It’s Pintester Movement time again! So yeah, I know it may seem early for christmas ornaments, but suck it up.
Melted Snowman Ornament
[This project is from Occasionally Crafty.]
I winged this one pretty hard, but there are a lot of versions out there.
What you need to make this thing, to make it like I did:
- glass bulb ornament w/ removable top
- can of fake snow (probably not my best idea)
- 2 black beads (for eyes)
- 2 tiny branches
- ribbon for scarf
- scrap paper
- orange marker
- glue stick
I don’t know why I did this, but I bought a can of spray snow at a thrift store last year, and the urge to use it was too much. I decided it would be the snow in my ornament. So I took the bulb and the snow outside and shook the can for a long time and put the nozzle up to the opening in the ornament.
This is what happened:
Okay, I will admit there was SORT OF a method to my madness. The original just has you throw a bunch of stuff in the ornament. I hoped that the spray snow would have some adhesive properties and keep everything in place, so that it wouldn’t get all jumbled up if I, say, sold it, or tried to store it for the next year. Seriously, you just throw some crap in a round thing with no glue, it’s not going to look the same for very long.
To make the nose I colored a little piece of scrap paper orange and rubbed the non-orange side with a glue stick before I rolled it into a cone. This would work better if the glue stick hadn’t dried up entirely.
I found the arms in a four-inch spot right off the back porch. One had to be trimmed a little to fit in the hole, but that was fine.
The next step was to drop all the stuff in. You basically have to hope it falls the way you want it to, though I guess you could push stuff around with a skewer or something. Also I pushed the “scarf” in last, and it probably should have been first.
The results are best seen through the top of the ornament:
Which is a shame, because you kind of need to put the lid on.
Yup, truly a work of art.
cost: maybe $5?
time: about 10 minutes
You can buy the invisible melted snowman here.
Old CD Ornament
[This project is an image from DIY Crafts & tutorials.]
This project was just from a couple of images—and not even images with text on them—so I had to figure it out myself. Guess what? This is a pain in the ass.
What you need to make this thing:
- 2 commercial CDs—CD-ROMs won’t work
- heavy duty scissors
- strong glue—here I am using Household Goop, because I have it
- a clear bulb ornament & something to rest it on
I started with a CD Rom with two songs that didn’t play right. There was a problem almost immediately: the reflective coating started peeling off.
I tried a different pair of scissors, but the same thing happened with them—with the added feature of splintery edges.
So I hunted down a CD I haven’t listened to in 10 years and tried that. It turns out that the coating on commercial CDs is way stronger. However, those things crack like a motherfucker.
I do not suggest doing this craft in a house with small children or curious pets. When I first started cutting the commercial CD, a couple pieces flew fuck knows where. SHARP pieces.
The original picture shows whole, uncracked pieces of CD glued to the ornament. I soon discovered that this was bullshit. I also discovered that the glue was giving me a massive headache. And there was a CD shard stuck in one of my toes. (No, I didn’t get a picture. It HURT.) So frequent breaks are needed.
You will note that the pieces are jagged as all fuck. BE CAREFUL.
When I got this far, I ran out of CD pieces:
Which meant I had to find another CD to cut up. I was not happy about this development.
Anyway, after a while I had glued a shitload of shards to the ball.
This project is a ton of work, and fairly sharp and dangerous. But look, shiny!
cost: maybe $5 again, not sure.
time: around 3 hours, not counting drying and breathing-fume-free-air time
injuries: pierced toe, messed-up fingertips, migraine
You can buy this shiny sharp thing here. Just keep it away from the kids and the dog, okay?