Decorating for the holidays seem to start earlier and earlier each year. This year, we’re getting a head start on our DIY ornaments.
I didn’t use to do much decorating for the holidays when I was single. There didn’t seem to be much point. If there was a poinsettia on sale at the grocery store, I might have grabbed it and put it somewhere around my apartment.
But now that we have kids and especially since they are getting to an age where arts and crafts are a big component of their day-to-day activities, we seem to be doing a lot more decorating around the house for the holidays.
I dedicate at least two weekends to Christmas tree decorating and the tree isn’t complete unless it is about to topple over with handmade crafts and ornaments made by the kids.
There are many different types of ornaments you can make by hand. My favorite projects are the plastic ball ornaments and flat wooden discs.
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Materials for plastic ball ornament decorating ideas
Ornament blanks – There are actually a lot of different plastic ball ornaments. There’s plenty of choices for wood ornaments as well. Each have their own benefits:
- Flat discs for paint-filled ornaments – also great for adding vinyl designs
- Pull apart rounds for filling
- Wood ornament blanks
Templates – This set of Ornament SVGs are free and available in my resource library.
How to decorate a clear plastic ornament
There are many ways to decorate a clear plastic ornament. I like to add a graphic or holiday saying to using vinyl for my ornaments. I find the flatter disc are better for this as they have a flatter area or transfer your vinyl.
Since I don’t really plan on washing these ornaments, I like to use removable vinyl so that when the outermost part of the design inevitably creases because of the curvature of the bulb, I can lift it and re-position it so it is flush against the plastic.
Here is a separate tutorial on how to make these silhouette ornaments.
You can also fill your plastic ornament with paint. I like to use acrylic because it is super affordable and comes in different colors. Just make sure you getting the runny kind so it flows inside the bulb.
DIY glitter ornaments – how to make glitter ornaments with Mod Podge
I don’t like to work with glitter if I don’t have to because it seems to get everywhere but this is one project where it is relatively contained.
Making glitter ornaments if similar to painting the ornaments with acrylic. Just squeeze about a tablespoon of the glue into the bulb and swirl it around.
Elmers glue works as well but it is slightly more opaque than the Mod Podge gloss. Some people like to use Polyacrylic but that’s not something I have around and didn’t feel like ordering it just for this project.
Make a funnel using any scrap paper for plastic sheet. Just make sure the funnel end fits your bulb opening.
Funnel in about a table spoon of glitter for each bulb. Swirl around until all the the interior surface is coated.
Place these in a well-ventilated area to dry. It may take a day or so to completely dry depending on your climate.
If you’re in a rush, you can use hairspray instead of glue which dries in a couple of minutes. If you’re using the aerosol kind, just spray into the ornament for about 5 seconds to collect about a half teaspoon of hairspray to coat the interior. After coating the interior, funnel the glitter, put the cap back on, and shake to coat the interior. This all needs to be done in a couple of minutes or the hairspray on the wall of the ornament will dry and all the glitter will clump in the middle.