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Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments (DIY)

Recreate the look of mercury glass ornaments for less with this Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments DIY tutorial! | www.allthingsgd.com

I’ve always loved the look of mercury glass ornaments, and had no idea that look was so easy to recreate thanks to Rust-Oleum! The secret? Their Mirror Effect spray paint!

Recreate the look of mercury glass ornaments for less with this Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments DIY tutorial! | www.allthingsgd.com

Supplies (contains affiliate link)
Clear glass ornaments
Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect Spray Paint
Spray bottle filled with 1 part vinegar & 2 parts water
Sticks or pencils
Paper towel

Rust-Oleum has a wonderful video tutorial for how to get that faux mercury glass look, which you can see here:

Since I was working with the teeny tiny opening of a glass ball ornament, spraying the inside of the glass was out of the question for this look, so I decided to try spray painting and finishing the outside to see how it would look, and it turned out great!

I sprayed a light coat of Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect Paint on the outside of the glass ball ornament, spritzed it immediately with my vinegar and water solution, and blotted it with a frayed paper towel.  I waited a couple of minutes between coats and did three coats of spraying, spritzing and blotting total.

Recreate the look of mercury glass ornaments for less with this Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments DIY tutorial! | www.allthingsgd.com

The beautiful faux mercury glass result!

Recreate the look of mercury glass ornaments for less with this Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments DIY tutorial! | www.allthingsgd.com

Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments DIY

And here’s a look at the rest of our Day 12 DIY ornaments from our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments series!

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Simple Red Bead Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be

Christmas Music Wreath Ornament | Lovely Etc.

Nautical Jute and Rope Ornaments | Thrifty and Chic

Star Pine Cone Ornament | Cherished Bliss

Clay State Ornaments | Whats Ur Home Story

Rudolph Ornament | Mom 4 Real

Fabric Heart Ornaments | Remodelando la Casa

Easy Burlap Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us

Kid’s Fingerprint Christmas Light Ornament | The Happier Homemaker

Mini Tinsel Wreath from Canning Lid | It All Started With Paint

Snowy Forest Glitter Ball Ornament | Serendipity Refined

Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments | All Things G&D

A great big THANK YOU to Linda from It All Started with Paint for organizing this DIY ornament series, to Rust-Oleum for providing their Mirror Finish Paint at no cost to me, and to Michaels for providing a gift card to cover the cost of some of the additional products.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments series – now we want to see YOUR handmade ornaments! Link them up below and show off that DIY holiday goodness!

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Date Night

G and I had a date night last night.

We had planned it about a week ago after looking at our calendar and realizing we had exactly ONE weekend night free between now and 2015. So I texted our babysitter, Miss Alisa – one of Kate’s preschool teachers who is young, energetic, amazing with kids – and to our surprise she was free!  Miss Alisa has babysat for us once before when G was out of town and I had an event to go to, but this was her first time babysitting for us for a date night.  She arrived at 6pm, we kissed our freshly bathed babe goodbye, and were out the door for a night of parental freedom!

With no actual date night plans we decided to go to a nearby Mexican restaurant for a pitcher of margaritas and great food.  Our food arrived five minutes after our order, and our margaritas were gone 30 minutes later.  At this point G remarked, “Whoa…we might be home in time for bedtime at this rate.”

After dinner we decided to go to another place closer to home for a nightcap (to prolong the night) and then we were all, “Oh hey, we’ve got that Netflix movie at home…”

At 7:45pm we walked in our door to our surprised babysitter exclaiming, “Oh!  Did you forget something??”

Yeah.

We’re old.

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Cupcake Sprinkles Ornament

Got someone with a sweet tooth on your Christmas list this year?  This Cupcake Sprinkles Ornament is for them!

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Supplies
Clear ball ornament
Sprinkles
Paper cupcake liner
Yarn
Ribbon
Craft Glue

To make this colorful cupcake sprinkles ornament I simply filled a clear ball ornament with sprinkles, glued a paper cupcake liner to the bottom, and glued loops of white yarn to the top to mimic frosting.

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This cupcake sprinkles ornament is sure to add some sweet cheer to your Christmas tree this year!

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Only one more day of ornaments left in our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas ornaments series! Check out the rest of our Day 11 ornaments below:

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Gold Leaf Polka Dot Ornament | The Happier Homemaker

Polymer Clay Snowflake Ornament | Remodelando la Casa

Clothes Pin Snowman Ornament | Serendipity Refined

3D Deer Head Ornament | Cherished Bliss

Glitter Monogram Ornament | It All Started With Paint

Simple Canvas Tree Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us

Painted Grinch Ornament | Mom 4 Real

Cupcake Sprinkles Ornament | All Things G&D

O Little Town of Bethlehem Ornament | Lovely Etc

Frosted Hot Glue Snowflake | Thrifty and Chic

Globe Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story

Felt Flower Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be

Don’t forget our link party starting tomorrow! We can’t wait to see all of YOUR handmade holiday ornaments!

