Fabric Covered Ornament Tutorial

My new found crafty goody, Mod Podge.  I can’t believe it took me this long to discover its sticky shinny goodness.  My favorite project for Christmas are these adorable fabric covered ornaments.

Supplies:
Mod Podge Gloss
Paint Brush
Fabric Scraps
Glass (or Plastic) Ornaments
Mod Podge Sparkle (optional)

You can find all of this at your local craft store.  Most stores even have the clear ornaments available year round.  These came from Hobby Lobby, they are approximately 3.5 inches and were half off during the Christmas decoration sale. The sparkle Mod Podge isn’t necessary but I thought “oh pretty” and it was in the shopping cart.  

First, gather your fabric scraps and cut them into small pieces.  Most of mine are smaller than a quarter, too big and they will pucker and not lay completely flat on the ornament.

Next, being careful not to cut yourself, remove the metal cap and set it aside.  To a small section of the oranamaent use a paint brush to apply a thin coat of the Mod Podge (MP).  Place a few of the fabric pieces onto the ornament, overlapping slightly, and press gently into the glue.  Brush additional MP over the fabric pieces.

Continue working around the ornament randomly attaching the fabric.  The MP will be hazy at first but it will dry clear.

Here is a little drying “rack” I came up with; wooden skewers and a heavy bottomed vase.

Once they are dry (about 20 minutes) you can place the metal cap back onto the ornament. Or you may opt for an additional coat of MP first.  This is where I busted out the sparkle MP, adding a top coat of shimmery glitter.   You can almost see it in the picture below.

You could also stir in your own glitter, I want to try micro fine gold glitter over pretty burgundy scraps.

Then hang them on the tree and enjoy!

Must Have Monday

I found this poking around on one of my favorite clothing sites, Fossil.  Lost of fun vintage finds, I’m, sure the selection will change many times over but here is the current selection of old suit cases, toy trains and an antique globe.  Find the collection here at Fossil Finds. 

Image Credit, Fossil

Recipe – White Trash

White Trash

This is combination candy and snack mix; sweet and salty.  This yields about 6 cups.

Ingredients
4 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 1/2 cups pretzels broken into bite size pieces
1 cup cocktail peanuts
1/2 cup M&Ms 
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
2 Tbs vegetable Shortening 
2 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

-Mix the first three ingredients together in a large bowl.
 -In the microwave (or a double broiler) heat the white chocolate chips and shortening together.  I recommend checking the chip packaging for instructions so the chocolate doesn’t get scorched.
  -Pour the melted white chocolate over the dry ingredients and mix to coat.
 -When the chocolate is almost set gently stir in the M&Ms and peanut butter chips. This way they wont melt in the hot white chocolate when you are working to coat the other dry ingredients. 

-Spread the mixture over foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat and let it set up.  Then break into small pieces and store in a zip-lock bag or other air tight container.

Little back ground history on the photo.  I made this on a Sunday and came home after work on Monday to take a picture.  This was all that was left in the bag.  It makes quite a bit so I split it up to give to my MIL and take into work.  My husband and some of his work associates were at the house, this was all they left in our bag.   It as nice not to have it tempting me.   You will also notice I threw in some toasted pumpkin seeds, just a handful that needed to be eaten up.