Crafting personalized mirror Christmas ornaments can bring quite a creative addition to any Christmas tree or wreath. The first time we produced a couple of mirrored ornaments we were skeptical as to how they would turn out. But once they were complete, we were amazed at their beauty and unique style.
Most round solid colored ornaments have a silver base under the color. Here’s how to scratch the surface of a festive mirrored creation. Christmas ornament crafts usually are done in sets. However, we start with one.
Items needed would be one round solid colored glass Christmas ornament (anything but silver and gold), a safety pin, a paring knife, thin gloves, toothpick, damp wash rag, multi-purpose glue, glitter or small snowflakes and a paper plate or newspaper.
Safety and pins go hand in hand. Be careful when using the safety pin to make scratches into the ornament. Once you have gotten the hang of lightly pressing down when scratching the pin switch to the paring knife. Scratch out the area into a small circle, the size of a dime. It doesn’t have to be perfectly round.
Pour a button size drop of glue onto the paper plate and dip the toothpick into it then lightly go around the outside of the mirror silver circle with the glue. Make sure you can still see a circle, like a mirror, in the center. Sprinkle glitter (any color) or extra-small fake snowflakes onto the ornament where the glue is wet. Lean the ornament against an object on top of the newspaper and allow to dry. Once dry move to the next step.
As you can see the ornament turned into a mirrored ornament. The rest of the designs are up to you. You can also create a mirror with swirls on the edges.
When it comes to giving the ornaments away as side gifts, whether personalizing the ornament with words, decorations or mirrors, the most important to add is the signature. Don’t forget to send it with love. On the bottom of the ornament scratch out your name, and don’t be modest on the fancy signature.
Mirrored ornaments can be done in various ways other than the above mentioned. There’s the sand ornament where you roll the ornament in sand after covering the entire ornament in glue except the area where you want the mirror to show. Allow it to dry and bravo, look into the sands of time.
Another way is to use the mirror technique onto a red Christmas ornament, but instead of making round mirrors scratch out the center around the ornament like stripe balls in pool. Gather up blue paint and using a small paint brush paint the bottom of the ornament blue. Topped with a red, white or blue bow and there’s a patriotic addition to the holidays.
Out of the years I have crafted mirrored ornaments I have never broken an ornament or cut myself while scratching into one. However, there were those times I got awfully close. Use caution when scratching into ornaments. They could break, glass could fly and you could get caught in the crossfire. Using goggles and gloves can help with that hazard.
With care and a well mapped out design you can create festive personalized mirrored Christmas ornaments in no time. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good craft.
I’m glad you asked about the mirror ornament in the photo. That was created with a black round ornament. I scratched out circles around the ornament, placed glue on the outsides of the circles, sprinkled little snow flakes and allowed to dry. The finishing touches came with a small school of fish on one side and some seaweed on the other. You guessed it, a round underwater capsule.
Photo: Ornament crafted by LA (Lori Lane)