Embroidery Hoop Ornaments Tutorial

I bought some embroidery hoops a couple months ago. I had a few different ideas in my head but never did anything with them… until now.

I always wondered if you could use scrapbook paper instead of fabric. Come to find out you can! I first saw this back in October at The Speckled Dog.

I decided for Christmas, these would be perfect to make ornaments.
I pulled out all my scrapbook papers and figured it all out.

Here’s the how-to:

– Bowl with water in it
-Scrapbook paper
-Embroidery hoops
-Cricut (optional)

First, trace the embroidery hoops.
You can also cut out large circle on your cricut if you have one. I ended up doing that for the next two I made.

Cut out the circle.

I then decided to use my Cricut to cut out some designs for the ornament.
First one, I cut out a snowflake.
Glue on the snowflake and let dry.

Once the glue is dry, place the circle in the water.
I found that with cardstock, you have to keep it in the water longer then a thinner sheet of paper.
Once the paper is relaxed, take it out and pat off the excess water.

Place the paper on the inner hoop and then slip the outer hoop on just like you would if using fabric. Let dry.

One it was dry, I put white/silver stickles on the snowflake.

I also made one that said Joy. Same process… glue on letters then place in water.
This one is a little wrinkled because I left it in the water too long. Thinner paper- leave in for a few seconds only.

And another one just using a sheet of scrapbook paper.

They are so cute!

I then tied some silver ric-rac onto the screw section to hang them.
I hung them using small Command hooks.

They look so cute over our VERY messy bench! lol

Aren’t those so cute? They are super simple and fast too!

Linking up to some of these parties.

Also, don’t forget to link up to the Holiday Open House party going on now too!

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  • Jami
    December 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I would have never thought to get the paper wet like that. These are adorable! Please stop by and link up to my Theme Party Thursday linky! These are just perfect for it.

  • Condo Blues
    December 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    What a cute idea!

  • Mandy [Mandipidy]
    December 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    So cute Allison! Love it :]

  • AmieAnn
    December 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Found you from Paisley Passion. These are soo adorable! The tutorial is great! Love the colors.. Hope you share them with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2010/11/pink-hippo-party-5.html

  • Kim @ Second Time Furniture
    December 3, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Good gracious, those are the most adorable things ever! I'll be grabbing some embrodery rounds during my next thrift shop visit! Thanks for a fabulous idea! 🙂

  • Kim @ Second Time Furniture
    December 3, 2010 at 5:39 am

    embroidery 🙂 I guess I missed that one on my spelling tests! :0

  • Anonymous
    December 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I heart! So cute!

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  • Nichelle @ Vintage Wanna Bee
    December 4, 2010 at 7:30 am


    Thanks for linking up at Tatertots and Jello! I'd love for you to come check out my blog:


    Mucho love!

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  • Young and Crafty
    December 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    They turned out great! Glad to see you can use scrapbook paper. They really do look like ornaments!

    Thanks for linking up to SS!

    Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

  • Amy with Good Day!
    December 6, 2010 at 5:31 am

    very sweet and vintage-y—love them

  • Elizabeth
    December 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    What a great idea! So simple and pretty! Great job! I would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/

  • Melissa
    December 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Very convincing ornaments. They don't look a bit like embroidery hoops.

  • Meg
    December 7, 2010 at 2:26 am

    That looks adorable! I love the fun colors and using the hoops is ingenious. Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you can join my stocking stuffer giveaway going on now, too! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/12/giveaway-with-path-less-traveled.html

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    December 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I *love* that you used scrapbook papers for this!! They really look like fabric. Fabulous idea!! Thank you so much on the tip to wet them. I'm so glad you linked up to Homemade Christmas!

  • The Design Confidential
    December 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    adorable! i always new those cool little hoops had cool little uses!

  • Lisa
    December 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    These are really pretty! I had no idea you could wet paper like that and get such a nice result!

  • Purnima@a creative project
    December 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

    very cute!!!!

  • Amanda Dale
    December 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Very pretty! Great idea on soaking the paper first! Thanks for sharing!

  • Its So Very Cheri
    December 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I would love to have you add them to my ORNAMENT PARTY.
    I love the GREEN.



  • Crystal
    December 10, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Very cute! Such a fun idea.

  • Krafty Kat
    December 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    What a cute idea! Amazing that you used paper instead of fabric! Thanks so much for sharing at the Holiday Hookup!

  • Vivian
    December 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    great idea

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  • Crystal
    December 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    So cute. I never would have thought to put it in water.

  • grace andrew
    August 21, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I am really impressed by your idea of using paper instead of fabric. This will take the embroidery to its new creativity level. EmbroideryDigitizing