This year we are trying to save money on Christmas while still giving great gifts. I decided to head out to my local thrift store and see what ideas I could come up with. When I saw this box of ornaments for a dollar I knew exactly what needed to happen. This would be a great craft for a group of ladies. In our house my 8 year old will be doing these D.I.Y. Christmas ornaments for many of our family members this year.
What you will need:
- Ornaments – I picked up a box of 12 at a thrift store for a dollar. I chose plastic because I know my kids. Get what works best for you.
- Wrapping Paper – I also snagged this at the thrift store. They had a huge variety for a dollar and under. Make sure to pick things that you would want on your ornament.
- Mod Podge – I recommend getting the gloss variety with the orange label.
- Foam Paint brush or old rag
- Gold Sharpie
- Start by cleaning your ornaments and drying them. – Whether you bought them at a thrift store or not they will need to be cleaned before you start.
- Cut out your wrapping paper portions. – This is really up to what you want on your ornament. I used the penguin for one ornament and the snowflakes from the same sheet for another ornament.
- Coat ornament lightly with Mod Podge.
- Attach your wrapping paper pieces to the ornament. – The larger the piece the more likely it is to have wrinkles. I recommend rubbing your finger over the top to smooth it down where possible.
- If you are going to write on your ornament at all, do it at this point in the process.
- Put a second coat of Mod Podge over the entire ornament including the paper. – This will seal your ornament and give it a gloss. If you want a more textured look like the Merry Christmas ornament below, use an old rag and blog your mod podge on instead of putting it on with a paint brush.