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13 November 2012

Stripping Ornaments

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So whenever I stumble upon Christmas ornaments at yard sales, they are always a little beat up.  
They are also always insanely cheap, which leads me to a predicament.  I want to buy them.
...but who wants to put ugly, old ornaments on the tree?


Add to this dilemma the clear ornament trend, where folks are stuffing everything from feathers to buttons inside little ornaments and I want to go right out and purchase NEW ornaments (at CHRISTMAS time!  The SHAME!).  Perhaps you don't realize you are reading a blog by the girl that never (NEVER) pays more than the 90% off Target clearance aisle prices for Christmas items.  Better yet is yard sale Christmas boxes full of STUFF for $1.  Better yet are the FREE boxes of lights people get so sick of that they throw out.  Yes, I am the cheapskate when it comes to many things and Christmas decor tops that list.

Back to ornaments though...

I recently decided that I needed to do something about the old, ugly ornaments this year.  Last year, I covered some in sweaters, which was fun, but this year I wanted something different.  I wanted clear ornaments.  ...but I didn't want to pay for them.  It turns out that I don't have to.

You see, it turns out that basic pantry supplies will readily strip ornaments and you can use those penny a dozen cheap ornaments instead of going out and buying trendy clear ones.  How?  Start with baking soda and make a little paste with water.  Gently rub it around the outside of the ornament and watch as the finish peels right off.
 


The inside is a little trickier.  I experimented with both baking soda and vinegar and for some reason the vinegar seemed to work better inside.  Use them both and your baby boys will be impressed at the ornament "volcanoes".  In any case, fill the ornaments with vinegar and allow them to sit for awhile.  Gently swirl the liquid inside and the finish will start to peel away. 


You'll have to dump and repeat a few times (just use the leftover vinegar...no need to waste more) until the inside is fully clear.  This is the point at which most people would think the few bucks to BUY clear ornaments is worth it, but not me!  I was thrilled as a peach when the finish started coming off!

CLEAR ORNAMENTS! YAY!!!


Now all that is left is figuring out what to FILL the ornaments with now that they are clear.  Any ideas from the peanut gallery?  Please share your ideas, links and pictures down in the forum!  Under the DIY category, just look for DIY DILEMMA -- what is the perfect filler for clear ornaments?!?

By the way, if you are hanging out in the FORUM ANYWAY, go ahead and join a few more threads -- or go right ahead and start one of your own!  Join the party!



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3 COMMENTS:

dawna Thursday, November 15, 2012  

Awesome advice on recycling those nasty old glass ornaments! NOW... to redecorate, squirt a tablespoon or two of Pledge WITH FUTURE SHINE (floor stuff) into the ornament, gently turn to coat the inside completely. Take the squirt top off the Pledge bottle and drain liquid from the ornament back into the Pledge bottle. Make a funnel out of paper to add a couple tablespoons of your favorite ULTRA-FINE glitter into the ornament, cap the opening with your finger and SHAKE it around until the inside of the ornament is well covered. Pour the excess glitter back into the glitter jar (use that paper funnel again), replace the ornament hanger, and VOILA! Stunning results every time!

Elizabeth Ruppert Sunday, January 26, 2014  

I have had luck getting glass ball ornaments off freecycle as well. www.frecycle.org is where you can find freecycle groups for your area.

Elizabeth Ruppert Sunday, January 26, 2014  

oops, that is www.freecyle.org Accidently left out a "e", whoopsie

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