How to Marbleize Ornaments for Christmas

how to marbleize ornaments

Marbleizing ornaments is as easy as pie with this super simple technique.  This is a great craft to do with kids or a large group because a little paint goes along way.

marbalized ornamnet

What you need:

White Pearl Paint
Red Metallic Paint
Glass Ornament Ball
Paper Cup
Sparkle Ribbon

Remove the topper from the ornament and set aside. Pour a small amount of Cardinal Red and Pearl White into the ornament.

Gently swirl and tap the paint around until the colors begin to blend. Be sure the entire inside is coated.
Place the ornament upside down in a paper cup. Allow the excess paint to drain. As the ornament dries, turn the ball a few times to evenly distribute the paint.

Let dry overnight. Replace the topper and add a ribbon hanger.

Tip: Add more colors! Use up to 5 different colors to create a more old world marbled look.

Recycled Book Trees and Faux Snow Ornament with Mod Podge

faux snow ornament collage clay

It’s easy to add faux snow to a project with Collage Clay by Mod Podge. Apply the clay like icing and sprinkle with a little AB glitter for extra sparkle. The book pages were tinted with Mod Podge Sheer Color.



snow scene oranment

DIY Vintage Style Ornaments

Vintage Style Ornaments
So cute and simple to make!

These were designed for Plaid and we used Folkart Crackle Medium to achieve the crackle look! The mini pom pom trim was some scrap trim.  I think I originally got it at Jo-Anns.

Instructions are here.

Make it: Glittered Glass Slipper Ornaments

Make it: Glittered Glass Slipper Ornaments

I love girly ornaments! Sparkly and sweet – this cute little shoe ornament is perfect for the “Shoe Queen” in your life….or perhaps you are a “shoe queen”???  I know I am! They are easy to whip up and can be customized to any colors.

Plastic Glass Slipper (this is from the alter me section of my shop)
E6000 Glue
Large Jump-ring
Mod Podge – Gloss, Matte or Hard Coat
Ultra Fine Glitter (this is bubble gum pink from my glitter line)
Old Book Pages
Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Hot Glue Gun & Sticks

 Let’s Make ‘Em

Create a hanger by, attaching a large jump-ring to the inside back of the shoe.  Make sure at least 1/2 is sticking out over the shoe.

Gather your glitter and Mod Podge supplies.
Brush the Mod Podge onto the shoe.

Sprinkle glitter onto the shoe.  I like to do this over a file folder.  The folder collects the excess and I can easily pour it back into the jar.

Cut out the word of your choice from a book page.

Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the the front of the shoe.  Place the cut out into the Mod Podge and top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry.

Hot glue gems to the front of your shoes.  Use the HGGH tweezers so you don’t burn yourself.

Hold the gems in the twezzer and apply the hot glue to the back.

 Continue adding more gems.
Hot Glue a gem to the back.
 Tie a ribbon hanger to the end.

DIY Spooky Twig Tree for Halloween

Spooky Halloween Tree & Ornaments

Start a new Halloween tradition with this spooky tree perfect for hanging frightening photos and scary souvenirs. This project is from Witch Crafts, our Halloween Mini Series.
Medium to large urn or container
Plaster of Paris
Disposable mixing bowl & spoon
Dead tree branch
Low tack painter’s tape
Glossy black spray paint
Black & silver glitter glue
Faux spider webs
Dried flowers
1/4 yard silver or grey tulle
Battery operated light strand

1. Find a dead tree branch, clean it of dead foliage and spray paint it with glossy black paint. Allow the paint to dry.

2. Fill the urn with water to determine the volume of liquid needed to fill it ¾ full, then empty it.

3. Mix the appropriate amount of Plaster of Paris needed with water according to package directions. Be sure to blend until the mixture is smooth with hardly any lumps. It will be the consistency of cake batter.

4. Fill the urn with the Plaster of Paris mixture and immediately place the tree branch in the center of the urn. Use low-tack painters’ tape to secure the tree in place and leave it to dry. The plaster will have a firm set within 30 minutes to 1 hour, but it will take 24 hours to completely dry.

5. Add eerie detail to the tree by outlining the branches with black and silver glitter glue and twisting faux spider webs across a few branches.

6. Hot glue some dried flowers that have been painted with glitter. Insert battery-powered twinkle lights and hide the plaster with silver or grey tulle.

Make Some Spooky Tree Ornaments from Found Objects

1. Transform an old cake topper by painting the face and hands a ghoulish green and string a noose around the neck.

2. Add bits of black or silver lace wrapped around a miniature Popsicle stick and decorated with rhinestones and painted feathers.

3. Use Scrapbooking typewriter letters to spell out “B-O-O” on a black paint-washed filigree jewelry finding.

4. Make a banshee made from a doll head and a cheesecloth ghost body, sprayed grey and black.

5. Make a haunted house silhouette: Cut two house shapes from black scrapbook paper. Cut out windows and a door with craft knife. Cut one house shape from silver paper and sandwich between black pieces. Highlight windows and doors with a silver marker.