Chrismas Paper Mache Ornaments

Remember my fun Halloween Ornaments found here ? Well I’ve been counting down the days ’till Christmas was upon us so I could finally create my own Christmas version! Well wait no longer my friends! ‘Tis the Season for Christmas Ornaments!!!





Here’s the “How To” low down…

What you’ll need:

  • Those glass ornaments I’m sure you can find in your Christmas stash! If you need to go get some check your thrift stores first! I picked up a 24 pack for 50 cents!!! SCORE!
  • A newspaper or all your left over Black Friday ads!
  • The magic Craft necter MOD PODGE
  • Paint
  • Patience…the painting can take a while!
  • Wire or Ribbon for hanging
  • Beads for added touch!

  1. Get your balls ready! (trying not to laugh over here!)
  2. Take newspaper and rip it in to thin strips. If you rip from the top of the page to the bottom it rips super smooth and even. HINT!!The thinner the strips the smoother the paper will lay. Strips should be about 1/4″- 1/2″ thick.
  3. Mix 1 part water with 1 part Modge Podge! Enough to submerge your paper in.
  4. Dip each strip into the MP mixture being sure to get it completely wet. Using your fingers wipe off excess mixture.

5. Start wrapping the wet paper strips onto the ornaments.
6. Continue wrapping paper strips and be sure to get the lip of the bulb that holds the top hanging thing.
7. Cover all of your ornaments completely.
8. Hang them to dry over night!

Once they are completely dried you can start to get crazy and paint your heart out!
Get creative with your designs and patterns!



Start with your base coats! I used the same color theme I have going on through out my entire home for the Holidays! Red, Green, White and Blue!


Once the base coat is dry you can start getting really creative! To create perfect circles use a glue stick cap and dip it in paint. Fill it in and there you have it!

For fine detail work I used a tooth picks! It was perfect for my Snowflakes and Swirls! Lastly I sprayed mine with a fine Silver Glitter Spray for a hint of sparkle!

Add wire and beads if you plan on hanging them!I used Ribbon to hang mine! And think beyond the limbs of your Christmas Tree when it comes to hanging!
I have mine hanging on door knobs and cupboard knobs throughout my house. You could also display them in a bowl or basket or jar just as they are!



And Check out how fantastic they look hanging in my Frame on my front Door!





These ornaments are worth the effort! They are as detailed as you want! You can see I kept mine pretty simple! Whimsical charm awaits you as you create your custom ornaments! They also make perfect Neighbor Gifts or gifts for Teachers! Add a simple tag with a special message!

And I’ve been lucky to be asked to participate in “12 days of Hand made Christmas Ornaments” over at Write it Down!!! Be sure to pop on over and see this and other amazing Ideas!

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  1. 1

    I am in LOVE!! It looks like Whovillle! I am filing this away at thecraftersfilebox.com. Thanks sooo much for sharing!!

  2. 2

    I just love how you displayed them with the frame! I am totally copying you!! ;)
    thank you for sharing!

  3. 3

    The frame and the ornaments…that is fantastic!!!

  4. 4
    This and That says:

    These are so cute!! I love them…definitely putting this into my to-do pile!

    Angie

  5. 5
    Sweet Bee Cottage says:

    Love, love, love them! I'm going to start saving my newspaper today! I love the color combination. I'm using a similar palette in my dining room/sunroom. The frame is my favorite and I think I'm going to "borrow" that idea!

    Janelle

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    Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    will you please come make my front door look pretty?! I have tried and come up with nothing…

  7. 7
    Katie @ Highlowaha says:

    These are great!!! We did something similar with paper mache around Halloween! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your site.

  8. 8
    Pricklybranch Manor says:

    Becca,
    Thank you for sharing such a fun and beautiful activity! I can not wait to start on mine. These are great gifts! Or add ons to gift wrap. I love, love, love it!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Cristina

  9. 9

    Wow, stunning!! Love love love them! Great job!

  10. 10
    Cheryl G. says:

    I LOVE these! I really LOVE them in that darling frame! Wow!

