Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!
My partner is the lovely Lorelai from Life With Lorelai. When it comes to decorating her tree, Lorelai is a lot like me. She says: “…. my tree has everything on it …. I love all the special stories and memories that go with my holiday decorations.” Me too! Opening up each box and bin takes me on a walk down memory lane every year. I love that.
The ornament that I chose to make for Lorelai is an ornament inspired by the trendy pottery line that’s happening this year. Have you heard the name Rae Dunn? If not, get out from under that rock! Just kidding – I only recently heard about this craze myself. (Is my age showing???). Well, I don’t know if Lorelai is a collector or not. But years from now when she’s looking at this ornament it will bring the memory of the Rae Dunn pottery hunters of 2017. 😉
Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts
Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts
Three ways to make a Rae Dunn-inspired Christmas Ornament
Supplies you need to make Rae Dunn-inspired ornaments
- flat white ornaments (star, heart, round) or
- plain white ornaments or
- clear glass ornaments (that you will paint)
- white acrylic craft paint
- Minwax Polycrylic
- black craft vinyl
- cutting machine (Cricut or Silhouette)
- cutting mat
- weeding hook
- transfer paper
How to make Rae Dunn Inspired Ornaments
Open up Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio and create your designs (which are the words that will go on the ornaments). The font I used is The Skinny. Resize the words as needed to fit on your ornaments. I also decreased the space between the letters.
Cut the words out of black vinyl and weed away the excess vinyl with the weeding hook.
Use the transfer paper to remove the vinyl design from the backing.
Step Four (If you have plain white ornaments you can skip ahead to Step Five)
Dilute white acrylic craft paint with water (70/30) and pour into ornaments, swirl, then drain. Repeat two more times. Allow each coat to dry approximately 30 min. Pour a small amount of the polycrylic into each ornament. Swirl, drain, and allow to dry overnight.
Apply the vinyl design to each ornament. Remove the transfer paper and make sure each letter is pressed firmly onto the ornament. Start in the middle and work your way out to the ends.
Add a ribbon bow or twine.