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… ;)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!