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Trash To Terracotta Christmas Ornament Upcycle

Trash to Terracotta Nov 24, 2020

Ready for a creative Christmas?!

I certainly am. I’ve been so excited to roll up my sleeves and get crafty this year, I have to admit I’ve started quite early. It’s been a long year, what can I say? One project that I knew would get a look in for the festive season was Trash to Terracotta, I mean, how could it not? In case you’re not across it, I created a paint technique for upcycling that I initially used on vases, but it works on lots of different things.

After finding a bunch of old secondhand Christmas decorations in a thrift store and scoring a whole bag for $2, I knew they would be perfect for this technique. They were all in pretty bad shape with scratches and even some holes, but I found the clay effect paint made them look good as new, and matching with my decor.  You can check out my original DIY for this technique here.

You need

  • Water based paint (interior wall paint, acrylic etc)
  • Baking powder
  • Skewers or a way to hang the baubles
  • Paint brush
  • Raffia
  • Box
  • Scissors

How to

  1. If you can, remove the top part of the bauble including the string and little gold holder. *If you can’t remove them, you can simply paint over or tape them off and paint around them.
  2. Using the hole at the top where the holder was, push a skewer into the bauble/ornament so it looks like a lolly pop.
  3. Mix up your paint, roughly one cup of paint to 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Add more baking powder to increase the fluffy texture or if it’s going on too watery.
  4. Give your ornaments 2 coats of the mixture, letting them dry a little between coats.
  5. Turn your box upside down so the flat surface faces the top, and use scissors to puncture the box. Push the skewers into the box to let your baubles dry overnight.
  6. When dry, add the little holders back on. I replaced the string with new raffia to match the colour scheme.

Voila!

 

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