Monthly DIY Challenge: Glass Ornament Gift Tags

Hey you guys!!  We’re back with another installment of our (insert announcer voice) Monthly DIY Challenge. For any newbys, this is a challenge where my bloggy friends and I must each create something using the same predesignated item.  You can check out the DIY crate bench that I created for our first monthly challenge and the wood slice tray from last month.  This month, the item of choice was (da-da-da-DAH!!)…


Clear Glass Ornaments

Mission: Just make something with them.

Now, I’ll admit, this time of year is crazy.  Thus, time is definitely of the essence. So, I wanted something useful, quick, and pretty.  And what I came up with were a few variations on gift tags, which then can be used as ornaments later. “Multi-purpose” is music to my little ears.  Plus, a project that can be done in 5 minutes (plus dry time) is a total bonus.   I played around with a few different mediums for variety and here are the three that I ended up with.

First, I utilized paint. I simply squirted some blue and white craft paint into the ornament, and swirled it around, which left me with this…

Reminiscent of the ocean, no? Then, I simply used a metallic paint pen which I purchased at Michaels…

…to write my gift recipient’s initial on it.  I was sure to let the paint dry overnight before putting the ornament’s top back on.  (Sorry guys, I got so involved with my little project, that I kind of blanked out on taking progress shots.  This’ll make more sense in a minute… ). :/

Next, I played with feathers.  I began by stuffing one of the ornaments with white feathers…

This would be for Joey so I simply drew a gold “J” on the ornament with my metallic paint pen.   There was nothing special about my lettering technique… I just simply free-handed the letters since I wanted the ornaments to seem kind of homemade and special.

Next, I decided to add a touch of rustic texture, so I used these cute wooden snowflakes (also purchased from Michaels)…

…and tied one onto each ornament with gold cording and red suede cording, respectively….

Here’s midway through the process, prior to me attaching the red suede cording onto the blue ornament (Aaaaand finally, you get to see my lettering… Haha!  Sorry.).

Lastly, I stuffed my final ornament with green feathers… 

This guy would be transformed into a Ninja Turtle for Lucas.  I mean, it only makes sense.  The boy is completely OBSESSED.  We’re now only allowed to call him “Michelangelo”.  He dresses like a ninja turtle daily.  It’s just normal now.  Get up.  Don ninja turtle garb.  Carry on with daily activities.   So, I thought he’d appreciate a little ninja turtle action for his name tag.   Well… it’s not a “name tag”, per say, but since there’s absolutely no doubt who it’s for, we’ll call it a “metaphorical name tag”.

I started by taping off the ornament with painters tape…

And used red multi-surface craft paint to create the mask….

The smears on the bottom of my stripe were no biggie since I knew that once the paint dried, I could simply use a razor to clean up the edge. Once the red was dry, I straightened out that schmear and added white ovals for the eyes.  This is with coat #1…

I went back with white again, then black craft paint for the pupils once that dried, which left this….

And that was it!  This was a super simple, quick, and easy project that totally floats my boat…

And here are my feather “name tags” in action…

As for the blue ornament, I wanted to demonstrate a cute teachers gift idea using an inexpensive grocery store candle. I simply threaded my ornament through some feather boa cord and tied it below the candle’s lip….

Super cute, right??  In the future, I may either get a larger candle or a smaller ornament for better scale, but you know I like to use what I got.   Waste not, want not.  😉

Here is my little trio befriending each other beneath the tree…


Lucas already got all excited when he saw the ninja turtle ornament.  Success in my book.

So, that’s my Monthly DIY Challenge project.  Now check out what my other homies came up with….

TDC Before and After

Christmas decorating… Check!

That’s right. Christmas has arrived at the Spragins abode. And today, I’m here to tell you about it.

Let’s begin with our dining space….

I’m really happy with how it turned out.  It’s just enough glitter and sparkle for my taste.

I reused the wide silver ribbon from last year for a table runner, but crinkled it up to make it seem more casual. For the centerpiece, I used the bowl and glitter picks again, but this time, I added a gold charger with candles and a tall bamboo to vary it up a smidge….

The shelves that I recently styled simply got some glittering red ornaments and sparkly leaves in the milk pitcher. I tried to keep the details on the shelves subtle so that they wouldn’t compete with the centerpiece.

Aaaaaand a little far away shot…

Onto the tree. Now, first I must explain that when one is the poster child for Murphy’s Law, one will inevitably spend forever restringing the branches of the pre-lit tree that decided to burn out on Christmas Eve of last year (#timingfail), decorate the rest of the tree, then attempt to take pictures for one’s blog only to realize that another two strands have gone out in the meantime. Doh! So, in looking at these pictures, I’d like you to imagine a beautiful, evenly lit tree that glistens from top to bottom. I’ll be restringing those branches as soon as I have a chance to get to Walmart and buy more lights. But in the meantime… Embrace the imagery.

Anyhoo, here she blows…

Notice how she’s creatively hiding on the edge of this shot.  Nakedandafraid.  With the craziness that has been going on in our lives this season, I decided to keep the tree decor the same as last year. Silvers, burgundys, greens, faux sheepskin rugs in lieu of tree skirt. It was just easiest. I’m looking forward to changing it up next year, though.

Here’s a view of the entire living room…

We hung our stockings on the various ledges of the fireplace, which I’m totally loving….

Here’s more of a side shot so you can see the different depths of stone on our fireplace….

Joey calls it “rock climbing wall”.  I call it “amazeballs”.   The console behind the couch also got a little dazzle….

A small tree, some lighted garland and a tree star (that sadly was too heavy for our tree).  As for our Charlie Brown tree….

He sits unaltered in our breakfast nook. I love the simplicity of just leaving him bare. He suits the space well this way.

And lastly, our foyer…

I had grand plans for this space, but then I came to the realization that there are NO outlets in or anywhere near the foyer. Total bummer. So, I just reused my reindeer printable from last year and added another small tree set in a simple white and cork tray, atop of our little ex-media cabinet.  Simple but charming.

So anyways, that’s what we’ve got going on this year.  How is your holiday decorating going?   Which of you lucky folks out there has finished shopping?   Which of you are like me and haven’t purchased a single gift yet?

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