DIY – Marble Christmas Ornaments + Link Love

December 4, 2015

diy white carrara marble christmas ornaments adorablest tutorialDIY – Marble Christmas Ornaments in White Carrara Marble Style. Not so much a tutorial, but a basic How-To, as these are so easy to make! If you haven’t decorated your tree yet and / or just want something minimalist to string up, try these. I’ve also included a quick How to Make Old Metallic Ornaments Clear.

I made these last night as a spur-of-the-moment thing and did not take photos of the steps, but it is really so simple.

You will need:

  • Black Nail Polish or Black Enamel Paint
  • White Nail Polish or White Enamel Paint

How to:

  • Release the ‘cap’ from the ornament.
  • Pour in white nail polish and swish around. Try to coat the entire ornament inside. Hold that finger tight! Note: be careful as the raw edge of the top of the glass ornament can be VERY sharp. Hold a little tissue there to protect your skin if it helps.
  • Leave to dry for just a few minutes. You don’t want it completely dry.
  • Pour in a tiny amount of black nail polish from the top and let it slide down and ease into the glass ornament.  Don’t DROP it into the bottom as this will create a big splodge.
  • This time gently swish and rotate to create lines like marble does. If you mix too vigorously, you will end up with just a grey ornament.
  • Leave to dry. An empty toilet roll works great :) That’s it!

Points to Note:

  • If your nail polish is very thick (mine was a little), I added a tiny amount of nail polish remover which seemed to do the trick.
  • I used all my glass ornaments last time for my DIY – Sprinkles Ornaments. Rather than buy more, I used some OLD ones, that were about to be 50c for the lot in a garage sale we’ll be having soon. Here’s how I did it …

How To Make Old Metallic Ornaments Clear:

  • Remove all the caps (being metal – it is not good for metal to be in bleach)
  • Soak overnight in bleach or domestic cleaner.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water. At this stage, the old blue ornaments were grey.
  • WEARING GLOVES, Pour a small amount of neat dish washing powder (not liquid – it doesn’t work) into the ornament. Dish washing powder is caustic – Wear Gloves!
  • Swish around and then add a little water, swish some more. Leave to soak overnight, completely covered in the solution of water and (dissolved) dish washing powder.
  • Rinse with water thoroughly. Hopefully you will have sparkling clear ornaments now.
  • Attach your metal hanging parts as is or respray them. I sort of liked the old look – see below :)

diy-white-carrara-marble-christmas-ornaments-adorablestdiy white carrara marble christmas ornaments adorablestSo there you have it. Easy DIY Marble Ornaments for Christmas!

To finish off the week for the String & Rope related theme this week (the marble ornaments were a bit off topic I know) here are some quick links to check out …

Natural Rope Basket Tutorial by Make & Fable

DIY Fabric Twine by My Poppet Makes

The Easiest Necklace Ever and Wrapped Bracelet with a similar technique

Simple Storage for Twine – simple is often the best.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Claire

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4 Comments

  • Reply Shinese December 8, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    This is a really unique way to repurpose my old ornaments I have! I love the look, it’s amazing!

    • Reply Adorablest December 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      The glass somehow seemed more ‘delicate’ when they were clear after cleaning (as in breakable feeling) as compared to old metallic ones – but I guess about the same really. Maybe the nail polish might slightly strengthen them? Thanks for your comment Shin :)

  • Reply Luisa January 2, 2016 at 6:49 am

    These are so cute! I love the look of marble!

    Thanks for linking my bracelets :)

    xx Luisa

    • Reply Adorablest January 2, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Luisa! Thank You – you’re bracelets are too cute :)

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