Welcome to the annual “31 Handmade Christmas Ornaments” blog hop. This is where 31 bloggers come together and one blogger a day posts a unique handmade ornament during the month of October. And today is my day to share.
Truth is that when I started working on my first ornament for this project, I tried to go all “cute-n-clever” — only to realize that “cute-n-clever” just isn’t my jam. 🙁
Oh, I’m serious. If you saw my first ornament, you’d shake your head and send me straight to crafting’s version of the Walk of Shame.
Hand Painted Golden Glam Christmas Ornament
This post is done in collaboration with Fusion Mineral Paint and Plaid Enterprises, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.
But then I stopped —stopped and rolled everything back. Turns out that what I really wanted wasn’t “cute-n-clever” after all. Why? Because that just wasn’t me, at least for this particular upcoming Christmas season.
What I REALLY want to create is an ornament that is kind of edgy and dripping with vintage glam. Oh, and it also has to be quickly made and super cheap. ***wink,wink*** And since I need about 50 to 60 of these little babies, I need mass production revved up in the worst kind of way.
And so, here we are with Handmade Christmas Ornament making ~~ Round Two.
To get started, all you need:
Old Christmas ornament (s) that are damaged or outdated.
Carefully remove all of the holiday grime with a mild cleanser and good rinse.
Set them out to completely dry.
Adding the Basecoat
Any brand of paint that will stick to your surface is ok to use. Even if you paint 50 or 60 Christmas ornament (s), the amount of paint needed can be more closely measured in tablespoons, instead of pints or quarts. So start by checking your current paint stash for leftovers that can be used as is or mixed together for a new color.
I just used some leftover Fusion Mineral Paint, which is paint made for furniture refinishing. The blue-green ornament is a 1-to-1 mix of Inglenook and Homestead Blue. And the peachy-pink is a color from their Tones for Tots Collection called Little Piggy.
Clothespins are clipped to the hook to provide a holding pin while I paint and a stand while the paint dries.
Using an artist brush, apply a medium to heavy amount of paint around the ball circling from East to West. You know, like you are painting around the equator.
Allow the paint to set for a minute or two, but not dry.
Then, using the same artist brush, go back over the paint (East to West) to create deep brush strokes.
Allow the paint to completely dry.
Note: Deep brush strokes will create texture and depth that adds to the vintage look. Trust me, it looks crazy now, but will be ok in the end.
Adding the Topcoat
For this set of ornaments, I wanted a look that is “golden glam,” but not sparkly or glittery gold. And to get this look, I turned to one of my new favorite friends, Liquid Leaf in the color Classic Gold.
If you’re not familiar with Liquid Leaf, it comes in a bottle about the size of nail polish, covers like crazy, and creates an amazing pop of glam elegance to any surface. Most craft stores carry it and it’s on Amazon, too. The cost is around $10.00, give or take.
Shake the bottle of Liquid Leaf and then dip the brush to pick-up paint for a light application.
Holding the ornament by the clothes pin, quickly brush the Liquid Leaf from the hook to the bottom (North to South).
When the paint has basically unloaded onto the ornament, quickly brush it, brush it, brush it to create a dry brush effect across the textured basecoat.
The wet-to-dry brush method will create a mix of distressed vintage and glam all at the same time.
And don’t forget to dry brush the bottom.
When the ornaments are completely dry, set them up and paint the hook with Liquid Leaf. Then, when the hooks are dry, thread pretty ribbons through the hook and hang them on the tree.
Outdated or damaged Christmas ornament (s) for upcycling
Paint – your choice in your favorite color(s) – www.fusionmineralpaint.com
Artist brushes with stiff bristles
Liquid Leaf – from craft store or Amazon
Cleaner for the ornaments
Mineral spirits to clean the brush used with the Liquid Leaf
Clean, soft cloths
I hope you will stop by and see this year’s tree on the blog. It is going to be a celebration of glam gold and pink. Lots of different shades of pink, including and featuring the super hotties.
In the meantime, if you appreciate this little painting technique, please…
And NOW —Let’s Check Out MORE Handmade Christmas Ornament Goodness
If you are visiting from Inspiration for Moms, welcome and thanks for sharing your day with us.
And we hope you wlll continue the hop tomorrow (Day 19) with I Should Be Mopping the Floor.
Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:
Day 1 – Pet Scribbles | Day 2 – Yesterday on Tuesday
Day 3 – Cupcakes and Crinoline | Day 4 – An Extraordinary Day
Day 5 – Celebrating Everyday Life | Day 6 – Hunt and Host
Day 7 – Love of Home | Day 8 – Celebrate Creativity
Day 9 – Petticoat Junktion | Day 10 – What Meegan Makes
Day 11 – Atta Girl Says | Day 12 – Sweet Pea
Day 13 – Exquisitely Unremarkable | Day 14 – Imparting Grace
Day 15 – In My Own Style | Day 16 – 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
Day 17 – Inspiration for Moms | Day 18 – The Chelsea Project (YOU ARE HERE)
Day 19 – I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Day 21 – Hearth and Vine
Day 22 – Shabby Art Boutique | Day 23 – Remodelando la Casa
Day 24 – Domestically Speaking | Day 25 – Swoodson Says
Day 26 – Stone Gable | Day 27 – My Creative Days
Day 28 – The Crafting Nook | Day 29 – Knick of Time
Day 30 – Lovely Etc. | Day 31 – Live Laugh Rowe