  11. 11

    I love the door frame. So cool. I bet I could even paint these, no great details that I can't even wrap my mind around. You know me and painting, drawing or anything, if it doesn't come with a picture on it, can't do it. Sewing … well that's different.
    Thanks for sharing the how too. Gonna try this soon.
    Take care and God Bless!!

  12. 12
    Kali's Korner says:

    I absolutely love, love, looove thae door frame. Its a very chic alternative to a wreath. loove it &heats;

  13. 13
    Kate @ The Gaines Gang says:

    Love the colors that you painted with. Turned out so cute.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Kate

  14. 14

    Thanks again for participating Becca! Love these ornaments and of course your door. Kristin

  15. 15
    Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings says:

    Gorgeous! I love how you added the thick ribbon…it just gives it that added touch. And, the frame on the door? So perfect for the ornaments!! I just found your blog today and I have a feeling I'll be hanging out for awhile. So many beautiful things to see!

  16. 16

    Glad I stopped by to check those out. I'm going to be buying shatterproof ornaments from now on, so now you've given me a great idea for using up the old breakable ones! Thank you.

  17. 17

    Those are amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  18. 18
    Kari @ Ucreate says:

    Becca, of course I'll be featuring!! LOVE IT!

  19. 19
    Happy Nester says:

    This is just the coolest idea. They look so great on your door. Love them! Thanks for sharing.

  20. 20
    Momma Princess says:

    Becca-

    You have saved my very life. Bruce HATES wreaths. Now I can finally put something on the door that we will both like! I am SO excited to do this! Thank you! Love it!

    P.S. What don't you do? You are amazing! :)

  21. 21

    These ornaments are darling and they look soooooooo fabulous with the frame on your front door!! What an interesting door decoration!

  22. 22
    Mod Podge Amy says:

    These are fab. FAB!!!

  23. 23
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    SO beautiful! I featured these ats omedaycrafts.blogspot.com. I love the frame around them!!!

  24. 24

    Those are some beautiful balls. Love how you are a pervert, too! :D

    The frame with the ornaments… genius!!

  25. 25

    these are just too adorable! i really love the your choice of colors…so festive and whimsical! and the frame and ornaments on your door is so creative! bravo!

  26. 26
    ba and the boys says:

    ok-i did this and mine arent smooth. what am i doing wrong? please help!

  27. 27

    These just rock! I know what I'm going to be doing (I may wait till after Christmas, though.)
    @cheapchichome.blogspot.com

  28. 28
    Tricia Anne says:

    Oh my goodness! Those are too cute! Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us. Your colors are adorable! :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  29. 29

    I cannot get these ornaments off my mind! I have so many other projects planned (mostly baking–yum), but I may have to try to squeeze these in.

    Sheesh, wish me luck. I am all thumbs when it comes to crafts.

  30. 30

    I ended up loving it so much that I made my own version :)

    http://thealexandersut.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-christmas-wreath.html

  31. 31
    Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    I cannot even tell you how much I love them on your door.

    LOVE.

    LOVE.

    LOVE.

    I love them in a frame. I'm just so excited to try this.

  32. 32

    Rebecca, I featured your paper mache ornaments and your Christmas Frame in my Frugalicious Friday recap! Thanks for sharing and for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday!

    Jane @ Finding Fabulous

  33. 33

    These are divine. Thanks for the tute as well…I've never mached anything, but you've inspired me to give it a shot :)

    thanks for linking to Mi4M!
    cindy

  34. 34
    Meninheira says:

    I'm in love!!! I must to do it!! It's amazing!! thanks a lot for share it :)

    Hugs from Spain

  35. 35
    The Persimmon Perch says:

    Those are beautiful and I do love them in the frame. Thanks for the tip about making perfect circles with the glue stick top…it's the little things that help make it perfect and Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  36. 36
    Melissa Fischer says:

    Loved your project!
    Melissa

  37. 37

    I love these!! The door looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  38. 38

    very clever…and the arrangement on your door is beautiful…thanks for sharing this great idea

  39. 39
    Andy Porter says:

    Becca, your ideas are so dang much fun!!! I'm always excited when I see a link from you!!
    ~Andy @ Poppies@Play

  40. 40

    I love the ornaments!

