How can I make a sparkly ornament that resembles a book?
I have a friend who just published a book this year, and I'd love to give him a sparkly ornament like the kind I've been seeing inthe stores. (sparkly butterflies and hummingbirds). I was thinking of some kind of paper dipped in glue with special kind of glitter or something shaped with wire. I need to have it done in 3 days! Help!
How about taking a small piece of rectangular shaped Styrofoam, and painting it to look like a book, and then write the title of your friend's book on it with a black sharpie. Then take a paper clip and bend it into an "S" for a hook for the Christmas tree.
Option #1 - You could use a little box, say an empty cardboard jewelry box, and paper mache over it, building it up to look more like a book. Then you could either paint it as you choose, or use glittery paper to create a cover for it.
Option #2 - You could buy a small book (say a little address book, journal, or children's book). Then glue the pages shut by painting lightly over the edges of the pages (while book is closed) with basic white craft glue. Then paint the outside or cover with decorative paper.
Sounds like a wonderful gift for your friend Good luck!
How about polymer clay?
You can get it at craft stores in all sorts of colours and they even have special glittery clays. It's pretty easy to use, and you just bake it in the over for a few minutes.
There are loads of tutorials for polymer clay ornaments on YouTube and the internet, and i have seen some book ones done.
If you can't find any glitter clays, you can use a glaze then. I recommend using a glaze anyway so that it'd protect the ornament and then prevent it from getting 'sticky' (which polymer clay does sometimes unfortunately)
I'd also suggest making papier-mache but unfortunately that can take a long time to dry..
Hope I helped!
See? This is why I LOVE hubpages question section. I'm going right to Michaels and check out the polymer clay and the styrofoam as Goody5 mentioned below! I did even KNOW there was such a thing as polymer clay. Thank you.
Glad that I was able to help! the styrofoam idea is great as well!
Reading Purl3agony's comment, led me to think about Decoupage crafts that we did in the 60s which made me think I could take a page from my friend's book, copy it, burn the edges like we used to do, paste it on a painted plaque and decoupage over it. (The book is "Fire Your Excuses" by Bill Dyment and any one of the pages in that self-help book could work. I'm sure he won't see this on hubpages now so I feel I can mention it.) I'm still thinking about the ornament over this idea, but I'll let you all know how this turns out.I think I'll copy this hub dialog as well and give it to my friend in a card with whatever way I decide to go. I'm constantly amazed how one idea leads to another. I guess it's too much to say "I love you all!" But it's the Holiday Season, so I'm going to
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