Thursday, 19 December 2013

7th Day of Blogmas: DIY Christmas Ornaments

Greetings again my readers! Happy Blogmas! Today, I will be once again helping you on your quest to Christmas up your house by giving you some little tutorials (totally stolen from other websites) on how to make your own Christmas ornaments. But don't worry, these won't just be any ornaments, oh no. Spoiler alert, we're going to be delving into some pretty awesome stuff. Now that that's all over with, let's get started . . .

Character Ornaments

Okay, admittedly these aren't exactly super Christmassy, but just wait until you find out what characters are involved. Hold onto you hats, because today you're going to learn how to make, minion, elmo and monsters inc ornaments! Yay! Because I have absolutely no idea how to make these, I've kinda maybe taken this tutorial from another website, but whatever. No one has to know.

To make these super awesome ornaments, you will need: 
- Clear, Glass Bulb Ornaments (they come in a 12 pack at craft stores, so don't worry)
- Americana Multi Surface Satin in the colours you'll be needing
- Vinyl (which is apparently optional)
- Ribbon to hang the ornaments (in whatever colour floats your boat)

Now you've got what you need, let's get into the instructions:

Take the top part off the ornament and pour a bunch of paint inside. If you don't want it to be difficult, it's probably best to be generous with the amount of paint. If you're as confused as I am, look at the picture below (which also isn't mine) to see if you're doing it right. 


Now, place your thumb over the top hole and shake it around a bit to make sure the paint spreads out (like in the photo above). You can add more if you feel it needs it. 

When the entire inside of the bauble is coated, turn it upside down in a paper cup or in the box it came in, so you can make sure the excess paint drips out as it dries. Make sure you let it dry for ages- all night if that's what it takes. 

Here comes the awesome part, adding the face! You can cut out some adhesive vinyl and or just paint it on. Whatever floats your boat. It seems that the person who made this did a combination of the two, depending on which ornament they were doing. 

Here are the finished products:

For the minion, it is suggested to just use the vinyl.

However, for Elmo, it is suggested that you use vinyl for the eyes and then paint for the nose. 

With Mike from Monsters Inc, it is suggested that you basically just use the paint. 

Though you know what, it doesn't really matter in the end. Whatever happens, you're going to have these super awesome ornaments! How exciting! Because I'm not a totally heartless person and it's nearly Christmas, here's the original website the tutorial is from

Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

Oh no, the awesomeness doesn't stop there. This Christmas (and every Christmas from now on), you can have your very own mini snow globe ornaments! Once again, because I can't do anything remotely crafty, this is also not my tutorial. But don't worry, I'll credit the website at the end because I'm a super lovely person. 

To make these super awesome ornaments, you will need:
- 2-3/8 inch Glass Cube Ornaments (again, I'd be raiding my local arts and crafts store) or alternatively, get 100mm bulbs (which you can get here)
- Mini Sisal Trees (which you can get here)
- Artificial Snow (which you can get here)
- Hot Glue Gun (which you can get anywhere, but also here)
- Mod Podge (which you can get here, you don't even have to know what it is)
- Brush (which you can again get anywhere, but also here)
- White Glitter (which you can get here)
- Tweezers (which you probably already have, but can also get here)

Now that you've got all of the stuff required, let's get into the instructions:

Using a paint brush or a foam brush or really whatever you have at home, coat the back of the ornaments in the mysterious Mod Podge. Immediately after that, sprinkle them with the white glitter. Wait until all of the ornaments have dried until moving on. 

Using the tweezers, grab the top of one of the little mini sisal trees so you can place it in your ornament (but don't actually put it inside yet).

Whip out your glue gun and add a drop of glue to the bottom of the tree, before putting it through the opening at the top of the ornament. Position it carefully and place it at the bottom. Do this for all of your ornaments.

Now get out your artificial snow and sprinkle as much as you want until it looks awesome.

Now you're basically done. Just add whatever else you want on the inside (glitter, more snow, whatever floats your boat), and shake it all around a bit. And now, the finished product:

Ta da! How awesome is that? Again, as you know, I had nothing to do with this tutorial except re-wording it to make it more blog appropriate. So, the original tutorial can be found here.

Okay, so we've officially reached the end of the post. I know what you're all thinking, so I'll just go ahead and answer you now.

Who's excited to see their new and improved Christmas tree this year? I know I am. Merry Blogmas everyone! Til' next time . . .

Annabel xx


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