I’m going to admit that I’m that person who wakes up the day after Halloween and immediately begins planning for the holidays. I’ve been holding my Christmas Cheer in for long enough, and I’m spreading it all over you lovely readers. This is the first, and simplest, in what could end up being a rather infinite series of Christmas Ornaments representing my fandoms. My tree shall be beautiful and a little terrifying.
For this craft you will need:
Clear Round Glass Ornaments (I bought a 6 pack of medium sized ones from Michaels for about $5.00), Red Glitter, Pale Gold or White Glitter (I’m using Martha Stewart’s fine craft glitters in Garnet and Smoky Quartz), Glue that dries clear (I’m just using good old Elmer’s). OPTIONAL, if you’d like to include a leaf, Green Glitter (I’m suggesting Peridot), Polymer Clay (Sculpey is usually my favorite). I chose not to include the leaf just for time’s sake.
Step 1: Remove the top from your ornament and put a quarter sized dollop of glue on the bottom, using a large brush (or if you’re a heathen like me, your finger) begin to spread the glue in a thin even layer over the surface of the ornament from the bottom to the neck. You can stick your finger in the neck of the ornament to make this a little easier.
Step 2: Lightly sprinkle with your red glitter, make sure you have newspaper down on the table otherwise there will be glitter everywhere. Gently remove the ornament from your finger and let the wet ornament rest in the pile of red glitter, that way the ornament doesn’t stick to the paper.
If you’re doing a lot of these in many colors (like I am) get a piece of floral foam or styrofoam and insert a sharpened pencil eraser first into the neck of the ornament, spread the glue and sprinkle the glitter as instructed, then stick the pencil tip into the foam to make an impromptu ornament drying rack.
Step 3: After waiting 15-30 minutes for the glue to dry completely, you can begin decorating. Today it’s Moriarty’s Apple. Begin in the middle with the “O”, it should be irregularly shaped so don’t worry about clean edges or making it perfectly round. Use a reasonably thick layer of glue, and stipple it on rather than wiping or brushing so you don’t disturb too much glitter underneath. Lightly sprinkle with the pale gold/white glitter.
Then move on to the “I” and “U”, you could use the bottle of glue instead of a brush if you don’t have a fine enough tip. Move slowly, and if you mess up you can wipe the glue away gently and dot some red glitter on with your fingertip to cover any stickiness that might remain.
You can let it dry upside down balanced on the neck, like so.
Then insert the top back in and hang it up, it’s that easy! A great gift to yourself or any Sherlock fan who needs a little extra Christmas Cheer while they wait for Season 3.