One of my favorite December & holiday traditions has come and gone already; the annual ornament swap! I think what makes it so fun is coming up with new ideas and trying out new materials that might not be traditionally thought of for holiday ornament crafts. Quick setting concrete, or Quikcrete, was my experiment this year and I love how these little gems turned out.
To see some of the ornaments I received in the swap check out my Instagram feed and if you're curious about my projects from previous years, you can click here to look back. Sorry if any past post images are appearing a bit fuzzy, I've been changing around the design of the blog over the years and smaller images are being scaled up and becoming a bit pixelated as a result.
Below are a few of the in-progress photos and tips for making your own.
- Applying Vaseline with a paper towel before putting the concrete in it to help the gems come out easily.
- I used this Fred and Friends Cool Jewels Diamond Ice Tray as a mold.
- Once concrete is in the mold and level, insert the small wall screw eye into the top being careful not to wiggle back and forth too much or they will not set in.
- For the painting, I used Speedball Super Pigmented Acrylic white ink,Speedball 2-Ounce Super Pigmented Acrylic Ink, White so it would be a little more fluid but still opaque. Standard white acrylic paint would work as well, it just might be tougher to get small details in one pass.
- I found this post by Claire of fellow, fellow to be really helpful!