As you know by now, I like a lot of color in my life. This includes celebrating the holidays with colors that are non-traditional – like pink and blue for Christmas. This typography ornament combines so many of my favorite things . . . polka dots . . . glitter . . . buttons. If bright colors aren’t your flavor, you can still follow this tutorial to customize your own ornament. It’s fun! Here’s how I made mine.
Gather These Supplies
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Teal and Wicker White
- Mod Podge Gloss
- FolkArt Extreme Glitter – Hologram
- Paper Mache Ornament – star shape
- Scrapbook paper – 1 sheet of holiday, I used Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist from K & Co.
- Wood numbers – I used “25” for the big day of Christmas
- Buttons – 5 small pink or coordinating
- Flat paint brush
- Craft glue
- Pencil or pen
Grab your ornie and trace it onto the paper face up. Flip over and trace again. I always do this because sometimes items that look normal are actually shaped kind of weird – ie., not the same on both sides. Tracing on both sides is better, you see?
Paint your star with Teal, but only do it around the edges. The paper is going to be covering it, which is nice because you can be a little lazy like me. Make sure to put on several coats since paper mache is harder to cover. I did about three. Allow to dry. Go ahead and paint the numbers at the same time. Allow those to dry too.
Take your Hologram Extreme Glitter and paint the edges. You are going to LOVE this stuff if you like glitter. It goes a long way, and there is no mess. Do about three coats and you’ll have a nice little effect.
Start on one side and get your Mod Podge on! Spread Mod Podge over the star, giving a medium coat. Make sure to get the star tips well.
Press down the paper thoroughly – smooth, smooth, smooth! You can’t smooth enough. If Mod Podge comes out the side, simply wipe away with your brush. Repeat with the other side. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Then coat the outside with Mod Podge! DON’T coat the Extreme Glitter, because you’ll dull the glitter effect. Coat one side, allow to dry, flip over and repeat.
This is really fun. I mean REALLY fun. Take the end of your paint brush and dip into Wicker White – Tap the end of the brush lightly onto the wood letter to get polka dots! You can’t tell here, but I’m having a blast.
Now that the ornie is nearly complete, glue down the wood letters as well as some button accents. Now doesn’t that look nice?