These super easy, clever and surprisingly elegant ornaments make the perfect gift or craft night project!
We love making Christmas ornaments!
Every year we pour through magazines, Pinterest, Google searches and DIY sites (and fellow bloggers) to find just the perfect ornament to make our holiday season complete!
So, in choosing an ornament we wanted to feature on our blog, we had a lot to select from!
We decided to go with the ornament that we were inspired to create last year. It's thrifty, easy, and doesn't require any special materials!
This is a great craft for DIY'ers of any age! The final result can look elegant and sophisticated or whimsical and fun!
It also makes use of some of those gift catalogs that are plentiful this time of year!
Plenty of pretty images are tucked within the pages of those catalogs with everything from simplistic to fanciful!
You can certainly use other types of paper such as wrapping or scrapbook papers, but catalog pages work great for adhering to the metal cap-base.
They're not too rigid where you'd have to press hard to get the paper to mold to the shape. Also, the catalog paper is thin enough to be flexible and gives just the right amount of coverage without having to struggle with the curves!
Catalog images are also high-quality, richly detailed, colorful and come in a fantastic variety to choose from! ...And of course, they're free!
It also made me feel slightly less guilty for purchasing those 4-pack Starbuck's Frappuccinos that we treat ourselves to (only occasionally!) for dealing with the grocery shopping!
Along with using supplies you may already have, these adorable little ornaments are super customizable, making them ideal gifts for Christmas, birthdays, or as a fun way to get creative over the weekend or when you have the urge to hang out at home and make something!
They are the perfect size for this project! But, in case you don't have a good stock of Starbuck's caps around, don't despair! any metal jar top of similar size will work!
Just check to make sure it's not too big, small or have any difficult ridges, etc..
Starbuck's Frappuccino metal caps (see image above). They come in two sizes - we like the smaller ones from the 4- packs, but either will do.
Acrylic Craft Paint (we initially tried a Rustoleum spray, but it peeled off; the acrylic worked much better for us. Here's a good brand that is tried and true!
Catalog images of choice
Mod Podge or other decoupage medium/sealer
Ribbon for hanging
Gather above supplies.
Paint front and back of caps (paint one side at a time and allow to dry).
Trace and cut images from catalogs or decorative papers using one of the caps for sizing.
Brush Mod Podge on cap and place image in desired spot.
Brush Mod Podge over the image and allow to dry.
Repeat Steps 4 & 5 to back of cap.
Apply second coat to front of ornament and allow to dry again.
OPTIONAL: While second coat is still wet, sprinkle glitter for some extra pizazz and sparkle! We love glitter!
While drying, cut out ribbon for hanging.
Attach ribbon to back of ornament/cap using a glue dot.
Optional: Put on second glue dot and cover with decorative button.