Making ornaments for our tree is fun and gives us a chance to create whatever holiday look we want. It’s also a great family activity! From simple strings of popcorn and cranberries to glass or paper mache, ornaments can be as simple or elaborate as you choose. Pick up a few supplies and have an ornament making session after dinner tomorrow, because it’s a great time to get everyone involved! Here’s a little Make Your Own Holiday Ornament Inspiration from some that I’ve made.
Paper Mache ornaments are great! They come in different shapes, sizes and can be transformed in all kinds of easy, creative ways. Find a piece of scrapbook paper you like, cut to shape and Mod Podge onto the ornament. If you’ve never tried Stickles Glitter Glue, it is one of my all-time favorite products! On this simple ornament, I just used coordinating colors of Stickles over the design on the paper for some pop and sparkle!
Lots of scrapbook papers have interesting images that can be cut out and used on ornaments. On this paper mache ornament, I first painted it a bright, glossy red. Birds were cut out of scrapbook paper and Mod Podged onto the ornament. A little Stickles around the birds, a few finishing coats of Mod Podge and a sheer, white organza ribbon finishes this pretty ornament.
For some serious sparkle power, German glass glitter delivers a real wow factor! Simply paint a paper mache ornament in the color of your choice. Once the paint was dry, I brushed on clear Diamond Glaze and sprinkled with glass glitter. Be very careful if using glass glitter – it can cut! If you have pets, use regular glitter instead. All glitter, glass or regular, can fall off and glass glitter can be very dangerous to pets. Any glitter will give you an ornament full of holiday sparkle! Top the ornament off with a bow.
This ornament is a little more involved, though worth it and I love it! I made this with a class at Recollections years ago (anyone remember that wonderful store?) and it is a favorite! This little holiday clown is Styrofoam ball and paper mache cone. The Styrofoam ball is covered with white glitter and the paper mache cone hat with scrapbook paper. White maribou circles the hat and a puff sits at the top of the hat. His little eyes, nose and mouth are created with Stickles. He sits in a gather of lace that has been stiffened with 101 Artist’s Cement and covered with clear, glass glitter. This little guy is just so cute, isn’t he?
For all of my US friends, have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving and a very happy Hanukkah to my friends on the first day of their celebration tomorrow. Enjoy the time with friends and family! I feel truly blessed to have the joy of your friendship and support and for that, I am truly thankful!
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”
― Henry David Thoreau
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