Not Your Child’s Crappy Christmas Crafts

I’m a perfectionist when it comes to crafting. Yesterday, I spent 5 hours on a homemade gingerbread house, complete with a bay window breakfast nook, see-through butterscotch windowpanes, and a flickering light inside. I got frustrated at all the tiny details I couldn’t perfect. Maybe I have stubby, clumsy fingers. Anyway, I threw it all in the trash.

These three ornaments don’t require much effort. I also didn’t need to buy any materials because my house is basically a craft studio in disguise.

For the terrarium ornament, I started with a layer of small rocks. Then, I stuffed a small wad of craft moss inside the opening. Lastly, I positioned a miniature flocked Christmas tree inside. If you’re wondering whether clear ornaments are made of glass or plastic, it’s glass. The answer is glass.

For the marbled ornament, I squirted white acrylic paint inside and tilted the ball around until the glass was completely coated. I let the ornament sit upside down in a cup overnight to drain the excess paint. The paint was still wet in the morning, but who cares? Not me.

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To create a marbled effect, I filled a shallow dish with lukewarm water. Then I drizzled OPI Black Onyx nail polish into the water and I swirled it around with a toothpick. Working quickly before the nail polish solidified, I dipped the ornament into the dish. It took a few tries to achieve the optimal marbled look. Thank you nail polish remover.

For the glitter ornament, I simply filled the glass with a ton of Recollections Signature Extra- Fine Glitter in the color “Blaze”. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s a red-orange glitter with rainbow duochrome specks. Static cling will automatically coat the ornament with a sheer layer of glitter. I dumped the excess glitter back into its container.

Since the marbled ornament is obviously my favorite and deserves special treatment, I used a gold chain to hang it up on the tree. For the terrarium, I used baker’s twine, because it’s whimsical as heck. For the glitter ball, which is definitely the lamest ornament of the three, I used a boring white ribbon.

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Here is my sad attempt at awkwardly displaying the ornaments at the forefront of my tree. These would make great gift toppers, but I think I’m going to keep them.

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