Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thrifted Fairy Tale Christmas Ornaments

Now that December is here, (like, actually, really here, meaning that the Christmas holiday countdown is going FAST), its time for me to buckle down and tackle some gift giving!
I am going to be giving a lot of handmade gifts this year, and this easy DIY Ornament/Gift Tag project really puts the icing on the cake presents.
Goodwill here in San Antonio is a great resource to find items to upcycle for handmade gifts. From fabric (clothing) to silverware to party items, they really have it all.
I stumbled across a 30 pack of favor tins recently and they were only $3.99. (If you buy these at retail they will cost about $20).

I had a children's fable book from a project a while back, and for $1.99 I have gotten a ton of use out of it. Perhaps you could find a Dr. Seuss book (they typically run around 99 cents), or other similar children's book if you want to do a craft like this.

I had Martha Stewart glitter paint in my craft closet, and of course, a hot glue gun is sooo handy.
I popped the plastic parts out of the tins, and quickly painted the glitter on the visible edge...I wanted just a little, but if you want more coverage, do a second coat.

After the tops dried, I used the bottoms as a template and cut selected pictures out of the book with an exacto knife (careful here!) To ensure the pictures don't pop out, I added a tiny bit of Elmer's glue to the backs of the pictures.

I love the magnified effect from the plastic top!

For added personalization, I made gift tags by using a paper punch, some shipping labels (to stick on the names) and hot glued the tags and ribbon loop on top. All done!

The ornaments came together quickly, and I had everything on hand. The fun thing about crafting with thrifted items is that it challenges me to be creative! I love to use what is already produced and purchased, especially because I don't want to squander all the money I saved at Goodwill.

Happy Holiday Crafting!

Disclosure: This post was made possible by Goodwill San Antonio. I received a gift card in exchange for this post.

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