September 09, 2003
Handcrafted Ornaments Deck the Halls for a Heartfelt Holiday
It's the holiday traditions and sentiments that make Christmas memories sparkle, and oftentimes, it's the handmade gifts that are truly cherished. If the holidays leave you with little time for making gifts, handmade ornaments might be the perfect solution. Handcrafted ornaments are treasured for years, and with today's easy–to–use products, custom ornaments can be made quickly and inexpensively. With the following crafting tips from Krylon®, the world's largest manufacturer of aerosol paints, this Christmas you'll be singing “fa, la, la, la, la” instead of “bah humbug”.
You can decorate ornaments for everyone on your list in an afternoon with just a little planning and the right materials. To start, make a list of the special people in your life you'd like to remember this Christmas — friends, co–workers, teachers, sitters, grandparents, aunts and uncles are just a few to consider. Then, with list in hand, visit your local craft store.
Clear glass ornaments are widely available and an excellent choice for decorating. Most craft stores and discount chains carry the traditional spheres, as well as bells, hearts, stars and other shapes. With spray–on glass paint, you can paint and decorate a dozen or more glass ornaments in just a few hours. If you want to paint a lot of ornaments quickly, choose one paint and colour for assembly–line production. If you have a little more time, choose colours and finishes that match the recipients' individual tastes.
For the traditionalist, Krylon® Stained Glass Colour offers the regal look of stained glass in rich, holiday hues like blue, red and yellow. Sophisticated Frosted Glass Finish is a semi–transparent paint available in frosty White and Pearl. For maximum sparkle, try Looking Glass® Mirror–Like Paint for a mirror–like finish. Make It Pearl!® is a sheer, pearlescent topcoat. Glass spheres painted with Make It Pearl! will make your tree look like it's bursting with bubbles.
Before painting, clean the ornaments thoroughly and let dry. Protect your work area with old newspapers for fast clean up. To keep a grip on the ornaments, insert a long thin dowel, hatpin or chopstick into the open end and insert the other end in a block of STYROFOAM™ brand foam. Carefully read the instructions on the can and you're ready to go.
Once the ornaments are painted and dry, let your schedule dictate the next step. For a fast finish, personalize each one with a Krylon Leafing Pen, tie a pretty ribbon at the top, and you're done. Or, consider adding a few flourishes with sequins, acrylic gemstones and beads. If you have a little more time, create patterns on the ornaments by masking them with shapes cut from ConTact® paper, painting the ornaments a second colour, and carefully removing the ConTact® paper after the paint dries.
Still too pressed for time? Then personalize purchased ornaments by adding the recipient's name and the date with a Krylon® Leafing Pen in gold, silver or copper. Spray lightly with Krylon® Glitter Spray for shimmering gold, silver, green, red, or multi–colour highlights. And that's it — a personalized ornament created in less than five minutes.
Turn on the Christmas carols, put on the cocoa, and indulge your creative side this holiday season. Visit www.krylon.com for step–by–step instructions to create the ornaments pictured.