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.

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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.

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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.)

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The result is these really pretty, simple ornaments that are different from those you can readily buy.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Since I wanted a matte finish, I didn’t apply hemp oil or wax, but just left the milk paint raw.  I’m loving that look more and more lately.

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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!

28 Comments

  1. Cassie

    These are beautiful! I’ve been looking at my tree this year and wishing we had room for two – one for the sentimental, and handmade ornaments that are appreciated by little guys, and one for simpler and more cozy decorations. These fit that mood perfectly 🙂

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  2. Julie Knight

    I’ve been wanting to create some “raw” furniture pieces to sell in my shop because I love the look as well, but I’m concerned about durability and upkeep for my clients. How do you clean/care for a piece not sealed with wax or hemp oil? I could make a care tag and hang it on the finished pieces.

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  3. Shelley

    I absolutely love the simplicity of these! They are beautiful. Paired with the beautiful denim ribbon-perfection!

    HO-HO-HUGS!

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  4. Pamela @FlowerPatchFarmhouse

    Strange, I too have been struck by the purge bug…and I am swamped with special orders and other necessary work so I can’t just turn myself loose on it. I have been just letting myself tackle one little “de-clutter’ area a day to keep me from going crazy and still enjoy my painting. Seems when the mood strikes it is nearly overwhelming. 🙂 Love the simple look for the ornaments. More my style than glitz and glam.

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  5. Gillianne

    Marion, I’ve been reading your blog for years, and I understand the need to cover the costs, but the ads have just gotten to be too much for me, especially the banners across the bottom and top that I have to click to close — and then they demand more info/clicks before they will close. I don’t want to say goodbye, but I will be visiting here much less often. Best wishes to you. Keep on inspiring “regular” people with the confidence to make their homes places they want to be.

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    • Mary Kay

      I’m a bit puzzled. Marian’s blog comes to me with the ads all on the right side, and I’ve never needed to click on them. The blog is all of a piece on the left from the top down, so there’s no interference from ads.

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      • Gillianne

        This is new for me. I now have banner ads across the top and bottom of my pages on a few blogs; the only one that matters to me is this one. The content suggests they may be from a host site, not ads Marion accepts. My ad blockers have kept these at a minimum until very recently. I’d sure love to get rid of them. Suggestions?

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    • Sharon

      I don’t ever have to click or close any ads on this blog, unlike some others that I have unsubscribed to because of the annoyance. On this blog ads are visible on the side of the
      content but nothing ever pops up and demands attention. I’m reading this on an ipad…..not sure
      if it looks different on another type of device.

      Hopefully there’s an answer for you……this blog is too good to miss !

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    • marian

      Gillian, I’m so sorry to hear that. I know that ads can be really annoying. Sometimes sound pops up on one of my own ads and scares me out of my skin! I do not allow pop-ups on my site or ads you have to chase around to close, so if you ever do see those ads, they are slipping through my filters and, if I’m aware of them, I notify my ad managers, so they can prevent it from happening.

      Anyway, I appreciate what you’re saying and I do listen to my readers, so thanks for the feedback. I hope you understand that going ad-free would mean that I don’t make any income off of my blog and, since this is my job, it’s necessary for me to keep them.

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      • Gillianne

        I understand that completely. Had no problem with ads on the right. It’s these new full-width banners that prompted my comment. Opening the comments page today brought up a bottom banner from Salvation Army inviting me to sponsor a family in my state.The home page has a banner ad from Verizon at the top and a banner ad for the BMW sedan 3 series at the bottom. They slow down the loading of your blog and annoy the heck out of me. Because they block the top and bottom of the page, I have to close them, and they respond sluggishly to that. On my laptop, these banners are new, and they’re the only ads I find objectionable. *sigh* I would love to block them for good. Ideas?

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  6. Becky

    I checked online for unfinished wooden ornaments like these and none of the 3 craft stores in my area list them. Are you willing to share the name of the retailer(s) where you found them.
    They are lovely and I would enjoy using MMS Milk Paint to try my hand at it!
    Merry Christmas!

