Monday, December 12, 2011

Doodlebug Tutorial and Project

Every year after Christmas, I pick up a few boxes of empty glass ornaments at Michael's for the following year's holiday season's DIY craft project.  With some glitter, they really make some seriously cute and easy ornaments.  One year, First Born dropped a couple and it has become the family lore!  Second Child who wasn't even conceived in our consciousness at the time of the "incident" will solemnly tell you the cautionary tale of her older sister dropping and breaking Mama's ornaments! LOL.

Doodlebug first came out with their sugar coating glitter in 2008, and they were extremely popular and difficult to find!  I would know because I was in market searching and buying, lol. I did manage to amass a lovely collection of Doodlebug glitter.  To think a few years later, I would serve on its design team and create a glittery tutorial, oh the full circle! :)
1.  Gather supplies needed: empty glass ornaments, glitter, and embossing fluid refill.

2.  Pour 2 teaspoon of embossing fluid into the empty ornament. This was a little hard to photograph, but you can sort of see just how much I have poured into the little bulb.  You can actually dilute the embossing fluid with water to make it stretch.  I recommend diluting it first before pouring into the little glass bulb.
3.  Gently rotate the ornament so that the entire interior of the ornament is coated with embossing fluid. This could take a while if the embossing fluid is thick.  (Yes, some embossing fluid is thicker than others.)

4.  Add more embossing fluid if it is needed. Pour out the extra when it is completely coated.

5.  Pour in the glitter quickly and abundantly but quickly swirl the ornament so the glitter coats the interior of the ornament.  It's important that a lot of glitter hits the wall of the glass ornament at once.  Otherwise, a little glitter hits the wall and the wall loses its stickness, which means more glitter won't stick.  So to create the most consistent thickness of glitter around the glass wall, use a lot of glitter and work fast.

6.  Pour out any excess glitter.  At this point, the ornament is actually ready to go on your Christmas tree!There's no waiting for drying, it's immediately done.  You can tie some twine on it, put a ribbon on it and hang it up.

7.  Optionally, you can decorate the outside of the ornament if desired with glittered stickers and jewels like I have done here.

Other ideas on decorating the exterior of the ornament: white rubons, permanent markers, glitter pens... I have tied wide ribbons at the top of the ornament, they look really good that way.  I hope this is helpful and that you will enjoy making your own glitter ornaments!

Before I go, I have another Doodlebug project to show.  I altered a kraft box into a gift box with papers from Doodlebug's Santa's Workshop collection.  I put this under the tree and the kids said that it is just decoration!  Who knows, eh?  Santa might just come on Christmas Eve and put something in there, so no one should discount an empty box!

Now if only we can fast forward so Santa can bring us more toys :) Have a wonderful week everyone!

23 comments:

Beth Hallgren said...

Your ornaments are so pretty! Mimi & I will have to make some with my stash of Doodlebug glitter too. I bet the girls are all but turing themselves inside out with excitement :)

Karen B. said...

What a cute project! Love the bright color of the glitter and I actually might have to break out of my glitter phobia to try these with my kiddos! Thank you!

Tanya Tahir said...

wow the ornaments are pretty, what a great idea! And your gift box is so cuuute.

alexandra s.m. said...

C'est trop joli!
Ca sent vraiment Noel par chez toi ;-)

Blossom inch said...

that ornaments tutorial are just too fab! great tutorial JJ and loving all the colors. The gift box is so cute!!!

Michelle said...

These are so cute!! I never thought of embossing liquid and glitter... (I don't own any embossing liquid!) Years ago I did do something like this with metallic (acrylic) paint, sans the decor on the outside. I love the glitter idea better! ;) The box is really cute... it is such a fun Christmas line!!!

Virginia L. said...

You have now inspired me to try making these ornaments! Beautiful!

jamie said...

dear girl...if you still currently have autumn leaves rhonna farrer papers, intact no less, well it's time to make something with them.
~j
oh...love your tutorial. the glittered ornaments are stunning. love them.

Bente Fagerberg said...

Looks like you had some serious fun here. These are gorgeous. Love that little elf, too. Thanks for sharing!!

Debbie said...

Love the bright and colorful glitter ornaments!!! I can just imagine a tree full of these beautiful ornaments! Your gift box is so cute!!

Keri said...

Just love the idea of putting the glitter on the inside, Jing-Jing, so cute! Hopin' your girls find a little somethin' in the that elf box too! :) :)

Denise Price said...

Great home decor ideas! So shiny & bright.

In answer to your question on my blog: I didn't even know that there was a Snuffy's on Snelling, so it's not that one. :)

Charlene said...

Very cool ornament tutorial!!! How would have thought?? :-)

Kim said...

OOOOOOOOO gosh this is just STUNNING thanks sooo much for the tutorial I am def going to try that!

Deana said...

LOVE it! Total cuteness & it sounds so easy! I love easy! :-)

Melinda Spinks said...

Such a gorgeous idea, and they look fabulous. I would love to try this with my daughter as she'd get a kick out of making her own decorations. Wonderful work as always. :)

Christie Bryant said...

Love the ornaments, so simple AND beautiful!
And the box is so darling, love the bright red and green!

Alice Wertz said...

the glitter ornament idea is genius!! never thought of that and thanks so much for the tutorial! and that little box is too cute. love those cute stickers/embellishments. hope Santa will be putting some little treats in it! =) fabulous work as always, Jing-Jing!

Courtney K said...

what an awesome tutorial - love how they are glittery without leaving glitter everywhere!

Wendy Kwok said...

The ornaments are sooo cute! I love your tutorial. Now i have to get my hands messy!

Sue Lui said...

Love those Christmas ornaments and altered box. :)

Audrey Pettit said...

Awww, how fun your post is! I just LOVE your glittery ornaments, Jing Jing. Doodlebugs awesome colors make these so eye catching. They look like candies! Really gorgeous.
Love your box, too. I bet Santa puts something really awesome in there. ;)

Larajc said...

cute idea! I made something like this a few years ago and it turned out so well! I love the bright glitter colors on yours!