Shaker Ornaments + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello. Today I share how to make layered shaker ornaments – they are such fun! I also am participating in a blog hop celebrating the release of the best Hero Arts kit yet…

Shaker Ornament Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Oh my goodness these ornaments were SUCH fun to make! I plan to make several more and hang them on teacher gifts this year. The kids can help too!

For my first ornament, I created a background using Distress Inks and white pigment ink… along with a DIY stencil created with the incredible Hero Arts Circle Confetti Die. I then built up the walls of the shaker ornament with several layers of cardstock rings that I made with the Hero Arts Nesting Circle Dies. These form a strong and clean looking wall.

Shaker Ornament Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next, I started adding stamped images and die cut pieces that I created with the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October Kit. Aren’t they cute?! For the shaker bits, I used the sequins and beads from the kit and then added a die cut acetate circle – also from the kit. I could have stopped here but instead added another shaker window layer on top of that and more stamped pieces. The layering adds so much dimension and fun. It makes a HUGE difference and is worth the time!

Shaker Ornament Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the second shaker ornament, I used the Hero Arts Wintertime Fun Stamps and diesboth are add-ons for this month’s Hero Arts kit. The mailbox is perfect for cardmakers! I also used the fake snow included in the kit.

Shaker Ornament Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I think these shaker ornaments would be great to hang on gifts. But if you want to give the ornament as a gift itself, you can present it on the front of a card like I did below. I created the background with the new and oh-so-fabulous Hero Arts Star Confetti Die. (I will be using this one a lot!) I held the ornament to the front with a heat embossed vellum strip.

Shaker Ornament Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you will try making a shaker ornament. They are really fun to do and kids like making them too!


This post is part of a blog hop celebrating the new October My Monthly Hero Kit. This month’s fabulous kit is only $34.99… but the value is over $60! A great deal. However, I will warn you: these kits usually sell out in a couple days. And I think this is going to be the most popular! Once they are gone, they are gone. You can get one HERE. Also note that there are many excellent add-on products (HERE), but this is what is in that great kit…


The next blog on the hop is that of the oh-so-very-talented Jessica Frost-Ballas. You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.


Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader. The winner will be selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 10/9/16 telling me if you ever make ornaments. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Hero Arts (HA), Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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735 thoughts on “Shaker Ornaments + Blog Hop + Giveaway!”

  1. I so love, love your videos. You are so talented. I have not used my Cardmaking supplies to make ornaments, but cannot wait to try some of your tips and techniques this year, including the shaker ornaments, which are so beautiful! Thanks for your generous sharing of ideas.

  2. Dear Santa ~ I have been a VERY good girl this year and have been joyfully helping others when I am able. SO, I would really appreciate it if you would put Jennifer McGuire under my tree!! I’ll even be patient and wait until after New Year’s so she has plenty of time to spend with her family for the holidays. Thank you Santa!! ~WARM WINTER HUGS~ Maggie

    LOL…..Hi Jennifer ~ These ornaments are incredibly lovely! I have been making ornaments for my most of my life, but definitely since I was 5 and my crafty Aunt Mary started me on my crafting journey. I was truly blesses to have her (& now you!) in my life. Gorgeous ornaments and I’m looking forward to creating some with my “faux” grandbabies!! Thanks for sharing and continuing to inspire. ~HUGS~

  3. Yes, I make ornaments, for Christmas stars and balls, for Easter eggs, chicks and bunnies and sometimes for a newborn baby I make à babyshoe from the announcementcard.

  4. Your ornaments are really magical!!! I make ornaments and presents every year ? I hope I will find some art supplies under my Christmass tree! Greets xx

  5. A love tomato ornaments out of paper! Such fun memories too as a child making paper ornaments in school.
    This is an amazing idea! Definitely making some of these shaker ornaments! Love this Hero Arts kit! Well done!

  6. These ornaments are so beautiful. I have cross stitched ornaments in the past but love these. I love the idea of layering up the card to give depth and adding more than one layer of acetate.

  7. YES, ornament maker over here! An example: a gathering of homemade pompoms sits on the living room wall – an inexpensive and beautiful eye-catcher that gives my home a personal touch. Thank you for including international card creators/lovers in the giveaway!

  8. I love this idea – a card and a little mini-gift in one! What fun creating these with your kids as a project too.

  9. Beautiful and inspiring! I make ornament from natural materials, nutshells, acorns, and felt. Wud love to try these too.

  10. These shaker ornaments are just be!autiful!! Would love to try them. I have made both paper and fabric ornaments in the past. Such fun gifts!

  11. Hi Jennifer,
    I have been crafting all my life. My first memories of making ornaments are from both of my talented grandmothers . They made ornaments for our chiristmas tree. I still have them! The shaker card kit is so cute! I would be so fun to win. Thank you for the chance.

  12. Wow! These are beautiful! I hope the recipients appreciate all the time that went into making them 🙂 This month’s Hero Arts kit is a good one!! Too bad I’m still recuperating from a local stamp show and Stampember, not to mention saving up for Christmas… which is only *76* more days away!!! Yikes!

  13. This is a beautiful set….and I make ornaments every year with my two grand daughters. We started making them together when they were too small to be of any help, unless you count trying to eat the glitter….now they are six and seven years old…..and they dive right in. Making ornaments with the girls is a very special time for me and I’m looking forward to making these ornaments that you showed us in your video/blog.

  14. This are awesome! Fabulous idea, and I don’t make ornaments… yet. I am thinking something like this is a beautiful handmade Christmas gift for some of my crafty friends though. Love your little shakers – so much fun Jennifer.
    Thank you for the video, as always, Lisa

  15. What fun, and great gifts for trimming the tree. I give yearly gifts to our grandchildren and these will be a hit! Thanks.

  16. the only ornaments that I have made are ones with my son’s photo on them
    or i have bought kits for him to make an ornament with
    Yours are absolutely gorgeous!

  17. These are beautiful, as always 😉
    I was thinking of making them myself and I was a bit bugged about attaching that string on the ornament. So I figured I could use a circle tag as my base layer and that way I can easily attach the ribbon to it! Phew! Disaster averted!

  18. Love this and had to do it, but omgosh, it takes forever to cut out all the rings. I also used red Nuvo glimmer paste around the top rings and around the outside of the ornament. It is just gorgeous!

  19. I’ve made cross-stitched, painted, and knitted ornaments, but never paper–but I will now! These are absolutely beautiful, all in that little space. I’m so excited! Thank you yet again!

  20. I am a retired grandmother who has always liked to create and I have recently started to make notes and cards for my grandkids. You make everything seem possible and so must fun. I can never wait to start another one of your techniques or at least try. Thank you for your content posts. You keep me busy and happy to be creating. B. Mckenzie

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