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    • marian

      I think I bought them at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

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      • Connie

        Paper mache ones on clearance at Hobby Lobby 66% off

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        • Debra Grindrod

          Just got the paper mache ornaments at Hobby Lobby in Colorado for 90% off! Didn’t see the wooden ones.

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    • Liz Anthony

      Michaels has them in store for 70% off today.

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  7. Kathryn Casey

    I love this project! Thank you for sharing. Are you familiar with the KonMari method for organizing? Whatever doesn’t spark joy gets discarded (donated, given away, thrown out) and so you’re surrounded only with things you love. I know from following your blog that this is how to choose your furniture, so I thought I would bring it up regarding the other areas of life/home.

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    • marian

      I am no familiar with that, but it’s definitely the path I’m on!

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  8. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline

    Pretty! I bought 3D wood star/snowflake cutout ornaments last year for the kids to paint. They’re still in the bag. Ha. MAYBE we’ll finally get to them next year!

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  9. Donna Doble-Brown

    I love this idea! Great way to also try the milk paint and your glitter . . . Would love to see one of the glitter ones you made!

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  10. Eileen

    There are banners at the bottom of this blog. You have to make a decision whether it’s too much of a bother. I enjoy Marian’s blog so I’ll click through, but I do understand that it may be too much to fuss with. I have other blogs that I no longer follow for that exact reason. There’s one that splits the screen and I can’t even read it so I’ve given up.

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  11. Lin

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Marian! I am so glad you have been cleaning out as I received the two table cloths yesterday that I ordered from you. They are so beautiful! Thank you so much!

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  12. Denise Cox

    Just LOVE this idea!! It’s simple, but I’m so in love…. I will definitely make some next year. I love the colors you chose… perfect match to the big, pretty, blue bow!!

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  13. Susan Prillman, glorygiver

    Funny I just grabbed a dozen (paper mache) today for next year. I think they were down to 40 cents at Michaels. 🙂 Can’t wait to see Farmhouse White…it looks whiter than your other whites which is what I’ve been wanting for a piece of furniture on my makeover list.

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  14. Jeanneen

    I love these ornaments and will look for them in Michael’s. I Love the wrapping paper, where can I find some?

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  15. Deb Landy

    Sweet for a country style tree

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  16. B Folk

    Marian, since you replied to the other reader about ad banners, and said you would notify your ad managers: right now, there is a banner for 1800Flowers (.com) across the bottom of my screen, and there isn’t an option for clicking out of it. I, too, have been experiencing banners across the pages, every time, the entire time that I am on this site.
    I am still dedicated to your blog, even though these ads are a pain. Thanks for trying to keep a tight rein on it, must be frustrating for you, too.
    The ornaments are lovely. I have been wanting to purge, too, but the church I attend is having a “garage” sale in February, so I am hanging on to stuff until then, so that I can donate it.

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  17. Christine

    I have experienced the pop-up ads as well. No as much lately. I do find that sometimes when I scroll down the page as I am reading that the content has not fully loaded. With either scenario, I switch to reader’s view on my iPad. This is located in the web bar at the top where the address is located. If you click on the four lined icon to the left of address, you can switch to reader’s view. This may help.

    Something must be in the air because I have been on rant with my family that we need to declutter and organize. Maybe because I couldn’t find the snowflake ornaments or the box with lights! (Eventually found them). Still trying to locate the box with my daughter’s Christmas sock in it. Yikes!

    Happy holidays!

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  18. Christine

    I have experienced the pop-up ads as well. No as much lately. I do find that sometimes when I scroll down the page as I am reading that the content has not fully loaded. With either scenario, I switch to reader’s view on my iPad. This is located in the web bar at the top where the address is located. If you click on the four lined icon to the left of address, you can switch to reader’s view. This may help.

    Something must be in the air because I have been on rant with my family that we need to declutter and organize. Maybe because I couldn’t find the snowflake ornaments or the box with lights! (Eventually found them). Still trying to locate the box with my daughter’s Christmas sock in it. Yikes!

    Happy holidays!

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