Friday, March 26, 2010

Crafty Stuff - Christmas Ornaments

I have been busy organizing and cleaning out 17 years of stuff from my sewing and craft room.  Where did it all come from?  lol  It is a huge job but occasionally it provides some fun diversions like this one!

Through the years I have picked up clear glass Christmas balls with the intention of making this craft.  In face, I had picked up four packages of them in various sizes and shapes which had disappeared into the sewing room, all but forgotten. 

Having rounded up all the packages during the big cleanup project, I decided to sit down and make them.  DD is in the move in/move out/ move in phase of her life - enjoying her independance but then coming home to live again when money is tight - so I decided to make these ornaments for her when she moves out again.  She'll get them for Christmas this year.

I went googling for instructions and found a great tutorial over at Crafts-for-all-Seasons.  Check it out and see how easy it is. 

This is a great craft to do with kids as well since it is basically foolproof and you get these wonderful results! 

As you can see from the number of photos I have uploaded, I love the way these Christmas ornaments turn out!  I only used a few colours of acrylic craft paint:  red, purple, green, white, gold and silver.  In most cases I used three colours for a ball.  Basically, all you do is remove the top and then pour a little of two or three colours of paint in the top and let it slide down the side.  Then you hold a bit of paper towel over the hole and shake the ball a bit to spread the paint.  Don't shake it long enough to blend all the paint colours though.  Set it upside down in a paper cup and let it drain and dry for a couple days.  Put the top back on and you are done.


Karen said...

I have some of these ornaments to do the same thing with!! LOL Had them for many years and I am going to get them done when they get unpacked. Thanks for sharing and the kind of "kick" in the pants so I will get moving on this before the holidays! Yours turned out so great!

Charmingdesigns said...

These are lovely!! You photographed them well!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Kerry. Happy Spring.. I wish you and your family a very Happy and blessed Easter. Hugs Judy