Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Wake up your Christmas tree with creatively embellished ornaments. Start with plain ball ornaments and deck them out with paint, ribbon, stickers, and more.
Raid your crafting supplies for interesting embellishments to adorn plain glass ornaments. This turquoise ornament was updated with a snowflake scrapbooking applique adhered with hot glue.
Add ribbon stripes to an ornament for holiday flair. Remove the ornament cap and cut strips of ribbon. Hot-glue the strips, beginning at the base, to the ornament. Tuck the ends of the ribbons into the top opening and glue into place. Replace the ornament cap and tie a bow around the hanging loop.
Add stripes to an ornament with paint. Mark off areas you don't want to paint using masking tape. Then use a small paintbrush to carefully paint the stripes. Sprinkle wet paint with glitter for a touch of sparkle. Carefully remove the tape when the paint is dry.
Release your inner Jackson Pollock to make these swirled ornaments. Remove the caps from clear acrylic ornament balls. Rinse the inside with a mixture of three parts water, one part vinegar. Rinse with clean water; let dry. Drip one or several colors of acrylic paint into the ornament and swirl gently to achieve desired effect. Let the paint dry and add additional swirls in different colors. Once you've finished the painting, decorate the outside of the ornament with a band of ribbon or trim.
See the next slide for another ornament made using the same technique.
It's easy to create this winter scene on an ornament. The trick is to paint in steps. First, paint the bottom of a glass ball ornament with two coats of white acrylic paint; let dry after each coat. Then use a small, round brush to paint white trees in different sizes. Once the trees have dried, add small dashes of red acrylic paint to the trees to resemble cardinals. After the red paint has dried, use the bristle tips to add small white dots for falling snow.
Plain glass Christmas ornaments come in all shapes. To emphasize the unique shape of this toplike ornament (shown), add a little bling around the middle. Tape off the top and bottom, creating a center band. Dab Mod Podge between the tape strips and sprinkle with gold glitter. Remove the tape when dry. Hang to dry, or remove the ornament hanger and set the ornament on its top to dry.
Two colors work together to make this eye-catching ornament. Mix two colors of glitter together in a tin pan or disposable bowl. Working over a protected surface, coat an ornament with spray adhesive. Sprinkle glitter on the ornament or roll it in glitter, covering the ornament entirely. Once dry, tie two coordinating colors of ribbon in a bow around the ornament hanger.
Combine two ornaments into one for this chic look. Cut different types of ribbon to reach from the top to the bottom of the large ornament. (Tip: Remove the ornament cap to make it easier to work with.) Hot-glue ribbon to the large ornament. Remove the cap from the smaller ornament and hot-glue the stem to the bottom of the large ornament. Tie a wide ribbon into a bow and glue to the small ornament, covering the stem.
Jazz up a glass ball ornament with plaid ribbon. Wrap a single length of ribbon around the ornament and secure with crafts glue. String two pieces through the ornament hanger and tie in a knot, leaving a loop to use for hanging. Use different patterns of plaid for a fun, casual look.
Spell out a holiday message with glittery letters from the scrapbook aisle. Add a few more sticker embellishments and tie a simple bow around the ornament hook.