Unicorns are all the rage lately, so why not make some ornaments?(Unicornaments anyone?) These are probably a medium-low on the difficulty level, but well worth it when people see your creativity shine through!
- Clear glass ornaments – I used the standard size which is about 2.5″
- Polycrylic – Mine was semi-gloss
- Extra fine glitter in the color(s) of your choice
- Small paper craft flowers – If you like mine, I got them on Amazon here http://amzn.to/2jtDQ9i (If they have wire stems, cut the wires off as close to the flower as you can.)
- Various colors of craft felt for the ears
- Hot glue and hot glue gun – I had some really fun glitter hot glue sticks to use
- Permanent or paint markers – Or you could do what I did and use your home vinyl cutting machine
- Oven-bake clay in your choice of colors – I got mine at Wal-mart in the craft section(you’ll find glitter and felt there too)
- Disposable plastic cups or something to drain the excess polycrylic back into
Protect your work area with newspaper or cardboard. There is a very good chance this could get messy if you happen to be a klutz like me.(You don’t even want to know how many times the ornaments slipped out of my hands!) Pull the silver topper out of the ornament and set it in a safe place. Carefully pour a few teaspoons of polycrylic into your ornament.
I used a medicine dispensing syringe to help me. Slowly swirl the polycrylic around the ornament to completely coat the inside. Pour the excess polycrylic back into your container to use it again later. No need to waste! Place the ornament on the opening side down onto your cup to drain a few minutes. I like to do 2 or 3 ornaments at a time, so once I’m done with one step on 1, I can move onto the next step on the next.
Once most of the polycrylic has dripped out of the bulb(don’t let it dry though!), pour in some glitter. The more the merrier at this point! Don’t worry about wasting here, you will pour it back into your container to use again too. Swirl it around the bulb to fully coat the inside. Once you have good coverage, dump the glitter back into the container. Now this needs to dry completely, which could take a few hours. I don’t like to rush it and wait a good 4 hours.
While you are waiting for the inside of your ornaments to dry, it’s time to make the horn! Preheat your oven according to your package directions.Take a small chunk of your oven bake clay and work it in your hands a little bit until it is no longer crumbly. Roll it into a snake with one end being a little thicker than the other. Do this again with the same color or another color so you have 2 snakes.(I washed my hands in between 2 different colors because I found the colors would transfer.) Twist the 2 snakes together until you have a horn you are happy with. I made mine about 2 inches long. Gently flatten the bottom of your horn a bit. It doesn’t have to be super perfect. Your flowers will hide some of it. Bake as directed on the package. I had mine laying down during baking and didn’t notice any flat spots.
Using your felt, cut some ears. This is where you have to get crafty. I just freehanded the shape and cut. I practiced with paper first to make sure I had the shape I liked, then used it as a template on my felt. Cut another piece to create the inside of the ear in a coordinating color. Hot glue them together making sure to leave a small space on the bottom of the larger part of the ear so you have a place to glue the ear to the bulb.
When your glitter has dried, put your silver tops back into the bulbs. Hot glue an ear on each side of the silver top, directly to the bulb. Next, hot glue the horn into the center between the 2 ears, just in front of the silver top. Hot glue as many or as little paper flowers as you like in front of the ears and around the horn. It’s your unicorn! Make it fun!!
Lastly, draw some eyes on. I did a simple eyelid with eyelashes using my vinyl cutter. Here’s a tip if you use permanent marker and don’t like how they look…just grab some rubbing alcohol and a paper towel and wipe the eyes right off!
Put some ribbon in the top to hang it or get a fancy ornament hook, totally up to you! I hope you enjoy your Unicornaments as much as I enjoy mine! My tree may be all unicorns this year because I can’t stop making all the different color variations!