Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Decoupage Christmas Ornaments


How to Create Decoupage Christmas Ornaments



 

Decoupage beautiful ornaments using recycled old Christmas cards to adorn your tree. These Christmas ornaments are inexpensive to make, but will create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece look for your tree. Choose a Christmas card that has a pretty picture, design or theme that will complement your holiday décor. Using paper-mâché or plain covered ornaments will give you the best results. Each ornament should take approximately two hours to make, including the time it takes for the ornament to dry.

Supplies:

  • Christmas cards
  • Modge Podge
  • Scissors
  • Clear varnish
  • Sponge brushes
  • Plain round Christmas ornaments

Directions:

1. Carefully cut the pattern or pictures from your old
Christmas cards. Make sure to cut as much of the picture detail as possible. A more detailed picture or design will add to the beauty of your ornaments.
2. In a well-ventilated room, place your first ornament on a covered work area. Line up the remaining ornaments across your work area. Organize your card pieces to help with the assembling of each Christmas ornament.
3. The next step is to plan the placement of your Christmas card pieces on your ornaments. If you are using a lot of pieces, hold them on your ornament with straight pins. This will help you keep your pieces in place while you are deciding on the look and pattern before permanently collaging your pieces to the ornament.
4. Pour a little glue into an old bowl.
5. Paint a layer of glue with your sponge brush on the area of the ornament where your first piece will be placed.
6. Paint a layer of glue on the back of your first card piece.
7. Place this piece on top of the glue patch on the ornament.
8. Gently rub over the piece with a finger or small brush to help remove any air bubbles and wrinkles.
9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 for the remaining pieces.
10. Let the ornament dry completely. Once it has dried, check to make sure all the card piece ends are secure to the ornament. If there are any loose ends, reapply the glue to the end piece that didn't secure to the ornament. Let dry.
11. Spray or paint a coat of clear varnish over the entire ornament. If you want to add a little glamour to the ornament, sprinkle a little glitter on it before it dries.

Collage style is another creative way to decoupage ornaments with old Christmas cards. Instead of cutting pictures from your Christmas cards, tear the picture part of the card into small pieces. Glue your card pieces so that they overlap each other instead of forming a specific pattern. Let dry, then spray or paint a coat of gloss varnish over the entire ornament. Let dry.

Once all your ornaments are made, adorn them with ribbons and holiday decorations for added beauty. Glue ribbons, berries, and pine cones to the top of your ornaments for a rustic look. Glue gold beads and lace evenly around each ornament for a Victorian look. Personalize your ornaments with a red Sharpie or glitter pen for the perfect stocking stuffer gift. The decorating possibilities are endless.

 Erin Levine is a guest author from PaperStyle. She enjoys writing about Christmas crafts and has been featured as a contributor on numerous holiday websites and blogs around the web.