A great big THANK YOU to Linda from It All Started with Paint for organizing this DIY ornament series and to Michaels for providing a gift card to cover the cost of some of the products.

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Painted Pinecones Ornament

When I first signed on for this 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments series I explained it to G and he looked over at my painted pinecone place card holders and said, “Why don’t you make an ornament out of those pinecones?”

A few days later when I was lamenting over how in the world I was going to come up with 12 unique DIY ornament ideas G said, “Why don’t you make something out of those pinecones?”

On Day 6 when I was showing him my painted wood slice snowflake ornament he asked, “Have you done one with those pinecones yet?”

This one’s for you, G!

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To make, I used the faux pinecones that came with our artificial Christmas tree.  (You can also purchase these in store or find real ones outside.)  I used a mini foam brush and white craft paint to paint the tips of the pinecone.

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I haven’t used jingle bells for any of my ornaments yet, although I think they are so cute, so once the pinecones were dry, I strung a few jingle bells on baker’s twine and tied them to the tops of the painted pinecones to make an ornament.

Easy peasy!

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Painted Pinecones Ornament

Here are the rest of our Day 10 ornaments in our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments collection!

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Fabric Scraps Christmas Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story

Chalkboard Christmas Ornament | Remodelando la Casa

Marbled Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us

Painted Pinecones Ornament | All Things G&D

Bottle Brush Tree Ornament | It All Started With Paint

Wood Slice Noel Ornament | Cherished Bliss

Glitter Inside Glass Ornaments | Mom 4 Real

Mason Jar Ring & Recycled Card Shadowbox | Serendipity Refined

Monogrammed Wood Slice Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be

Glitter Paper Ornament | The Happier Homemaker

Wooden Photo Ornament | Lovely Etc

Mini Woodland Wreath Ornament | Thrifty & Chic

Don’t forget our link party starting this Sunday! We can’t wait to see all of YOUR handmade holiday ornaments!

A great big THANK YOU to Linda from It All Started with Paint for organizing this DIY ornament series and to Michaels for providing a gift card to cover the cost of some of the products.

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DIY Fall Potpourri

If you love the smells of autumn you’re going to love this DIY Fall Potpourri recipe I’m sharing over at Homes.com.  Only three ingredients and so easy to make.  Bake up a batch today and bring it as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving next week!

Find out how at Home.com: Make Your Own Fall Potpourri.

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Star Cookie Cutters Ornament

Got someone who loves to bake on this year’s Christmas list?  Make them this super simple Star Cookie Cutters Ornament!

Got someone who loves to bake on this year's Christmas list?  Make them this super simple Star Cookie Cutters Ornament! | www.allthingsgd.com

To make, I purchased three mini-star cookie cutter ornaments – the really itty bitty ones.  (These are each about 1″ tall.)  I then covered the outsides of the stars in this super cute washi tape I found at Michaels.

(Show me someone who doesn’t like washi tape and I’ll show you a liar.)

Lastly, I strung them all together with red and white baker’s twine.  This is quite possibly the easiest thing you’ll be doing with cookie cutters this entire holiday season!

(Psst – need some tips on how to use your cookie cutters for actual baking?  Check out How to Make Perfect Cut Out Sugar Cookies.)

Got someone who loves to bake on this year's Christmas list?  Make them this super simple Star Cookie Cutters Ornament! | www.allthingsgd.com

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the rest of our Day 9 goodness in our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments collection!

12 bloggers + 12 Days of Christmas = 144 Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Mini Mason Jar Tea Light Ornament | Thrifty and Chic

Gold Ruffle Ornament | The Happier Homemaker

Scrabble Pieces Jingle Bells Ornament | Mom 4 Real

Bleached Pinecone Woodland Gnome | Serendipity Refined

Wire Christmas Tree Ornaments | Remodelando la Casa

Gold and White Banner Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be

Stuffed Candy Cane | It All Started With Paint

Plaid Christmas Ball Ornament | Cherished Bliss

Snow Globe Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story

Star Cookie Cutters Ornament | All Things G&D

Modern Yarn Wrapped Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us

Paper Pennant Ornament | Lovely Etc.

A great big THANK YOU to Linda from It All Started with Paint for organizing this DIY ornament series and to Michaels for providing a gift card to cover the cost of some of the products.

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Yarn Ball Ornaments

I love adding color to our Christmas and I love oversized ornaments that make a statement on a Christmas tree.  These DIY yarn ball ornaments deliver both!

All you need is yarn, glue, and balloons to make these eye-catching DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments!  Post includes a side-by-side comparison of best glues to use. | www.allthingsgd.com

To make, I gathered up my strands of yarn, some balloons, and a variety of glue sources we had around the house.  I used 12″ balloons for this project, blown up about halfway – just to the point where they got round in shape.

