Y’all I just made the cutest DIY Ornaments for Christmas and I know you are going to love them.
Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments are hand painted using hot glue on light weight wooden pieces. They are also great for gift tags as well as ornaments.
Even if you don’t like DIY projects, I think you will love how easy these are to make.
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DIY Christmas Ornaments
This is a fun and easy project and there are a variety of ways to do this craft. Today I’m sharing Angel and Cross ornaments with white and gold accents.
- Unfinished Wood Boards
- Cordless Drill
- Rotary Tool
- Hot Glue Gun
- White Chalk Paint
- Metallic Gold Paint
Prepare your Boards
Begin by using a cordless drill to drill a hole in the top center on each board.
Then you will want to sand or use a rotary tool to smooth the edges of the holes.
Finally the last step to prepare your boards is to paint with white chalk paint.
Draw with Hot Glue
Next we are going to draw our design onto the prepared wooden boards with our Hot Glue Gun.
I’m starting with the angel and I began with a round circle and then filled in with the glue.
Then I added a body and wings.
This is all free hand, without a pattern. I also made some with crosses.
If you feel you need a pattern, you can trace one onto the wood with a pencil.
The random lines of the design is what I love about the ornaments because no two are alike.
After the hot glue is dry, you will want to remove any excess hot glue, such as glue hairs.
Then add a second coat of white paint over the entire surface and design.
Once the white paint is dry, begin applying the metallic gold paint. You can apply as much or as little as you desire.
I like to define the hair and halo specifically and the lightly touch along the other raised areas of the design.
In addition, I use a dry brush technique to add touches of gold onto the background of the board.
In order to age the ornaments, I add Annie Sloan Wax.
Begin by rubbing over the entire surface with clear wax. This will prevent the dark wax for grabbing and making the design darker than you want.
After you have the entire surface covered with clear wax, immediately add dark wax and wipe away any excess.
Finally, buff the waxed surface with a fresh rag until the ornament is smooth.
To finish, you may want to add additional gold paintto highlight the main areas of your design. This is optional, but I found the extra gold helps to give the color more dimension and contrast.
You can see the gold areas under the wax versus the extra swipes added afterwards on this closeup view.
The Christmas Ornaments will look great on a gift package as well as on a Christmas tree.
The options are endless as to different designs and colors you can use.
These are working well with my neutral colors in the loft this year.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you!