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Make Your Own Christmas Ornament With Paint and Beads
Posted By Crystal Collins On October 25, 2012 @ 12:32 pm In Frugal Living,Home and Garden | 3 Comments
There are tons of ideas out there on how to make your own Christmas ornament. The great thing about crafting ornaments is that you get to use whatever colors you want to fit your taste. If you’ve wanted to try your hand at decorating, I think these ornaments are an easy project for beginners. This project is perfect for making gifts for family and friends in your school colors, favorite sports team colors, or whatever color you choose.
Find some tiny little plastic diamond cut gems that are sold in the floral or candlemaking section of craft type stores. They’re intended for filling vases or candle holders. In addition to the clear ones, I’ve seen some ruby colored stones that would be gorgeous for Christmas decorating.
Another ornament can be filled with a mixture of beads. Mine were found in the jewelry making section of my craft store. They are called seed beads and I have no idea how anyone could have to the patience to string these things. They’re tiny. Follow the glue directions above, replace the top and tie the ribbon on your newest homemade Christmas ornament.
Another idea is to paint the interior of the ornament one solid color. Painting the outside might seem the easiest thing to do, but if you paint the inside your paint will not get scratched and you don’t have to use a finishing treatment to protect your artwork.
You might also try adding multiple colors of paint inside the bulb for a swirled effect. This is a nice look and an easy method of blending colors you love into one ornament.
If you see a distinct pattern created by the paint, you might glue some lines of beading on the outside of the ornament to accentuate the contrasts. This helps also to cover any areas where the paint gave some unappealing textures or just didn’t do what you wanted it to.
One of my favorite techniques is to use a brush to paint the very top of the inside of the ornament. I try to make it look like the paint is dripping down from the top. Then I place a few drops of paint in the bottom of the ornament. I let this dry upright to keep the paint on the bottom exactly where I want it. Once the paint is dry, I fill the ornament with tiny metallic rochaille beads. Of course, finish with a layer of glue to hold the beads in, add the top and tie the ribbon.
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