Y’all, I am so excited about Christmas this year. Like kid in a candy store excited. So when I was invited by some fabulous bloggers to join them in 31 days of handmade ornaments, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
Which means not only do I have my own amazing ornament idea to share, I’ve also got thirty more great ideas from other bloggers for you. Because handmade ornaments are seriously the best.
This year I really want to add some color and a hint of glam to my Christmas tree and these ornaments are just the ticket.
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Wooden ornament shapes – from Michaels
chalk paint – I used Americana Décor Chalky finish paint in Treasure and Craft Smart chalky paint in Scarlet (found at Michaels)
dark stain – I used Minwax dark walnut
Mineral Spirits (not pictured)
How to Make Rustic Glam Handmade Ornaments
These ornaments are seriously easy and fast to make – you can definitely knock out three in less than thirty minutes.
The first step is to paint the ornaments. Don’t worry about painting the whole thing, just roughly paint the front.
You could also use basic craft paints for this instead of chalk paints, but I just like chalk paint better. Plus some of the new chalk paints are super cheap – the scarlet paint I used was less than $2. I wouldn’t recommend it for furniture, but it worked great for this project. Chalk paints also dry super fast so you will only need to wait a minute or two before the next step.
Use a clean rag to rub stain all over the ornament and then immediately follow with a rag dampened with Mineral Spirits. This will remove most of the stain from the painted area while still staining any bare wood.
Once the stained ornament is dry to the touch, you can add your words.
I used a gold oil–based Sharpie paint pen and it worked fantastically. The gold has a great shine and the paint pen writes incredibly smoothly. If your handwriting isn’t great, you can always find a pretty font to copy.
And of course you could customize these any way you want with your own favorite Christmas colors and words.
I am loving these ornaments so much, I think I just might make some more!
And now for some more Christmas ornament inspiration!
Okay, who’s ready for Christmas! (Mentally that is. Not actually physically prepared – that would be crazy!)
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