The dishes are washed, the turkey is digesting, the L-tryptophan is rising in my blood stream….I will be nodding off shortly. What I really should do is grab my sister-in-laws, and take a brisk walk, before coming back to indulge in Round Two….PIE!
We’ve drawn names for Christmas Day’s gift exchange….we’ve taken my ‘tongue in cheek’ survey that I make up every year so that family members have hints and ideas for the gift exchange. E.g. “do you prefer thongs or bikinis?” In some cases, it’s a picture no one wants to see!
But the quiz really doesn’t matter for me this year, since my in-laws will be receiving heritage scrapbook albums from our family. The photos I am including go back 5 generations. I think that I will win MAJOR daughter-in-law points with those….as if I am worried.
I have always liked giving more personalized gifts. When my husband was sick, the boys and I would bake, giving cookies and special treats for Christmas gifts. We would also make fun crafts to give as gifts.
When they were very young we made the applesauce/cinnamon ornaments to give as gifts. I am sorry that I don’t remember the recipe at the moment. We didn’t use cookie cutters; we cut out the boys’ handprints. It was very cute.
This ornament is a fun craft that you can do yourself or with your children. This idea is not new, but the kids love it. I think it is a good reason for making a mess in my kitchen since someone else hosted dinner this year.
It must have been about 15 years ago that I first tried this craft at a mom’s group gathering. At Michael’s craft store they sell clear glass tree ornaments. There may not be a Michael’s in your neighborhood or corner of the world, but there is the Internet! These clear glass ornaments come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 3-4 sizes of round ones, some flat on one side and even small heart shaped ornaments. Sometimes these are on sale for as little as $1.99 for 4-6 ornaments.
You need a few bottles of Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint, also easy to find. There is no end to the colors available. These can be priced as low as $.99 cents a bottle. You can pick two colors that coordinate with your home, jeweled tones, e.g. ruby, emerald, sapphire, and diamond, or even your favorite football team’s colors. I like to add a complimenting metallic or opaque color.
Now you have your two ingredients. Cover your work space with newspapers, have plenty of paper towels handy, just in case. I like to wipe the ornaments off before beginning. You are going to remove the metal topper of the ornament and set it aside. Check the lip of the glass ornament for rough edges, you will want to avoid a “Christmas Crafts Emergency Room visit” if at all possible… trust me. Assemble the two to three colors of paint that you want to use.
Squeeze a small stripe of paint inside the ball, apply a strip of the same color one the opposite side. The stripes of paint will meet inside at the bottom of the ball. Apply the other color in the same manner. You can apply the metallic color in between the two colors you have chosen. Once the paint has been applied, you can begin slowly turning the ornaments to make the paint move. It will start swirling inside the ball. If the paint is not moving, you can add more paint, you really can’t make a mistake.
My sons and I, would talk while we made the ornaments. Sometimes we’d have lunch or some hot cocoa while we waiting for the paint to start swirling inside. Sometimes we would get impatient…. That’s where the paper towels come in. We securely cover the top of the ornament with a piece of paper towel and then we SHAKE! We have gotten some fabulous results doing this.
I would like to tell you that we get equally great results waiting and slowly letting the paint swirl as we slowly turn the ornament…or setting the ornament back in the container, turning every 10 minutes or so. But….we’ve never had the patience!
One year I was actually thinking ahead, and bought several boxes of the heart shaped ornaments. The boys gave these to teachers and grandparents for Valentine’s Day. Hope you enjoy this craft idea. The best part about it, is spending time with your children.