DIY Christmas Tree Ornament
Sometimes all it takes is some odds and ends, a bit of lace and some pearls to make something striking. This rustic Christmas tree ornament is effortless to make and perfect for decorating.
For this project I used:
1 clear plastic ornament
E6000 or Gem Tac
Flat back pearls size 10ss
Crystal 12ss rhinestones
Wax tipped tool
Begin by measuring the length of the ornament from top to down around the bottom and up to the other side. Cut 2 pieces of lace this length. I used E6000 to glue the lace into place and then Gem tac to glue the pearls. I generally prefer to use Gem Tac, but last time I used Gem tac on lace it yellowed. Glue lace onto the ornament and allow to dry.
Although you can’t see very clearly from the picture, I alternated between pearls and crystal 12ss rhinestones on the lace and used just pearls alongside the lace.
Please a drop of glue slightly smaller than the pearl on the ornament. With your wax tipped tool, pick up a pearl and gently press it into the glue drop. Repeat the process until your ornament is embellished.
Allow to dry for 24 hours. Tie a piece of jute string along the top.
Classic DIY rustic Christmas ornament that is simple to make.
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Everyone has seen top 10 lists made famous by David Letterman. In no particular order, here is my top 10 list for adding rhinestones:
1. Hollywood glamour is in.
2. Everything looks better with rhinestones on it.
3. You want to make your girlfriends jealous.
4. You can’t be sad when you’ve got your sparkle on.
5. A little sparkle never hurt anyone.
6. Rhinestones (next to diamonds) are a girl’s best friend.
7. You can’t go wrong with rhinestones.
8. You want to catch that cute guy’s eye.
9. You want to blind everyone with your brilliance.
10. Sparkles are better than chocolate.
So there you have it. Go get your sparkle on.
How to create your very own rhinestone decorations
These beautiful do it yourself rhinestone ornaments add that extra sparkle to any tree. These ornaments are special because you create them yourself! Take a plain ornament, add some bling and watch as your ornament is transformed before your eyes!
For this project I used:
1 silver ball ornament
12ss rhinestones in rose and peridot
Wax tipped tool
I chose a scatter pattern for this tree ornament beginning at the center and scattering outward. Using your tape measure, mark a line with the chalk around the middle of the ball ornament. This will be your guide when gluing rhinestones.
Most of the rhinestones will be the color peridot with the rose colored rhinestones sprinkled among the green.
When using E600, make sure you are in a well ventilated area. I like to squeeze a bit over a paper plate and scrape up a small amount of glue with a toothpick and apply it to the ornament. Use a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone.
Pick up a rhinestone using your wax tipped tool and gently press it into the glue. Continue gluing rhinestones keeping the rhinestones near the middle closer to each other while spacing the rhinestones away from the center farther apart. Since this is a scattering of rhinestones, there is no real pattern and no way to do it wrong.
Allow 24 hours to completely dry.
Just like that, you add sparkle and festivity to any Christmas tree!
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How many rhinestones fit in 1 square inch
Recently, I went over the formula for figuring out how many rhinestones you'll need for a straight line of a certain size rhinestone. Click here for that information. Today I will explain how to figure out the number of rhinestones you'll need to make a solid square inch of rhinestones.
Again there is a mathematical formula. First measure the area you want to rhinestone and find the area. So for example let’s say you are rhinestoning the tips of your sneakers. Measure across and up and down and let’s say you measure 2 inches by 3 inches. Multiply this to get the area in square inches which in this case would be 6 square inches.
Now let’s look at pictures of different size rhinestones filling 1 square inch.
The amount of 12ss rhinestones in 1 square inch
From the picture, you can see that an 8 x 8 square of rhinestones (64 rhinestones) is slightly smaller than my drawn 1 inch square. In fact, it is 67.14 size 12ss rhinestone that will fit into a 1 inch square. In my above example using the sneaker tip we are using an area of 6 square inches. Multiply the 67.14 (the number of 12ss rhinestones that fit into a 1 inch square) by 6 (the area in my example) for a total of 402 rhinestones.
The amount of 16ss rhinestones in 1 square inch
Now let’s look at size 16ss rhinestones. Again from the picture you can see a 6 x 6 square of rhinestones for a total of 36 rhinestones and again our rhinestone square is slightly smaller than my drawn 1 inch square. Exactly 42.41 rhinestones will fit into a 1 inch square. And again using my example of an area of 6 inches we have 42.41 x 6 = 254 rhinestones.
The amount of 20ss rhinestones in 1 square inch
Finally let’s look at size 20ss rhinestones. From our picture you can see a 5 x 5 square with 25 rhinestones again slightly smaller than my drawn 1 inch square. It is 29.20 size 20ss rhinestones that will fit into a 1 inch square. Back to my example of an area of 6 inches, multiply 29.20 by 6 for a total of 175 rhinestones.
1) First measure the width and length and multiply to find the area of the item you want to rhinestone
2)Multiply the answer in Step 1 by
67.14 for 12ss rhinestones
42.41 for 16ss rhinestones
29.20 for 20ss rhinestones
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