Regular Glass Ornaments And Glass Christmas Ornaments

Glass Christmas ornaments are one of the objects that contributes the most to the decorative style during holiday Christmas periods. They are not solely meant to be made at home but can also be designed for a school classroom assignment. Plain glass Christmas ornaments are very cheap and can be found almost anywhere such as in holiday or craft stores, which in turn makes the creation of well decorated glass Christmas ornaments also very affordable. When they are purchased, glass ornaments are in a clear state. This makes it very easy to use them on any chosen occasion or moment of the year such as weddings, birthday parties, and others.

To make a well decorated glass ornament, an individual must follow a process of several steps.

  1. The first part of the process consists of protecting the work area with old towels or sheets of magazines.
  2. The second part of the process is to remove the metal or plastic loop that retains the ornament cap, and then use the fingers to also remove the ornament cap. The individual needs to make sure that the ornament cap is kept safely in some place.
  3. The third part of the process consists of using 1 ounce of gold paint into a medicine cup made with plastic and then drop that paint inside the glass ornament through the opening located at the top of the ball. Do the same thing for the silver paint or any other paint colors that are available.
  4. The fourth part of the process is to take the first glass and gently shake it just so the paint inside start swirling together and display a two-tone effect. Repeat this step for as many glass ornaments as available.
  5. The fifth part of the process consists of spreading iridescent glitter inside the opening of the ball ornament for as much as desired and then re-swirling the glass ornaments as done in the previous step.
  6. The sixth part of the process is the storage of the glass ornaments for one day at a secured location where traffic is limited, especially kids’.
  7. The final part of the process consists of substituting the ornament cap and attaching a chiffon ribbon around the ornament cap. The chiffon ribbon is usually in gold or silver color.

The more complex the glass Christmas ornament is the more style and elegance are added to the Christmas tree that holds it. The purchase of glass Christmas ornaments with complicated decorations can be quite pricy in Christmas stores. For this reason, it is better that a person try to design their own. The process for making intricate glass Christmas ornaments is relatively similar to the one needed to create regular glass ornaments. The only differences come from the fact that they use two new materials: other colors and acrylic paint. Indeed, a tablespoon of acrylic paint must be added through the opening of the glass Christmas ornament and then well scattered inside the ball by doing swirling movements.

There are many ideas that can be applied for self-made glass ornaments: painted glass balls, mini bottles, recycles glass ornaments, and sea glass ornaments. When deciding to buy transparent glass ball ornaments, a person must know that the majority of the paint might peel off even before the end of the event for which the ornaments were made. To prevent such a thing from occurring, the person should get a special glass craft paint or use enamel paint which is normally designed for smooth surfaces. Mini bottles may also be used as decorative ornaments. They just need to be tied to a ribbon and sprinkled with the type of glitter that fits the occasion.

Quilting Made Easy: Quick Baby Minky Blankets

Welcoming a new baby is a joyous experience, whether the baby is your own or that of a loved one. One of the greatest ways to show your love and excitement for the new little one is by creating beautiful, handmade baby minky blankets for him or her. Taking the time to make your own baby minky blankets shows how much you truly care, and your gift will be remembered and treasured for years to come. Quilting minky can be quite difficult, and without the proper machine or skills, you may not feel you have the skills to do it on your own. However, there is a way to create a quilted minky blanket with just a regular sewing machine. Here is a how-to guide for quilting your own baby minky blankets.

The first thing you will need to do is purchase your materials. Decide how large you would like your blanket to be. Minky fabric is usually sold in 45-inch width, and you will be purchasing it by the yard. For this particular quilt method, you will want to purchase three to five different types and colors of minky that coordinate. You will also want to purchase a coordinating fabric for the back of your quilt. Don’t forget to purchase matching thread. Trim is not necessary, but it can add a nice touch. If you want trim around your quilt, purchase that as well. Make sure you have enough to go completely around all sides.

Next, cut your fabric into equal-sized squares. Don’t make them too large or too small–six inches square is about right. If possible, use a quilting rotary cutter, ruler, and mat to cut your squares. This will ensure that they are all exactly the same size and help your quilt rows stay even. Lay out your squares in your desired pattern. You can make a repeating pattern with your squares, or you can place them randomly. Once you have them all laid out, start sewing them together. Sew them into rows first and then connect the rows together. Make sure you sew the right sides together so that the seams will be on the inside of the quilt. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance and be as precise as possible so that all of your squares will line up evenly.

Once you have sewn all of your squares together to form the top of the quilt, press all of your seams so that the quilt lays flat. Measure the quilt top and cut the backing out of your coordinating fabric to fit. Pin the two layers together all around the edges of the quilt, making sure to put right sides together and leaving a small opening to turn your quilt right-side-out. Sew along the edge using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn the quilt right-side-out through the opening and sew it closed. Press all around the edges of your quilt so that they lay flat and then top-stitch all the way around.

If you purchased trim for your blanket, add that as the final step. You will now have a beautiful baby minky blanket that can be folded and wrapped up for the new baby or placed in your baby’s room. Quilted baby minky blankets make the perfect gift for a new baby, but they can be difficult to make for those who are not experienced quilters. If you are looking for an easy way to make quilted baby minky blankets, follow this how-to guide. These blankets can be made easily with nothing but a sewing machine and take only an hour or two to complete. Your baby will love the beautiful blanket and cherish it for years to come.