DIY Projects
Nov 28, 2012

Holiday craft: Vintage-inspired Christmas ornaments

By: Style at Home

Holiday craft: Vintage-inspired Christmas ornaments Author: Style At Home

DIY Projects
Nov 28, 2012

Holiday craft: Vintage-inspired Christmas ornaments

By: Style at Home

Whether adorned with iconic festive images or personalized with names, these beautiful Christmas ornaments made with simple freehand drawings offer character and charm.

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Personalized shimmery Christmas ornaments

Materials
  • Solid-coloured ornaments
  • White paint pen
  • White craft glue
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Opaque white glitter (we used Martha Stewart Crafts Fine Glitter in Carrara Marble)

Instructions
1 Draw a design on the ornament with a paint pen. Allow to fully dry.
2 Brush craft glue over the design using a fine paintbrush.
3 Sprinkle the glitter evenly over the design. Once dry, gently shake off the excess glitter.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Level of difficulty: IntermediateGive the impression that your pretty Christmas tree ornaments have been left out in the cold with a coating of glass beads for a delicately frosted effect.

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Frosted coloured ornaments

Materials
  • Coloured ornaments in various shades and sizes
  • White craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear microbead glitter (we used Martha Stewart Crafts Luster Glass Microbeads in Clear)
  • Hairspray


Instructions
1 Remove the cap from the ornament.
2 Brush watered-down craft glue over the entire ornament.
3 Cover with an even coat of glitter. Once dry, gently shake off the excess glitter.
4 To seal the glitter, give the ornament a light coat of hairspray.
5 Place the cap back on the ornament.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy

To achieve a retro feel, decorate with bold stripes in bright colours of different thicknesses to shiny gold ornaments.

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Boldly striped Christmas ornaments

Materials
  • Solid gold ornaments
  • Painter’s tape
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

1 Mask off a stripe on the ornament with painter’s tape. Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.
2 Brush paint onto the ornament. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Let dry completely before masking off another stripe.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Level of difficulty: IntermediateBring an animated look to your Christmas tree with ornaments that appear like snowcaps straight out of the classic movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Snowcapped ornaments

Materials
  • Solid-coloured ornaments
  • Painter’s tape
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • White craft glue
  • Clear glass glitter (we used Wendy Addison Diamond Dust)

Instructions
1 Remove the cap from the ornament.
2 Mask off the snowcap design on the ornament with painter’s tape.
3 Paint the snowcap design with white paint. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Allow to fully dry.
4 Brush craft glue over the snowcap and cover with an even coat of glitter. Once dry, shake off the excess glitter.
5 Place the cap back on the ornament

Prep time 20 minutes
Level of difficulty: Intermediate Metallic trim in various styles arranged in fun designs lends ornaments a playful, tactile quality.

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Well-trimmed ornaments

Materials
  • Solid-coloured ornaments
  • Metallic trim of various styles
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue

Instructions
1 Decide on a design and cut the trim to the appropriate length.
2 Add a few dabs of glue to the ornament and gently hold the trim in place for a few seconds as you progress through the design.

Prep time 10 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy
Recreate the coveted look of vintage mercury glass with silver, sparkle and shine.

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Silver lined ornaments


Materials
  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Dark grey acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like spray paint

Instructions
1 Remove the cap from the ornament.
2 Brush a coat of dark grey acrylic paint over the cap. Allow to fully dry.
3 Lightly spray water inside the ornament. Tap out the excess. Spray several coats of looking-glass spray paint inside the ornament, allowing the paint to dry completely between coats. Set the ornament upside down to dry so the paint doesn’t pool in the bottom.
4 Place the cap back on the ornament.

Prep time 10 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy
 
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