This year, I added DIY doily ornaments to my coastal Christmas tree to bring in more metallic and create interesting ways to catch the lights reflecting through it. I was first inspired to create hand lettered ornaments similar to that of Rae Dunn, which were released this year. I knew it would be difficult to write on a curved surface like Christmas balls, so I planned to find clear acrylic discs like I’ve seen so many calligraphers use. I found a pack on Amazon, ordered and experimented with a few different types of calligraphy and sharpie pens to little avail. I was so disappointed with how it was turning out, I decided to ditch the idea and think of something new. I previously thought of incorporating white paper doilies in my gift wrapping for a simple and beautiful addition to kraft wrapping paper and that got the wheels in my head turning. I decided to shop around for gold and silver doilies and create ornaments applying them to the discs with mod podge. This project was much more successful!
small paint brush
Peel the brown sticker off both sides of the acrylic disc. Lay your disc on a doily, lining it up where you want the design to appear on your ornament. Hold the disc on the doily and cut around the disc to create a doily the same size as your disc.
Use a small brush to apply mod podge to the back of your doily circle and lay doily on disc. Gently apply more mod podge to top of doily on disc brushing from the middle of the disc to the perimeter in all directions. Allow to dry, then add a second coat to ensure it is adhered. Flip the disc and repeat on the other side.
Use your scissors to push through small hole in disc. String a piece of fishing line through hole and tie a few knots. Add a dab of hot glue to secure.
It’s as simple as that. Sometimes we need quick, easy, and small DIY projects that give us a creative outlet during the stressful holiday season. They remind us to slow down and enjoy the little things because let’s face it, you can’t rush a DIY project. You can find more holiday DIY projects and decor ideas on the blog by searching DIY or Christmas.