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Clear Glass Ornament Fail

craft fail ornaments
I fell in love with the marbled ornaments at all the craft stores during the holidays, and wanted that effect on my own tree. Alas, it was not to be.

by Tina at Artelicious

Anyone who frequents craft stores like JoAnn, Michael’s or Beverly’s must have seen them back in November and December: an end-cap display loaded with boxes of clear glass ornaments. I saw them everywhere in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

Well, my local Beverly’s also displayed an array of the ornaments after being decorated. Some were filled with little shiny things or edible sprinkles. Others sprouted beads or were wrapped in ribbons. But the ones that caught my eye were the glorious, perfectly marbled ornaments. Next to this sat a collection of little acrylic paint bottles, in reds, greens and whites.

If you’ve seen my home, you know that bright red and green just doesn’t go well in here. As I possess aqua, purple and white furnishings, my idea of a Christmas-y red is more a magenta; for green, chartreuse. So I headed to the paint aisle and picked up a handful of more congenial colors. Two boxes of ornaments later, I was good to go.

My cousin Gabriel was visiting us at the time, and I thought marbling some ornaments might make a fun “family togetherness” holiday project. Also, our tree was on the smallish side, so I pictured it dazzling every guest with its collection of gorgeous and perfect balls.

christmas balls fail

Well, the paint was thick, and as we poured it inside the glass balls, it didn’t move.

  • We swirled, spun and gyrated madly, to no avail.
  • I had the brilliant idea of pouring rubbing alcohol in there to thin out the paints. Bad idea.
  • Glitter paint only made them worse.
  • The paints turned too thin, and poured out. We poured it back in to no avail.
  • New paint did not take, either.
  • Some puddles remained, so a few days later I set them outside to dry.
  • Then it rained on and in them.

Ho ho ho, my spectacular Holiday CraftFail.

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