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8. DIY Ornaments

8 Dec

I made these ornaments for all of my friends one year, and they’re SUPER easy! And I think they turn out really pretty :) I chose several different paint combinations, and did college colors for some of them! This is a great present to give because it isn’t too costly and its heartfelt, since you put your time and effort into it :)

What you need:

  • Clear Glass Iridescent Ball Ornaments (I think I bought mine at Michael’s, but any craft store should have them. I found some online on sale really cheap here.
  • Acrylic Paints (Again, Michael’s is a good place to look…they have a big variety)
  • Empty egg cartons (To place the ornaments in to let excess paint drip out)
  • Paper Towels, Newspaper, etc.

1.  Begin the paint swirled ornament by removing the top covering to the ornament and set it aside.  Next, dribble some acrylic paint inside the ornament.  Add a good amount, and swirl it around a bit.

2.  Next, add in another color of paint (here I’m adding green).  Swirl these colors around by rolling the ornament between your hands.  Fill in gaps by dripping in some more paint in that area, as best as you can.

swirling paints

swirling paints

3.  When about half of the inside of the bulb is covered, take a tissue and cover the top opening with it, and hold it tight with your finger.  Then, give the ornament a good shake or two, carefully checking progress in between shakes. Try to get all the glass covered.  You want to shake to get a good swirl effect, but not too much that the colors become completely mixed and change color.

shaking ornament
4.  Allow the ornament to dry well with the ornament cover off (I recommend turning them upside down and placing in egg cartons to allow the excess paint to drain out of the ornament!), then replace the  cover and hang your beautiful paint swirled ornament on the Christmas tree, or give away as an impressive gift!
dryingdecorated glass ball ornament
Instructions and photos found here.

Bonus Tip: After I made mine and allowed the paint to dry completely, I used a paint pen to write the year and the person’s name on the ornament. So on one side, I would write “Name” and then turn it around and put the year (“2010”) on the other! I used silver and gold paint pens…which can also be found at Michael’s or other craft stores! Here is a picture of one I made:


Happy December 1st!

1 Dec

Who else is excited that Christmas is right around the corner?! I LOVE Christmas…its definitely my favorite holiday. I enjoy the festive season and all of the fun and exciting things that come along with it! Today is my LAST day of classes in my first semester of law school…CRAZY! Now if I can just pass my exams….haha :)

I was thinking about putting together a post talking about holiday party fashion…and then I decided, heck, why not try to do 25 posts with different Christmas ideas, one each day, leading up to Christmas! Kind of a take on the ABC 25 Days of Christmas…and who doesn’t love that? ;) We’ll see how long I can keep this one up…I’ll have the first one posted shortly!


Winter Wonderland :)

21 Dec

It’s soooo nice to say that the semester is completely over with! And I just found out I have a 3.8 GPA, which means Dean’s List AND the fact that I’ve never had a GPA that high in college is just exciting! I have truly been discouraged by grades in college up until this semester, as I came from high school were I had a 4.3 GPA to barely making a 3.0 each semester. But now I beat my goal :) Just means I have to keep that up for my next & LAST semester in college!!!

The holiday parties started this past weekend, as I went to my boyfriend’s sister’s Annual Christmas party on Friday. It was a great time and got to spend time with some of my favorites :) Saturday, I went shopping with my Mama…we’re sooo behind on shopping, and still have a little to do! The day was perfect…not to mention, we even got a dusting of snow…even though the rest of VA got like two FEET of snow. But hey, you take what you can get! Sunday, my family went to Greenville, NC to my aunt’s house for our annual Christmas party with my Mama’s fam. It was really nice and it’s always fun spending time with family & friends.

I can hardly believe that Christmas is in 4 more days! This month has gone by so quickly, and I feel like there is still so much to do! Today has already been productive, though…I have started painting the wine glasses for my fav Hokies & Wahoo fans and they’re turning out great! I also baked three batches of sugar cookies…now we get to frost them…my favorite part :) Still have a lot of baking to do, but I’m about to get in a good, long run since its a nice 45 degrees…perfect running weather. Need to get back on the marathon training plan…I’ve been doing a lot of cross-training (Spinning, elliptical,etc.) because my right Quad has been hurting. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it a long ways today…need to get ready and go since today is the shortest day of the year!


Lovely weekend :)

15 Dec

This past weekend was really great…and I got so much done too! :) Friday evening, my boyfriend & I went to his aunt’s 50th Surprise Party…I’m beginning to think those 50th suprises are a trend! ;) After that, I went home and started preparing for my three Finals. No breaks for me!

Saturday, I got to spend some time with my Mama while we went shopping for Christmas cards, things to make Cinnamon ornaments (which turned out great!), and of course, a stop at Starbucks! I think its becoming an unhealthy (i.e. expensive) habit, but its one I am not willing to give up! Later, my boyfriend & I met up for dinner with one of our really good friends and her boyfriend. It was so nice to see each other, and I think the night was great :)

Sunday is usually always my day to devote to schoolwork, but since the semester is over except for exams, I didn’t really have to dedicate the whole day to doing work for once! I helped make the Cinnamon ornaments for the tree (the recipe can be found here), signed the family Christmas cards (I always get this task for some reason…haha), and got to watch “Christmas Vacation” with the fam! If you know my family, you know that is THE movie of the holidays! :)

One exam out of the way as of Mondayyyyy, and two more to go…I wrote 4.5 pages of an 8-page paper that is due Friday, so I’m not feeling too stressed…yet! Looks like Wednesday is going to be shopping day (yes, a little behind on that…haha)! Can’t wait :)

Pretty ornaments that are super easy to make :)


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ;)

12 Dec

My dad and I went to pick out a fresh Christmas tree Thursday night to put in the formal dining room, which really makes the house smell Christmassy (is that a word?)! Of course, my boyfriend proceeded to tell me that my family is crazy because we have…well, more than one Christmas tree in our house. Since when is that crazy? All my life I’ve grown up hoping to have Christmases like the ones portrayed in Southern Living, and decorating every room of the house just makes the holidays that much more exciting to me. So…there are actually two big Christmas trees: one in the family room and one in the dining room, which happens to be a gorgeous view to people walking in the front door! And there are two small trees upstairs, as well as one on each side of the front door. Sooo that makes 6? Okay. I don’t consider that too crazy, it’s just…festive :) Christmas just happens to be my favorite holiday, so I get a little carried away at being creative!  In fact, I have the “brilliant” idea to etch the official VT and UVA symbols into wine glasses and beer mugs for some of my favorite people ;) The glass etching kit is available at Michael’s which can be found here, and you can buy plain wine/beer glasses anywhere. I have seen them at Garden Ridge and Walmart, and I’m sure Michael’s has those too. My only issue is finding a way to cut the VT and UVA symbols into a stencil without screwing it up! I wish you could buy die cuts with the official symbols but I have yet to see those! We’ll see….that’s my plan for the next week, along with baking lots of cookies :)