Friday, December 6, 2013

{Crafting Christmas} Easiest ornament craft ever

Each Christmas season, I find one craft for my girl {and now my boy} to do in hopes of producing a few homemade gifts. This year's craft came courtesy the principal at Cate's school, where I was volunteering the day extra hands were needed as the students made these ornaments as a fund-raiser.

Y'all. Seriously easy. All you need is some glass ornaments and acrylic paint. That's it.

Be sure the glass ornaments have the top hanger thing that can come out. Any shape or size will work. And you'll want a variety of paint colors because experimenting the combinations is fun.

So, here's the step-by-step process ...

  1. Take all the hangers out and set them aside. 
  2. Choose two or three colors of paint. Squirt some inside the ornament. 
  3. Twist and turn ornament so the paint coats the inside all over. The paint wants to settle in the bottom, so you'll need to twist the ornament like you're turning it upside down but stop just short of doing so. {It takes a couple times to figure out exactly how much paint you'll need. You can always add more if the initial squirts aren't enough.}
  4. Once the inside is painted, turn ornament slanted so its nearly upside down to dry. We just used the box the ornaments came in because there will be some excess paint spill out. They'll need a few days to dry. 
  5. Use a wet paper towel or Clorox wipe to wipe any excess paint from the top and then replace metal hanger thing. 
  6. If you're giving them as gifts, tying some ribbon or a tag on the ornaments makes for cute presentation. 

My kids are 6 and 4. My first-grader girl could do this by herself. My preschool boy needed some help because, surprisingly enough, he was worried about dumping out the paint as he twisted and turned it. He's also not the natural crafter my girl is.

Do you make homemade Christmas gifts? If so, I'd love to hear about them. 

Here are some past Christmas crafts: Coasters. Wreath. Christmas card wreath. Candy manger. Ornament wreath

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