Plumb Crazy over these Christmas Ornaments (from Plumbing Parts) #LowesCreator

You must think I have plumbing on the brain. After all our leaks, I’ve spent some time in the plumbing aisle. While there I came across these three things:

They are beautiful, don’t you think?! Can’t you see them hanging from your Christmas tree or on your door? What? No?

Okey dokey, come along I’ll break it down for you, this is going to be fun.

 Star Decoration

 

Materials:

  • 5 Brass pipe hooks
  • Hemp string (or other string)
  • Scissors
  • Multi-Purpose utility wire 16 Gauge
  • Jingle bells
  • Colored beads
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

Lay out the hooks in a star formation.

Wrap two ends with the hemp string to attach them to each other.

Continue attaching all the hooks together. Be sure to weave down and around the elbows for better hold.

Shape the hooks until they are in a perfect star shape.

Cut a length of utility wire and wrap it around the star shape. Add curly q’s, bends and spirals…

…thread beads and jingle bells periodically.

Cut more wire and continue to decorate the star with beads and curled wire.

Finish off by adding a loop to the top of the star to act as a hanger.

Thread a ribbon through the loop and hang it on your door,

a window or another prominent spot.

Hoop Ornaments

 

Materials:

Instructions:

Measure the diameter of your hose clamp (at its most open setting while it is still attached.) Set your compass to half the diameter and draw a circle onto the foam board. Cut out the foam board with the x-acto knife.

Widen your compass and draw a wider circle onto a piece of fabric. Cut out a piece of fabric and center it over the foam board circle. Lay the hose clamp over the foam and fabric.

Tighten the hose clamp with the screwdriver until it is snug enough to hold the fabric, but not tight enough to crush the foam board.

Decorate your circle with stickers, buttons, trim, ribbon, or whatever, you’re the creator!

You could also use scrapbook paper instead of fabric. The star and joy ornament decorations were created with the Silhouette CAMEO.

Hot glue the excess fabric to the back (or fray it to look like a mini-embroidery hoop. Glue ribbon or trim around the hose clamp.

Create a loop at the top for hanging the ornament.

My little guy insisted that we need to make an ornament for Santa ;-)

These ornaments are so fun and easy. Be creative and let the kids have fun with this project. I can see a little handprint on the center of one for a keepsake ornament. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Brass Snowflake Star

 

Materials:

Instructions:

Lay out the pipe straps in a star shape.

Thread hemp string through the holes on two straps. Knot the end of the string.

Continue until you have completed the star snowflake form.

You will need to finagle the star form until it looks good to you.

Tie a string through one of the star points. Add beads and tie a loop to hang your ornament.

What do you think? Am I plumb crazy or are these truly adorable ornaments I made from plumbing parts?

Don’t forget if you have your heart set on a Silhouette Craft cutter or supplies for your Silhouette, now is the time to get one! The Silhouette Black Friday pricing is good through this Friday, November 30th when you use the discount code: HANDY.

Disclosure: I have partnered with Lowe’s as a Lowe’s Creative Influencer. I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to complete my project. The tutorial, photos and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not told what to write. #LowesCreator

Comments

  1. What great ornaments. Love the star made from the pipe straps! So creative. Might have to start checking out Lowes Creative Page. Cheers.

  2. SO stinkin’ clever & creative!! I LOVE, LOVE these!!! Awesome!!!

  3. You’re so clever! Much more fun and purdy than using them for what they’re “supposed” to be used for! The snowflake is my favorite. :)

  4. Well, I’ll never look at all the excess building/plumbing parts that are all over our house during this re-construction in the same way again!!!!!!!!!!! Just amazing! You also triggered the thought in me that I have a whole bag of copper cookie cutters that look like your copper ornaments. They should and will be ornaments soon. Less fattening, too. lol I love your background of the distressed planks. One of the cooler backgrounds I’ve seen in blogland.

  5. Years ago, when I was a Bluebird leader, my little Bluebirds made Christmas ornaments for their parents by glueing their pictures on the back of wooden curtain rings. These could then be hung on the tree. This idea would work so well for the hose clamps. What a great daddy gift.

    PS My husband still has the pic of our daughter hanging by his desk. That was about 32 years ago.

  6. Oh my goodness! How clever! I’ve bough hose clamps at http://www.plumbingsupply.com, but it would never have occurred to me to use them for an ornament! Though it does remind me of the cheap wood embroidery hoop type ornaments we did when I was a kid, but these look like they’ll last a bit better than those did…

  7. You are a genius! Seriously cute ornaments. I love the idea of the pipe rings and the kids going to town with them. Great ideas – thank you!

  8. Your such a genius, all of them are quite amazing…..Thumbs up

  9. OMG…Love LOVE love these. Seriously a trip to Lowe’s is now on my agenda !!! I can’t decide which one I love more. I might just have to make them all. Plumbing aisle here I come !!!!

  10. Hi, Brittany

    These are awesome! You are creative.

    Vanessa

  11. These are all so cute! I just came back from Lowes with all my supplies!!!! I’m in the process of making the snowflake, but it won’t keep it’s shape. Any helpful hints?

  12. I just made the star. I am not sure how you made the wire curl so well but I plan on practicing. I think they will make great gifts.

  13. I showed my husband your creations and he just kept saying, “Wow… Wow… That’s impressive.” We are both impressed with your awesome creations!

  14. I love how creative you are with these supplies! I think what you did with the star is great, but it could also be used as a base to create a wreath, using whatever one could think of to attach to it, i.e. tinsel, garland, etc. Great creativity!

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