Craft stores stock their shelves with a seemingly never-ending supply of clear glass ball ornaments in a variety of sizes shortly after Halloween. This year is the year you turn those spherical blank slates into festive embellishments for your Christmas tree, or gifts for loved ones.
Things You'll Need
- Glass cleaner
- Clean rag
- Clear glass ball ornaments
- 1-inch vinyl letter stickers
- 4-inch foam block
- 3/8-inch 12-inch-long wooden dowel
- Latex gloves
- Safety eye wear, such as goggles or glasses
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Etching cream
- Foam brush
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Remove the metal top of the ornament. Clean the outside of your glass ball ornament with glass cleaner and a clean rag.
Spell out your name, initials or a Christmas-related word such as "Joy" on the outside of the clear glass ball ornament with 1-inch vinyl letter stickers. You can also just place a random assortment of letters in a random way on the surface of the ornament to create an ABCs ornament.
Stick the wooden dowel in the center of the foam block to create an ornament stand.
Put on latex gloves, safety eye wear and a long-sleeve shirt. Stick the tip of your index finger inside the top of the ornament to hold it without obstructing its surface.
Paint a generous layer of glass etching cream over the entire surface of the ornament with a foam brush. Carefully slide the ornament off your finger and place it on the wooden dowel. Touch up the glass etching cream where it smudged during the move.
Let the cream-covered ornament sit for the length of time specified on the etching cream container--usually around five to 15 minutes. Rinse the ornament under a running faucet after the specified length of time, wiping away the cream with a sponge.
Peel the vinyl letter stickers off the ornament and rinse it once more under the faucet to remove any cream trapped against the edges of the letter stickers. Replace the metal top in the ornament.