12.04.2012

DIY Printable Paint Stick Ornaments: Names and Attributes of Christ

When I was choosing a name for this blog there were a lot of possibilities, but the name that seemed to fit the best was Today's Fabulous Finds--Tomorrow's Treasures.  I chose this name because I love the challenge of finding items that are ordinary, in-expensive (like paint sticks), or simply worn-out, and turning them into little 'treasures' for my home.  There is a satisfaction (and a happiness too) that comes when you use your creativity to make something that is uniquely your own!  That said, my greatest treasures in life will always be Jesus Christ and His gospel and my family.



I thought it would be nice to make something special with an emphasis on Christ for this Christmas season so I decided to make a new set of Paint Stick Ornaments for my Christmas tree.  This set includes 30 Names of Christ (pictured above) and 14 Christlike Attributes.  I also purchased over a dozen different 3"x 4" pictures of Christ to frame and hang on the tree alongside them.


The ornaments are really pretty simple to make and cost very little money.  They're made by photo copying black and white templates onto scrapbook paper and then Mod Podging them onto a 4" piece of a 5 gallon paint stick.  You can make four paint stick ornaments and a snowman ornament from just one 5 gallon paint stick.



The templates can be used in other ways as well:
  • Leave the wires off, attach magnets to the back, and use them for refrigerator magnets like the Teacher magnets that my sister designed.  
  • Make the ornaments/magnets into an inexpensive Christmas gift by tying three (Faith, Hope, and Charity for ex.) or four of them together with a pretty ribbon.
  • Tie an ornament onto a gift to use as an embellishment.

(My thanks to Amber M. for suggesting the words for the Christlike Attributes.)
  • When you copy the templates, decrease the size with the copier settings to use them for smaller magnets.  Use the width of the paint stick instead of the length.  (I haven't tried this, but I think it would work.)
  • Enlarge them with a copy machine then copy the names onto scrapbook paper and Mod Podge them onto a 2x4 piece of wood.  Add wire photo holders to the top to hold pictures of Christ and/or your family.


  • My plan is to put the ornaments in a basket and then each time a family member does an act of service for someone else they can choose an ornament to hang on the Christmas tree.  If you'd like to be more specific for smaller children you could even tape a slip of paper to the back of the ornament with the service already written on it.
  • Use them as an advent calendar by adding a scripture, storybook title, or a Christ-Centered Christmas activity to the back of an ornament for each day leading up to Christmas.  You could make the countdown as long or as short as you like.  Hang one ornament on the tree each day.


  • I chose not to add any Christmas clip-art to the names of Christ so that they can be used year round for various projects at home or at church, as well as for Easter. 
  • Make them as small signs (without the hanger wire) and group several of them together with a frame around them to hang on the wall.  This could be done without Mod Podging them onto the wood paint sticks, just copy them onto your favorite scrapbook paper and place the papers closely together under the glass in the frame in a patchwork pattern.

If you have any other ideas on how the templates could be used,
 please, please share them in the comment section!


Template Example

This is a low resolution image.
Do not use this, you will be disappointed.

 The Printable Templates are to be used FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY 
to use in your own home or to give as a gift, no exceptions.
  • Print the templates with your home printer onto white printer paper, using the normal or high quality setting.
  • Copy the template onto scrapbook paper using a copy machine.  Choose the paper you like, but keep in mind that lighter to medium toned prints that aren't busy work best. The red paper pictured below was too dark.  
 This is an important step.  If you print it on an ink jet printer and don't use a copy machine to copy it to the scrapbook paper, your ink will run and blur when you Mod Podge the paper on.  ( Exception:  If you have a laser jet printer you can skip this step and print it directly onto the scrapbook paper, I've been told that the ink won't run.)

Click here for the full tutorial.


Tips:
  • Adjust the copier to the darkest copy setting for nice dark letters and when copying on scrapbook paper with a texture.  
  • Use a Q-tip to apply distress ink around the edge of the paper.

I'm so happy to finally be sharing these with you, it took me awhile to get them done!  I hope that I've left you enough time with your busy holiday schedules to make them for your family, friends, or for your neighbors this year if you'd like, and that possibly they might even become one or your family's 'little treasures'.


"Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow.  As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year.  It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.

-Thomas S. Monson

Today's Fabulous Find...Names of Christ and Christlike Attributes Handmade Ornaments



You might also be interested in the first set that was posted a couple of years ago...



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33 comments:

Bandon, Oregon said...

