Better Budgeting: Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Door Hinges

Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Door Hinges

Submitted by Cassie Fish


"Hinged on You, Santa"

This ornament can be set on a table or the hole gives you a place for a string. If you are very talented at painting, you could make an entire nativity with different sizes.

Supplies:

1 metal door hinge
Paints in colors of your choice, white, black, flesh
Tiny tipped paintbrush
Thicker paintbrush only to be used for the SnowTex
Q-tips
Pointed tip such as the back of a paintbrush or a toothpick
DecoArt SnowTex available at Michaels or other craft stores. 3.79 for a bottle

Instructions:

1. Paint your entire hinge white.

2. After it is dry, paint the santa pictured or be creative with your own design, a snowman, reindeer, angel.

For the Santa:

Paint an oval with skin color. Give him a strip of flesh color for the nose. Surround the oval with white for his furry hat and beard. Then add his colorful cap with a color of your choice, just a crescent at the top of the hinge. His cloak is next, in the same color you painted his cap. Using light upward brush strokes, make his hairline and bottom of his cloak snowy. Use straight lines for his mustache as seen below. Dots all over and eyebrows finish the white accents. The back of a paintbrush will give you his black eyes. Q-tips will give him rosy cheeks. A candy cane or staff is a nice touch too.

3. Use the SnowTex to make the base of the hinge snowy. Follow the instructions on the jar for drying time, but the snow should be last and be very gloppy to look great!



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