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Give Your Christmas Tree a Makeover

Do you want to change the look of your Christmas tree, but are short on cash? Here are a few do-it-yourself ideas you can use to transform your old ornaments into something new. Better yet, update the look of your old ornaments and add a few new designer ornaments each year, as your budget allows. You’ll have a tree you are pleased with without breaking the bank.

Old glass ball ornaments are easy to transform. Here are a few options:

~ Spray paint them using pearlescent paint.
~ Coat them with craft glue and dip them in tiny beads, glitter, or potpourri.
~ Add swirls, stars, or other designs with dimensional paint.
~ Stencil new designs on them.
~ Wrap them with lengths of ribbon, cording, or raffia. Secure with glue. Another option would be to attach a bow of ribbon, cording, or raffia by the hook at the top or at the base.
~ De-shine them by spraying with frost spray paint or dipping them in an etching bath.
~ For clear glass balls, add a few teaspoons paint in coordinating colors to the inside of the ball. Rotate slowly to swirl and mix the colors. Turn upside down on newspaper to drain and dry.

If you want to depart from the traditional completely, toss the old glass balls and start from scratch. Look around the house for something unique to make a themed tree. This is a marvelous way to display any collections you have: dolls or doll clothes, dollhouse furniture, teddy bears or other stuffed animals, seashells, cards, seed pods, cooking utensils, collector spoons, cookie cutters, tools, artificial plants…use your creativity!

About the Author:

Emma Snow is a creator at for Ornament Shop and Craft Kits leading portals for crafts and ornaments.



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Painting is the practice of applying pigment suspended in a carrier (or medium) and a binding agent (a glue) to a surface (support) such as paper, canvas or a wall.

Drawing is one of many ways to making an image; it is the process of making marks on a surface by applying pressure from or moving a tool on the surface. These marks may represent what the artist sees when drawing, a remembered or imagined scene or abstraction.

Sculpture is any three-dimensional form created as an artistic expression. Sculpture is primarily concerned with space: occupying it, relating to it, and influencing the perception of it.

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