Mini Collage Ornaments

Welcome to the Handmade Ornament Parade, a month long procession packed with all the homemade ornament inspiration you’ll need to make for one happy holiday season. Today, Craft Snob presents Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings. Thank you, Marissa!

Hi, I’m Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings.

I blog about all things crafty, tasty, pretty and just plain life. I’m an insanely huge Harry Potter fan, food addict, and married to a super talented musician. I also run a handmade baby and toddler clothing shop on etsy called Rae Gun. Last year a neighbor taught me how to juice my grapes so this year when I went to juice some more I wanted to come up with a craft to put the mason jar lids to use (you’re not supposed to reuse them but they just seemed so perfectly circular and were calling out to me). I came up with a cute collage style ornament I hope you like it.

What you need

  • Mason Jar Lids (reuse them or buy a pack for a little over a dollar for 12)
  • Mod Podge
  • Pictures (either print them small or use wallet sized prints)
  • Other embellishments (sparkles, jewels, feathers, words, etc)
  • Ribbon
  • A small scrap of felt or other fabric
  • Background fabric or felt
  • Top glaze (I used Aleen’s Paper Glaze for one and Mod Podge’s Dimensional Magic for the other
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Foam brush
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What to Do
  1. Cut out picture and background paper or fabric. (I wish that I would have cut the background circles a little bigger than the lid so it would wrap fully around the edge)
  2. Apply a layer of Mod Podge and put the background paper/felt down and do the same to the back of the lid.
  3. Arrange your picture and words and apply those using Mod Podge (one I used plain and one I used the sparkle kind). Do that by first putting a thin layer over your background and placing your pieces and then applying another layer of Mod Podge.
  4. If you want to add any sparkles or other embellishments you can do that now. If you want more of a glazed look like I wanted you can use paper glaze or dimensional magic. Just read the packaging for details on how to apply it. It’s best to work from the outside in. If you are using 3D embellishments (like the snow flake) you can just throw them on after you put the glaze on. You can add more glitter also if you want. I used a pin to move air bubbles out of the way and move glitter when it was too concentrated over faces. Let it sit overnight.
  5. If you cut your background pieces big your edges probably look nice and covered but I didn’t think that far ahead so I wanted to add something. On one I just used a thin ribbon and on the other I used chunky glitter. I applied it using tacky glue.
  6. Next make a ribbon hanger. I just made a loop and tied a bow at the ends of a strip of ribbon. Next hot glue it to the back of your ornament by sandwiching it in between the back of the ornament and a piece of felt.

Super easy and fun. I love them because not only do I get to repurpose something but it’s like a little memory. With the stripe one I’m taken back to the matador and bull costumes I made for my nieces and hubby last year and with the other one I’m reminded of the good times we had at my oldest niece’s 4th butterfly birthday party this year. I hope you have fun making them and I’d love to hear from you and see picture of yours too.

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