Saturday, November 28, 2009

Deck the Halls with Handmade Ornaments!

I want to take out all of our ornaments, soldiers, nutcrackers... our candles and bells and all the goodies that come out this time of year but the painters start on Monday (yippee!) so I will have to wait another week... But we decided that we could still make ornaments after all. Christopher found a new home for his smaller pieces of sea glass and some beautiful pink Bermuda sand we've had lying around for over 10 years. We were very inspired by these ornaments. We had to try them ourselves!

I found a slight problem however. Some of the sea glass got buried in the pink sand when the ornament was inadvertently shaken. And the ornament, filled about halfway with sand, is most likely too heavy to hang from a tree. Nevertheless we will find a home for it and put it to use!

It is pretty, don't you think?

We also made the painted glass ornaments... simple, elegant and sophisticated and yet easy enough for your preschooler to master. And what a great gift for a child to give a parent, grandparent or teacher! And what fun they are to make. I plan on making a few to give as hostess gifts.

Christopher made this ornament... shown from 3 views... Spectacular, don't you think?!

I made this one, using white, gold and silver paint...
unfortunately the photograph doesn't do it justice.

To make these painted glass ornaments you'll need:

Some glass balls (about $1 a piece)
Some poster paints
Some Scotch tape
Some pretty ribbon


* Take the metal hook off of the ornament and squeeze desired amounts paints directly into the ornament, as many or as few colors as you desire.

* Apply a piece of tape over the ornament's opening and shake. (If doing this with a preschooler you may want to help them shake the ornament!) Shake until the entire ball is covered.

* The paint will naturally make beautiful patterns and no two will be alike!

* When the ornament is complete remove the tape and secure the metal hook back in place.

* Find a pretty ribbon, tie it on to the ornament and trim the ends as needed.

* Set aside in a safe place.

NB... I was just informed by the fabulously talented and crafty Pink & Green Mama that you should leave the ornaments uncovered and set to dry for about 2 weeks!


bevysblog said...

Love the painted ornaments! I have my fourth graders make these on the last day of school before the Christmas holidays. The kids love them - and their parents do too!

I am putting another tree up in the dining room this year and was trying to figure out what ornaments to put on it. (We use every one of the ornaments on the tree in the living room!) Now I know what to do: My sons and I will make painted glass ornaments!

You are a life saver!

Lily Lemontree said...

How cute! My daughter has been driving my crazy with her begging to do Christmas crafts, I think this is just the thing!

Pink & Green Mama said...

I make these with my mom every year, they take a good 2-3 weeks to dry completely and should be dry before you put the top back on them. Also, if you rinse out the inside of the glass ornaments with a bit of rubbing alcohol to remove any grease/residue (and then let it dry) the paint will stick better.

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Poolside with the Girls said...

Great ideas and I love your photo shopping on the santa hats. Tres chic!

Poolside with the Girls said...

Great ideas and I love your photo shopping on the santa hats. Tres chic!

QueenBeeSwain said...

love the idea and love the spruce-up that your banner has for Christmas :)


After Words said...

I definitely want to give this a try....where did you get the glass ornaments?

(And your holiday header is adorable.)

Chloe said...

how lovely! the first one is stunning!

Marie said...

beautiful! I'm so sad I missed the giveaway. :( I will have to check in often to make sure I get in on the next one.

Henley on the Horn said...

Fabulous!! Some of my favorite ornaments are glass ornaments decorated with the children's fingertips! Precious!

debra said...

I love the ornaments. What a great idea. I am off to Michaels tomorrow to buy the supplies. Thanks!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Sweet ornaments! I was thinking the same thing about the beach one, wondering about the weight. I want to make some myself..., then it was rainy on Fri, and after that remodeling got in the way. We'll see..., didn't get your email!

Seersucker Scrapper said...

Great ornaments. I made a set like those years ago. Fun! If you like homemade ornaments check out these

Super easy and very pretty!

karla said...

i always make those marbled ornament balls. Classy and beautiful. And always a winner.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

So glad I inspired one of your ornaments ;). I haven't tried it with sea glass but yours looks gorgeous.

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