Scroll through to see what's new or click through the tabs to find what you're interested in!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

State Love Ornaments

I love personalizing things! And I've always wanted to make a big wall hanging showing love for my home state and make one for KB to show his, too! Then I thought, why not make this a Christmas project and turn them into ornaments! So that's what I did! 

What you'll need: 
Sheet of very thin Balsa Wood
Image of the state(s) 
Two colors of paint
Matching ribbon
X-Acto Knife

Mod Podge and Glitter are optional. I had a plan, but liked the ornaments without so chose not to go overboard with a bunch of glitter! Plus, they dried faster and were ready to go on the tree in no time!

Step 1: On a piece of cardboard or a cutting board use the X-Acto knife to cut out the states. 

Step 2: Turn the state over so that it is the wrong direction and trace it. This will keep your pencil marks from coming through the paint. 

Step 3: Find where you want the ribbon to loop through and draw a small circle to cut out later. 

Step 4: Back on the cardboard or cutting board, use the X-Acto knife to cut out your states. It might take a few passes to cut all the way through the wood.

Step 5: Pick your base color. I chose silver to match the rest of my tree! Paint both sides and the edges of the state! It might warp a little so do your best to keep it flat. 

Step 6: Once the base is dry (or mostly dry) use a toothpick or small paintbrush to paint a heart on your hometown in the other color that you picked. 

Step 7: Let them dry completely! Then string your ribbon through the hole and tie a knot.

I love how these turned out! They're so cute on the tree and add a super personal touch amongst all the other store bought ornaments. If you don't have Balsa wood you could totally do this with cardboard or foam board!  Which state will you be making? 

Love you lots, 

No comments:

Post a Comment