Friday, September 25, 2009

Homemade Christmas Ornaments on a Budget

Last year we had a little mini-tree because we didn't have room in our small apartment for a big one.

But this year, we have more room, so we are planning on getting a full-size tree. The only problem? We only have little mini-ornaments...and I have a feeling they'd look pretty wierd on a big one. :) So it was time to start making ornaments for our full-size tree.

Since we don't have a lot of storage space (or a lot of money) we didn't want to invest in the bulbs that take up so much room to store (and cost a lot.) So I went to Hobby Lobby and found these great wooden Christmas shapes. They were 4/1.00! I can handle that. :)
Then I bought some clearance patterned paper (I think they were trying to get rid of the leftover stuff from last year...but heck, it's all red and green, so it works for me. ;)
I also bought some red and green ribbon to help decorate them.
So first thing's first, I cut out a little bit of paper big enough to cover the first shape. Then I put some mod-podge on the shape, layed the paper on it, and smoothed out the bubbles. (For more detailed instructions on mod-podging, click HERE.)After the mod-podge under the paper has dried, put a layer of mod-podge over the top of it to give it a shiny, glossy, hard cover. Let it dry, then coat it a couple more times until it looks how you want it to.After the mod-podge had dried everywhere, I took a foam brush, and sponged the edges of the shapes with some silver toll paint. I let that dry, and then added embellishments like buttons, ribbons, etc. to each shape.Next I sprayed a layer of glitter over all of them. :) I think it will look cool when the lights on the tree catch the glitter and make the ornaments look sparkly. Tu-duh!Candy CaneBulbTreeStockingPresentReindeerGingerbread ManThese would also make great tags for larger presents. :) Oh, and in case you were wondering, I am going to drill a little hole in the top of each of these and put a hook or ribbon through them so they can hang on the tree. :)

"Can't Get Enough..."


Melissa said...

This is a CUTE idea! Im loving it! Not too difficult!

Lee said...

How cute!! I love your crafts!

Kim said...

Great idea and cute to boot!

Unknown said...

These are fun. I love the ornament paper. Whee!

Delia said...

I LOVE this! You are so great at coming up with unique ideas. I am so going to do this. They are also very KID FRIENDLY! Totally what I need. I saw Happy Together put clothes pins on the back of some butterfly ornaments she made which are perfect for getting to stick onto a tree just right. I am going to combine your ideas! Yay I am so excited. I hope those papers are still on clearance. :)