Deck the Halls with Handmade Ornaments!

I want to take out all of our ornaments, soldiers, nutcrackers... our candles and bells and all the goodies that come out this time of year but the painters start on Monday (yippee!) so I will have to wait another week... But we decided that we could still make ornaments after all. Christopher found a new home for his smaller pieces of sea glass and some beautiful pink Bermuda sand we've had lying around for over 10 years. We were very inspired by these ornaments. We had to try them ourselves!

I found a slight problem however. Some of the sea glass got buried in the pink sand when the ornament was inadvertently shaken. And the ornament, filled about halfway with sand, is most likely too heavy to hang from a tree. Nevertheless we will find a home for it and put it to use!

It is pretty, don't you think?

We also made the painted glass ornaments... simple, elegant and sophisticated and yet easy enough for your preschooler to master. And what a great gift for a child to give a parent, grandparent or teacher! And what fun they are to make. I plan on making a few to give as hostess gifts.

Christopher made this ornament... shown from 3 views... Spectacular, don't you think?!

I made this one, using white, gold and silver paint...
unfortunately the photograph doesn't do it justice.

To make these painted glass ornaments you'll need:

Some glass balls (about $1 a piece)
Some poster paints
Some Scotch tape
Some pretty ribbon


* Take the metal hook off of the ornament and squeeze desired amounts paints directly into the ornament, as many or as few colors as you desire.

* Apply a piece of tape over the ornament's opening and shake. (If doing this with a preschooler you may want to help them shake the ornament!) Shake until the entire ball is covered.

* The paint will naturally make beautiful patterns and no two will be alike!

* When the ornament is complete remove the tape and secure the metal hook back in place.

* Find a pretty ribbon, tie it on to the ornament and trim the ends as needed.

* Set aside in a safe place.

NB... I was just informed by the fabulously talented and crafty Pink & Green Mama that you should leave the ornaments uncovered and set to dry for about 2 weeks!