Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to make Rubber Stamp and Glitter Ornaments with the 2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

I was paired up with Pili from My Sweet Things.  After talking with Pili  (through social media) we agreed that we were paired up beautifully! Turns out both of our trees tend to be decorated with an assortment of ornaments that our families have collected over the years with no real rhyme or reason.  We have what I affectionately refer to as "memory trees"; each ornament brings back a memory for us.  She did ask that I not use anything gold or foam and I readily agreed.  


2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom
Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things
Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K
Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify
Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den
Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey
Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog
Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie


For my ornament craft I decided to try re-creating an ornament craft that I had made 16 years ago when my husband and I first got married.

First I found a few rubber stamps I liked and stamped them on tissue paper using permanent ink (water soluble ink will bleed so you don't want to use anything water based).


Then I cut around the image and set it aside.  If I was adding color using colored pencils, this is when I added the color too.



I coated the inside of my clear glass ornament with a squirt/ layer of pledge floor care.  


I turned the ornament over and rested it over the bottle to make sure any excess floor cleaner I didn't need drained out.  I just wanted a nice thin coating. 


While the pledge was draining out of the ornament I lightly rolled up my image with the right side on the outside.  This step makes it possible to get the image inside the ornament. 

I gently add my image into the ornament trying to make sure that the middle of my rolled up image lands on the flat side of my glass ornament.  The wet pledge floor cleaner makes it stick but I can gently move the image or smooth it out (as close to wrinkle free as I can get it) with the eraser side of a pencil or a slightly bent Q-tip. 








Once I have the image the way I like it I pour some fine glitter into the ornament, put my finger over the hole, and give it a good shake until the entire inside of the ornament is coated with glitter.  The pledge floor care stays sticky for a bit until it completely dries and it holds the glitter beautifully against the ornament.  If I need more glitter; I add it.  If I have too much glitter left in the bottom of the ornament then I just shake it out over the container. 









Letting the excess glitter back into the jar
Plugging the hole and shaking the glitter inside. 

I set the ornaments back into the original container to dry without putting the tops back on. I gave them a good 24 hours to dry. 



I put the tops back on the ornaments and add a bit of decorative ribbon to finish them off.





FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.


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30 comments :

  1. Oh wow, this is SUCH a cute idea! I've never seen anything like it. I'm sure Phil really appreciated them. :)

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. That is such a lovely idea!! So original & cute!! Another one for my to do list for sure!!! #2017OrnamentExchange

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  3. I love these. It was fascinating to find out how you did that. They are so pretty.

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  4. What fun ornaments and I love the deer so much! They all look lovely and festive!!

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  5. I've never seen this done before! I love it! What a fun craft!

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    1. Thank you! I had so much fun I just bought a dozen more ornaments to make the family.

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  6. Your ornaments are so cute! I especially love the reindeer. Great tutorial, too. Pinning.

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    1. Thank you for the pin and the compliment.

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  7. Memory tree is a good way to put it. Our ornaments have been collected from all our various moves while hubby was in the army and since he retired. Each one reminds us where we were living when we got it.

    I have always wanted to try these ornaments! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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    1. Most of our ornaments feature vacations or skills learned; baby's first plane ride, baby's first step, Hershey park, etc. I love that each time we open the boxes up we all start talking about each trip or skill and memories even of past Christmases when the ornaments were given as gifts. It's a wonderful walk down memory lane that I know my boys will continue long after they move out of our house.

      You're welcome for the tutorial. I found so many great ornaments I want to try making through this blog hop.

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  8. What a great idea to add an image to an ornament. Love the tree one!
    Kim

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  9. How clever! Increasingly amazed at all the tricks I am learning on this blog hop! Thanks for adding to the great ideas.

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    1. Me too; I finally went through with a pen and paper in hand and wrote down all the crafting supplies I want to buy now.

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  10. That's a great idea, your ornaments look amazing! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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    1. Thanks for the pin! Glad you liked my ornament tutorial.

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  11. I never knew you would add images and then put glitter over it. Do you add more floor cleaner to coat the back of the image to get the glitter to stick? Thanks for sharing your tutorial and joining the #2017OrnamentExchange.

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    1. Nope I only added the one coat in the beginning. Thanks for putting this whole exchange together I had such a great time.

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  12. I had no idea you could make ornaments like these with stamps, pledge & glitter! So creative!

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  13. What a creative idea!! How fun to decorate with any different colour of glitter for any theme.


    I pinned to my group board. Love participating in the Ornament Exchange I get such amazing ideas!!

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    1. Thanks for the pin! I love how many ideas I got from the exchange too; I actually went through them and wrote down the supplies I'd need to recreate them then went shopping!

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  14. so pretty! The snowman is adorable!

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    1. Thank you! I'm partial to the snowman myself; I love snowmen and the color blue!

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