Create These Easy Vintage Christmas Postcard Tree Ornaments
Using Vintage Postcards To Create Christmas Tree Ornaments
It's been a long standing tradition in my family to make a new homemade ornament, card or gift and then we gift them to each other. What I enjoy most about this tradition is it has left me with a Christmas Tree full of handmade ornaments and memories. Sometime I make complex Christmas Tree ornaments and then on other years I do something simple, but no less elegant.
Since I enjoy antique, vintage and Victorian these ornaments were the perfect match for me. They are great for hanging on the Christmas tree or using them as gift tags or stocking stuffers. I hope you enjoy making these ornaments as much as I did.
And best of all these easy and yet lovely Christmas Tree ornaments require only a handful of items to make them..
What You'll Need To Make These Vintage Christmas Postcard Ornaments
- Vintage Christmas Postcards
- Spray Glue
- Hole Punch
- Ribbon Or Gold Thread For Hanging
- Other Materials Needed
- Newspaper or Craft Paper
- Magazines and Books For weights
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Preparation For Making These Vintage Postcard Christmas Tree Ornaments
Find A Large Space Like A Table And Cover With Newspaper Or Craft PaperSpray glue is messy and will over-spray the ornaments. Make sure you have plenty of extra newspaper cover spray area between each ornament.
Pile Of Books Or Magazine For Pressing Weights or Brayer.
Gather Together All Your Vintage Postcard Christmas Tree Ornament Supplies
Supplies For Making These Vintage Christmas Postcard Ornaments
Vintage Christmas Postcards
Ribbon Or Gold Thread For Hanging
How To Make These Easy Christmas Tree Ornaments
Step 1. Select two postcards of same size.
They don't have to be the same postcard though I did mine that way because I had two sets of vintage postcards to work with.
Step 2. Spray Glue Or Adhesive Onto The Interior Sides Of Both Postcards
Step 3. Press Postcards Together Being Careful to Line Up The Edges.
If you get them just a little off kilter you can trim the down in size once dry.
Step 4. Use Brayer To Make Sure The Glue Bond Is Solid.
Step 5. Leave To Dry Thoroughly it may be helpful to place them into magazines and put weights on them or heavy books. Be sure there's no glue along the edges lest it sticks to the pages. Or of course place into wax paper sleeves first.
Step 6. Use Hole Punch To Make Hanger Hole
Step 7. Add The Gold Thread Or Red Ribbon Hanger.
Spray Glue Your Postcards Together - Items Needed To Create The Vintage Postcard Christmas Tree Ornaments
I prefer using a spray glue to traditional glue or glue sticks because spray glue lays down a thin uniform layer of adhesive which completely bonds the two postcards together. Be aware of over spray though, so be sure to properly cover your work surface to protect against spray glue over spray.
NOTE: If using a traditional glue do so carefully. A thin uniform layer of glue is much harder to achieve with traditional glues and if too much glue is applied the postcards can buckle and warp. To help with this place in a heavy book again being aware of excess glue.
Brayer For Bonding The Spray Glued Postcards Together - Items Needed To Create The Vintage Postcard Christmas Tree Ornaments
To use brayer simply roll with some pressure across the surface of the Vintage Christmas postcards. I usually roll from different angles and from both sides, just to make sure I've done a thorough job of it.
When done to ensure they will lay flat and not curl you can place the glued postcards between wax paper or some other non stick surface and place within a heavy book's pages until dry.
You Can Also Embellish Your Christmas Ornaments With Glitter - Items Needed To Create The Vintage Postcard Christmas Tree Ornaments
Add A Little Sparkle And Personalize Your Vintage Postcard Christmas Tree Ornaments With Glitter.
The wonderful thing about glue pens is the ability to control glue placement and make very detailed decorations of fine lines and small spots of sparkle.
Glitter is extremely messy so once again make sure you lay down lots of paper for easy clean up. The glue pen works great for creating fine lines or intricate details with glitter.
An Extra Tip For Using Glitter To Embellish Your Vintage Postcard Christmas Tree Ornaments
Use a basin or try for sprinkling on your glitter. These helps to dramatically reduce the mess but also allows you to collect and reuse the extra glitter. Trust me once the glitter gets everywhere no matter how well you clean, you'll find bits of sparkle for months after.
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About The Author Of This Page
My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.
I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years experience in the art and framing industry, both as a business owner and as a working artist.
I write a regular column for Apples 'N Oats (an equestrian magazine) about painting horses. If you would like to see real life photos of Catch, or want to follow the painting's progress (with full story) from start to finish please visit my blog, Fur In The Paint
Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.