Make beautiful crystal ornaments that make the perfect little gift!
When it comes to holiday traditions, collecting ornaments — and the ornaments themselves — can be very symbolic. They can serve as family heirlooms, or be presented as a simple gift, representing a specific time or memory. As determined as I sometimes become in my search to score the perfect one, ornaments can be just as — if not more — fun to make! This year, I decided to find a few beautiful crystals and convert them into ornaments, integrating a little of my favorite shine, aka glitter! Read on to learn how to make these festive crystal pendants…
So first, crystals. Crystals have been used to enhance, protect and heal our being since ancient times. They possess so many meanings and strengths; if you want to give these ornaments away as gifts to friends or family, it’s fun to pick out crystals specific to their personalities! To learn more about crystals, check out these posts here and here.
If you’d rather base your choice strictly on appearances, I found that amethyst, quartz and citrine work great. They come in longer shapes that are best for wrapping and hanging on a tree.
You’ll also need:
Glitter (any kind will work! I used a mixture of black, silver, iridescent, amd our very own Glass Glitter!)
Thin bendable wire in silver or gold (can be found in the jewelry section of most craft stores)
Take a piece of wire and loop it over the top of the crystal, leaving a little bit of space between the actual crystal and wire. Secure the wire to the sides of the crystal with super glue.
Take more of the wire and wrap it around the top of the crystal. This will further secure the wire that was super glued to the sides.
Cut another piece of wire and string it through the loop you made in step one, tying the ends together at the top. This will create another loop so the crystal is hangable.
Paint glittering glue to the bottom half of the crystal, or just along the flat facets.
Sprinkle glitter over the glue and wait for glue to dry completely.
They looked so cute hanging from the alternative Christmas tree we made last week!
Check out more holiday DIY projects on the BLDG 25 Blog!