...but who wants to put ugly, old ornaments on the tree?
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!