So excited to welcome one of our friends and contributors today! Julie from Lilacs & Longhorns is going to show you guys the cutest DIY Christmas ornament!
Hello Friends! It’s me, Julie, from Lilacs & Longhorns again!
I’m so happy to be back here once again at Robin’s place to bring you a Christmas craft idea.
Fa la la la la! I’m so happy it’s the Christmas season!
I absolutely love making crafts at Christmas time and, honestly, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t make some kind of craft during the holiday season.
Today, I’m showing you a super easy craft that takes 30 minutes or less. And, I promise, even though there is hand-painting involved, it really couldn’t be easier.
I was inspired by a holiday ornament I bought while we were on vacation in Colorado two summers ago.
An old (or new) spoon that isn’t too thick in the neck to be bent
Bend your spoon. Honestly, you can do this before or after, I preferred bending mine first because it was easier to hold while painting. If you bend the spoon after you paint it, just make sure the paint is completely dry or you will rub off the image.
That said, I will tell you that the hardest part of this craft is bending the spoon and not breaking it.
Choose your spoons carefully. Make sure the neck isn’t too thick to bend and isn’t too fragile where it might break easily.
The first spoon I made bent easily. I just used both of my hands to slowly bend it into this curved shape. The second spoon was more difficult so my husband did it for me using a broom handle. He slowly used the broom handle to help “guide” the shape of the bend.
Use regular craft paint and a couple of paint brushes of varying sizes to paint your spoon.
Two very easy images to paint with minimal art skills is a snowman and a Christmas tree.
When you paint a snowman get your inner child on and just paint three circles. I used a medium to small brush for this. You might want to practice painting your picture on a piece of paper before you do it on the spoon, however, if it doesn’t turn out, guess what? You can rub it off and try again! No big deal!
How did I get the eyes and coal buttons so perfectly round? Simple. I added the smaller/finer details with a paint pen. Just a dot and you’re done!
Painting a candy cane is also very simple.
The hardest part was getting a good candy cane shape free hand. But, again, when I messed up I just wiped it off and tried again!. Keep trying, you’ll get it right.
Hint: Get the paint pen started on a piece of paper before starting on your spoon to make sure the paint pen is dispensing the right amount of paint first. Practice a few perfect dots first and then you can get to work on the spoon.
There you have it, easy DIY vintage spoon ornaments! These cost me $1 each since I already had craft paint and ribbon on hand.
Merry Christmas to you all!
Isn’t that adorable!? Hop over to visit Julie to see what else she’s been up to this holiday season!