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 love making ornaments and teaching my students to make homemade gifts too! This is a great kit and i LOVE the snow globe/shaker look!

  2. These are fabulous. I haven’t been crafting that long, it’s something I found I could do following a road accident, and find it so therapeutic and relaxing. Last year I made quilled christmas ornament cards for family and friends , snowflakes and baubles. It’s always lovely to receive something homemade from someone you love which you can treasure. It’s even better to pour that love into creating it. I started stamping recently and these shaker ornaments are a great idea and I plan to give these a go this year. So glad I found your site. x

  3. It was our family tradition to make ornaments every year, so we all had a collection of them. These are adorable. I’ve been thinking of starting up the tradition again.

  4. I thought the use I’d the foam tape for the hills was great keeping the beads from going all the way down really adds to the uniqueness of the design. Also the layering of card stock instead of foam tape

  5. I love these shaker cards!! What an awesome kit!! I’ve made ornaments for our tree for years . When I was a teen I made angles out of eggs and gave them for gifts. My great aunt passed away last year 99 1/2 years young and she still had that angle I made for her 35 years ago. Now it’s in my china cabinet.

  6. the shaker ornaments are really stunning and I’m sure they would look great on any tree! I don’t believe I have made ornaments before but after watching your video its inspired me to try to make some.

  7. I never made ornaments before. The ornaments you made are so special and beautiful. I will definitely try to make one myself. Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. I enjoy making ornaments from paper as well as fabric. this technique will work perfectly for mail delivery, since it is lightweight! Thanks Jennifer, I love watching your tutorials!

  9. I’ve made a one-off ornament before which was a hand drawn Christmas scene, but never anything with the laters of these. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I love making shaker cards and ornaments.What a perfect combination of both.Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  11. These shaker ornaments are so cute. I try to make ornaments at least every second year. When my kids were young, we always made photo ornaments for special relatives. Last year I made ornaments that had a 3 dimensional die cut church that lit up with a winter scene inside the ornament. It is so much fun to give something unique as gifts that can’t be bought in the store.

  12. I love to give handmade ornaments to family and friends. Thank you for reminding me to get busy
    working on them and for a beautiful idea as well!

  13. These are wonderful and magical. Yes, every holiday season I make ornament tags, usually shaker. I put the recipients name and year on the back.

  14. I have made ornies before but NONE as cute as these!!! What an AWESOME giveaway & Thank You for this opportunity!!!!

  15. I love these ornaments! They look like a lot of fun to make and even more fun to give. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  16. Yes I have made ornaments before but not with stamps. But your shaker ornaments are really cute so I will try this.

  17. I’ve made a few ornaments over the years. I should state, however, that my favorite ornaments on my tree are hand made. I have a set of blown egg ornaments that my family made and I just love them.

  18. Wow it never occurred to me that you could do something like this with stamp sets. I will definitely be trying this out and thinking about other ways to use stamps and dies now!

  19. Ohhh Jennifer, I LOVE this project. It’s totally awesome. I was NOT suppose to purchase any more “toys” lol. Haha but after this video that all was put aside. I can see so many other holidays, birthdays and everyday ornaments to do following this design/ video. Thank you again for all your inspiration you give me.

  20. I love the idea of a multilayer shaker. Never thought of that. These ornaments are fabulous. I’ve made a few ornaments here and there (lots when I was a kid), but just last week I decided I am making some for sure this year and started mentally jotting down ideas for various family members.

  21. Another great video. My complaint is I’m spending waaaay too much money with all your wonderful suggestions. Can’t wait for my kit to arrive. Thank you again…I think. Keep ’em coming.

  22. I haven’t made shaker ornaments before. There are very tempting and I may have to try them. This kit from Hero Arts is awesome!

  23. I do make ornaments, though not always specifically for the tree and generally not using paper. This is a fantastic idea to use these elements as an ornament, or special keepsake. Thanks as always for sharing your great ideas. Love this kit too!

  24. You made shaker ornaments! How cool is that? Some of the people on the hop that I have seen so far have all done the same kind of cards. Only 1 or 2 besides you, and you were the next on my list so I haven’t seen anyone after you, did something out of the box. I love when someone does something like that. You did an amazing job on your cards!
    Do we ever make ornaments? You should see our tree! There are plenty of ornaments on there from me and my 2 sisters not to mention crafts fairs and friends of mine. Some of the ornaments are from my grandparents so they are older then I am. We love Christmas in my house.

  25. I fell in love with this kit the moment I saw it. It definitely brought some sunshine into my day, and it’s not even for me! This kit might be one of my favorites, too. Hero Arts thought this one out so well, and I love the graceful lines in the stamps. It’s perfect!

  26. I love making baubles and dangly ornaments round the festive season. I will definitely give this a go as it looks great and easy to do. Just love your idea . Thanks for sharing x

  27. These are truly gorgeous ornaments. And a cool idea to use stacked cardstock. I will be ordering this kit. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Great ornaments and fantastic to attach them to a Christmas card. I have not made ornaments out of paper since I was a kid?

  29. I made clip on ornaments with a poinsettia as embellishment. I glued the poinsettia to a laundry clip covered with washi tape. I used this to clip the Holiday cards we receive to a yarn hanging beside the mirror.

  30. Love these ornaments! I can’t wait to make some. They will make beautiful tags for my Christmas gifts! Thank you for the inspiration!

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