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DIY Cottage Ornaments

Welcome to Christmas in July with Live Oak Nest! If you’ve been following me for a little while, you might remember me crafting up Christmas decor right until December 24th last year. HA! I’ll let my twin toddlers take the blame. 😉

I had so many Christmas crafts and DIYs that I wasn’t able to share so I decided to do a fun Christmas in July this year and share some of those now. Hopefully this will give you all enough time to dream up all of your Christmas crafts, gather supplies, and start creating in November!

Today I’m sharing four different DIY Cottage Ornaments that I made last year! I decided to add a soft blue into my Christmas decor, and with the twins I knew I needed to use non breakable ornaments. So I decorated my tree with a bunch of ribbon and homemade ornaments last year. AND IT WAS SO PRETTY! Probably my favorite tree to date! I absolutely love decorating Christmas trees and in my former corporate career, I decorated a lot of them!

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I put a video tutorial together for you, and you can watch that down below! I’ll also create a cliff notes version that you can reference. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or shoot me a message. I’m more than happy to help!

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DIY Chippy Spindle Ornaments

First up on the list, are these beautiful DIY Chippy Spindle Ornaments. I love how these turned out! I actually think they look a lot like little icicles hanging on the tree! Here is the cliff note version on how to make these!

  • Cover the spindles with a coat of white chalk paint.
  • Drill pilot holes into the ends of the spindles.
  • Screw the eye screws into the pilot holes.
  • Paint the screws with chalk paint and add another coat of paint to the spindles.
  • Mix grey paint with Fusion Mineral Paints, Fresco product.
  • Take the Fresco Paint mixture and glob it onto the spindles.
  • Take a brown craft paint and sporadically paint the spindle.
  • Paint the spindle with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Crackled Texture.
  • Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process and watch the cracks appear!
  • Apply Fusion Mineral Paint’s Espresso Wax to the spindle.
  • Use ribbon to tie a bow on the screw eye.
  • Use floral wire and secure it to the screw eye.
  • Curl the ends of the wire with circle needle nose pliers to finish it off!
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What do you think of these DIY Chippy Spindle Ornaments? Aren’t they so pretty?! I love them!

DIY Tart Tin Ornaments

Up next are these pretty little DIY Tart Tin Ornaments! I had so much fun making these and I think they added just the right amount of sparkle to the tree! I love the rhinestone jewels mixed with the rusty tins. Here is a quick step-by-step on how to make these!

  • Add rust to the tart tins. Place them in a glass bowl on top of paper towel. Cover them with paper towel and then soak the paper towel in vinegar. Allow them to sit for a couple of hours.
  • Once they are good and dry, seal them with a clear sealer to keep the rust from rubbing off.
  • Apply scrapbook paper to the backs/bottoms of the tart tins using Mod Podge.
  • Use hot glue to secure the rhinestone buttons.
  • Use a nail and a hammer to piece a hole in the top of the tart tin.
  • Thread jewelry wire through the hole.
  • Use circular needle nose pliers to curl the end.
  • Slide on pearls and beads.
  • Wrap the wire around a round handle to make a circle.
  • Use the circular needle nose pliers to curl the very end.
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Aren’t these SO cute! And so simple! I love the sparkle these added to my Christmas tree! What do you think? Will you try making these?

DIY Mercury Glass Ornaments

I’m going to guess that you make these for sure! I could not believe how much these look like expensive mercury glass ornaments. And the best part is, they won’t break if they fall off the tree! Here is a quick run down of how to make these!

  • Spray one to two sprays of Krylon Looking Glass into the plastic ornament.
  • Twirl the ornament to coat the inside with the paint.
  • Take a vinegar/water mixture (1 part to 1 part) and spray 1-2 sprays into the ornament. Shake or swirl the ornament well.
  • Use a blow dryer to dry the paint/vinegar mixture. The vinegar water repels the paint, and will help you achieve the marble look you want.
  • Repeat this process until you are happy with the amount of looking glass/mirror look.
  • Take copper, amber, or bronze spray paint and squirt 1-2 sprays into the ornament. Swirl it around.
  • Add another spray or two of the vinegar water if you need to!
  • Blow it dry, swirling as you dry. Repeat if needed.
  • Spray paint the caps with a coordinating spray paint.
  • Use velvet ribbon to create loops on the ornaments.
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Can you believe how good these look?! I was so amazed! I ended up hanging several on our Christmas tree and then I used a lot of them to create a garland that I used on our mantle. I’ll probably be creating more of these this year too! My plastic ornaments came from JoAnn Fabric and they were 60% off I believe. So keep an eye out! This is a very inexpensive craft, but I think they look so pretty and expensive when they are all said and done!

