Virtual Advent participant! I'm so glad Marg and Kelly keep organizing it every year. It helps get me in the holiday spirit!
It's the first weekend in December. Are you decking the halls? Are you setting up your tree or your lights? Maybe you've been thinking about it and need a little push to get you going.
Like the people in this photo, my Grandmother is Danish. She immigrated to Canada when she was quite young. As a child, every Christmas Eve the grown-ups would sneak a Christmas tree into the house, decorate it with lit candles, flags and homemade ornaments, then reveal it to the children. It was a sort of surprise to get the children excited. The surprise Christmas tree fell out of favour, as well as the lit candles, but flags and homemade ornaments continued to grace her tree.
Over the last few years, I've tried to make at least one ornament for our tree. This decoupaged ornament is this year's addition.
I've seen these decoupaged glass Christmas balls on Pinterest but didn't find any instructions so I came up with my own. It's pretty simple. You can give it a try too! Warning: You will get sticky and covered in glitter. Here's what I did.
First, the supplies needed:
- Glass (or plastic) Christmas balls
- An old book or papers (an old copy of A Christmas Carol or music sheets would be nice. I used a French book since anything French is très chic)
- Mod Podge
- Glitter (I used Martha Stewart, sparingly because it's expensive)
- Clean plastic containers (raid the recycle bin)
- Foam brushes
- Ribbon or string
Cover any surface you don't want glitterified. Cut a few pages of a book into strips, 1/2 inch by 1 inch approximately. Remove hanger from ball. Squirt some Mod Podge into a plastic container.
Using a strip at a time, brush Mod Podge onto one side of paper. Apply to ball and work your way around the surface making sure to cover the ball completely. Let dry.
Place the hanger back on the ball and attach a temporary ribbon or string for hanging. Cover whole surface of ball with a layer of Mod Podge. Sprinkle glitter over ball with container underneath to catch excess.
Hang the ball somewhere safe until the glue is completely dry (probably overnight).
Et violà! A sparkly, bookish ornament for your tree!
For the little kids, this free Santa's Beard Advent Calendar from Inviting Printables is really cute. Just stick it up on the fridge and everyday glue a cotton ball to Santa's face.
After you have the house tinselfied, sit back with a hot cocoa or, my fave, a coffee with eggnog. Put up your feet and play a little Sarah McLachlan. And of course you need something Christmasy to read. Here's a story from L.M. Montgomery, a story about decking the halls and ending a feud.
I hope this is the start of a fun filled month for you! Please check out all the stops on the Virtual Advent Tour, including my tour partners for the day Alex, Amy, Charlotte, and Angel .