plum Fairy is so sweet and your little plum is so sweet!

  9. Posted January 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on an adorable baby! What a wonderful addition to a beautiful family!
    Happy 2014 to you and your family!

    ps. I had to change blog addresses, now http://www.tamedmusingsblog.com already on bloglovin, and I´d love if you could follow the new address. 🙂

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