How to decoupage onto round plastic Christmas ornaments.

Susan's Altered Chocolate Box

Susan's Altered Chocolate Box

I have several hard Christmas tree balls that were under shiny satin thread originally. When they started to fray and unravel, I removed all the satin threads to find a hard plastic ball. I am trying to figure out what to do with them and thought decoupaging them with small angel pictures, etc would be pretty. I need to know the process for decoupaging them onto the hard plastic and finishing them off. Where to buy supplies online would be beneficial also.
Thanks

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What a nice idea.

It sounds as though you could probably use something like Mod Podge to decoupage tissue or serviette images of angels onto your plastic ornaments. I have successfully done this with the hard plastic chocolate box pictured above, though I adhered my tissue to the inside of the box. That's a rub-on swirl and it was added to the outside of the box.

First I would prepare the surface of the ornaments by cleaning them well, perhaps wiping them over with an alcohol swab. If you think you could rough up the surface with sandpaper a little, try that, making sure to wipe away any dust or shavings from the surface of the ornament afterward. This will help the Mod Podge to catch hold on the ornament better.

Then I would paint the ornament in Mod Podge, covering it with thin, torn strips of plain tissue or crepe paper.

After this completely dries, I would coat the ornament in Mod Podge again to seal the layer of tissue, then place my tissue angels on the ball.

Again, wait for the layer of Mod Podge to dry, then add another layer over the angels to seal them onto the first layer of tissue paper on the ball.

Smooth out the image gently with a paint brush before the Mod Podge sets to coax out any wrinkles or air bubbles.

It is important to allow the different layers to dry thoroughly before adding others.

I am not sure what country you are from, but you can buy the supplies for this project at most craft or dollar stores. Try kitchen shops for pretty serviettes. The variety out there is amazing.

I hope that helps and that you will come back and show me your finished ornaments.

Happy PaperCrafting
Susan

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