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DIY Christmas Ornaments

I took some plain Dollar Store plastic ornaments and transformed them into custom Victorian inspired decorations. Learn how to create these DIY Christmas Ornaments here!

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Materials list:

  1. Dollar store clear plastic ornaments

  2. Gripping primer

  3. paint in Mint Julep, Tea rose, and Drop Cloth

  4. Spray Wax

  5. Redesign with Prima Modeling Material

  6. Redesign with Prima Silicone Moulds

  7. Redesign with Prima Decor Wax in Eternal

  8. Titebond Quick-n-Thick adhesive

I started with plain, clear, plastic ornaments. These could even be your old ornaments if you are ready for a color change.


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Because I am painting on plastic, I started with a coat of gripping primer made for painting on slick surfaces like glass and plastic. This will give my paint something to bite onto.

Use primer when painting on plastic.

The next step was to cast some moulds using Redesign with Prima modeling material and silicone moulds. I chose the Winter Blooms mould, my favorite of the florals, and English Garden.

Redesign with Prima decor moulds in Winter Blooms and English Garden

When they are first cast, the moulds are super pliable and conform easily around the round surface. I used Titebond Quick-n-Thick adhesive to secure them, a thin layer is all you need.

Next was a coat of paint. I chose paint in Mint Julep, Tea Rose, and Drop Cloth, a non traditional Christmas palette with a vintage victorian feel. One coat gave great coverage, but I went ahead and did two.

Adding Dixie Dirt to age

Once they were dry, a quick spritz with Spray Wax seals my paint, but still leave a matte, vintage look. Sealing allows for me to add aging Dirt to age the moulds, and control the look a bit easier. Dirt is an aging powder that gives a very authentic “dirty ” look. I dusted the edges of the moulds and dug some dirt into the details to give them dimension. You can use clear wax to remove any excess

Redesign with Prima decor wax in Eternal

The final step is Redesign with Prima Decor Wax in Eternal. I used my finger and just hit the high points on the mould to make the details stand out. This wax will dry permanent in 24 hours, so no need to seal again.

Can you imagine a tree filled in these? Each one a bit different? I love the idea of making these with friends at a holiday gathering, or even making them and leaving on a table setting for completely custom take home gifts.

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