Wednesday, October 5, 2011

'Crystal' Ornament Hangers–Ballard Style

photo from Ballard
I love to spend time each evening browsing for different Christmas ideas. Last night, these cute Holiday Magnetic Crystals on the Ballard site caught my eye. So pretty! But I couldn’t pay $39 for them. That’s just not in our budget.
So I dug out some some old shatterproof ornaments that I bought when my kids were in their Christmas tree destroying phase (not entirely sure that we’ve bypassed that stage yet!), along with some plastic beads, a magnet, spray paint, and the hot glue gun.
star ornament originalstar ornament spraying
A straw and an egg carton from the recycle bin served as a holder for spray painting – look, action shot from the garage. I let the paint dry overnight, and then used my glue gun to attach beads to the top of the ornament. I like the delicate beads in the Ballard ornament, but I had star shaped beads and only a few round ones, so that’s what I used.
star ornament gluing beads
I tried using pliers to break a magnet into smaller pieces so that they would fit invisibly on top of the beads, but the magnet shattered. Plan B was a glue dot from my scrapbooking supplies, which worked perfectly.
star ornament closeup
Here’s the finished ornament. I really love the beads instead of string or ribbon, and can’t wait to make more. Here’s another view:
star ornament hanging
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  1. Oh crafting for Christmas!! yeah, my favourite season. I think everything looks better with a coat of white paint and your ornaments turned out great, the beads are a perfect interpretation of the inspiration ornament.

  2. No way! Were they really that ridiculously expensive?!! So cute and so easy. What a great idea to use the egg carton.

  3. So cute! Crafty girl and Happy Thanksgiving to you:)

  4. Love the ornament. Love where you put it in your house. So pretty.
    Thanks for your comment on Family Volley. I am glad you liked the Happy Moms post.
    Happy Wednesday.

  5. These are really lovely. You are very creative. This is my first visit to your blog, but I plan to return often. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. You did a great job and perfect for holiday decorating.

  7. Thanks for your comment on my blog about the cost of daycare. I found an amazing in home provider who has been watching my kids for 4 years now. She is totally amazing. We only pay for 2 days a week for 1 kid so that is why it is so cheap. I work the night shift so I stay awake and nap with my daughter some days to save money. Hopefully this is temporary since we are paying off all our debt and I will be becoming a stay at home mom. :)

  8. i love it... its pretty awesome!