Monday, December 20, 2010

Floating Ornaments

This year, I decided to give the Sun Kissed Boys’ teachers homemade gifts.  I baked miniature bundt cakes and included the recipe. 
I used a vintage Santa image from The Graphics Fairy and graph background from Pugly Pixel.

I also made personalized Christmas ornaments.
I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture but the initial is inside the ornament and looks like it’s floating.  Here’s the tutorial how I put it together.

Brush half of a clear glass ornament ball with ModgePodge.  Use the box they came in as a “stand”. 

While the glue is still wet, sprinkle with glitter.  Let dry overnight.

Print initials on transparency film made for ink jet printers.
I had planned on using a simpler font and then layering on embellishments around the initial so I used Photoshop.  As it turned out, I used a fancy font therefore no more embellishments were needed.  So I could have used any word processing software.

Cut film in shape of ornament.  It doesn’t have to be precise. 

Roll up film and put inside ornament.  Use tweezers to adjust image.

Put wire and top back on ornament and thread ribbon.

Your ornament is now ready to hang or be gift-wrapped.

I liked how they turned out so much that I decided to make some for our tree.  I used photos instead of initials. 
If you use white glitter, I don’t recommend close-up photos or photos with light backgrounds.

These were small tokens for the teachers in comparison to how much I appreciate them.  But I hope they  realize that they were made with a bunch of love.

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Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Love this idea! I just picked up a box of these ornaments too. Do you think vellum paper would work the same? I'm thinking it's not clear enough though.

So much to do today! Need to chug down this coffee and get moving :)

Lisa said...

Very pretty ornaments! I love how you can stick anything inside to make it look like it's floating. I have to try that next year!

Teachinfourth said...

Yanet, you did a TON of work on all of this. I can only hope they'll appreciate it all.

So, when will mine be arriving?


I'm not your kids' teacher…as if you didn't know that.

Catalina said...

Great idea!

Sherrie said...

Cute ornaments! Have a Merry Christmas!

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Love the bundt caes and ornaments. Beautiful

HBrummett said...

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KD said...

Those are absolutely stunning! (And I'm sure greatly appreciated!) I'm so happy I came by...I've been looking for some home-made tree ornament ideas

michelle said...

Those are so pretty Yanet!! The cakes look so yummy too!!!!

Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Unknown said...

What a fun idea, and great way to personalize. :)

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Hi -That was me (above, signed in as "d")-oops! On my kids' computer and didn't realize...
Anyway, I really like the way your ornaments turned out! I have had fun with clear glass ornaments this December too. (I posted about painted ornaments.) :)

Life in Rehab said...

Those are awesome! I wish you'd posted this 2 weeks ago, I would have totally swiped it.

Elizabeth said...

So beautiful! I really wish I'd had time for more Christmas crafting this year! Maybe next year...but I'm starting in July! Hoping you'll visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! Wishing you a very blessed Christmas!

Cassie Bustamante said...

these are great! what a neat idea!

Kari said...

I love the ornaments! I've been searching for large glass ornaments to do my babies handprints on, but can't find any big enough. XOXO

Jana said...

what an awesome idea. these turned out great!

Anonymous said...

I love the ornament with the pic of the boys walking towards the ocean. That pic is one of my favorites by far! My mom made ornaments like this years ago when I was a young kid. She got the clear ornaments that you used and then a clear gloss sealant was poured into the ornaments and then we quickly stired in glitter and some potporri. It actually looked pretty. You only filled the ornament about 1/2 way with the sealant. Then of course they had to sit for a few days to "cure". They were really heavy ornaments but nice. This was back in the late 90's and it was like a huge craze in our small town.

Also, your nails in this post look great! I have been thinking for days that I should turn my square nails into a more rounded shape but your nails look so great I am keeping them as they are!

(this is the sealant stuff: )

Valerie said...

I really love it with the photo! So cute!

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Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

What a great idea, I love it!!! Thanks for sharing.

It's A Priceless Life said...

I love this idea! So cute...especially the one with the picture...I've added this to my files for next year - thanks for the inspiration!
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