Once upon a time, several years ago – I had a lovely habit of crafting my way through the final weeks of a semester. With the help of pinterest, I would channel my frustration and urge to procrastinate into something rather pretty.
So this one started with a trip to the thrift stores. I picked up some old ornaments (cost $.75), an old frame in a gross color ($2). The usual art supplies were on hand from previous projects: paint pens, acrylic paint, floral wire, glitter glue and the ever popular glue gun.
Step 1 – paint the frame. In this case I painted the frame several times – the previous paint was a pain to cover and the wood was happily soaking in the paint.
Step 2: Find the ornaments and paint pens. Get inspired. Draw designs. Get out the glitter glue
Step 3: Decide that the paint needs a boost. Cover frame with glitter glue.
Step 4: Glue the tops of the ornaments down. This is important. Skipping this step means broken ornament when the wind blows.
Step 5: Cut ribbon to hang the ornaments from the top of the frame. Loop ribbon through ornament and hang, securing with glue.
Step 6: I finished mine off with a lovely bow from the dollar store. I removed the original hanging wire and rewired with floral wire. Luckily I’ve had a string of green doors so the wire doesn’t show.
- Check your lengths of ribbon so the ornaments aren’t all the same length (oops)
- Maybe you’ll consider the use of plastic ornaments. The old glass ones look great but one was sacrificed to a strong gust of wind before I glued the tops down.
- This also doubles as a slight wind chime when the wind blows. Maybe adding a little felt to the back of the ornaments would make this stop. Or maybe plastic ornaments would be a little less noisy.