The Biggest DIY Ornament You’ll Ever Make
Looking for an unconventional take on holiday decor this year? Why not take the phrase “go big or go home” more literally? We teamed up with The Home Depot ® to transform a glass light cover into a giant pattern-covered ornament, fit to adorn your mantel, bookshelf, or entryway table. While it’s definitely too heavy to hang on your tree, it’s a fun way to add a bit of holiday charm to another spot in your home. Follow the tutorial below to see how we made ours.
– 1 roll painter’s tape
You could mix up the colors however you like, but we went with traditional silver, white, red, and green.
First, cut off several strips of tape and use your tape roll as a stand for your globe.
Be sure that you use scissors to cut off your tape pieces, at around 3 inches long. Press two pieces of tape together to create a 90 degree corner. Attach to your globe to create an ornament topper design at the top of your piece.
Here’s what a fully taped globe should look like!
Now, to make that topper. Fill in the taped off zone with silver paint using a silver paint marker. We found that paint marked worked way better than regular acrylic paint, and you only need one coat. Let dry for 20 minutes and then peel your tape off.
Onto the pattern portion of this tutorial. You can practice patterns on a piece of paper to make sure you come up with something you like. When broken down, our entire pattern was made of half circles and lines.
Keep going as far down your ornament as you like. We wanted to leave the bottom portion plain — sometimes negative space is essential.
Use your white paint paint to add details to your globe.
And for a little more bling, use silver glitter paint to sparkle up bits and pieces of your globe. We found that the glitter paint shows up best on red or green blocks of color, and doesn’t really do much to the white or silver sections. Use the back end of your paint brush to add bits of glitter to the smaller sections of your pattern.
Now for the finishing touch, your ornament hook! The most important thing to know about his hook is that it is PURELY decorative. The hot glue and hose clamp will not stay attached to your globe if you try to lift it up by the hook. So please don’t try!
Take the hose clamp apart, squeeze some hot glue on the inside edge of your globe, and attach the hose clamp. That’s it!
How cute is that?!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… ;)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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