Travel Map Favorite Places Ornament

Good morning! It’s Thanksgiving this week in the U.S., so Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I have been busy getting my house decorated for Christmas this past week. I will get some pictures taken and take you all on a tour soon.

I made this ornament for Lauren a couple of years ago but never posted it. I don’t have many pictures, but it is pretty simple to make. I have several other projects using Mod Podge. Click on the title to take a look!

Items you will need for the project:

  • Styrofoam ball
  • Mod Podge
  • Map
  • Popsicle stick
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter

For this ornament, I wanted to include the city of Seattle because that is one of Lauren’s favorite places. You can pick a favorite vacation spot, a hometown, or a spot that is special to you! If you can’t find a paper map, you can print maps off the internet to use.

I tore the map into little pieces being sure to keep the city of Seattle in the middle of one piece. I used a popsicle stick to hold my styrofoam ball.

Travel Ornament map pieces mod podge

I took the paintbrush and spread it onto the back of the piece of map and then placed it on the styrofoam ball. I kept doing this overlapping pieces of the map as I went.

travel ornament map pieces decoupage

Once the whole ball was covered, I spread Mod Podge over the whole thing, making sure to add Mod Podge under pieces that weren’t laying flat. I also sprinkled iridescent glitter over the whole thing while it was wet. Once the ball was dry, I added a rope loop at the top to hang it with. I made a little hole in the top with a pencil, put some glue in it and then stuck the rope inside.

travel ornament glitter sparkles and hanger

You can see Seattle in the picture below. I love how it sparkles! Oh, I also added a bow to the top.

travel ornament glitter and bow

I always buy an ornament for the different places we travel too, so this is the perfect addition.

travel ornament christmas tree
travel ornament blue green glitter map pieces

Do you have a special place you would feature on your ornament? I would love to hear about it! Have a great week!

Styrofoam Easter Eggs

So, this project started when I was walking through the 99 cent store.  And to be honest, I love shopping at the 99 cent store.  I can go and buy dog treats, Arnold Palmers, lunchables, spatulas, mixing bowls, and stuff for your car all in one spot.  It’s like a lesser version of Walmart!

While shopping through the 99 cent store, I came across some Styrofoam eggs that could be used for decorating for Easter.  And then I saw some smaller eggs on Kabob sticks.  And I thought, what if I put the smaller eggs in the larger egg to make an arrangement?

And then I bought the supplies!

supplies

I bought two of the bigger eggs, one package of bigger eggs on sticks, and two packages of the smaller eggs.

eggs

I split all the eggs into two separate piles.  There were four big eggs in each arrangement and ten smaller eggs in each arrangements.  I knew that the biggest problem was going to be the long Kabob sticks.  So as I went along, I broke off the sticks to make them shorter and easier to stick into the large Styrofoam eggs.

And here are the end results.

Finished Eggs 5Finished eggs 1Finished Eggs 2Finished Eggs 3Finished Eggs 4

So…I’m not completely happy with how they turned out.  I like all the colors worked together, but it didn’t go exactly as planned for how the eggs looked once they were in the giant eggs.  I had a completely different idea of what they would look like when they were done, and this isn’t what I had in mind.

But other than that, it was a very simple project to do for Easter.  I only spent $5 creating this, but you could spend a little more if you wanted to add more egg Kabobs (or whatever they are actually called), go for it.  This is what I made with what I had, but I might go back and buy more egg Kabobs to fill in the arrangement.

sparkle