I spent most of my day wrapping presents and working on some cleaning to get ready to host Christmas. I’m sure many of you were doing the same.
I have also been insanely motivated to purge and organize. I’m not sure what has kicked into me, but I have been in a mood. A get-rid-of-80%-of-everything-and-organize-the-rest kind of mood. Usually this mood hits me in January, but it is, very inconveniently, hitting just a few days before Christmas! So, I’ve been purging and sorting my way through sections of my house and studio.
I’m ready to take on any shelf, drawer, closet or cubby that doesn’t contain useful items stored in a tidy fashion. I’ve bought bins and labels and I’m eye-balling things that I’m going to sell, donate or pitch. I’ll finally quit holding myself back after Christmas, but for now, I need to push aside this distraction and focus on the last minute details for the special days ahead.
I had grand plans and an actual list of crafty Christmas projects I wanted to do this year to share on the blog, but I just didn’t get to them. And that’s okay. I’ll hold onto the list for next year. One project that I did get done was milk painted ornaments. I made some last year and I love how they turned out.
Most ornaments and decorations for Christmas are all about shine and sparkle, so it’s hard to find ornaments that are matte and a little more humble.
I start with papier mache or raw wooden ornaments purchased at a craft store.
And paint them with one or two coats of MMS Milk Paint. We used Farmhouse White, Shutter Gray and Grain Sack, but you could use whatever colors worked with your decorating scheme. Since milk paint is all-natural, this would be a great project to do with kids, too. (These are also kid-friendly when hanging on a tree, because they won’t shatter if they’re knocked off.)
The result is these really pretty, simple ornaments that are different from those you can readily buy.
If you do like a bit of bling, you can add some glitter adhered with glue. We dusted the white ones with MMS Fallen Snow (white) glitter and some other ones with details in MMS Tiara (silver) glitter and some we left plain.
Since I don’t like the cheesy gold hangers, I pull them out…
And replace them with a piece of white jute twine. I add a dab of hot glue to over the hole and then force the twine ends into the glue and through the hole. Since the ornaments are light, it holds just fine.
I used some of the wooden ones as embellishments for gifts. The wooden ornaments have a screw-eye in the top, so I just threaded it onto the ribbon.
So, if you see any papier mache or wooden ornaments on clearance when you’re out and about, you know what to do with them!