Fun with Mod Podge: Fabric and Paper Mache Ornament Crafts for Seasons of Fun
Who says ornaments are just for Christmas? As versatile as they are colorful, these fun baubles are the perfect way to celebrate spring. Display them in an oversized crystal bowl as a one-of-a-kind centerpiece, dangle them from chandeliers and ceiling fans for a cheerful splash of color, or add a festive touch to outdoor spaces by using them to festoon porch railings and garden shepherd’s hooks.
Things you need:
Paper Mache Ornament
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Outdoor Mod Podge
Scissors, punch, or die cut machine for making shapes
Pencil or fabric marker
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Things to do:
1. Paint paper mache ornament with acrylic paint, and allow to thoroughly dry. The ornament will probably soak up this first coat, so you’ll need to apply a second (or third) coat to cover evenly, thoroughly drying between applications.
2. Wash, dry, and iron fabric. Then, use a pencil or fabric marker to draw your designs on the reverse side. Play with the shapes for a fun, playful ornament.
3. To prevent fraying, paint the designs with a thin layer of Mod Podge, going slightly outside the lines. Allow to thoroughly dry, then cut out.
4. Affix the fabric cutouts with a layer of Mod Podge. When dry, you can add on buttons for a whimsical touch. If you cut out flower shapes, buttons would be perfect for the center of each flower for example. You could also replace the gold string on the paper mache ornaments with strips of fabric for the hanger. Wait 24 hours to display.
This simple ornament craft is fun for the whole family, and provides seasons of cheerful display. In the fall, create fabric ornaments with leaves, acorns, and autumn harvest designs, and then come up with your own custom Christmas ornaments. Use them to adorn your own home, or share with family, friends, or teachers.