With all of the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving last week, I didn't have much time for crafting. I thought I'd share a project I actually made a couple of weeks ago in preparation for decorating for Christmas! I've been wanting to make some glittery ornaments for our tree, and started reading some tutorials online to figure out how. There are tutorials all over the place if you want to see it in action. I specifically watched Joy's video here.
First, I collected my supplies. I couldn't find the blue lid Pledge that I seemed to find in all of the tutorials. Either they changed their packaging or my store has a bad selection. I tested this one out on a plastic container first with some other glitter and it seemed to work, so I went to work.
To glitter up the ornaments, you basically fill the ornament with the floor wax, shake it all around so that the entire inside of the ornament is covered, dump it out, fill it with some glitter, and shake it around to completely cover the inside of the ornament. Beware: my extra glitter got all stuck down in my sink. Luckily 1) the sink in the bathroom next to my craft room is going to get torn out soon anyway so I don't really care and 2) Windex really does clean anything.
Anyway, I didn't take pictures of that because my hands were all sticky with floor wax, but here are my bulbs all covered with glitter and dried. Another word of warning- the white glitter did not cover as well as the other colors. It took almost an entire bottle of glitter and it still isn't really covered all the way in some spots. They will be on the back of the ornament, so it wasn't worth it to me to go buy the supplies to try again.
Next, I adhered the paper decoration to the ornaments. If I was doing it again, I would have used vinyl. I don't have any vinyl yet (can you say Christmas list?) but I had some problems getting the paper to adhere and I think vinyl would have been more flexible. All of these were designed in the Silhouette studio by me. Well, the gingerbread man's icing was from a picture of a gingerbread man I found online and traced and then altered in the Silhouette studio, but the rest of the basic shapes I drew. I Mod Podged the paper all onto the ornaments.
Here are my finished pieces:
A snowman belly, a gingerbread belly, an elf belly, and a santa belly.