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Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Favors for Our Christmas Breakfast

I know this is a little late coming, but we wanted to post it anyway. Better late than never! As you may read in the previous post, we have an annual Christmas Breakfast, and what’s a party without some memorable favors!

I’m a very crafty person and have always loved to be able to give friends and family something to remember when they leave a happy gathering such as the Christmas Breakfast! So this year, I found the idea for the Color Swirl ornaments, and they turned out great! Everyone was very excited to take one or more home with them!

What you need to make them:

  • Clear Glass Ball Ornaments (I got mine at Garden Ridge)
  • Acrylic Paints (an assortment of colors – I got a mix of shimmer/pearl paints as well as solid)
  • Ribbon (for hanging)
  • Card Stock Paper (for tags)

It takes some patience, but all you need to do is remove the metal tops, and pick a few colors you like together and drip the paint inside. Enough to coat about a quarter to a third of the ball going in, and then swirl it around. It also helps to add some water to the paints as they will swirl better, but not too much or you’ll have to do multiple coats. Swirl the paint around inside the glass ornament until it is fully coated and then you can turn them upside down over a cup to drip excess paint out (make sure the lip is narrow enough that the ornament will stay at the top). If you don’t allow it to drip, it will take a LONG time to dry! You’ll want to let them sit for about 24 hours before you put the metal top/hook back in (it’s ok if there is a little bit of wet paint in there still).

And repeat for all the ornaments! It’s great for kids, or to do with a glass of wine and some good friends! I had the help of my friends Desi and Elaine, and we knocked out 36 ornaments in no time! And they were a hit at the Christmas Breakfast!

Check these beautiful ornaments out! This isn’t anywhere close to all of them, and we had some gorgeous ones that got snatched quick!

Can’t wait for next year, I’m already thinking of ideas for favors! The ornament idea is always nice and people can start to collect them over the years, but I also saw something cool that could be used all winter long! We shall see… I’m sure I’ll be collecting ideas throughout the year!

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