French General DIY Christmas ornaments

French General DIY Christmas ornamentsChristmas ornaments are one of my favorite things to make in a small space, like an apartment. They are perfect not only for decorating, but they also work well for hostess gifts and/or gift tags. This month for my Apartments.com challenge, I decided to make some easy Christmas ornaments using basic scrapbooking supplies (paper and embellishments) as well as Mod Podge. Once you get the ornament shapes, you probably have a ton of stuff you can use to embellish already in your stash. Then you can decorate your mini tree that you have on your coffee table with ease! Here’s how I  made these French General DIY Christmas ornaments.

Gather These Supplies

  • Martha Stewart clear acrylic ornament shapes
  • Scrapbook paper and embellishments – I used French General from EKSuccess
  • Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils, Holiday Greetings
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint – Gold
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Paintbrush
  • Small Spouncer
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

IMG_6400I love these clear acrylic ornament shapes because you can Mod Podge them, paint them and do all sorts of amazing crafty things with them. Of course I will be Mod Podging them.

IMG_6408You’ll need a few sheets of scrapbook paper and some coordinating embellishments. For your embellishments, you can use buttons, brads, rhinestones or anything else that you can find.

IMG_6411Trace your ornaments on the back of the papers you’ve selected.

IMG_6412Cut out with scissors just inside the line. Compare with the ornament shape to make sure that the papers fit; if they don’t, continue to trim down until they do.

IMG_6423Paint a medium layer of Mod Podge on the back of your ornament shape. Place the paper on top of the Mod Podge (with the side of the paper you want to use facing the Mod Podge). Smooth with your fingers and let dry.

IMG_6416On any ornaments use like, use adhesive stencils, paint and spouncers to create a message. It’s very easy – simply smooth the stencil down, load your spouncer with a small amount of paint and fill in the message. Peel away immediately and let dry.

IMG_6427Use Dimensional Magic to cover the top of the ornaments. Let dry in a warm place for several hours. Do not put under a fan or in a cold area – the Dimensional Magic will crack.

IMG_6430Start adding embellishments using craft glue. In this picture, I’m adding an adhesive border to the front of my ornament. Just dab a bit of craft glue on the back of the border and smooth it down.

IMG_6433Just trim the adhesive border with scissors. Then continue to glue embellishments onto the front and let dry.

IMG_6457After your embellishments are glued down and dry, poke a hole in the paper where the ornament hole is, then thread baker’s twine through and tie a knot. Your ornaments are ready to hang.

French General DIY Christmas ornamentsMaking Christmas ornaments is one of my favorite things to do – especially in a small space where you don’t have much room, like an apartment. I’ll be doing many more crafts suitable for small spaces coming up.

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Comments

  1. Michele says

    I used Dimensional Magic one time and am wondering how to keep it conained when using it on a piece of paper. I made little pendants from scrapbook paper covered in Dimensional Magic and it ran making the the pendant misshapen. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Hi Michele! It’s hard to contain it on a flat piece of paper. I’d just start by using a little. You can layer it if necessary. If you use too much at once, it will run.