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Christmas is coming which for me means time to make some festive decorations and a Christmas ornament or two.
It would not be Christmas for me and my family without all the handmade ornaments happily hanging from the tree that my mom, daughters, or I made. Some are quite simple, others a bit more skill was needed to make them, but they are cherished equally when we bring them out of their storage boxes every December.
As a DIY decorating and creative blogger this is a busy time of year for me. I usually would have posted a few handmade decorations by now, but with my focus on moving I haven’t been able to share all my ideas yet.
When I was asked if I would like to make an ornament using Mod Podge a few weeks ago, I said yes. Little did I know that when I had the time to make it, the contents of my studioffice would be all packed up. I literally had only a handful of tools at my disposal. Even with these shortcomings, I was able to semi-hand-make this ornament using a poly foam Acanthus rosette that I bought in the decorative molding aisle at the home improvement store. Rosettes are usually used for furniture pieces and moulding corners.
I also don’t have a Christmas tree up so I could get a festive beauty shot of my finished ornament hanging on a lit tree. In reality, I hung the finished ornament on a tree right outside my front door and took the photo of it in the pouring rain. :-)
To transform the rosette, I used two different formulas of Mod Podge by Plaid. It comes in many formulas, but I used the new pearl formula that gives decoupage or paint projects a pearlescent mother-of-pearl effect. I topped it with the Sparkle formula to get a glittery finish. Both formulas are a all-in-one sealer, glue, and finish. I just chose to use both to create a pearly & sparkly finish for my ornament.
How to Make a Christmas Ornament Using an Acanthus Rosette Block
- Acanthus Leaf Polyfoam Rosette – Bought at Lowes: SKU# 366758
- Small screw eye hook
- Rhinestone button
- Glue – I used hot glue, but tacky glue would be best
- FolkArt Multi-Surface paint in Charcoal Black and White Pearl
- Pearl Mod Podge
- Sparkle Mod Podge
- Small paint brush
- Paper towel
- 28″ length of ribbon
- Small spray of pine and berries
1. Find center on top of rosette and screw a small screw-eye hook into the rosette.
2. Apply 2 coats of Charcoal Black FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint, let first coat dry, before adding the second. When dry, flip over and paint the back. Let dry.
3. Paint one coat of FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint in White Pearl over rosette. Do not let dry. Apply one coat of Pearl Mod Podge over white paint, do not let dry.
4. Rub just applied paint and Pearl Mod Podge with a paper towel or rag to remove some of the paint. You want to leave it in the recessed areas only. Let dry.
5. Apply one or two coats of Sparkle Mod Podge over painted surface, let dry.
6. Glue button to center of rosette.
7. To attach ribbon: Find center of 28″ length of ribbon and glue to the center of the bottom edge of the rosette.
8. Bring the ends of the ribbon up along the sides and then to the top of the rosette right up against the screw eye. Place a dab of glue under ribbon on each side to hold in place.
9. Thread one end of ribbon through screw-eye and pull through. Repeat for the other end of ribbon, but thread through opposite side of screw-eye. Tie excess ribbon into bow.
10. Use hot glue to attach a small spray of faux pine and berries.
11. Hang with ornament hook.
No Christmas ornament hook? Repurpose a paperclip…simply bend it into an “S” shape with a hook on each end. Volia…an instant ornament hook.
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