Besides tons of glitter, here's what you'll need.
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DIY Christmas Ornaments

This is going to be the first of three Christmas projects. Now I feel like I should preface this with the fact that Christmas is not my favourite season, if you’ve followed some of my previous posts you’ll know it’s Halloween, but I thought I’d give this a try.

Of the three projects this one is the most traditional in feel, the other two are more alternative Christmas projects.

Word of warning, no matter how careful you think you are being, your house is sure to be full of glitter. I’m still vacuuming it up.

Besides tons of glitter, here's what you'll need.

Let’s get started, here’s what you will need:

  • Plain Ornaments – these came in different shapes at the craft store as well as being able to choose between glass and plastic. I chose glass since I wanted one to be bare I didn’t want to have any chance it could get scratched over time.
  • String Lights
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Plates
  • Ribbon
  • Glass Marker
  • Glue
  • Old paint brushes

Now keep in mind that besides the ornaments you can use whatever you are inspired by to decorate either the inside or outside.

I wanted to do something a little different for each ornament. The first one I wanted to have “Happy Holidays 2017” written in the silver glass paint marker and the rest of the ornament to be blue glitter.

The marker didn’t work as well as I would have liked, the edges weren’t crisp and even though it was made for use on glass it had issues sticking to the surface. To get the product to come out the tip had to be depressed while you were using it and that made it hard to do that while create lettering.

This was what I had after the second coat of marker. This was when I decided to move to all glitter.

Since I was underwhelmed with the results, I thought I would just go over the writing with glitter. That was also a challenge because the glue didn’t want to stick to the paint. If I worked quickly I could apply glue to a letter then dip it in the glitter and keep repeating. This again was hard to control well and left me with messy letters, especially the small “2017.”

After the lettering was filled in I started brushing on glue in sections and dipping those sections in the blue glitter. I worked around from back to front and used the brush to get in all the small spaces between the letters and inside the letters. I used a clean, dry paint brush to brush away any blue glitter that got on the lettering as I went along.

After I was finished I realized that I would need somewhere to hang these ornaments to dry where they weren’t resting on anything. I put this one down on the box it came out of and it left glitter and glue all over. A touch up was required. I got a hand from one of my mannequins for the drying process.

For lack of a better place to leave them to dry, I used one of my mannequins. I needed somewhere that they could hang so nothing would disrupt the glitter.

The next one I chose to work on was the stripped ornament. I started again by using the brush to paint on glue, but during the process I realized that just using the bottle to apply the glue was much easier and made the glue smoother. Having some lines planned out instead of free handing the stripes would have been better as well, some of the lines got a little out of line as I went around.

After hanging the ornament to let the blue stripes dry, I went in with more glue and the silver to fill in the spaces. Again I used the dry brush to take away any excess sliver glitter in the blue sections.

The paper plates worked great for giving me enough room to dip the ornaments and made it so easy to get the extra back in the bottle.

For the final one I thought that I would give the marker another go, I had a bit more luck. On this one I wrote “Merry Christmas.” I did more than one coat and let it dry fully in between. On the left is after the first coat and the right is after two more.

Once the lettering was dry I got out the lights and the glitter. After unwinding the lights from the packaging and straightening out the the wire, I removed the top and fed the lights in until I reached the last light. The wire is thin and protected by plastic after the lights stop and checked that I was able to fit the top back on over the wire, which I was.

Adding the glitter was next, I found a demo pack at the craft store that had variety of colours and included snowflake glitter. If I was to do this again, I would have used the white, one light blue and the snowflakes. Once I started adding more blue glitter the white was no longer noticeable.

The stripped one turned out to be my favourite.

And it was very easy to hid the battery pack for the light up ornament in the tree. This particular set of lights even have a timer setting so they will just come on for six hours and then turn off. That way you don’t have to worry about reaching in to find the pack and turn them off.

After letting the glitter ornaments dry for a day it was time to get them up on the tree. Here’s what they look like.

This one didn't quite work out as planned either. Mostly due to issues with the glass marker.

Finished light up ornament hanging on the tree. The battery pack is hidden away in the branches.

Here's what he stripped ornament looks like hanging on the tree.

If you’ve made your own ornaments I would love to know what materials you used.

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