DIY Paper Clay Christmas Ornaments

You know I’m going to throw in a little paper clay into my holiday crafts! 😉 I love using paper clay and it’s perfect to use for Christmas ornaments. These beauties are so simple to make, lightweight, and fully customizable! Here is what you need to know to recreate these.

  • Paint your plastic ornaments with a good coat of chalk paint.
  • User paper clay and silicone moulds to create your moulds.
  • While damp, apply a generous amount of wood glue to the back of the paper clay mould.
  • Flip over the mould and attach it to the ornament.
  • Apply firm, gentle pressure to the paper clay and make sure it has good contact with the ornament.
  • Wait 10-15 minutes before painting the ornament and mould grey.
  • Use latex silicone caulk to fill in any gaps between the ornament and paper clay.
  • Keep a damp paper towel handy to wipe off excess caulk.
  • Once the caulk is dry, apply another coat of paint.
  • Once dry, use a stiff paint brush to dry brush on white paint.
  • Use the white paint to highlight the paper clay mould details.
  • Use Fusion Mineral Paint’s Wax in the color Espresso to add dimension and interest. Smooth it onto the ornament with your finger, smoothing and blending as you go. Make sure you add some to the edges of the mould and into some of the mould crevices.
  • Put the ornament topper back on and add a velvet ribbon for hanging.
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DIY Cottage Ornaments, Paper Clay Christmas Ornament from Live Oak Nest

I love how these look! Don’t you think they look like something you would purchase in a retail store? There are so many ways to customize these! Do you think you will try making these for your Christmas tree this year?!

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What do y’all think about all of these DIY Cottage Ornaments? Do you love them as much as I do?! I am so excited to pull out our Christmas tree this year. I actually plan to use the same ornaments and stick with my soft blues because I just love the way everything looked last year! Have you decorated with blue at Christmas before?

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I’d love for you to say hello down below and let me know what you think! And if we’re not friends over on Facebook or Instagram, what are you waiting for?! ☺️

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Kayla C.

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  1. Just wow! I’m so glad to have found this blog post with all these inspiring ideas! I can promise you that I will be making some of each one you’ve shared – I love them that much! I haven’t worked with paper clay before but it sounds like just what I’ve been looking for to do a couple projects I have in mind! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Tara! Oh you will love using Paper Clay! Seriously so many ways to incorporate it into your home decor crafts! Thanks so much for visiting the blog!

  2. Wow, these ornaments are amazing! I hope to try ALL of them 🙂
    I didn’t see where you got the plastic ornaments for the mercury glass. Would you share that?

    1. Hi Andrea! Thank you so much! I hope you can try them all to! Yes, the plastic ornaments came from JoAnns fabric! They had a huge tube of them and they were on major sale! Hopefully they will have them again this year!

  3. First time watching. (Cottage Farmhouse Christmas Decor)
    I love making my own Christmas ornaments too. Since you love using paper clay, have you ever tried polymer clap? Polymer clay is cured at low temperatures in your oven. I use the same oven I bake food in.
    PolymerClayTutor has some real good tutorials. The Blue Bottle Tree is a good resource and tutorial site.

    1. Hi Terry! I have not used Polymer Clay but I have seen some really neat videos on Instagram with makers using it! Thanks for sharing the website, I’ll go take a look!

  4. I love the oval paper clay ornaments. Would love to do these for xmas. Please could you tell me what I have to search for to purchase the blank baubles. Thank

    1. Hi Karen! Thanks so much, I think you will love making them! I picked those up at At Home, but you might try searching clear plastic ornaments!

  5. Hello Kayla.
    We love watching your YouTube channel. We could watch everyday. Thanks for all the insight on decorating and crafting.
    We were wondering if you could tell us where you got what looks like the garland on your Christmas tree. It looks really pretty and I would like to get some if it is still available.

    1. Hi Linda!
      Oh I’m so glad you enjoy it! Are you Linda Wagner from the panhandle … momma of Craig and Melissa?! If so, hello!!! So fun! Thanks so much for watching and visiting the blog!
      Can you describe the garland you’re looking for? If it wasn’t an ornament or a sprig, it’s most likely ribbon! Almost all of my ribbon came from Hobby Lobby last year! I believe you can get that white mesh ribbon from Hobby Lobby too. Let me know if you’re looking for something particular and I can probably send you a link or point you in the right direction!
      Talk soon!

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