Friday, November 11, 2016

Pinterventures 2016 Ornament Exchange

Welcome to the 2016 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 11 pairs of partners or 22 talented ladies participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple - create a handmade ornament for under $15 to exchange with a partner and create a tutorial to share on the blog hop!

Last year I had so much fun doing this ornament exchange, that I asked to be included again!  I was fortunate to be paired up with the Ornament Exchange's founder, Erlene, from Pinterventures!  That's really awesome and scary at the same time.  I really wanted to come up with something really wonderful for her tree, something that met her color scheme of deep red, gold and white.  She sent me a photo of her gorgeous tree from last year.  I knew I had my work cut out for me!



Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom
Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Sherry · Savvy Apron Megan · C'mon Get Crafty
Jelica · A Pretty Fix Emily · Two Purple Couches Christene · Keys to Inspiration
Pamela · Home On The Corner

I had purchased some of the clear plastic ornaments early from the Dollar Tree and I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow.  I looked up every known project on Pinterest for clear ornament balls and NOTHING was suitable for what I wanted.  I wanted something elegant, yet simple enough not to take away from the special ornaments Erlene has on her tree.

Then I saw the mirrored spray paint.

Gasp.

My mind raced with the possibilities.

I knew I needed to play around with the paint and the plastic.  I carefully cleaned the ornaments with a little alcohol and let them dry, and then put one coat of mirror spray paint on the ornament.  When it dried, I had this:


So, from here, it was simple.  I gathered some pretty vinyl and some patterns and with the help of my friend, Shannon, we decided on this pretty patterns which we cut out, applied and then attached some pretty ribbon for the finishing touch.



The second ornament was made from a clear plastic ball.  I removed the top hanger and poured floor wax in it.  I swished it all around and then emptied the glass.  I used a funnel to pour gold glitter into the ornament.  When it dried, I reinserted the ornament top and applied a vinyl cutout to it.



The third ornament I simply removed the top, filled it with tiny styrofoam pieces, replaced the cap and applied one of the vinyl cutouts.  I love it!



What I love:  plastic ornaments, pretty spray paint, lovely cutouts, simple to make.
What I didn't love: messy glitter

Overall cost:  spray paint was $10 (for both) ornaments were 50 cents each, cutout were $2 each and the ribbon was part of my stash.  $1 for the glitter and $5 for the floor wax.  So for less than $5 an ornament, we made all these beautiful ornaments!

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33 comments:

  1. The ornaments are so pretty. I think my favorite one is the one with the glitter in the ornament. But they are all so lovely.

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  2. I love these! I would not have ever thought of using mirror spray. These are so beautiful and I love the lettering that you used.

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  3. Your ornaments turned out beautifully! I especially love the one with Santa's sleigh. My kids would really enjoy decorating ornaments with me and the plastic ones would be perfect since they're still little and I don't trust them with glass. :)

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  4. Loved the mirrored ornament! thanks for sharing these beautiful ideas

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  5. I know glitter is messy, but it's always in style! Your ornaments look great! I am participating in the Ornament Exchange also, so just coming by for a visit!

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  6. What a wonderful exchange. I love this idea so much. Will have to get in one it.

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  7. Eeekk!!! These are so pretty! I can't wait and I'm totally going to buy some mirror paint because I love the look! I'll make sure to send a picture of these on my tree.

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  8. These are so pretty! I love all three!

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  9. All three of these are just fantastic, you did a great job! Love the one with the sleigh the most!

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  10. oh these are so beautiful! One day I'll have a tree again and will participate in fun things like this!

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  11. Wow! You guys are so crafty! I would love to make my own ornaments!
    I might get the kids involved and make something unique for our family tree.

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  12. These are so pretty!! Love them all, you do a wonderful job on these.
    Kim

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  13. What an awesome idea! You would never know those are from the dollar store! I love the one with the snowflake!

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  14. So gorgeous! How fun. I wish I had some talent. I would probably not succeed very well at this but I would love to try. I love ornaments especially homemade ones! - Jeanine

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  15. What a super fun and creative way to get into the holiday spirit - and love the designs! All ornaments are really chic - love them all!

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  16. I think I would love to create heirloom ornaments like these to pass down through the generations. It would really allow me to show my creative side.

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  17. These are so pretty! I love making handmade christmas gifts. They are so much more thoughtful!

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  18. Yours turned out so pretty! I think the snowflake one is my favorite, but all three are adorable!

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  19. This is such a fun idea! I had no idea people did ornament exchanges. What a fun way to learn craft ideas from each other.

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  20. Oh I would love to do an ornament exchange! How fun would that be!

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  21. Ornament exchange sounds fun and exciting! I've never do a ornament exchange.

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  22. I love DIY ornaments!! What a great idea to make it an exchange too!

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  23. Wow! These are beautiful and stunning! I like the ornaments that has glitters.

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  24. These are all so lovely! I love making handmade ornaments for our tree, it just gives it something extra special.

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  25. These are all great ideas. Not here for Christmas this year so not doing a whole lot but the ornament exchange sounds fun.

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  26. Love these ornaments. I like the first one the best.

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  27. Oh, I love these! I always walk by those clear ornaments at the craft store, but next time I will be picking up a few to make for myself and to pretty up a few Christmas gifts!

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  28. How pretty! I love all of them, especially love the sleigh. I want to make some of these now.

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  29. All three of these are pretty, I love the designs you chose!

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  30. These are so pretty! And I love the Styrofoam balls in the snowflake one - so clever!!

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  31. They are all so pretty and unique. I especially like the Santa and his reindeer one. I'm putting mirror paint on my shopping list!

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  32. My comment was eaten >.< But I really enjoy the chic "ho ho ho" ornament. I also think this exchange is a brilliant & creative idea. Maybe I'll try to do one or join in next year <3

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  33. No idea how I missed this because I remember reading it AND commenting!!! I love these ornament ideas! I love silver ornaments with red accents so this is perfect for me! :) I love the santa and his reindeer one the best. :)

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