Resparkle Your Old Ornaments: Round One

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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I added these rhinestones to my ornament to resparkle the fading finish.
Using a Sharpie, I marked each spot to add a rhinestone, keeping the pattern easy to follow.
I added the first set of clear rhinestones to the center area of the ornament.
I added the second set of gold B rhinestones above and below the clear A ones, offsetting them halfway in between the A pieces for a contrast look.
I added these rhinestones to my ornament to resparkle the fading finish.

I added these rhinestones to my ornament to resparkle the fading finish.

Photo: Susan Beal

I found a box of six plain ornaments-once-shiny red glass rounds that had definitely seen better days-and thought I'd try a crafty experiment using bits and pieces from my stash to resparkle them. First up was a quick, easy rhinestone embellishment in a simple repeating pattern, a nice distraction from some of the worn spots on the finish here and there. I'll be posting a few more of my crafty makeover ideas over the next few weeks, too, from wired rounds of beads to eye-catching glitter stripes, and chances are you'll have everything you need for one or all of them right in your stash!

You'll need:

  • One old ornament
  • Sharpie or other marker
  • Assorted rhinestones-I used five large clear rounds (A) as my main sparkles and eight medium gold rounds (B) as my accents
  • Hot-glue gun

1. Choose a repeating pattern for your ornament-a simple, geometric sequence seemed to suit my round ornament well. I decided to place four large clear rounds (A) at the midpoint, evenly spaced around the equator of the glass ball. Use the Sharpie to make a mark at each spot you want to place a rhinestone A.

2. Add a dab of hot glue to your first marked spot and press a rhinestone into it. Repeat to place each one in this first sequence.

3. Next, choose the pattern for your contrast or second sequence of rhinestones (B). I decided to place two sets of four gold sparkles above and below the first clear ones, offset so that they were halfway between each of the clear ones. Now make a mark at each spot you're placing these accent B rhinestones.

4. Repeat step 2 to glue down the next eight sparkles. Finish by adding one last large clear A rhinestone to the bottom of the glass ball, opposite the hanger at the top, and glue it down.

5. Let it cool for a few minutes before hanging it on your tree!


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Comments (2)

granitatogo writes: i couldn't bear to throw away our old round christmas tree bulbs. I just knew there must be a way to spiff them up!

THANK YOU!! We'll have fun with this project!
Posted: 5:39 am on December 6th
Sister_Diane writes: How cute is that? It would catch the Christmas tree lights nicely, too!
Posted: 9:19 am on November 30th
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