Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments - Day 10: Sparkly Silhouettes

Last year I made silhouette ornaments using Abe's profile, and I loved the way this glittery one turned out. I wanted to make more, but since I wasn't about to get him to sit still for another profile shot, I decided to try some animal shapes instead. You could do this with wood cutouts like the ones I used for these chalkboard gift tags, but I decided to make my own cutouts from cardboard.

You'll need:

printed shapes or silhouettes to use as templates
lightweight cardboard

1. Search Google images for shapes or silhouettes. (I printed a Minnesota shape and some animals that live in the north.)

2. Size images up or down (doesn't matter if they turn out blurry) to make them about 4 inches tall or wide. (Mine were all 4 inches tall except the polar bear. I made him 4½ inches wide since he was much shorter than the rest.) Print on plain paper.

3. Use your printed images as templates to cut the shapes from lightweight cardboard. (Cereal boxes work great for this!)

4. To make magnets, paint one side with a thick coat of Mod Podge and cover with glitter. Let it dry, then shake off excess glitter and give it another coat of glue and glitter (if needed). If it starts to curl, give the backside a coat of Mod Podge as well - but skip the glitter!

5. Attach a magnet to the back and hang on the fridge!

6. To make ornaments, put two coats of glue + glitter on both sides, then punch a hole in the cardboard, attach a ribbon, and hang it on the tree!

7. To prevent glitter from rubbing off, add a coat of Mod Podge on top of the last layer of glitter and let it dry. It will dry clear and prevent glitter from getting everywhere!

Anyone else in love with that moose? I think he's so cute! If you can't tell, we haven't gotten a tree yet. Hopefully we'll get one this weekend so I can start hanging all these handmade ornaments! How's your holiday decorating coming along?

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