- Miniwax Polycrylic clear gloss
- Clear plastic ornament
- Felt. for animal’s ears. I did felt in the color of the animal as well as a pink for the inside of the ear.
- Flowers to decorate/hide the ornament top piece.
- Clay if making the unicorn horn. You could use other material to make the horn.
- Black permanent vinyl to make the animals face.
- Transfer tape
- The Free SVG file of the animal’s face, which can be found here in my library.
- Extra fine glitter. The thicker glitter does not work well for this.
- This is the brand I used. It comes in several different colors. JoAnn Fabrics also caries this brand. Sulyn Extra Fine Crystal Diamond Glitter Stacker Jar, 2 Ounces, Non-Toxic, Stackable and Reusable Jar, Multiple Slot Openings for Easy Dispensing and Mess Reduction, SUL50860
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Ribbon or string to hang your ornament
- Plastic cup or container to hold ornament as you allow it to drip and dry.
- A funnel or bottle to help pour the polycrylic into the ornament
- A piece of paper or funnel to pour the glitter into the ornament
I made a funnel out of a piece of paper. I then used that funnel to help pour the polycrylic into a small bottle. Once my bottle was filled up, I only filled it half way, I used that bottle to squirt the polycrylic into my ornament. I did about 2 good squirts into each ornament. You can also use the pictures below to help judge the amount of polycrylic I used for my ornaments. This seemed to be about the perfect amount. If you find you need a little more, you can always squirt a little more into your ornament. Now slowly rotate the ornament to cover every area with the polycrylic. Once I got to the top, I tilted my ornament so my polycrylic went back to the bottom of my ornament and coated everything a second time just to be sure it was coated well. Then place your ornament upside down in a cup or plastic contain to allow any extra polycrylic to drip out. Allow the ornament to drip for a few minutes. When you no longer see the polycrylic dripping out of your ornament, then it is ready to add the glitter.
It is important to use extra fine glitter. The thicker/chunky glitter does not work well for this project. You will need a fair amount of glitter to cover the entire ornament. See the pictures below for the amount of glitter I used. This seemed to be about the exact amount needed for each ornament. I took a piece of paper and folded it. Then I poured my glitter onto the piece of paper. Use the fold in the paper to help pour your glitter into your ornament. You will then slowly rotate the ornament to move the glitter around the ornament, like you did with the polycrylic. Again, once I got to the top of my ornament I when back and gave everything a second coating. Then tip your ornament over and allow any extra glitter to fall out onto your piece of paper. You can then put this extra glitter back into the glitter container.
Now allow your ornaments to dry over night to insure the polycrylic is completely dry before putting the top back on your ornaments. If you put the top back on before the polycrylic is dry, then it may not dry properly and you could scratch it when putting the top back on, thus removing glitter in areas where it was scratched. I have found the miniwax pliycrlic works best. Some people have had luck with mod podge. Elmer’s glue, Mop and Glow (floor cleaner), Beacon Glitter-It all do not seem to work as well as the polycrylic. You also need to wait longer for these other products before you can start adding your glitter.
The next step is to make the face that will go on your ornament. I used my Cricut Maker to cut permanent black vinyl for my faces. I have the SVG file to the two faces I made in my free library, which you can find here. Other Cricut machines can also cut this SVG file. If you do not have a Cricut machine or other machine that can cut vinyl, then you can also draw your own face on with a sharpie marker. The plastic ornament I used for this project were about 3 inches wide. I made my cat face 2.5 inches wide and 1.144 inches long. (I just locked the sizes and made the width 2.5 inches and let the height be changed accordingly.) For the unicorn I did the same thing, but made the width 2 inches, which made the height 0.266 inches. I think next time I might make the unicorn also 2.5 inches wide. I put the unicorn and cat face in the same file. So, when you open it in design space you will need to ungroup them, and size them accordingly. If you are cutting the animal’s face out of vinyl, then you will need some sort of transfer tape. You do not need to mirror the face, since it should be the same either way.
Once the face was on, I made the ears next. I hand cut the ears with scissors, but you could use a Cricut Maker to cut the felt as well. Once I cut one ear to my liking, I used that ear as a template to cut the rest of my ears. I did the same thing with the inside ear piece. Once all of my pieces were cut, I used my hot glue gun to glue them into place. I started off by gluing the pink inside of the ear to the outer piece of the ear. I then placed a small drop of hot glue in the middle of the ear and pinched it together. This created a nice curved shape to the ear, which I liked. Next, I applied hot glue along the bottom of the ear and placed it on the ornament just to the side and slightly behind the topper of the ornament. Continue to do this for the other ear or ears if you are making more than one ornament.
The last step is to add the decorations that will cover the topper of the ornament. For the cat I had some felt flowers, which I glued one pink one in the center. I also purchased these paper like blue flowers which I glued one on either side of the pink flower. I tried a few different flowers and things before I decided which ones I wanted. So, see what you have on hand and how they look before you glue anything down. I also thought about adding a tail coming up behind the ornament topper, but decided against it in the end. I had a piece of scrap felt that just happened to be the perfect size and shape for the cat’s nose. So, I decided to apply a little hot glue and give my cat a pink nose.
For the unicorn I had purchased these white flowers from Dollar Tree, which I have been wanting to use. The flowers needed just a little color to them. So, I took some makeup blush I had and painted it lightly on the ends of each flower. I added a bit more to the center flower. I then glued each of these flowers into place. For the horn of the unicorn, I took a little bit of white clay and split it into two pretty equal haves. I then rolled out both pieces and twisted them around each other. I then let it harden. If you use polymer clay, which I would recommend, then you would bake it in the oven for the clay to harden. I did not want to turn the entire oven on for just this one piece, so I used this other clay that was not labeled. I then painted the horn with my gold acrylic paint and hot glued it directly onto the ornament topper. Do not forget to attach a little string or ribbon to hang your ornaments and you are finished.
You can make so many different types of ornaments with these techniques I would love it if you shared your creations either in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I hope this helped you and I look forward to seeing what you create.
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