- Assorted metal decor items from Consumer Crafts (I used the following: diamond tin tart, heart tin tart, tin plate, heart cookie cutter, oval tin tart, 3 1/4 in cream candle plate, and 3 1/4 in tin candle plate.)
- Mod Podge (gloss or matte would be acceptable)
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Red Ribbon
- 24″ Pine Tree
- Rusted Tin Stars (for tree top)
- Rusted Star Garland
- Rusted Jingle Bells
- Jute twineThe supplies for this project were provided to me by Consumer Crafts but all opinions are my own.
The pictures did not sit all the way down inside of the metal objects. I made them where they would sit slightly inside but not all the way on the bottom.
First up is to coat the pictures with two coats of Mod Podge (matte or gloss). Allow them to dry in between coats. Note that I also used the Mod Podge to hold the picture inside of the metal object, so I used excess Mod Podge where ever the picture touches the metal. This is shown in the picture below. I allowed the Mod Podge coats to cure overnight before going onto the next step.
After both coats of Mod Podge have dried completely, it is time to use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. This product will add a dimension and luster to your project not found with regular Mod Podge.
The ornament on the left below only has two coats of regular Mod Podge applied. The ornament on the right has the Dimensional Magic. This is what it will look like wet. Apply an even coat on all of your ornaments and allow to dry. I find that leaving it to dry overnight is preferred.
I added a ribbon to each ornament. Either threading it through the already present hole, or using hot glue to adhere to the back.
I then pulled out my mini tree and decorated it. First layering on rusty stars and jingle bells tied with jute cording. Then adding on all of my family tree ornaments.
I made my little tree tell the story of my husband’s family. From years gone by all the way to present day. This is a fun and memory filled addition to our Christmas decor.
Each ornament in this collection has a special meaning to us. I can imagine giving a collection of these to someone for Christmas. You know the gifts that make the recipient cry….this would be one of those.
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