Chalkboard Paint Ornaments

Chalkboard Paint Ornaments

 

Start with a box of clear glass or plastic balls…found at craft stores or even Walmart:)

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Next, add several coats of Chalkboard paint. (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Lowes, Home Depot)

Chalkboard Paint Ornaments

Chalkboard Paint Ornaments

I used an inexpensive sponge brush and applied 3 coats, allowing each to dry for about 15 minutes.

Once the last coat was dry, I used one of my VERY FAVORITE pens to mimic chalk…

Signo Uni-ball pen in White.

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You can find them at Jet Pens.

Chalkboard Paint Ornament

I really love hand made ornaments.  They become such keepsakes.  They help me remember the details and memories made that surround each ornament each year they were created.  My most cherished ornaments are the ones my kids have made  through the years and they are the ones we giggle and laugh about each time we trim our tree.

When I give an ornament to someone I love, my hope is that every year, as they trim their tree,

they will remember they are cherished:)

Salt Dough Ornaments : Revisted:)

Salt Dough Ornament Tutorial          I have been making Salt Dough Ornaments for years.  They are lovely to give as gifts, or to use as an extra special tag.

For the last several seasons, I have finished them with Tim Holtz Distress Stain to create a vintage look.

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This year, I’m trying something different.

Salt Dough Ornament Tutorial

INGREDIENTS

4 C Flour

1 C Salt

1 1/2 C Warm water

8 -16 oz. White Acrylic Paint (I typically use about 12 oucnes of paint-*only for WHITE ornaments)

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until a dough forms.

If you are NOT making WHITE ornaments, omit paint and add 1/2 C more water. Either way, you may need to adjust water and flour to achieve a “bread dough” like consistency.

Add the acrylic paint and continue kneading in the bowl, until there is no longer any “loose” paint in the bowl.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead, until it becomes fairly smooth and uniform in color.

Roll out the dough, adding a little more flour to the surface and your rolling pin. Roll out to about 1/8 – 1/4 inch thickness.

Use cookie cutters or biscuit cutters for shapes.

Place each cut shape on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Use a skewer to create a hole for the ribbon.

For the ink design, use your favorite rubber or polymer stamps along with a black permanent ink. ( like StazOn)

Gently press your inked stamp into the cut shapes BEFORE BAKING.

Bake at 200 degrees for 4-6 hours.

They are done when they become completely hard.

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Above is an example of the ornaments stamped WITHOUT ink.

I took some of the baked,  “inkless” ornaments and added some fun mixed media products for color…

MORE on that LATER!

Below, you can see I used a bamboo skewer to create a hole for the ribbon before they went into the oven.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO POKE YOUR RIBBON HOLES!!

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It is best to use a permanent ink like StazOn.

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*If you have any edges that are a little rough after baking, a light file with an emery board smooths those right up!

Salt Dough Ornament Tutorial

Salt Dough Ornament Tutorial

They are SOOOOOO easy, and such a nice & INEXPENSIVE Gift!!

I have a whole tree decorated just with these!  -and my hubby liked the Price$!!