I was looking for some DIY projects to update my “Thanksgiving tree” and recently found just the thing – unfinished DIY ceramic leaf ornaments! These could be finished in any color you want… reds, yellows, and oranges to fit your fall home decor. But I decided to use the metallic spray paint that I used on my junky pumpkins last week and write some words on them to help me remember to be grateful this month.
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Supplies Needed for DIY Leaf Ornaments
- unfinished ceramic leaf ornaments
- spray paint
- spray shelter
- Stickles glitter glue set
- craft scissors
How to Make Leaf Ornaments
Step One: Prep
The ceramic leaf ornaments that I bought from Oriental Trading had ribbon hangers on them that didn’t fit my style. So my first step was to remove the ribbon hangers from the leaf ornaments.
UPDATE: Oriental Trading does not sell these ceramic leaf ornaments anymore. I’m still looking for a source for them but until then you can make these ornaments out of wooden leaf shapes.
Step Two: Spray Paint
Spray the unfinished ornaments with a couple of light coats on both sides, allowing enough time to dry between coats.
I am often asked how long to wait between coats of paint. Usually, I wait for 30 minutes. But it will depend on the temperature and humidity levels where you are.
HINT: I set the timer on my phone for 30 minutes after I spray the ornaments. Then I’ll go work on something else. This keeps me from forgetting about my spray paint project!
Protect your surroundings with a spray shelter and/or a cardboard box.
This is where the small spray shelter REALLY comes in handy! If you have to spray in a garage or even on a patio, the spray shelter will keep your paint from flying around and landing on all the surfaces around you.
Step Three: Add Words
When the paint has dried complete, first write the words in pencil.
Then trace the words with glitter glue.
Step Four: Add Hangers
Allow time to dry completely, then tie on pieces of jute — or ribbon or whatever you want to use as a hanger.
My Thanksgiving Tree
Remember, I keep my small Christmas tree up all year long as a photo prop for all the ornaments I make. So I decorate it for every season. I showed you how to make the paper straw garland last week.
Here are some examples of my little “Christmas” tree from other holidays:
More DIY Thanksgiving Craft Projects
- How to Decoupage Easy Paper Mache Pumpkin Decorations
- DIY Hand Lettered Magnolia Leaf Centerpiece
- How to Make a Thanksgiving Table Runner for Your Table
Thanks for taking the time out to read my project! I really do appreciate all of you!!! Please leave a comment and let me know if you try making leaf ornaments!
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
Featured on Crafty Weekends. Originally published on November 2, 2016.