Today I want to share how to make one of my very favorite Christmas ornaments. I got it off another site one year when I was looking for a small gift for the ladies in my church. I have made these several times over the years since and it is always well received. I thought maybe you would like to make one for your home since I can’t make one for you. 🙂
Here is what you will need:
- Small Mirrors (You can find these in craft stores. They usually come in packs of 2, 4, or 6. I have used round, rectangle and square mirrors in the past successfully.)
- Steel Wool
- Fingernail Polish Remover
- Paper Towels/Cotton Balls
- Craft Wire
- Card stock
- Pictures of Christ (I scan the picture and print out about 12 to a page to cut out. You can adjust this to the size of the mirror you are using.)
- Glue Gun
Here is how to make it:
- Cut out the pictures to fit inside the circumference of the mirror. Make sure you have a little bit of the mirror showing on all sides.
- Cut the felt and the cardstock using the mirror as a template. I usually print out the message, “Merry Christmas and the year” on the cardstock and then cut out around the typed words.
- Using cotton or paper towels, rub a generous amount of nail polish remover onto the back (painted side) of the mirror.
- While wet, use the steel wool to rub in the remover. Use a circular motion. You will need to press pretty hard. Slowly but surely, the paint will begin to come off.
- Rub off a small circle in the center of the mirror – large enough to see the picture through, and small enough to leave a reflective frame around it.
- Clean the mirror back, and place the picture on the glass.
- Run a bead of glue along the outside edge of the mirror back, and attach the felt. This will hold the picture in place.
- Make a loop out of the wire, and twist the cut ends together. Glue to the top of the felt circle.
- Glue the cardstock over the felt and the wire.
- Cut your trim to fit the outside rim of the completed mirror. This hides all of the rough edges and gives a nice sparkle.
- Glue trim to rim of ornament.
That’s it! Now you have a Christ Ornament for your tree. I think it helps remind us of who Christmas should be centered on–CHRIST.
What Holiday Bliss are you celebrating today?