Carved Heart Ornament

I have been having a blast this year making new things for Christmas!
I will confess. My ornaments had gotten kind of sad and shabby. And not chic.

So I’ve been making some new ones this year to freshen things up!

This little ornament is fun and easy to do – it looks so cute on the tree. It would make a great hostess or neighbor gift too!
Here’s my Carved Heart Ornament:

Ok – so it’s not a real carved heart – but it’s just as sweet, embroidered on linen in this little Mason Jar lid!

Ready to make your own? You’ll need:
embroidery hoop
floss – brown & red
Mason Jar Lid – wide mouth (both ring and top)
cardboard or chipboard for backing
glue (I used hot glue)
jute or ribbon for tie
optional – drill
Ornament Pattern – click here to open

Start by tracing the pattern onto your fabric. You’ll need to write in your initials. You can easily trace your pattern if you tape the pattern to a window, then tape your fabric over it. The light will shine through and you can trace the design onto your fabric with a disappearing ink pen.

Place your fabric in an embroidery hoop.

For the entire ornament you’ll be using a stem stitch. Here’s a quick how to.

Thread your needle with three strands of brown embroidery floss. Bring your thread up from back to front at the top of one of the pattern lines.
Put your needle back in about 1/4 of an inch and then back up about at the middle point of this stitch.

Pull the needle through. Then make another small stitch in the same direction, about 1/8″ away, coming up at the base of this stitch.
Keep the loose thread up above your stitches.

Continue with the stem stitch, following the lines of the pattern.

Stitch all the wood grain lines of the pattern. It might help to do smaller stitches on the curves.

Use the same stitch and outline the heart and arrow and sew in your initials with red embroidery floss.

Using your jar lid as a pattern, cut out batting and a cardboard or chipboard circle.

Optional – You can drill small holes in the top of the Mason Jar ring to thread jute for hanging the ornament.

Cut a length of jute and thread it through the holes and knot it.

Trim your fabric so it is a few inches larger than the jar lid.
Place the batting on the lid and then the embroidered fabric. Wrap it around to the back and glue down.

Glue the embroidered circle into the jar ring. Glue the cardboard circle onto the back.

If you didn’t drill your holes, glue a length of jute/ribbon to the back for hanging.

Hang your cute new ornament on the tree!

What do you think?

I’m linking to Sunday Scoop, Today’s Creative Blog, Met Monday, Skip to my Lou, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday, Funky Junk Interiors, Quilt Story and some of the other fabulous parties on the sidebar – make sure you check them out!

This was originally a guest post over at Miss Lovie. :)


  • Reply December 19, 2011


    This is super cute Bev! Can’t wait to make this and pop it on the tree :)

  • LOVE this!! Oh I want to make one now!! Totally cute!

  • Reply December 19, 2011

    aimee steckowski

    i love this!!! so so sweet. craig & i definitely need one! :)

  • Reply December 20, 2011


    oh my, how cute! I wish I had time to whip this up for my daughter jamie and her newlywed hubs.


  • Reply December 20, 2011


    Super cute!!

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    northern cottage

    how darling – embroidery is my new addition so this is being added to be stitching to do list – thanks so much! xoxo

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    Michele @ The Scrap Shopp

    I’ve been waiting {im}patiently for you to post this here, Bev, so I can pin it! This is just the most adorable thing. I hope to make some for next year!! :)

  • Reply December 20, 2011


    Oh yah, I’m lovin it!!

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Cheryl@ Sew Can Do

    Really cute (and thrifty!). Would love for to link this up at my Craftastic party:)

  • I LOVE this! It’s so sweet!

  • Reply December 21, 2011


    totally adorable!

  • Reply December 22, 2011


    Really cute! I love it!

  • Reply December 26, 2011

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    The mason jar lid frame is genius and the embroidery is so beautiful and creative. I’ve shared on Facebook and pinned it too!

    Bev, with all the activities and festivities of this past week, I’m really touched and appreciative that you took the time to be a part of “A Little Birdie Told Me..”. You are such a “good egg”!


  • Reply December 26, 2011

    holly ll

    Hey Bev! Wholly Moley! I LOVE this. I am a sucker for anything wood, then add the heart…love, love, love!

  • Reply August 5, 2012


    thinking this would be a great first Christmas ornament, or even new baby… with pink or blue for the heart…. if you lightly batt the lid, you could make it into a holder for special treats… make it something they can use in their room for forever… put in marbles or candies for a gift… hmmmm… thinking about this Christmas!

  • Reply November 4, 2012


    This is so adorable! It actually matches the invitations my sister used for her wedding so I’ll definitely be making one!

  • Reply December 14, 2012

    Michael Wurm, Jr

    This is fantastic! Oh I’m in love! Thank you so much for linking up to the 12 Days of Christmas Link Party via Inspired by Charm!! This is just perfect!

  • Reply November 19, 2013

    Virginia Fynes

    This is an insanely cute idea, I MUST make some of these, pinned!

Leave a Reply