Janet, To prevent the smearing from the ink jet printing, you just need a light spray of the Krylon Workable Fixatif. You can find this anywhere... Walmart, Craft stores, etc. I have used it for many years without any problems. Works great when working with decal paper also to prevent the smudging...

Your Projects are Wonderful. Thank You for Sharing. God Bless.

Faith

Janet said...

Thankyou Faith, and thanks for the tip, I'll have to give this brand a try! I've tried two other brands of clear sealers which worked for some of the words, but the words with thick black lines still ran and blurred.

Lesley said...

I made a lot of your paint stick ornaments this year for craft shows and they sold very well. I added a little coloured bell before twisting the one piece of wire and it added some nice colour and interest. Thank you for designing some new sheets and sharing with your readers.
Lesley ♥

lynn said...

bless your heart, janet! thanks for sharing these:)

Stephenie said...

Thank you for these wonderful tags!

Xhonane Olivas said...
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Xhonane Olivas said...

Hi Janet!

I just wanted to tell you that I loved your printables!!

I have a blog in Spanish (http://familiacatolica-org.blogspot.com/) and I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a Spanish version.

I would be more than happy to translate all the names for you. Let me know!

Mariel said...

What a great post! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

Janet said...

To Xhonane Olivas: Thank you! A Spanish version would be wonderful! I don't know if I'd be able to get them done for this Christmas, but I could make them in time for Easter or for next December. If you'd like to e-mail me the translations I'll see what I can do. :)

Xhonane Olivas said...

Great Janet! I will send you the translation as soon as I can. Easter sounds good. Thanks and God bless!

Lorraine said...

These are lovely! Thank you so much.

Donna said...

These are wonderful!

Janet said...

Thank you!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

very very pretty janet...love the idea of letting the littles decorate the tree with a good deed! :)
gail

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

These are so great! Thanks so much for the free prantables! Pinned!

Irene said...

These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the printable and instructions.

Irene

Toni ~ Mom to 8 heavenly Angels and 1 earthly Angel. said...

Thank you, I have been looking for something for my family and for YW's and this is perfect. You are amazing..

I am Just One Mom said...

Thank you so much for sharing this meaningful Christmas craft. I know that He IS each of these phrases for you and for me. His redeeming grace and love is there for us whether we think we deserve it or not. He loves us unconditionally. He wants us to believe His message. Thank you, again. God Bless You for sharing your talents in uplifting ways.

fhelessons said...

Wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! Thanks so much for sharing.
If you'd like to see my own blog post about 24 advent gifts that each match up with a name of Christ and have a printable scripture to match, go here: http://fhelessons.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/names-of-christ-advent-gifts/

Rachele Funk said...

This is just awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Janet said...

I'm happy to share them, thank you for your comments! :)

The Nielsens said...

Love, love, love it!

I imagine a small, tabletop tree with the words from Isaiah 9:6. Can you add those to your template?

Love your fonts!

Janet said...

To The Nielsens: Thanks so much! I just read through the scripture, did you have in mind to also use the names "The Mighty God" and "The Everlasting Father?

Leslie Rogers said...

I am in charge of decorating our church this year, and was so excited to find your blog!! I can't wait to try several applications using your templates. Thank you for your heart, and all the work you put into making Christ the center of Christmas.

Leslie Rogers said...

I am in charge of decorating our church this year, and was so excited to find your blog!! I can't wait to try several applications using your templates. Thank you for your heart, and all the work you put into making Christ the center of Christmas.

Janet said...

To Leslie: Thank you for your sweet comment, have fun with your decorating! :)

Rebecca said...

I just hosted a ladies craft night last night and we made these. Thank you so much, they are awesome! Even my husband was really excited about them and asked me to make some artwork using them too. I just need to figure out the details!

Janet said...

You're welcome Rebecca. :) I'd love to see a picture of your artwork when you're done!

Linda Friday said...

Thank you so much for the ideas. I made my first 6 today and it was great fun. These will be gifts for family, friends and the 24 Sunday School teachers that help me guide many your minds. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Janet said...

To Linda: I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas as well! Thanks so much for your comment. :)

Austin Williams said...

I am having a hard time getting it to print. I can get it to come up, but when I go to print it it says its not available. Is there anyway you can email it to me. jamestwilliams33@msn.com
thanks!

desertskyquilts said...

I've just run across these, both sets, and am so happy! I wish I'd had them sooner, but now I have a year to make them for next year. I will give them to friends on the cookie plates I plan to give. Thank you so much for making me look so good!

Janet said...

To Desertskyquilts: You're welcome, thanks for your comment! :)

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