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 a nice way!  :)**

Shanty 2 Chic

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  1. 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.

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

    Very pretty! Thanks for linking up!

    FJ Donna

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


  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. Gorgeous!! You did a fab job:~)

  12. Great job! Nice pics too!

    Super nice SIS!

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

  13. 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? :)

  14. 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

  15. 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!

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

  17. Love the silver! She will love it!

  18. This is beautiful! You are such a nice sister!

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

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  21. Very unique and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  22. 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!

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

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

  25. This is really fabulous! Nice job!

  26. 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!


  27. 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

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

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

    Great job

  30. 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

  31. 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!


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