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DIY Glitter Monogram Ornament

I was doing some Christmas shopping the other day at the mall and I saw these cute glitter monogram ornaments — I thought they would be an easy thing to recreate at home. Speaking of Christmas shopping, I picked up a BUNCH of super cute Jonathan Adler stuff from JCPenney on clearance at 50-75% off today! I did buy myself a little something but got a few gifts for friends as well. I love that feeling when you get a great deal! Go get yourself something cute from his Happy Chic line at JCP before they’re all sold out!

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So this ornament. Super easy to do with just a few materials from the craft store. I bought these wood letters from Michaels at about $1.50 each. I used some Mod Podge, gold paint, and glitter that I already had on hand for a frugal but pretty project. These monogram ornaments would be a sweet host/hostess gift or pre-Christmas present too.

The cast of characters: Martha Stewart’s Specialty Finish in Vintage Gold from Home Depot (or any gold craft paint), Mod Podge, Glitter, a paintbrush (a 1/2″ chip brush works well), wooden letters, sandpaper, and a power drill.

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Drill a hole in the corner of the wooden letter using a power drill. Then sand the wood lightly to remove any rough spots.

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Paint a coat of gold paint on the wooden letter.

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Allow the paint to dry (about 30 minutes). Important: prop the wooden letter up on something so that the paint doesn’t make it stick to the paper. I used some…chocolate that I had lying around.

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When it’s dry (about 30 minutes) the paint is shiny and beautiful. But it only gets better.

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Paint on a thin, even layer of Mod Podge over the whole letter.

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Prop it up again on some chocolate 😉 so the Mod Podge doesn’t stick to the paper as it dries. Then sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle, glitter to your heart’s content.

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Try to cover the letter evenly. But don’t worry about any white parts that might still show through — the Mod Podge will dry clear, and the gold paint underneath will camouflage any thin areas. Let it dry until the Mod Podge is clear and dry (about an hour).

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Tap off any excess glitter (you can pour it back into the bottle of glitter for next time). Thread a ribbon or string through the hole and tie a loop (I find it helps to put a piece of tape on the end of the string before pushing it through the hole to help it go through without fraying). And you’re done!

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It’s a super easy project that requires next to no artistic skill! This DIY glitter monogram ornament takes very little hands-on time — you just need a safe place to put it as it dries. Make a few for your family and friends!

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Don’t forget to check out my other Christmas crafts!

Holiday Crafts

 

DIY Christmas Tree Skirt

Festive Holiday Wreath

Peace and Joy Banner

Have an awesome holiday season!

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Upcycled Tea Canister Gift Box

Here’s a quick little craft I worked on today during Baby Brownie’s nap.

upcycled tea canister

It’s just a pretty gift box that you could fill with candy, small toys, crayons, LEGO, artisanal soaps/bath bombs, special ornaments, etc…

I had this old tea canister and was going to throw it away…

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But it was so sturdy and such a nice little tin that I wanted to reuse it in some way.

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I cut some scrapbooking paper to fit the sides and glued it on with a simple glue stick. I added a few dots of hot glue along the corners just to make sure it was really stuck on there.

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Then I used my handy scrapbooking materials to add some decorations. I added some fabric tape, and a chalkboard label that I stuck on some white cardstock and then cut out. Then I stuck the label on using some foam squares to make it more 3-dimensional.

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I cut out a piece of glittery green cardstock to fit the lid and glued it on. And I added two little stars I punched out of cardstock with a craft hole puncher.

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I wrote my giftee’s name on the label using a chalk pen (she can erase it and reuse the tin for anything, writing the contents on the label), and filled it with chocolate.

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That’s a cute little semi-handmade present that would be perfect for a teacher, neighbor, or friend. You could fill it with anything…stickers, candy canes, homemade caramels, even (gasp) tea!

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