The plain glass bauble-style ornaments sold in craft and decorating stores around the holidays are pretty enough to hang alone, but with a little imagination they can easily be transformed into one-of-a-kind creations. Even small children and those who think they are inartistic can make their own ornaments with these fail-safe techniques. Fortunately, the plain glass ornaments are inexpensive enough to experiment with, allowing you to express your creativity in innumerable ways.
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This idea is easy, quick, and fun for all ages. First, remove the tops from plain glass baubles. You need a selection of acrylic paints in your choice of colours. Start by squirting about half a teaspoon of paint into the bauble, then swirl it around to coat the inside of the ornament. You can cover the entire inside surface with one colour, or swirl one colour over part of the ornament, wait for it to dry and repeat with another colour for a different look. If the paint is too thick to swirl around the ornament, thin it down with a little water. With a little practice and experimentation you can control the appearance of the swirls to some extent. If you want to add more detail, take a wooden toothpick and trace a design into the swirled paint before it dries. Stars are easy enough to draw inside the bauble and appropriate for the holiday season. You could also try adding a little glitter inside the ornament for a sparkly look. Simply replace the top on the bauble when the paint is dry and hang it from your tree.
Jewels and Beads
Assemble a selection of small beads, jewels, buttons, sequins, trinkets and/or charms small enough to fit inside the neck of your glass ornaments. You also need some kind of thread, ribbon or tinsel to string them on. The method is a little fiddly but effective, especially if you choose sparkly beads and jewels, or holiday-themed trinkets for a seasonally appropriate look. Simply string one or more of your items onto the thread, using a tapestry needle if necessary. Either tie a knot in one end of the thread to hold the trinket in place, or string several together in the style of a necklace. Remove the top from the bauble, tie the loose end of the thread to the ornament top, then replace the top so the trinket(s) dangle inside.
Turn a plain glass bauble into a homemade snow globe for a fun, interactive ornament. You’ll need some glitter (for snow), small ornaments or toys that fit inside the bauble, mineral oil (such as colourless baby oil) and a hot glue gun. Find a small egg cup, a shot glass or empty egg carton to hold the bauble steady while you work. Simply remove the top, insert your ornament(s) or toy(s) inside the glass bauble and then add about a teaspoon of glitter to it. Fill the bauble with mineral oil to about two-thirds full, then replace the top. Seal the edges around the top with a thick covering of hot glue. Let the glue dry completely before shaking the globe to swirl the “snow” and ornaments around.
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