21 November 2012

Custom Glittering Initial Ornaments

Every year I like to come up with a one-size-fits-all homemade item that I can give to everyone. Something that is inexpensive, easy to make in large batches, personal, impressive, but not so time consuming that I'll be offended if they toss it come January. Some years it's a small box of cookies, other years it's a magnet calendar featuring a photo of my cat. You would be shocked how many people take a pass on magnetic cat calendars I tell you. Shocked.  

So this year I'm making these little ornaments featuring people's initials. They are special enough to stand on their own, or serve double duty as a package tag. Well color me pragmatic.

  • Felt Letters (sold at craft stores and teacher supply stores, or just cut your own out of cardboard)
  • Shiny Bits (glitter, beads, rhinestones, sequins, whatever you have on hand)
  • Mod Podge (the regular glue-like kind)
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (I used two kinds with gold and silver glitter mixed in)
  • Wax Paper (optional - for drying)

1. Thoroughly coat each letter with Mod Podge and pile high with sparkly bits. 2. Let dry overnight. 3. Use the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to draw a line around the edge of the shape and let it firm up a bit (30 minutes maybe?) then go back and fill in the rest.

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic is cool stuff. It not only coats and seals all the little sparkly bits, it thickens up and creates an almost resin-like bubble. It dries hard, super shiny and glittery. Instead of looking like a bunch of sequins glued to a felt letter, the finished result looks like an elegant ornament or funkadelic piece of jewelry.  Neato!

I wish you guys could feel these things in your hands. They are smooth and sturdy. I'm confident they will be hanging on someone's tree for years to come.

This is slightly off topic, but this little tip has made glittering a lot easier / less messy. So much easier than messing around with shallow trays or newspaper, and pouring the excess back in the jar is a cinch. Try it sometime.

###Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post using sample products. The fact that I am being paid to write this post has not influenced my opinion in any way. In fact, if I am really being honest here, I am probably going to use the money I am getting paid to write this post to go out and buy more Mod Podge. Circle of life, baby.  

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  2. I love this and I am going to get some of that modpodge stuff this holiday season. Brilliant, aunt peaches!

  3. These are adorable! About the letters-are they the kind with adhesive on the back? When you say to cut your own from cardboard are you using the actual cardboard for ornaments or are you making templates and cutting from felt? Thank you!!

  4. Absolutely -- cardstock or cardboard letters would be great. I was even thinking about those alphabet magnets they sell at the dollar store. Sky is the limit!

  5. That could make this a pennies project then... glitter and sequins from the dollar store, cardboard is free :-)

  6. This is such a great idea! I love it!

  7. We love the glitz of it Aunt Peaches and thanks for showing us the new mod podge stuff, we are going to get some, the human is always on the look out for new stuff to use in her art.

  8. I LOVE how you used the muffin liner to catch the glitter. Every time I break
    out the glitter with my kiddos not only does it make a giant mess, I feel like
    it all gets wasted. Do you think it would work just cutting letters out of
    cardstock or cardboard?

  9. It's good stuff, Stella. Humans AND pigs can benefit from Mod Podge.

  10. Keepin' it real :) I sat for a second and tried to tally up the amount of money I have spent on Mod Podge over the years....it's too embarrassing to post in public.

  11. As a crow, I LOVE this. Shiny!

  12. "In fact, if I am really being honest here, I am probably going to use the money I am getting paid to write this post to go out and buy more Mod Podge. Circle of life, baby."

    This is exactly why I LOVE YOU PEACHES!!!! Great post!!

  13. As a crow, I can relate. It's amazing to me that tin foil gets used for such mundane purposes, like cooking and leftovers. Speaking of leftovers -- will I see you for brunch on Friday?

  14. Beautiful. In fact, I need about 50 "A" ornaments floating around this house, STAT.

  15. Love these! Definitely want to make them!

  16. I love dimensional glue but I'm always getting fingerprints in mine because I can't resist checking to see if it's dried before it is set - I have to hide them from myself! I'll be featuring this in an ornament round-up at The Crafty Crow soon!


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