Alright, I told you yesterday that today was learning day, so get out your learning caps. This will be fun.
Step 1: Get invited to home made ornament exchange party
Step 2: Peruse Pinterest for fun ideas
Step 3: Search high and low in your small desert town for clear glass ball ornaments
Step 4: Order clear glass ball ornaments online
Step 5: Set up your workstation. You will need: ornaments, acrylic paint and some paper towels. Maybe some small cups or egg crates as well (more info on why later)
Step 6: Pick what colors you want to use
Step 7: tilt the ornament and squeeze the paint so that it flows down the side of the inside of the ornament. Try not to let it drip and drop down to the bottom, the key is to get a good LINE of color down the side
Step 8: repeat with whatever colors you would like to use. I found that 2- 4 colors seem to work best. Any more than that and it kind of turns into a hot mess.
Step 9: Cover the top of the ornament with a paper towel and SHAKE the ornament until your little heart is content.
*Note: the WAY you shake the ornament will affect the pattern. I tried all sort of different shakes. Sideways, up and down, swirling in a circle etc….
Step 10: Make sure all sides of the ornament are coated
Step 11: let sit upside down in egg crate, paper cup or the plastic thing the ornament came in. **Note: I kind of regretted doing that because then they were full of paint and I couldn’t set the ornaments back in them. Next time I will use something else to drain the paint.
Step 12: Check the progress of the paint drainage
Step 13: Make other beautiful ornaments
Step 14: Continue to check the drainage until it slows considerably
Step 15: Once all the paint has drained out, turn over the ornaments and let them dry thoroughly. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. If they don’t dry out and you put the top back on, the paint will stay wet and continue to swirl around in your ornament. On some of mine, I capped them off two quickly and now all the paint is sitting at the bottom of the ornament all dried up. DON’T BE LIKE ME!
Step 16: Stand back and admire your work
Step 17: Clean up your mess because you know you made one
Step 18: Put pretty ribbons on the ornaments and take lots of pictures
Step 19: Put the ornaments in a bag and take them to the exchange and listen to everyone ooohhh and ahhhh at the prettyness.
Step 20: Be excited when a couple of people don’t’ show so you can take the leftover ornaments home and hang them on your own tree!
DONT FORGET TO COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE MOST EXCITING NEWS OF THE YEAR!! (I know, a little dramatic, but what can I say? I’m excited!)
Are you going to make some home made ornaments?
If you can find clear glass ball ornaments easily in your town, will you send me some?
What is your favorite Christmas craft project?