DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

If you were to ask my mother she would tell you that she isn’t the least bit crafty and that she’s not sure where I get it from. That said, I always thought of my mom as crafty as a kid and remember fondly the times we’d gather around the kitchen table to craft ornaments for the tree each year. That’s probably why I am so partial to really gorgeous handmade ornaments and also why I was so excited to join forces with a bunch of other super talented ladies in a fun blogger ornament swap! I made a whole bunch of these painted gold leaf ornaments (you know me and my love for all things gold leaf), which are perfect for decking the halls, giving as gifts or exchanging as part of an ornament swap. They’re made with inexpensive clear glass ornaments and they’re also just so darn pretty!

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Assorted craft paints
  • Thin ribbon
  • Paint brushes
  • Gold leaf + adhesive

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

The first step is to coat the inside of your ornaments with paint. I chose three shades of turquoise, mint and pale blue, but you could stick to classic Christmas colors, too, if that’s more your thing. Squirt a generous glob of paint into the ornament, then close your finger over the open end and shake and swirl vigorously to coat the inside. Add additional paint as necessary to get a nice even coat covering all the glass.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

Next up, it’s time for the gold leaf! Check the instructions on your particular brand of gold leaf, then use a clean paint brush to apply a thin coat of sizing to the exterior of your ornament. I chose to concentrate the gold leaf on the bottom half of the ornament, but you could easily gold leaf the entire thing. Once the sizing is apply, allow it to dry until tacky, usually about 20 minutes. Then carefully place a sheet of gold leaf on the ornament, wrapping it around the ball and then burnishing it with a second clean paint brush to remove the excess. Apply a light coat of sealer per the manufacturer’s instructions, then allow your entire ornament to dry overnight, minus the top of the ornament, to allow both the adhesive and the paint to dry.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

My ornaments had silver tops so before replacing them, I gave them a quick coat of metallic gold spray paint. Obviously you can’t skip this step if your ornaments come with gold tops or if you don’t mind the silver.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

The final step is to cut a length of thin ribbon and string it through the ornament to create a hook for hanging. Of course, you could use ornament hooks instead of adding the ribbon, it’s entirely up to whichever look you prefer. Then just hang them on the tree or tuck them in a cute little box on a bed of tissue paper and they’re ready for gifting or swapping! I love how these ornaments turned out. I realized the combination of the gold leaf and the green colors kind of made them resemble globes, which wasn’t my intention, but I’m definitely not complaining. Also, you know the drill by now. If you make these or any of my other Christmas DIY ideas, share with me on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestholidays! I want to see your craftiness in action.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

ornament-swap

Want to see what everyone else made for the ornament swap? Pop on over and check out everyone’s tutorials for your fill of gorgeous DIY ornament ideas! We’re also sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #swapthatdiy so be sure to click on over and follow along!

Malissa and Machelle from A Joyful Riot
Jessica, Jenna and Jodi from J. Sorelle
Sara from Tell Love and Party
Miranda from One Little Minute
Christina from Christina Williams Blog
Amy from DIY Candy
Gwen from The Bold Abode
Liz and Sam from The Pretty Life Girls
Laurel from A Bubbly Life

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share a maximum of 1 – 2 images from this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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Gift Wrapping Party Printables

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

I’ve made no secret in the past of my love for hosting a good gift wrapping party. (You can see my favorite gift wrapping party from last year to see what I mean!) Here’s the thing about a wrapping party. They’re so simple to pull off (just put out some Christmas cookies and grab a couple bottles of wine) and considering you’ll be wrapping anyway, why not do so with company? Which is where these super cute gift wrapping party invitations designed by the crazy talented Jamie of A Pair of Pears (and the coordinating gift tags) come into play. Just scroll down, click to download, then print and you’re already halfway there to throwing the ultimate gift wrapping party!

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Download the party invitations | Download the gift tags

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[Design by A Pair of Pears | Art direction by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: As with all of our printables, these designs are provided for personal non-commercial use only and may not be distributed, copied or sold in any fashion. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share them, please link to this post directly and do NOT host the file yourself. Thanks so much! xoxo

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Christmas Cookie Fudge

As I’m spending time with our new little one, some of my best blogging buds are covering for me.
Today please welcome our old friend Kelly from Studio DIY!

Christmas Cookie Fudge by @StudioDIY for @cydconverse

Oh hey! Kelly from Studio DIY here. I’m popping in to talk about one of my favorite topics – dessert. I mean, I love the trees, the stockings, the decking of the halls…but let’s be real, I’m all about those Christmas cookies. We thought it would be fun to do a little twist on the traditional holiday sugar cookie and fudge-i-fy it! Because the only way to make Christmas cookies better is to make Christmas cookie fudge! Let’s do it.