All you need is yarn, glue, and balloons to make these eye-catching DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments!  Post includes a side-by-side comparison of best glues to use. | www.allthingsgd.com

Pour glue into a container and thin slightly with water. Dip one long strands of yarn at a time into the the glue and stir it around to get it completely coated.

All you need is yarn, glue, and balloons to make these eye-catching DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments!  Post includes a side-by-side comparison of best glues to use. | www.allthingsgd.com

Pull the strand out of the glue starting at one end, and lightly squeezing the strand between your fingers as you pull it out of the glue. You want to remove excess glue with your squeeze, but you still want your yarn strand to be wet and gluey.  Begin wrapping yarn around your balloon, continuing to wet additional strands with glue until your balloon is covered as much as you’d like.  Tuck final strand beneath other strands so it does not pull apart off of the balloon.

All you need is yarn, glue, and balloons to make these eye-catching DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments!  Post includes a side-by-side comparison of best glues to use. | www.allthingsgd.com

I tied a strand of yarn around the end of the balloon and hung it from my upper kitchen cabinets to dry. Be sure to place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper underneath the balloons to catch any glue that might drip from the bottom of them as they dry.

All you need is yarn, glue, and balloons to make these eye-catching DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments!  Post includes a side-by-side comparison of best glues to use. | www.allthingsgd.com

Let yarn balls dry at least 24 hours (more if needed) and then pop the balloon inside and pull it out of the yarn circle frame. String a new strand of yarn through the top, and that’s all there is to it!

All you need is yarn, glue, and balloons to make these eye-catching DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments!  Post includes a side-by-side comparison of best glues to use. | www.allthingsgd.com

I tried a variety of glues (my affiliate links below) I had on hand to see how each one would turn out and here were my results:

All you need is yarn, glue, and balloons to make these eye-catching DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments!  Post includes a side-by-side comparison of best glues to use. | www.allthingsgd.com

The glue test – a side-by-side comparison.

  • I did the red yarn ball in good old elementary school Elmer’s Glue thinned with water.  Of all of the yarn balls this one is the only one that’s a little soft and squishy, although it does still hold it’s circle shape just fine.  This glue dried really well and was the only one of all of the glues that dried with a matte finish which I like (the rest have a glossy sheen).  If I did this again with Elmer’s glue I’d try it straight up, without thinning it with any water.
  • I did the blue yarn ball with Mod Podge thinned with water, the pink ball thinned with Mod Podge thinned with just a teeny bit of water, and the green ball with straight up Mod Podge (no thinning)  and I’m pretty sure all three of these suckers would break a window if I threw them at one.  They’re rock solid and there’s no loosing that circle shape, which I like.  There’s pretty much no difference in hardness among the three so if you go with Mod Podge feel free to thin it with water to stretch your dollar a little further.
  • I did the orange yarn ball with Aleene’s Tacky Glue and have to say I never realized how thick this stuff is until I used it side-by-side with other glues!  It’s super thick so I thinned it quite a bit with water, and it turned out great.  It dried very firm and the sheen wasn’t quite as glossy as the Mod Podge.

Bottom line?

Go ahead and use whatever you have on hand and it’ll work great.  If you’re going to buy something, Aleene’s Tacky Glue is the best bang for your buck since it works great watered down so you need less glue.

With all these DIY ornaments laying around our house lately Kate couldn’t wait to put them to use, so we pulled out her Christmas tree over the weekend and she spent hours meticulously decorating it.  She pretty much has one rule when it comes to her tree – anything goes as long as it’s not plain gold (gold glitter appears to be allowed).  She quickly claimed these colorful, oversized yarn ball ornaments for her tree and I absolutely love how they pop.  We’ll definitely be making more!

All you need is yarn, glue, and balloons to make these eye-catching DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments!  Post includes a side-by-side comparison of best glues to use. | www.allthingsgd.com

Kate’s 2014 Christmas tree.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the rest of our Day 8 goodness in our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments collection!

12 bloggers + 12 Days of Christmas = 144 Handmade Christmas ornaments

Yarn Ball Ornaments | All Things G&D

Wood Burned Snowflake Ornament | Cherished Bliss

Vintage Jello Mold Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story

Simple Popsicle Stick Sled | Serendipity Refined

Mini Mason Jar Ornament | Lovely Etc.

Snow Globe Ornament | It All Started With Paint

Wispy Feather Ornament | The Happier Homemaker

Pom Pom Wreath Ornament | Remodelando la Casa

Hardware store Christmas Tree Ornament | Thrifty and Chic

Burlap and Reindeer Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us

Glitter Polka Dot Glass Ball Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be

Deer Head Ornament | Mom 4 Real

A great big THANK YOU to Linda from It All Started with Paint for organizing this DIY ornament series and to Michaels for providing a gift card to cover the cost of some of the products.

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