Friday, December 4, 2009

For you...sister dear!


My sister Nicole is super busy this season cutting and cutting away in her woodshop for her little business. She is too busy for extra crafting at the moment, but admired my last ornament wreath. She mentioned that she would love a "mercury" silver ornament wreath. This is what I came up with....I think this might be more "tarnished' or distressed silver rather than the "mercury" that's so popular. Hope it's okay Nicky!
 I discovered "HONKS" the dollar store!  It's a crafters haven!  I picked up as many ornaments as I could, and I believe I  finished off what was left of the silver.  The ornaments get cleared out pretty fast in the dollar stores!
I found some shiny...
I found some "disco" balls....that's what my kids call them!

The other day I was reading the blog of fabulous Stephanie Lynn...Under the Table Dreaming, where she explained how to make faux Mercury Glass Trees.  Go there for painting technique!  I love everything she does! She used a combination of silver and black paint, then scratched off with a kitchen  sponge.
On the left are silver ornaments  I spray painted with a combination of RUST-OLEUM'S Silver Hammered spray paint and Metallic Aluminum spray paint. I like the Silver Hammered especially ~because it kinda gives a textured satin nickel finish.  I also liked using the hammered silver over the high shiny ornaments, because when distressed after spray paint, the shine came through a little bit.  The spray paint was great too when spraying LARGE amounts of ornaments.  Quick and EASY!  (Can you tell I'm linking up with Shanty2Chic's RUSTOLEUM party! :) I wish Rustoleom would come up with a silver mercury finish...then this project would be super easy!  I don't know...maybe there already is one and I don't know about it! :)


I then sponged on black paint, scratched away some paint with a kitchen scrub pad, and then sponged on some more black paint. I think they look like Pewter balls.

I was going to try the clothes hanger ornament wreath, but it's HARD!  I think the wire isn't long enough too!  I had some leftover MDF rings in my garage from failed attempts with the sunburst mirror.   They seemed to work perfectly for this wreath.  You could use a simple wreath FORM from the craft stores.
I don't know if the felt pieces were necessary, but the felt worked so easily with the last wreath, so I just glued some strips on. I also glued each of the balls to each other.  I had some crazy hot glue string going on.  Don't look too closely Nicky! :) She's a perfectionist and has a funny phrase for bad quality crafting.  But I won't tell you.. (HA,Ha!:)



I added a burgandy, or maybe it's red velvet ribbon to hang. Nicky loves burgandy!


**I just updated this post, because the last pictures of the wreath looked "NAKED" and needed more balls...Nicole agreed..in a nice way!  :)**






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36 comments:

Natasha said...

Nicole is going to love that-You are a very kind crafty sister! I would love to know what she thinks-hope she doesn't use that funny phrase!

Best wishes, Natasha.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Wow, that is glitzy glamorous! Especially against that dark door.

Very pretty! Thanks for linking up!

FJ Donna

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

LUV it!! So very elegant!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

This is so pretty! And... I so love silver this year! Way to go!!

~Whitney

Stephanie Lynn said...

Wow - It looks gorgeous! I love the way they turned out! It looks amazing with the red bow on the dark door! Thanks so much for mentioning my link - I appreciate it! Happy Holidays!

Jane said...

I love how your wreath turned out. The combination of the silver ornaments with the "disco ball" really adds nice detail. Thanks for sharing the decorations.
Jane

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Love the time and extra effort you took to make them look more like mercury glass. I bet it took a long time but it is worth it for your sister.

tammy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a nice sister you are! I love it! If you can find them, maybe a silver beaded garland would fill that area for you, but I think it looks fine as is.

Kim said...

This is such a nice take on the ornament wreaths. The aged silver is a great idea.
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autumn said...

i love this! it's so simple and pretty and sophisticated. i love the addition of the disco balls and the red velvet ribbon is the perfect hanger.

Happy Nester said...

It turned out great. Looks great against your dark door.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Gorgeous!! You did a fab job:~)
*hugs*deb

Kelee Katillac said...

Great job! Nice pics too!

Super nice SIS!

Stop by--love to meet you....

Jen @ jentility.com said...

You know, I spray paint just about everything -- but DUH! why didn't it occur to me to spray paint ornaments?? Sheesh.

And I'm dying to know what your sister calls bad crafts. Please? :)

DesignTies said...

Love it!! I picked up a similar wreath at Pier 1 last week. It was 50% off because some of the ornaments are scuffed. I figured I can fix them and hide the scuff marks -- your post has lots of great tips I can use :-) Thanks!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

~ RM said...

What a lovely blog you have!!

I love the wreath, and so glad you gave a tutorial- with awesome pics to show us dummies how its done! ;)

Thanks, stop by sometime!
mamacancraft.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

It's so pretty!

Nancy

Sonia said...

Wow so pretty and sparkly! I love silver at Christmas. Nice bling at the front door! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Shannon said...

Love all the silver, so pretty!

Rhonda said...

Love the silver! She will love it!

Jenny said...

This is beautiful! You are such a nice sister!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Great project! I bet your sister loves it!

Lana K. W. Austin said...

The silver just gleams next to that luxurious red/burgundy velvet! Blessings, Lana

~ RM said...

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Sandy said...

Very unique and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I think it looks great! I love the technique you used, my Dollar Tree is EMPTY of ornaments, so I'll be watching the after Christmas sales to find silver!

Tricia Anne said...

Oh beautiful!
I love your wreath!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Blue Creek Home said...

What a sweet sister you are! I love the wreath and how you achieved the finish. Thanks for sharing it!
Rhonda

Holly said...

This is really fabulous! Nice job!

The DIY Show Off said...

It's beautiful! :) I'm working on some DIY mercury glass ornaments. A paint that did it all would be fabulous! lol Great job! I love the hammered finish spray paint.

Have a great week!

Roeshel

Centsational Girl said...

Oh my goodness, so so so gorgeous ! You MUST come on over and link up to my Ornament Party today ! Everyone must share in your creativity !

Ms. Kate

http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2009/12/an-ornament-party/

BLJ Graves Studio said...

I love how your wreath turned out... it is beautiful!

These Foolish Things said...

Wow !! great use of new ornaments....and here I was searching for vintage ones

Great job

Destination Seaborn said...

Oh goodness! This wreath looks awesome. I never would have thought of spray painting ornaments! I may have to try this! TFS and dropping by my blog! ~Lisa

Magic Brush said...

OH how I adoooooooore spray paint! Way cuteness on that wreath. I have 6 brothers... think they would make me one? ba hahahahaha....

Merry Christmas!

concretenprimroses said...

Great job!
Kathy

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