September 27, 2023

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Simple DIY Acrylic Picture Ornaments to Protect Recollections | Thrifty Decor Chick

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Tips on how to make straightforward DIY acrylic picture ornaments to your tree or decor. 

These candy acrylic ornaments have been so straightforward to make, they usually remind of us of a few of our favourite reminiscences from this 12 months. 

We’ll have them to look again at for years!

I LOVE including sentimental ornaments to the tree yearly. I at all times buy one for our son and that marks one thing he loves at that age. 

This 12 months his was churro decoration — his favourite deal with after we’re at Disney.  😂 (He is liked them since our first journey, and now he is 16!)

Should you’ve been studying right here for a very long time,  you would possibly keep in mind the thin picture Christmas tree I put up in our bed room practically ten years in the past: 

I’ve since added these pictures to our picture albums, and I needed to create some totally different ornaments that might maintain up over time. 

I discovered these flat, round acrylic ornaments within the vacation craft part at Interest Foyer just a few weeks in the past and knew I might do one thing enjoyable with them!: 
round acrylic ornaments

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I had a plan in thoughts that modified up a bit in the course of the course of, however general this was nonetheless an easy Christmas craft!

A good X-acto knife is at all times good to have for these kinds of initiatives! It makes all the things a lot simpler. I had to make use of it to get even get the protecting coating off the acrylic: 
flat acrylic ornaments

At first I assumed they’d be that softer matte end. They’re truly very clear and glossy. 

I printed off some pictures from my cellphone to the dimensions I wanted (these are 3.5 inches) and began to determine how one can adhere the paper to the ornaments. 

My first strive was unsuccessful: 

spray adhesive on acrylic

I attempted utilizing a sprig adhesive on the pictures first, however as you’ll be able to see, you see all the little spray marks. 

No worries! I peeled off the paper and washed these off to make use of once more. 

The reply was my good previous trusty Mod Podge. These items is nice! It can look cloudy whenever you apply it: 
mod podge on acrylic

However dries good and clear. It additionally acts as a protecting coat whenever you’re carried out. 

I used somewhat an excessive amount of for the primary few: 

mod podge acrylic ornaments

However they turned out positive!

Gently flip your decoration over — it could be lumpy like this: 

lumpy paper mod podge

You should utilize your fingers to therapeutic massage the bubbles out, however I discover {that a} flat edge works finest.

I used our pan scraper from the sink: 

smoothing wavy mod podge

The paper is simply primary printer paper, however it held up properly! Simply take your time. 

I attempted including the glue to the paper (as a substitute of the acrylic), however it precipitated the printer ink to unfold everywhere in the picture. 

These items dries fairly fast. I checked on them as they have been drying and continued to easy out the again right here and there. 

After they have been utterly dry, I used my X-acto knife to chop the surplus paper off across the decoration: 

trimming paper with xacto knife

After which added a coat of the Mod Podge to the again to guard it: 

shiny mod podge

The extra coats, the extra it would cowl the paper. 

I used to be going to hold these on one among our Christmas timber, however had a cuter concept in thoughts!

As an alternative, I hung them with actually small nails onto the “branches” of my chalkboard evergreen timber in our large mud room chalkboard: 
easy chalkboard trees

So cute!! It is a enjoyable little show that reveals off a few of our latest household reminiscences. 

It is onerous to get a detailed up of them as a result of they replicate all the things (they’d look so nice on a tree with lights!), however you’ll be able to see how clear the acrylic is: 

Nutter dog

I like that our family and friends will be capable to examine them out after they come on this door: 

chalkboard with trees and ornaments

And now I need to add extra, however in smaller sizes as properly. 

These would make a enjoyable little present for shut household and pals — perhaps as a substitute of Christmas playing cards? I simply love that concept!

At first I used to be going make these with black and white pictures, however I am glad I went with coloration as a substitute. You might do a sepia tone like I did years in the past too. 

What a enjoyable technique to look again on the 12 months:

huge black to do chalkboard

I’ve 16 ornaments (I’ve extra to make) for $5 since I had the opposite gadgets in my craft provides. Even when it’s important to purchase the glue and cutter, you may be on this for lower than $15 for all these ornaments. 

This may be an incredible craft to do with pals or household as properly. Even the youngsters might get in on the gluing half…in the event you do not thoughts the mess. 😉 

Have you ever ever made picture ornaments to your tree? I might love to listen to how you’ve got carried out it!

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