We’re almost halfway through December (eek!) and I hope that you’re all well into the spirit of the season… hanging lights by day, drinking hot chocolate (this kind) by night, and scheming up creative gifts for those extra-deserving people in your lives. When it comes to decorating, I’ve never really been the type to buy a decoration and use it as-is. I’m always manipulating it into something new… adding personal touches here and there — and that’s why I love plain glass ball ornaments. They’re like a blank canvas just waiting to be made into something extraordinary. Today I have a couple ideas for using these guys. They’re really simple ideas (great for last-minute decorating) and they don’t require much, but they allow you to be really unique.
The first way uses just some transparent glass paint and a napkin. Pour your paint into a dish, and fold your napkin to get a thick, flat edge. Then, dip the flat edge of the napkin into the paint.
Starting at the bottom of the sphere, drag the napkin upwards in short strokes until you reach the half-way point. Do this all around until the bottom half of the sphere is covered. The small strokes form petal-like textures with uneven edges, almost resembling a flower.
When the paint dries, much of it will become transparent, and the varying paint thicknesses (especially at the edges) will add to the floral look. I tried the same technique on a solid white ball, as well, but went up a little bit higher with the paint.
My next thought was: Why have I not filled one of these guys with some nature yet? And then I did just that. I placed a tiny piece of a dried flower in one of the spheres and then coated the outside in a really thin layer of black transparent glass paint to make a semi-cloudy look.
But of course one little flower was not going to do it for me. For my next mini work of art, I filled a sphere with all different kinds of nature: dried flowers, dried leaves, tiny twigs, and more.
It’s like a mini terrarium — just with non-living plants. This was my favorite one. I would love to make one of these for someone and include a tiny little rolled up note inside. Actually, I just might do that.
I hung a few on one of the beautiful “trees” our display team made for the lobby of our building. So sweet!
How would you guys decorate glass ball ornaments? Share your ideas!
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