Stenciled Embroidery Hoop Ornaments – 2016 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop

Affiliate disclosureWelcome to the 2016 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 11 pairs of partners or 22 talented ladies participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple – create a handmade ornament for under $15 to exchange with a partner and create a tutorial to share on the blog hop!

My partner was Terri from Christmas Tree Lane, who decorates with traditional Christmas colors of green, red, gold, and lots of sparkle. Since I love traditional colors and bling too, I couldn’t wait to create an ornament for her. In fact, I had so much fun that I created a few ‘Stenciled Embroidery Hoop Ornaments’ for our tree too!

2016 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop

2016 Ornament Exchange Hostesses

Check out all of the hosts’ handmade ornaments at the end of the post.

Stenciled Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

Stenciled Embroidery Hoop Ornaments



Painted hoops

Paint embroidery hoops and let completely dry.


Stencil the designs onto white fabric. Let dry and cut out a square around each design.

Attach Stencil Hoop

Two ways to apply stencils to the hoop (I did it the first way):

  1. Center stencil design on inner hoop. Place outer hoop on and tighten. Remove outer hoop and cut along outside crease. In sections, add a dot of hot glue in four areas of the outside edge of the inner hoop to hold the cut design in place. Apply outer hoop again and tighten.
  2. Center stencil design on inner hoop. Place outer hoop on and tighten. Cut off excess fabric.

Glitter stencil

Decide where on the painted areas (add glue on painted areas to prevent it from seeping through) to accent with glitter and place glue in those areas. Use a skewer or toothpick to help spread the glue to fill odd shapes. Let the glitter and glue completely dry for at least 24 hours. Optional – lightly apply clear spray to help keep glitter from flaking off. This will dull the glitter a bit, so it’s optional if you want to apply the spray.

Another option is to skip the glitter and just apply a coat of sparkle Mod Podge over the entire painted design (see gold ornament).

Stenciled Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

Tie ribbon and trim onto the top of the hoop and it’s ready to hang!

I hope you enjoyed and give this tutorial a try. It’s an easy way to customize ornaments to fit any color tree and a fun project to do in a weekend.

FIND MORE HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2016OrnamentExchangeBH so we can see your creations on social media.

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  1. I have chosen your beautiful embroidery hoop Christmas ornaments for my feature at Totally Terrific Tuesday tomorrow. They are fabulous! Have a great Thanksgiving, Erlene!

  2. Erlene, these are beautiful!! The mini-hoops are darling and I love the stencil you chose, too! Thank you so much for organizing this exchange and hop! I’m enjoying checking out all of the different crafts and ideas.

  3. So creative and I love everything; the stencil, the sparkle Mod Podge and those cute little embroidery hoops! I didn’t know there was a sparkle Mod Podge but I’ve already put it on my shopping list.

  4. Erlene, these are beautiful! I love using stencils for all sorts of things, but had not thought about making an ornament using them. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Erlene, I love these adorable ornaments. My grandmother loved to embroider so I will think of her and you when I see these in my tree!

  6. I love the stenciling effect you created for your ornaments. And the painted frames are such a nice touch. These turned out so beautifully, Erlene 🙂

  7. Thanks so much for hosting again this year! There are so many great ideas! I can’ wait to go see them all! Have a wonderful holiday!

  8. This is adorable. I purchased some mini hoops without any idea of what to do with them. I would love added these to a wrapped Christmas present instead of a bow. Thanks!

  9. Erlene, This is so much fun. I will be looking at all of the great ornaments this weekend and hope to make them all. The ornament you created is so so pretty. I love each one that you did.