Last year for Christmas I added in a new color to our decor. Turquoise. And I love it. But I still don’t have a ton of it yet. Gotta work little by little. (we live on a budget at our house)
I’m excited to get started on things for this year….
My first project this year is what I call “Ornaments in a Box”.
I started off with a simple wood frame. It isn’t even a frame really, it’s scrap wood. We made a drawer too tall, and cut the top off. I’ve been keeping it for a “rainy day”.
I painted it with Martha Stewart glossy turquoise paint, and also a coat of the turquoise glitter paint. ( a light one…too much turns kind of patchy) I used the attachable foam rollers, which made it super slick. But a regular foam brush is totally great too.
Then I took some chipboard cut into ornaments shapes. These were pre-cut and were part of a Basic Grey collection. That also saved me a BUNCH of time. But I’m SURE you could get silhouettes of ornaments and cut them out. You don’t need these exact ones. Heavy cardboard would work as well.
I covered each shape in a different medium. (not the ones who see dead people….they scare me) I started off with just some scrapbook paper. And I did cover both sides of each ornament, because they’re always twisting around.
The thing I love about this project is that it’s totally versatile. And is a GREAT way to use up scraps of different things you have laying around. This one is covered in some old sequin trimming that I’d been saving. I KNEW I’d want to use this one day! (sometimes my hubs doesn’t get why I keep odd things….but THIS is why!)
I also topped each ornament with some silver glitter, to make them look even more authentic.
I needed to hang the ornaments, and wanted them to hang straight. So I used a ruler to measure out a straight line, as well as equal distances for the hangers.
- You can hang using fishing line (that’s what I used) but I also thought that some ric-rac or ribbon would be awesome as well.
- I also used some decorative pushpins for hanging because you will most likely see them while it’s hanging on the wall. Teacup hooks would also work, I think.
Here’s a close up of the hanging ornaments. I used lace, material, paper, trim….all kinds of scraps and leftovers. But all matching our holiday decor.
And here’s the little beauty hung up. I love the glitter (it’s only visible in a certain light). And the push-pins are actually really cool as well.
And I am SO excited about the turquoise. I shouldn’t be as excited about a color as I am. But….what ‘cha gonna do? I get excited about new songs, treats, a cold Diet Coke, and colors. I’m pretty easy to please!
What colors are you using this year?
PS….my answer to this question wants to be
“black & white” or
“deep teal and yellow”
but I have been sworn to “real” colors by the fam.
What? Branch out!