Homemade Holiday Gifts: Literary Ornaments

This year I was inspired by the many uses of Mod Podge to make holiday ornaments using the decorative imagines from old books and magazines. Once finished, the proceeds from these ornaments will go to local charities.

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  • Foam forms (I bought a bag of 6 foam balls at a local craft store.)
  • Wire for hangers (Floral wire works great!)
  • Discarded books or magazines that you can cut up
  • School glue or other white glue
  • 1 flat edged paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter glue
  • Ribbon
  • Stamps and stamp pad, if desired

Step 1:
Cut the wire and twist it into a small loop. Push the ends of the wire into the foam ball so that only the loop shows. Dribble in some white glue to make sure the wire doesn’t come out.

Step 2:
Cut the desired book or magazine pages into thin strips.

Step 3:
Stamp images. I stamped birds and snowflakes on the recycled paper before adhering the strips to the foam ball. Make sure the image you stamp is completely dry or it will run.

Step 4:
Spread the Mod Podge on a foam ball and lay a paper strip down. Then brush more Mod Podge over the top of the strip. Repeat this until the ball is covered with paper strips and coated with Mod Podge. I actually did half the ball and then let it dry for about an hour and then did the other half.

Step 5:
When your globe is dry to the touch, decorate with the glitter glue and allow to cure overnight.

Step 6:
Cut ribbon and run it through the wire loop. Knot the ends as desired.

These ornaments were a lot of fun to make and they have inspired me to explore other crafts that use recycled books and Mod Podge. If you are interested learning more about decoupage crafts, check out “Mod Podge Rocks” by Amy Anderson. Happy crafting!

About Aimee

I'm an artist, a historian and an avid reader, especially of the unexpected.
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