With Christmas only days away, there’s a good chance your place is decorated and ready to go. Right? Well… maybe. If you’re still looking for the perfect set of ornaments, try making these vintage-inspired floral baubles. The best part is that these pretties can be made in an afternoon. Plus, it’s an excellent way to spice up your traditional set of sphere ornaments. Keep reading to learn how to make them! —Kirsten
About Kirsten: Kirsten Nunez is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born-and-raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.
– White glossy sphere ornaments
– Glossy decoupage glue
– Paint brush
– Sharp scissors
– Vintage floral print out (download here)
Step 1: Carefully cut out the leaves and flowers. Take your time with this step. Your best bet is to cut slowly, turning the paper as you go along.
Step 2: Continue cutting.
Step 3: Apply a light layer of decoupage directly to the ornament.
Step 4: Place a paper piece on the decoupage, carefully smoothing it out with your fingers.
Step 5: Repeat until the ornament is covered to your liking. Don’t think too much about the placement of each piece; keep it random and organic.
If the edges of the paper begin to wrinkle, smooth it out with a wooden Popsicle stick. Simply apply firm pressure to flatten the paper.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 1-5 until you have created a batch of patterned ornaments. Let them dry completely.
Here’s a clever crafty tip: Place each ornament on an upside down bottle cap or roll of washi tape. This technique will prevent the decoupaged ornament from rolling around while it dries.
Once dry, your new ornaments are ready to dress up your tree. Happy holidays!