    I did something similar with paper mache and old ornaments I had.

    I made accent balls for a large wood bowl I have. Your right, easy but time consuming.

  41. 41
    Its So Very Cheri says:

    Love the front door. How did you get your polka dots so perfect?

    Cheri

  42. 42
    Delightful Dwelling says:

    Those are so fun! I love the frame and ornaments on yoru front door, what a neat idea.

  43. 43

    These ornaments are fantastic.
    Love the color combination.
    Merry christmas!!

  44. 44

    I love paper mache! You have made some gorgeous ornaments.

    Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  45. 45
    thebookbaglady says:

    Wonderful idea! I'm working on our handmade Christmas stuff this week. Thanks for sharing!
    Gretchen

  46. 46

    The door decoration is too cute! Awesome job!

  47. 47

    Absolutely ADORABLE! I am definitely going to try this.

  48. 48

    These are so sweet. I am including a link to your tutorial in my Inspire My Saturday post.
    I am going to include a link to your pop top cans gift tutorial too. You, my friend provide a wealth of inspiration.

    XO*Tricia

  49. 49
    Rona's Home Page says:

    I love the ornaments and frame on the front door.

  50. 50
    Kristi_runwatch says:

    Love them, love them, love them!!! Thank you for the marvelous idea!!

  51. 51
    Jessica Munk says:
  52. 52

    I totally love these with a passion! Thanks so much for posting and with such a wonderful tutorial with it. I am hosting an ornament decorating party for my MOPS group and I am using these to make for all the kids and parents to decorate! Makes such fun for all people….and much less expensive than buying something premade :)

    Thanks again! And you should check out my blog about trying for an free Christmas!
    Laura.

  53. 53
    craftystaci.com says:

    These are definitely going in my Friday Favorites this week!

  54. 54

    I LOVE these!! Would love to let my four year old paint his own, while I did some Suessy ones! So glad I stumbled across this – thanks.

  55. 55

    Thank you for such a cute idea! Sharing on my blog))) Links back to you of course.

  56. 56

    love, love, and more love. thank you

  57. 57

    I love this paper mache Christmas Ideal. I look forward to making some for my family yet I am going to make mine much larger than these. I love what you have created and the bright colors are wonderful. Thanks you Becca so much for posting your art.

  58. 58

    I love this paper mache Christmas Ideal. I look forward to making some for my family yet I am going to make mine much larger than these. I love what you have created and the bright colors are wonderful. Thank you Becca so much for posting your art.

  59. 59

    Yeah, I know it’s 2011, but we loved your project so much that we had to feature it today! http://www.theroosterandthehen.com/cinnamon-stick-christmas-card-holder/

  60. 60

    I loved this idea so much that I made one myself. A little different but turned out very cute. Thanks for the idea.

  61. 61

    I adore this. I just linked to it on WeeFolkArt.com’s Facebook page. You always have the most wonderful design ideas. Thanks : )

  62. 62

    I love your idea! I have been using the Mod Podge on my ornaments…but the way you grouped them together and incorporated the frame is precious! A few steps that might speed up the process:

    1. I use decorative tissue paper…either way, patterned or solid! What’s great, is that you can gather all of the tissue after presents have been opened and stash it away for later! My kiddos now joke and ask if I need their leftover paper for my next craft project! When that question jokingly comes from my 15 year old son, it actually makes me laugh! Even he is learning to upcycle!

    2. After they are dry, I cover them with “punched” shapes out of card stock and randomly add a few sequins for a bit of sparkle! Believe it or not, a little gift “shred” adds a nice texture! Finish it all off with a top coat of Hard Coat (also made by Mod Podge!). It’s basically waterproof and will help withstand the elements. (I live in the south…so I can’t speak for the exposure to snow!)

    Such fun! I can’t wait to use your idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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