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One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the tree. The bigger, the better. As a kid, my dad and I were always on a mission – to find the biggest, tallest tree we could fit in our house. Then, the tree trimming would commence! Huge boxes full of carefully wrapped ornaments, Christmas music rocking, big mugs of hot cocoa and hours of finding the perfect ornament for each branch of that massive tree. The final installment of my holiday collaboration with Air Wick, today we’re making DIY colorblock glitter ornaments inspired by Air Wick’s Trimming the Tree fragrance! You know that perfect smell of fresh cut pine that fills your home the morning after you first bring the tree inside? It instantly puts me in a festive mood and brings to mind those nostalgic memories of watching my dad wrap the Christmas tree with lights. That perfect holiday scent is the essence of Air Wick’s Trimming the Tree fragrance, which inspired me to craft up a handful of gorgeous glittery green ornaments to trim our own tree with this holiday season.
- Unfinished paper mache ornaments
- Craft paint in your choice of color
- Craft glitter
- (2) craft brushes
- Clear gloss spray (I like this one)
To get started you’re going to need a handful of paper mache ornaments. You can find these inexpensively at virtually any craft store this time of year, often on sale for as little as $1 each. Begin by giving your ornaments a coat of craft paint on all sides. I chose a green that reminds me of the essence of pine and evergreens and the colors of Christmas, but you can absolutely switch this up however you like! I found one slightly heavy coat did the trick and it dries pretty quickly because the paper mache of the ornaments is quite absorbent. If you feel you need a second coat, go ahead and paint away, then find a place to hang your ornaments to dry completely.
Next up, it’s our old friends ModPodge and glitter! (You guys know I love decking things out with glitter!) Using a clean craft brush, apply an even coat of ModPodge on the section of your ornament that you’d like to have end up glittery. Then liberally pour the glitter over top to ensure all the ModPodge is covered with glitter and shake to remove any excess. Repeat this process if you feel there are spots that could use more glitter. I choose to work over kraft paper when using glitter so I can then use the paper like a funnel to replace the leftover glitter to my jar for future projects. For my ornaments I worked in sections, applying the ModPodge and glitter to one block at a time and then rotating until I had all desired sections coated in glitter.
Once the ModPodge and glitter are completely dry, it helps to give everything a quick coat with a clear gloss spray to seal the glitter in place. Otherwise you’ll have glitter all over your house, which is awfully pretty this time of year, but will get old in a few weeks, trust me. Just give all the glitter sections a quick spray, allow them to dry and you’re ready to deck the halls! These ornaments would also make great gift toppers or little gifts to bring your favorite hostess or pass out to your friends at the office.
I love how shimmery and beautiful these ornaments turned out and the gorgeous green color just makes them perfect in my book. Reminiscent of fir and pine and boxwood and everything green and lovely this time of year, they’re the prettiest way to trim the tree in style while bringing that homemade touch to your holiday decor. Grab the kids or round up a group of your girlfriends, gather your paint and glitter and have at it!
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]