18.12.10

Upscaled Ornaments


I don't know about you but I find myself extremely short on funds this holiday season and when it came to decorating my tree, I had to work with what I had but I didn't want to use the same ornaments I've been using for the last 6+ years. What's a girl to do?

Repurpose of course!!! I had some of those glass balls hanging around that I think most of us have; you know, stragglers that have never matched your theme but you just didn't feel right about throwing out. Since I was going with a sort of shabby-mercury glass-silver theme, I decided to play with what embellishments I had on hand.

My biggest and best has been an old out-dated dictionary. I've used it for several projects lately (posts on those upcoming) and am loving it!




I tore out several pages and then tore them into pieces, got out my trusty jar of Mod Podge (gloss luster) and got to work.




Be prepared to get glue everywhere not to mention carpal tunnel in your thumb! I didn't decoupage the ornaments all the way to the top because I new that I wanted to put silver glitter there. After I got all the pieces I on the bulb, I smoothed it out all over and then sprinkled it with clear glitter. Then I inverted them onto the handles of several wooden spoons (hey - I did say that I used what I had on hand) and set them to dry completely.


Once they were dry to the touch, I painted some more Mod Podge on the top and sprinkled them with silver glitter. I put the little pronged holders back on and put them back in their boxes to dry. Love them!

They turned out to be just what I wanted and they look so pretty on our tree! Made these and gave them to myself! It is Christmas, after all....



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19 comments:

  1. great job - they turned out really good :) stopping by from Weekend Wrap up!

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  2. Love this! I have some clear Christmas balls and putting the paper inside looked like I stuck paper inside them. Ha! This is so cute how they turned out! I'm totally trying this. Thanks for the super cute idea!

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  3. I love how you revamped what you had and made it into something extra special! Great job!

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  4. It would be great to use Christmas carol sheet music to cover them with! Yours look beautiful!

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  5. Very cute! I love the idea of using dictionary pages. I'm on the hunt for one next time I'm at the thrift store!

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  6. absolutely stunning!...i love these!...

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  7. I am so going to do this for my relatives with a little old dutch book I picked up. Won't they be so surprised when they inspect them to see dutch words! Thank you! jules

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  8. what a great idea - they look absolutely splendid!

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  9. Hello! I found you at Cottage Instincts and I am loving your blog! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express giveaway and my link party that are both going on this week! Keep up the great blogging and happy holidays! -Dana

    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/12/50-american-express-giveaway-ends.htm

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  10. You did such a great job! These are lovely! Hoping you'll visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! The party will be open until Friday if you want to link up multiple projects. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  11. These turned out great!

    Come link up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

    http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2010/12/glam-party-7.html

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  12. I love this idea, it's so festive! I going to have to try this one. Have a Merry Christmas! Mary

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  13. Oh, you have so much crafty goodness on your blog, I love it! Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I hope you are enjoying class!

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  14. I saw one of your linky's at the Shabby Creek and followed it here. I love these ornaments, and having recently bought some Mod Podge, will have to give them a try. Please stop by my blog or look at some of the homemade Christmas ornaments I created on a budget this year.

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  15. Hi! how did you get the paper so smooth? I did some last night and they are really bumpy. Thanks!

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