It's the last day of November and I'm celebrating the Christmas season by making adorable holiday decorations for our new home!! I've been using those awesome Tulip Shimmer Sheets & Paints I received a couple weeks ago and I'm loving them!! If you missed the haul video, you can check it out HERE.
I haven't used fabric paints for over 15 years so I was so excited when I received the Tulip Shimmer Sheets & Paints!! Unfortunately, I'm not a very "fashion forward" kind of person so I knew clothes and even shoes were out of the question. With Christmas fast approaching, I decided to make some holiday decorations!!
Today I'm going to share how I made these super cute framed fabric-painted decorations for our new home!!
I found this clip art image online and was instantly inspired!! I love how these ornaments are kind of "wonky" and not perfect!!
Even though the tutorial is long, this project is really easy and actually pretty quick to make!! Trust me, you're going to love this project and you should definitely give it a try!!
Here we go....
Unfinished Wood Frame(s)
Chipboard or Grey-board
Fabric or Tacky Glue
Cardstock (or Paper)
Craft Knife (or scissors)
Foam Pouncing Sponge
Tulip Fashion Glitter & Bond adhesive
Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets
Tulip Fashion Fabric Markers
Tulip Metallics Dimensional Fabric Paint
Sealant or Decoupage Medium
Step 1: CREATE CANVAS BACKGROUND
Trace the back-piece from the frame onto a piece of chipboard (or grey-board from a cereal box) and cut it out.
Trace the frame's back-piece onto the wrong side of your canvas fabric and then cut it out too.
Using your fabric or tacky glue, attach the canvas piece to the chipboard piece.
Note: After gluing the canvas on the chipboard, it started to curl up a bit, so I just put it under a heavy book until it dried flat.
Step 2: ADD GLITTER ORNAMENT SHAPES
Click the photo above or click HERE for the shapes I used in this tutorial.
Either print the pattern or draw your own ornament shapes onto cardstock paper.
Using a craft knife, cut out the shape you want to use and tape it in place on your canvas background.
Pounce the Tulip Glitter Bond onto the canvas with your foam pouncing sponge. Make sure you get sufficient coverage so your glitter will stick really well.
Sprinkle Tulip Fashion Glitter onto the canvas until you get a good layer covering the area.
Note: I left my paper on while adding the glitter because I didn't want a bunch of excess glitter getting all over my canvas fabric. It worked well!!
Remove your cardstock paper template and tap the excess glitter onto a scrap piece of paper. You can then add this glitter back to the bottle to use again later.
Step 3: EMBELLISH ORNAMENTS
Cut out the template for the ornament topper. Using a pen, trace it onto the back of the Tulip Shimmer Sheet and then carefully cut it out.
Place the ornament topper slightly above your glitter ornament shape.
(Thank you to Brook for being the hand model for this tutorial!! hehehehe)
Cover with a thin fabric (muslin worked great) and iron on a low heat setting.
Note: Don't iron over your glittered ornament shape. I found that doing so changed the appearance of the glitter in the ironed spots.
Using a coordinating color Tulip Fabric Marker, draw a line around your glittered ornament shape. I drew my line approximately 1/4"-1/3" away from the ornament shape.
For my red ornament I used a red fabric marker for the line so it would match the glittered section. Also add a black loop to to the ornament topper.
Note: If you like the boldness of the fabric marker line, you can skip the next step. However, I found that it took away from the impact of the actual ornament.
Lightly trace over the fabric marker lines with Tulip Metallics Dimensional Fabric Paint in White. You should still be able to see the color of the fabric marker despite the layer of fabric paint.
Using a small paintbrush, add a thin layer of Tulip Metallics Dimensional Fabric Paint in White between the outside line and the glittered ornament shape. I like this part because it makes it look like the ornament is shining!!
Step 4: PAINT WOOD FRAME
Mix together paint, water, & glitter in a small cup or bowl. I used these proportions:
5 parts acrylic paint
1 part silver (or gold) acrylic paint
1-2 parts water
A few sprinkles of Tulip Fashion Glitter
After you mix the paint, water, & glitter really well, try a test spot on the back to make sure you're happy with mixture.
Paint the frame and let dry. Once completely dry, seal using a wood sealant or decoupage medium and let dry again.
Step 5: FRAME PAINTED CANVAS
Add your painted canvas fabric to your frame and you're....
This was such a fun project and I really love how it turned out!! My hubby is happy to have new Christmas decorations too!!
I found the Tulip Shimmer Sheets, Paints, & Glitter very easy to use so be sure to try them out yourself!! Don't forget to visit them online...
If you want to see other projects using the Tulip Shimmer line of products, there's whole bunch of great tutorials at the end of this post!! They're awesome and you're going to love the different ways people have used these supplies!!
I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Tulip and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.
Thanks for reading!! Until next time...