We often go over to a friend’s house and are amazed by the way, they have decorated the house – their house is always the object of everyone’s envy and they seem to know exactly where to get the best decorating items, like beautiful stained glass ornaments that light up the home in wonderful colours during the daytime. Those ornaments seem to give their homes the look of old fashioned romance and mystery. The worst part is that when you are done with admiring and ask them where they got a particular decorating item from, they just smile and say, “Oh, you get such things everywhere, don’t you?” Both you and your friend know that it is not found everywhere, even though your friend may not admit it. Here’s the eye opener, the myth buster – they probably made it at home. They may not be entirely wrong when they say that such things are found everywhere – craft books are easily available and information about such things are scattered all over the internet. That way you will not have to worry about how to decorate the house during the festive season or any other time of the year. Here’s how to make stained glass ornaments.
Homemade Stained Glass Ornaments
Here are some things that you will need to make stained glass Christmas ornaments
- Cookie cutters in various shapes
- Crafting foam
- Washable marker
- Plastic wrap
- Black coloured dimensional paint
- Baking sheet
- Thin wire
- Craft glue
- Acrylic paints
- Take one of the cookie cutters that you have and put it on the sheet of black crafting foam that you have. Crafting foam is easily available in craft shops and sometimes in stores selling stationery items too. Trace around the cookie cutter, on the outside, with a broad tipped, washable marker, then trace a quarter inch thick frame inside the cutter, which will be the frame for the ornaments to be put in it.
- Do the same as in the previous step for all the cookie cutters for as many ornaments as you like. Cut along the two lines of the crafting foam – inside as well as outside – so that you get your shapes or, rather, frames.
- Line the inside of the baking tray tightly with the plastic wrap and fill your favourite colours into each thin film of plastic wrap.
- Paint the framed edges of the ornaments with black dimensional paint to add gloss. This paint can also be found at the craft store. After painting the frames, press them into the colored plastic wrap. This helps to create that stained-glass look.
- Cut at least 4 inches of thin wire for each ornament, then bend them into U-shaped loops for hanging. Gently insert the end of the loop between the plastic on the baking sheet and the frame. Then, secure the loop ends with a drop of glue.
- Fill the inside of the ornament pattern with glue. Dry the ornaments on the plastic for at least 36 hours until they look like glass and the glue appears transparent. Carefully remove the ornaments from the plastic, and continue to let them dry on another piece of plastic for eight hours or until completely dried.