Friday, December 3

12 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 3

Pears make such terrific christmas ornaments. 12 days of Christmas, right?

I'm missing the partridge, but I have some gorgeous pears on my Christmas tree.

I've had these ornaments for years and years. I took a painted finishes class - way before the faux finish craze took off - with a friend in the 90s. Seems like a lifetime ago. The instructor's name was Barbara LeBlanc and the name of her business was Three French Hens Farm; apropos, non? Unfortunately, in all of these years, I've never found her work online.

Shortly after the 8-week class concluded, Barbara held a trunk show. Of course all of the students flocked to the room filled with her work. I scooped up three pear ornaments since I'm crazy for Christmas ornaments.

They are simple to make. If you can find whole dried pears or dry them yourself, glue a single gold leaf and gold cord at the stem, and voila, you've got a fab, thrifty ornament. I have not been able to locate whole dried pears on the web, and I'm not sure of the best way to dry them at home (while preserving the color). Sun drying or oven drying? Maybe a dehydrator?

Let me know what you think. I always love to hear from you.

1 comment:

  1. That's so cool! I think the pears would be fun to make. I'm sure they make a great addition to your tree and/or decorations.