Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments - Day 9: Faux Paper Mache Recycled Ornaments

When we first got married I bought a bunch of glass bulbs to decorate our nearly empty Christmas tree. After a couple years I noticed many of those bulbs had developed weird rust spots, so I stopped using them on the tree. Then I saw these and was inspired to give those sad little bulbs a new lease on life.

You'll need:

Some old bulbs
Strips of tissue paper
Mod Podge

1. Cover your bulb with a thick coat of Mod Podge.

2. Wrap a few strips of tissue paper around the wet bulb. 

3. Gently paint another coat of Mod Podge over the tissue paper so all the loose edges adhere to the ball. Gently cut or tear away any extra tissue paper around the neck.

4. Let dry for at least an hour.

5. Once the glue is dry, paint the entire ball with acrylic paint. Once it is dry to the touch, add a second coat if necessary.

6. Hang to dry...and enjoy!

The wrinkled tissue paper makes these look like paper mache ornaments. If you prefer a smoother look, skip the layer of tissue paper and paint directly on the glass bulb.

Though mine did not turn out as smooth and shiny as the ones from Land of Nod, they are a huge improvement over what I started with!


  1. I love the rainbow effect of the finished product.

  2. I love these! They look so cool-- like something from Anthropologie. :)