Deck the Halls
As a child one of the best part of any holiday is making arts and crafts. In the case of Christmas we Deck the Halls. Our friends at Oriental Trading Company sent us a box of goodies to help us out. You can find some here!
I received snowflakes, bells, stars, and ball shaped DIY ceramic Ornaments. They started out like the snowflake you see above.
To set the mood, I put on a Christmas movie I have on my DVR. My work station consisted of a folding table, old newspaper, a paper plate for my palette, a small glass of water to clean my brushes, paint brushes, a set of acrylic paints, and some Modge Podge.
I sat down with a nice mug of hot cocoa and began painting. I did a base color on each of the ornaments. I then began adding to them. I turned the ball ornaments into Santa belts. Once the stars were painted yellow, I decided to try for a Charlie Brown look.
Oriental Trading Company’s website does state the ornaments can be fired in the oven. I couldn’t find exact directions. I tried googling it but I found a lot of people saying it takes trial and error.
In the end, I decided to apply 3 coats of Modge Podge for two reasons:
- It waterproofs the end product
- the ornaments are left with a nice shine
Once they were dry, I decided to bless my community. I left them in places to be found (mostly kid friendly locations). I also delivered a few to special people. Finally, I left some on each of the two giving trees in the town I live in.
I had a lot of fun! I got to relive making Christmas ornaments and then I was able to see and hear about the reactions of those I blessed with them.