Make Vintage Christmas Ornaments
- Ornament template (source: The Graphics Fairy) or an image of your choice
- An inkjet color printer
- White tissue paper
- Letter-sized printer paper
- Scotch tape
- Cardboard circle-shaped ornaments (I purchased mine at Michaels craft store)
- White acrylic craft paint
- Paper trimmer (optional)
- Pencil with eraser
- Mod podge or Golden gel medium (I used semi-gloss gel medium)
- 2 paint brushes or make-up sponge wedges
- Glitter (I used Martha Stewart’s coarse clear glitter)
- Craft glue that dries clear
- Plastic drop cloth or newspaper to protect wordspace
- Open the provided template in your photo editing program. It has been formatted to print onto the letter-sized paper already.
- Cut the tissue paper sheet about 1/4″ to 1/2″ smaller than your piece of paper (approx 8″x10 5″). Use paper trimmer or scissors for a neat tissue paper trim.
- Now place your tissue paper on to a blank paper (shiny side down). Carefully flatten and tape it leaving an even border around. It is especially important to make sure that the top edge of the paper that will be fed up by the printer is completely smooth and covered with tape to prevent jamming. Also trim any excess tape that hangs over the edge of the paper.
- Place the prepared paper into the printer with the tissue paper side facing down.
note: Since every printer is different, make sure which side your printer prints on before doing this!
- Print out your template and allow the ink to dry for a couple of minutes.
- Now place and trace the cardboard ornament over the printed image.
- Now cut the circle, it is easier to cut while the paper is still attached to it.
- Paint the cardboard ornaments with 2 coats of white paint. It is easier to apply a smooth coat of paint using wedge sponge. When it dries apply an even coat of Mod Podge or gel medium.
- Flip the image so that the shiny side is face up and carefully place it onto the ornament.
- Use your finger to remove any unwanted wrinkles and bubbles in a middle- outside motion note: Do not rub excessively or the ink may bleed into the glue underneath.
- Let it dry and repeat on the other side.
- Paint the trim or use a white trim to decorate the ornaments and make a pretty border around it using glue.
- Add some shine to the ornaments using glitter by sprinkling it over the glue layered edges all around the ornament and tapping the excess off. tip: Do this over a piece of tissue paper and you can easily fold the paper and tap the excess back into the container.
- Finally attach a gold string to the top and you are all done!
There you have it. These ornaments are cute and very easy to make.
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