Christmas is getting so close, I can almost hear sleigh bells! I love Christmas-time for many, many reasons, but one of them is the chance to craft more than usual! A crafter’s dream! “I have to make this, darling…it’s a gift!” (wink)
So, when I heard about My Pinterventures 2015 Ornament Exchange, I jumped at this opportunity to make an ornament! Over 80 (wow!) bloggers are making or purchasing a super amazing (I haven’t seen them all yet, but I know they are all super amazing) ornament as a gift for another blogger.
We’ll be releasing our ornaments, like little warm holiday wishes, a few at a time over a two week timespan, so be sure to check them all out for inspiration and holiday cheer! While you’re here, I can’t wait to show you my Cartoon to Classic DIY Ornament!
I was paired with Stephanie Bayless from Playfully Tacky.com. She told me that their family tree doesn’t have a theme because they decorate with ornaments she received as a child as well as with ones she buys for her children now. I already think her tree sounds wonderful and cozy and welcoming and…well, lots of the good stuff there, I think.
She also told me that if I wanted to see her tree, I could scroll back in her Instagram account until I found pictures of it. Of course, I did exactly that! (An excuse to hang out on Instagram? Yes, please!). While I was scrolling, I just happened to notice that there were several pics from a familiar to me cartoon, Bob’s Burgers.
Since I am ever the chatty one, I had to send her an email right away asking if she was a fan. She promptly replied in the affirmative. Yay! Now, I knew what my theme would be. However, I knew I did not want a blatantly cartoonish ornament. I like to give a little nod to things rather than scream it, if you know what I mean.
So, I thought and thought, and finally came up with a plan. I went ahead and purchased a ceramic blank ornament. Well, ok, I went ahead and bought 6 ceramic blanks, because I have plans for the other ones, but I thought since I already had them, I would use one as the base for Stephanie’s ornament.
If you don’t have a ceramic blank, you can use any round, flat object as your base. Just be sure you can write or paint on the back of it to complete the project.
Let’s get started, shall we?
What You Will Need:
A ceramic blank ornament (or other base of your choice)
Pictures, printed images, sheet music, magazines (any paper that fits the theme you’re going for)
Hot glue gun
Ceramic friendly paint marker(s)
Ribbon to make the ornament hanger
I started with my ceramic blank, went ahead and tied the ribbon onto it (because I knew it would be much harder to do once the ornament was finished) and thought I would start with my paint pen.
Fail. I hadn’t realized that in order to work on ceramic, you need oil based paint or Sharpie. Back to the drawing board. I had oil based sharpies, thankfully. Even so, I decided on second thought to worry about the back of the ornament later.
Note: Even if you use oil based Sharpie on ceramics, you need to bake them in the oven to make them durable enough to withstand hand washing. Since I didn’t think Stephanie was going to wash this, I didn’t bake it.
Onward, we go! I knew that despite my most valiant efforts, a little bit of the base was likely to show through, so I wanted to jazz it up a little. I just coated the front of the ornament with plain white glue and covered it in Grinch green glitter. That’s not really the name of the glitter, but it’s a good match for the Grinch, don’t you think?
While the glitter & glue were drying, I gathered my paper together and make a template for the little “rolls” I was going to make. Basically, the template is going to look sort of like a square with a triangle on top (like a “house” that a young child might draw), but I rounded the sides just a little.
The size you choose to make your template is completely dependent upon the size you want your finished product to be. I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants kind of girl, so I just eyeballed and free-handed it. I ended up with this:
Then, I traced the template on the back of the printed images as well as the gold foil paper and cut out all of the pieces.
Once everything was cut, it was time to roll the pieces, pattern or image side out. I just held them together with a drop of hot glue. The white glue works too (I tried it), but it takes longer to dry.
And I ended up with these:
Then, I painted the pointed ends with a little glue and dusted (ok, more like dipped) them in the green glitter. Because…well…glitter!! I know!!
Now it was time to just start hot gluing these gorgeous little paper rolls to the glitter covered ornament base. I worked my way around and then filled in bare spots with a second layer of paper tubes.
No matter how many layers you add, the center will be open. It’s just the way it goes together. So, I just covered the hole with a double circle of scrapbook paper that I embellished by free-handing the first letter of their last name.
Here’s the front. I have to say, I’m really happy with it. At first glance, you wouldn’t guess it was a cartoon-themed ornament, but it is! Hang on for just a little longer. I want to show you the back!
Most of the time, the back of the ornament is just a place to hold the year, or at best, it looks exactly like the front. I decided I wanted to have a little fun with the back of this little jewel. Especially since Stephanie said she likes a little twist here and there.
If you don’t know about Bob’s Burgers, it’s way too long to explain, but the one thing you’ll need to know is that Bob always has a daily Burger Special that he usually names by using a play on words.
So, I decided to make the back of the ornament a Bob’s Burger Board, and put the Burger of the Day on it. The name of the burger was not my original idea, but I have to say, it adds that little finishing touch to the whole ornament. Here it is:
Get it? So cute! I hand lettered it to make it more authentic. Bob would never use computer fonts or pre-cut letters to advertise his burgers! He would, however, be thrilled to have his own DIY ornament (if he was…you know…real).
This was so much fun! Please make sure to visit the other bloggers who reveal their ornaments today – just click on the links below this collage to learn more about their fabulous ornaments!
Leave a comment and let me know what you think — or better yet, let me know what your favorite ornament on your tree is and why!