Christmas Cookie Fudge by @StudioDIY for @cydconverse

Christmas Cookie Fudge by @StudioDIY for @cydconverse

Christmas Cookie Fudge by @StudioDIY for @cydconverse

INGREDIENTS

  • ‏2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ‏2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds white chocolate
  • (1) 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Green and red or pink food coloring
  • Pink candy melts
  • Sprinkles

‏Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

‏Cream together the shortening, butter, and sugar until light and creamy. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

‏In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until soft dough forms. Divide dough equally into 3 bowls. Leave one bowl white and color the other two thirds mint green and pale pink.

‏Line a square baking dish with parchment paper. Place alternating dollops of different colored dough to cover the bottom of the dish. Press down firmly to smooth out the dough, this will give it a marbled look. You don’t want it to be too thick, only about 1/2 an inch! (If you have leftover dough, I vote you make cookies!)

‏Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes till lightly browned.

‏While the sugar cookie crust is baking. Place white chocolate in a double boiler and heat until melted and smooth. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Stir to combine. It will thicken up slightly.

‏Immediately pour white chocolate fudge mixture over the top of the cookie crust. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula and add sprinkles if desired. Let cool until set completely. Remove from baking dish. Melt candy melts according to package instructions and drizzle over fudge with a spoon, add more sprinkles if desired (duh!) and let set. Cut into squares.

Christmas Cookie Fudge by @StudioDIY for @cydconverse

Christmas Cookie Fudge by @StudioDIY for @cydconverse

No doubt you’ll be the favorite at your cookie exchange if you show up with these! Thanks for letting me spread the sweet tooth love over here, TSO readers!

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[Styling + recipe by Studio DIY | Photos by Jeff Mindell.]

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Printable Holiday Party Invitations

Printable Holiday Party Invitations from @cydconverse

‘Tis the season for parties in abundance, which in my world calls for appropriately festive holiday party invitations! I’ve got you covered today with these printable invitations (and matching favor labels that are seriously so cute) designed exclusively for The Sweetest Occasion readers by the crazy talented Morgan of Miss Wyolene. Featuring Morgan’s fun, modern hand lettering, simply scroll down to download, print, trim and send off to your friends and family. You can edit the party details in Adobe Acrobat to suit your own occasion and it’s that simple!

Printable Holiday Party Invitations from @cydconverse

Printable Holiday Party Invitations from @cydconverse Printable Holiday Party Invitations from @cydconverse

Printable Holiday Party Invitations from @cydconverse

Pretty please remember that I’d love to see what you’re crafting, making and baking throughout the holiday season! Share with me over on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestholidays. Nothing would make me happier than to see how you’re making the season merry and bright with your loved ones! xoxo

Printable Holiday Party Invitations from @cydconverse

Download the party invitations | Download the labels

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[Design by Miss Wyolene | Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: As with all of our printables, these designs are provided for personal non-commercial use only and may not be distributed, copied or sold in any fashion. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share them, please link to this post directly and do NOT host the file yourself. Thanks so much! xoxo

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Salted Ginger Cookies

As I’m spending time with our new little one, some of my best blogging buds are covering for me.
Today please welcome my super sweet pal Courtney from Pizzazzerie!

Salted Ginger Cookies by @pizzazzerie for @cydconverse

Merry December, ya’ll! I’m Courtney (from over at Pizzazzerie.com) and I’m thrilled to be swinging in to share one of my favorite cookie recipes with you while Cyd enjoys some sweet baby snuggles! Cookies are the perfect holiday baking treat because they’re easy to make, quick to cool, and perfect for packaging. Any excuse to whip out cute ribbon and gift tags is a yes for me! Plus, these salted ginger cookies are to die for good! You might even want to double the recipe!

Salted Ginger Cookies by @pizzazzerie for @cydconverse

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, softened
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, molasses, and vanilla extract. Combine until smooth. In a separate mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients (reserving 1 teaspoon of sea salt for garnishing). Slowly add to wet and beat on low until just combined. Scoop balls of dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten slightly with hand. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until slightly golden on edges. Do not over bake, you want the cookies to be chewy, not crunchy!

Salted Ginger Cookies by @pizzazzerie for @cydconverse

Salted Ginger Cookies by @pizzazzerie for @cydconverse

I highly recommend you make these for upcoming cookie exchanges, Christmas parties, or just a weekend baking session with your girlfriends. The kids might not like the strong sea salt flavor so you can feel free to omit it from their cookies. Just add extra to taste if you’re a salt-a-holic like me! The salt really enhances the sweetness of the molasses and brown sugar. It’s a wonderful combination and definitely my go-to cookie recipe! Happy baking!

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[Photos + recipe by Courtney Whitmore of Pizzazzerie for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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