Holy moley, December is almost half over.  That is bananas.  But awesome for you, since we’re on day TEN of our 12 Days of Strange ornament tutorials.  Start the parade!  Cue the dancing girls!  Clean up the elephant poop!

Today I’m going to show you how to turn plain glass ornaments into something unique using little more than tissue paper and a hot glue gun.  WOOO!



Step ONE:  The tissue

There is really no limit as to what you can do at this point.   There are printed papers, plain papers, papers with glitter, zebra print, whatever your heart desires.  You can do them a plain color and then dry brush with metallic paint when it’s done.  You can stencil on your papers.  Do what you like!


This is a piece of deli paper that I printed with my Gelli Plate during the zombie ornament video


This is a piece of printed tissue paper from that evil genius, Tim Holtz. Seriously. He kills me.

This part is easy (actually the whole tutorial is easy), just tear your tissue paper into pieces and glue it onto your ornament using your glue of choice.  You can use Mod Podge, white glue, gel medium, whatever.  I use a mixture of gel medium, white glue, and water.


Hang them up and let them dry

Step TWO:  The hot glue


Mod Podge recently came out with silicone molds that are designed to be used with their new line of glue sticks, which are supposedly just Mod Podge in hot glue form.  A couple of years ago I ordered some silicone molds off Etsy, and I haven’t really done anything with them because they’re a pain to use with polymer clay.  When I found out about the Mod Podge molds, I was SUPER CRAZY EXCITED thinking maybe I could use the same technique with my molds.  You should be able to find the Mod Podge molds at any craft store – I got mine from Amazon since I live in the boonies. 😉


The only problem with this whole idea is that I refuse to buy the Mod Podge glue sticks.  I decided to try it out with my regular old cheapo glue gun.   Sacrifice in the name of science!  I filled the molds with exacting precision.  WINK.

So sloppy!

So sloppy!

Wait 10 minutes, and then release them from the molds.  This tutorial has a lot of rum-sipping time.




The regular glue gun CLEARLY works.  Ha.  Ha ha.  Okay.  Ahem.  Use some tiny scissors and trim off any extra glue (if you are sloppy like me) and remove any obnoxious glue strings.

Since they’re clear, we gotta paint them up.  I used spray paint since I figured it would give me the smoothest finish:

painted frames

And then aged them by brushing with watered-down Van Dyke brown paint:

aged frames

Once that’s dry and your ornaments are dry, glue them on!  The benefit of using these kind of frames is that they’re flexible, so you can make them fit the form of your ornament if you want.  Glue the frames to the ornaments and then fill them with whatever you want, like a picture of your niece, a key and some gears if you’re steampunk crazy, some random words:


Or something a little weirder:


For this one, I used the border mold, cut it into pieces, and glued them around the top:

ornament2 top

I also dry brushed each piece with a little metallic gold paint.  Sparkles!  WOO!



Sarah wants to know how everything works. She also has a short attention span and is addicted to coffee. Those two things are probably not mutually exclusive.


Anita Mistry · December 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

Cool I have the modge podge glue sticks I bought them a few months ago I have loads of molds that I can use. – wish I'd know earlier that I could just use plain old glue sticks …ahh well never mind.

    sarah · December 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Ahh, you'll use them up quick and then you can use the regular ones! 😀

AnnDAngelo · December 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

You are so frickity fracking clever! I want to have that eyeball ornament in the worst way. I love that since the frames are flexible, you can slice and dice them and add them wherever you want on the ball. Brilliant you are! Say so does Yoda!

    sarah · December 15, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Come over and get it! 😀

Cheri Quigley Hayward · December 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

(FACEPALM) This is sooooo f'n awesome. I'm pretty sure that you have every kickass toy in the whole universe.

    sarah · December 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

    It's a sickness.

Cindy D. · December 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Holy cow I totally dig those frame molds. You could do a whole family and extended family portrait series, with a row of those, like on 4" tall but 24" wide or something, and inside each frame a tiny drawn portrait.

Oh! Cool ornaments you made, also! 😀

    sarah · December 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

    OMG I love that idea so much!!

SLScheibe · December 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

These look amazing! I especially love the molds. I'll have to have a look for those things and use them with a glue gun (LOL!!). Really cool ornament.

    sarah · December 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

    They are super cool! I am way excited about it.

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