Friday, December 7, 2012

Crafty Christmas: Bookprint Ornaments

Christmas Countdown: Christmas is 2 weeks away!

After making and loving this homemade version of Mod Podge, I was excited to use it on something. When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew I just needed bookprint ornaments for our Christmas tree. It also looked like a fairly easy, frugal idea.

Here's what you need to make bookprint ornaments:
Unfortunately, a book is harmed in the making of these ornaments. You can pick up a used book for a dime or sacrifice one of your own. I sacrificed one of my own that I was going to donate to the library. It took some time to figure out the best size of the strips. The strips of pages should be small enough that when you place it on the ornament, all of the strip can lay flat on the ornament. If it's too big, you'll see that the strip doesn't lay flat on the ornament.

Here's how you make a bookprint ornament:
  1. Rip several book pages into strips. You can rip several pages at once.
  2. Lay down a newspaper on your work space. Do not use a crafting sheet when using glitter; trust me on this. Newspaper is much better, especially if you can get one for free (a relative's day-old paper, a paper left laying around at Starbucks, etc.).
  3. Hold a strip of ripped paper on a clear glass ornament. Dip your sponge brush into Mod Podge and brush Mod Podge onto the paper and ornament.
  4. Keep holding the piece of paper to the ornament. Grab another piece of ripped paper and layer it next to the first piece. Brush Mod Podge onto the second piece of paper and ornament.
  5. Repeat several times, until the entire ornament is covered. You do not need to keep holding all of the strips; just hold the most recent one you put on until the Mod Podge dries a bit.
  6. When the ornament is fully covered in paper strips, it should be fairly wet from all the Mod Podge. Even so, brush on one last final layer of Mod Podge over the entire ornament, effectively cementing in all of the pieces of paper together.
  7. Let the ornaments dry overnight.
  8. Using a paint brush, paint Mod Podge onto the top of the ornament, where the hook goes (what is that piece of the ornament called? who knows!). Glitter the top of the ornament.
  9. Brush Mod Podge over the entire ball of the ornament. Sprinkle glitter on it.
  10. Let dry overnight.
I made six ornaments, and while I'm not always a fan of glitter, the ornaments went from just okay to fabulous with the addition of glitter. The cost of this project is about $1 per ornament and more than 40% of the cost is in the clear glass ornament itself. Search garage sales - you may be able to pick these up for much cheaper than that. I bought mine new with a coupon.

Just as an aside, now that our tree is up and these ornaments are on there, OMG! These ornaments are gorgeous. My hubby and I adore them!

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