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Monday, December 10, 2012

{Christmas} DIY Ornaments

Hey friends! I hope you had a fun and festive weekend! We had a craft-palooza, with glitter and paint flying everywhere! Since we're mixing up our Christmas colors this year with jewel tones, I wanted a fun and inexpensive way to add to our ornament collection. As usual, I got a little carried away and made about eight different varieties....

DIY Christmas Ornaments

I picked up a few boxes of clear ornaments for 50% off, and raided our craft supply for paint, glue, glitter and stickers. It was a big free-for-all, and the kids and I had the best time creating together. It was near impossible really hard for me, but I let them decorate their ornaments completely on their own.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

I will, however, only show you the best ones mine. Starting with the Midcentury Modern Faux Aluminum...which are really hard to photograph, but if you look at the top photo in the post, you can see just how shiny and reflective they are.


DIY Christmas Ornaments

Using onion-shaped ornaments, tape off the tops and spray with a few light coats of Silver Chrome paint. Wait until fully dry to remove the tape.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

What's better than stripes? Well, Sparkly Stripes!!




DIY Christmas Ornaments


Apply clear double-stick tape in any pattern you like.

 DIY Christmas Ornaments

Roll the ornament in glitter until fully-coated. I prefer Martha's glitter because it's super fine (not Ryan Gosling fine), and has lots of sparkle. Once the tape is covered, use a dry brush to dust off the excess glitter.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

These Colorful Balls were made using the same method as last year's Tie Dye ornaments, except these contain a single color each. I wanted them to look like Pantone chips, so I was careful to keep the paint on just the bottom.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Squeeze a small amount of craft paint inside the ornament, and roll it around until it covers the area you want. The paint moves reeeeealllly slowly, so I laid them on their sides in small bowls, and turned them every few minutes. Talk about a cheap way to get custom colors for your decorations!

DIY Christmas Ornaments

We couldn't stray from glitter for too long, so next comes Glitter Snowflakes.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Just draw your shape with glue and cover with glitter. If you want to include multiple colors, do both steps for your first color, before moving to the next one.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

If you don't want to get messy, the easiest method is using ribbon or washi tape to create patterns. 

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Stickers are another easy, mess-free way to embellish plain ornaments. Gemstones and pearls were my favorites.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornaments

And finally, my favorite ornaments in the bunch....gold polka dots! I used a gold leaf marker to draw random (obviously imperfect) dots. They look very Kate Spade to me, and are cute as can be on our tree!

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Speaking of the tree....that's tomorrow with the Christmas Cheer Party at Megan's! Did you do any decorating this weekend? Are you able to hold back and let your kids create with no input from you?!?


16 comments:

  1. I love the idea of washi tape on the ornaments. I have a lot leftover so you just gave me an afternoon craft idea!

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  2. Instead of telling the kids what to do, I limit their options and see what they come up with. I made a snowflake garland last week, and the only paints I put out were read and silver glitter paint. Then I put out some glue, all my white or silvery glitters. I cannot believe how creative they were, and it was still the color scheme I was going for :) Tricky me.

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  3. These are all so cute, but I like the polka dots best!!! So fun!

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  4. These are so cute! Definitely going to have to keep them in mind for our girl's craft night tonight!

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  5. Love all of these! My mom and I did this when I was little and those ornaments still hang on my parent's tree to this day :)

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  6. I love those teal blue ornaments…I have such a craving for that color in my house. Maybe some ornaments would satisfy the urge to paint a whole room in it! They are all cute but the gold polka dotted ones are my faves!! Great ideas…thanks for sharing!

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  7. Oh these are so cute. So smart about the double sided tape. Was thinking of making my own stripes and couldn't figure out how! Smarty pants.

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  8. Oh my goodness the glitter and the colourful dipped baubles are killing me - SOOOO cute. Great job, friend! :) x

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  9. Oh my goodness! I love the gold polka dotted ones! You are right; very Kate Spade! I also love the ones with the swirled paint inside.

    They look so great, Cassie!

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  10. Love the colorful paint ones!!! So fantastic!

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  11. OMG- I LOVE the Pantone inspired ones! Looks like the kids had fun!

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  12. Yay! We are ornament twinsies!! Love each and every one! And, wow! How much fun would we have making crafty messed together!?

    xo,
    Jen

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  13. I think you know by now that I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE your blog and all of your projects and these ornaments are absolutely AMAZING!!! Also wanted to let you know I featured this post in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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Your comments are like crack, or popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. xoxo, cass

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