Monday, November 8, 2021

Re Vamping Old Ornaments for New Theme

 It's hard to say just how many color schemes I've embraced through all the Christmases Past.  It is also difficult to count the number of ornaments accumulated.  How sad that most decorations remain inside the crowded Christmas Tree closet year after year!

The lights on our little pre-lit tree have died.  I'm thinking a new tree is in order and have been shopping what's available.  All websites are inundated with stunning seasonal decor.  With a new tree comes a new theme, me thinks!  

I am currently very drawn to black and white and gold color schemes.

Did I mention this post is part of a craft challenge blog hope with these talented ladies?

Beverly | Across the Blvd 

Gail | Purple Hues and Me

T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet

Michele | Coastal Bohemian

Allyson | Southern Sunflowers

Julie | Sum of Their Stories

And did I mention, I've been attempting to learn mandala dot painting?  Here is an example of my practice sessions on CDs and kindness stones.

So, here's where this project begins.  We have gobs of white Christmas tree ornaments, like crocheted snowflakes.  There are also lots of gold baubles, but not many black ones.

Please forgive the poor photos.  It was very cold the day these were taken, so I was inside with the camera.

These small gold trinkets are plastic and very inexpensive.  If this project goes wrong, not much has been lost other than my time and some black paint.

Using black acrylic paint and two dotting tools, I began playing with simple designs.  No two ornaments are the same.  I don't know that I will want black ribbon on every gold ornament, but a small bow here and there adds a soft touch.

I'm disappointed the photos are so poor.  Once my eyes began to cross after painting so many dots, I tried hand lettering.  Although difficult to see, these have "love", "joy" and "peace" written on them.  Again, each ornament is slightly different.

After gaining confidence on these small, plastic baubles, I plan to tackle some larger, breakable ones!  Woo hoo!  It's exciting to re-vamp what we have instead of cramming more boxes into an already crowded closet!  

Christmas spirit doesn't always come this early for me.  I can hardly wait to show y'all my tree once it's finished!

Shall we see what the other bloggers have created? 

;-)  -Marci


  1. We don't tend to have a colour scheme, we just bung everything up in a big old jumble! I do dream of a themed tree though and may squeeze another one in somewhere one day just for me!
    I do love revamping older decorations and making them feel new again. Your paint touches are simple but SO effective.
    Taking photos in the winter months is always an issue. Maybe you can take some more once your tree is up and everything is in it's final place. But honestly I don't think they are as bad as you are thinking!

  2. You're becoming quite skilled at Mandala dot painting Marci! I love it! That's a great idea to re-vamp old ornaments! I'm doing the same thing with some of mine, too!

  3. Love the color combo. Great upcycle project and those paperclips I love. Pinned

  4. Great idea to revamp your existing ornaments to update them! I'm a big fan of anything with polka dots.

  5. Your ornaments with the words remind me of the farmhouse style and Rae Dunn ornaments, which I love! I've been trying to decide if I want to stay with my Seahawks themed Christmas or switch it up, but I have so much Seahawks Christmas stuff, I feel like I just have to stick with it. lol

  6. I have been wanting to learn this art. I love the style and I love that you are updating ornaments you already have.

  7. This is a great way to re-purpose old ornaments. Giving them a new look is a wonderful idea. They look pretty.


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