These guys were inspired by my friend, Scarlett, and a post she shared about Paper Mache String Pumpkins in October. My immediate thought when I saw this project was that these would make some really cute Christmas ornaments. You can find her complete how-to here. My only deviation was to use nylon twine instead of embroidery thread. Also, if I were to do it again I would not pop the balloon until after painting. Our ornaments got a little squishy during the painting process and I think the balloon would help retain the proper shape while wet.
Ready, set, paint!
My kids love to paint so this was definitely their favorite part of the project. I actually experimented with rolling the string into paint squirted onto the plates. It helped get paint into some of the cracks and crevices that the paint brush missed. We used 3 different shades of Metallic paint from Folk Art and had very little leftover by the time both ornaments were fully covered.
My daughter’s finished ornament. She was definitely a little rough with her ornament during the painting process and it dried a little misshapen, but she loved it and that’s all that matters.
My son’s finished ornament stayed a little more true to shape and turned out really beautiful. His touch was quite a bit softer than the 4 year old and it definitely made a difference in the final product.
Both ornaments are now hanging on a special row of lights and garland hanging in the living room dedicated to ornaments they’ve created and collected.
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