Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas Accent Craft - 12 Weeks of Christmas

Red Writing's 12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 3 is a Christmas Accent Craft. I posted about this last Christmas, but it is so easy, and turns out so pretty, that I thought I would share it with you again. I am really late joining in this week - but I hope this is something you will enjoy.

If you love vintage Christmas balls and you love silver, this project is for you!

I have bought a few boxes of old glass Christmas ornaments at Goodwill and un-painted them to get this look. It's soooo easy! Hopefully in these first two pictures you can tell that some of them have an old, faded silver look. Those are the Shiny Brite or other really old ornaments. The shinier silver balls are "newer" old ornaments that the color does come off of, but the silver inside is a more solid bright silver look. I do not un-paint the balls that start out silver or gold, because a mixture of those two colors is what I am going for. I love the old, faded look. And mixing it with the shinier silver gives more dimension. So - I will buy any of the old balls - but definitely the Shiny Brites.

Just hold a ball UPSIDE DOWN under hot running water. You do not want the water to go inside the ball, because if it is one of the older balls, the hot water will wash all the silver out of the inside. After just a few seconds under the hot water, you will be able to rub off the colored paint. It usually just rubs off with your finger. Every now and then you may have to scratch at it with your fingernails. But it is really soooo quick and easy!
To see more great Christmas accent crafts, go to Red Writing's!



Red Writing said...

Oh, WOW! What a neat trick. I love silver and this is so pretty. I have some balls that don't fit my color scheme anymore--this will be perfect for them!

Your tiered decoration is beutiful as well.

Thank you, thank you!

Jen said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the silver bells, such as Christmas classic in my book. Thanks for sharing the tip.

Maureen said...

I had no idea you could do this! Thanks for posting.

Jayne said...

Outstanding thing to learn! Thank you for sharing this cool craft! I love it!
Jayne at mysongwithin

Jenny said...

This is super, super clever. I love this idea. Wouldn't a wreath made out of those almost tarnished looking ornaments be gorgeous? And I totally love them on your tiered server. Wow!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try this on some old ornaments that I have. Love the balls on your 3 tier holder.