Christmas tree ornaments can be so fast and easy to make. It’s really satisfying to have a big pile of ornaments like this, after just an afternoon of gluing, painting, drinking, singing and laughing:
These were made with scrapbook papers, metallic paints, stencils and some rhinestone embellishments. Today I’ll show you how to make Christmas tree ornaments like these. They look luxe, but they’re super easy!
- Flat paper mache or wood Christmas tree ornaments
- Scrapbook paper
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Foam brush
- Paint brush/stencil brush
- Paper towel
- Optional: Stencils, Colored rhinestone embellishments
You can find these supplies online or at any major craft store. The curvy paper mache ornaments I used were found at a Hobby Lobby store. I haven’t found the same ones online. You can also often get ornaments on sale up to half off, or use a coupon which brings the cost to only $1 to $1.50 each.
Choose an ornament and a scrapbook paper. You can use any scrapbook paper you want and there’s thousands of designs available in stores and online. But if you think you also want to paint stencils on your ornament to make layered patterns, it’s best to choose a lighter color paper with a more subtle pattern. Something like the Prima Ledger Papers at Amazon. Some scrapbook papers I used were glittery so that’s another option for a fancy festive look!
Step 1. First, paint the edge of your ornament. I used metallic paints but you can use whatever color you want that coordinates with your scrapbook paper.
Step 2. Trace your ornament shape on scrapbook paper and cut it out.
TIP: Cut slightly inside the trace lines, so your cut-out won’t wind up bigger than your ornament.
Step 3. Next spread a light layer of Aleene’s Tacky Glue on the ornament with a foam brush.
TIP: Mod Podge is very popular and you may have some in your craft supplies. I’ve used Mod Podge as a glue for a few scrapbook paper projects, and had wrinkle problems with all those projects. I tried every solution I found online to minimize the wrinkles. It helps to use a thicker scrapbook paper, and to smooth the paper from the middle toward the edges with a hard straight edge like a credit card or ruler. But I still had wrinkle problems. So I tried Aleene’s Tacky Glue instead. It’s less wet, more tacky, and I found even thin papers did not wrinkle. Yay! So based on my small experiments thus far, try Aleene’s Tacky Glue instead of Mod Podge if you’re gluing scrapbook paper.
You can apply the same paper to both sides of an ornament, or glue different papers on each side of an ornament. I made each side of my ornaments different:
That doubled the creativity, but now I’ll have a hard time deciding which side to show on the Christmas tree!
SCRAPBOOK PAPER ONLY
Once your scrapbook paper is glued on, you could call your project done. Super easy! I used a glittery chevron scrapbook paper on one ornament, and that was it, simple was beautiful and that ornament was done:
SCRAPBOOK PAPER + RHINESTONES
For another ornament, I added a few colored rhinestone embellishments and called it done. With a paper this pretty, it didn’t need much more:
You can cut apart rows of rhinestones to use smaller pieces. And if the sticky backing comes off, as it did for a few of my rhinestones, just use some of the Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere them.
SCRAPBOOK PAPER + PAINT AND STENCILS
For some ornaments, I painted stenciled patterns on the scrapbook paper:
Wondering where to buy scrapbook paper?
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