I am taking the week off from posting this week to enjoy my brand new baby girl! Today I am really excited to welcome Cynthia from Cynchronicity! Cynthia is showing us a fun way to take something we’ve all thrown away- a slushie lid- and turn them into fun little orbs! These make wonderful outdoor decor. How pretty would they be for an outdoor tea party? And such a fun craft even kids could get excited about!
Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia!
Make Beautiful Decorative Orbs from Slushie Lids
This craft uses those dome shaped lids from the slushie cups to create really pretty decorative orbs. In my neck of the woods you can find slushie type drinks with these dome lids at a variety of convenience stores and amusement parks or on iced latte type drinks at specialty coffee shops. You’ll need two lids for each orb.
You can decorate these globes in a variety of ways from the inside or the outside. The blue and green one above was covered in paper napkins from the inside. I used Liquitex Gel Medium (but Mod Podge works just as well) to apply them to the lids, either cutting or tearing them into workable pieces and then overlapping them a bit. I like to work on each lid one at a time rather than gluing them together into the ball shaped ornament first as it’s easier to handle this way.
You can also paint these orbs. On the one on the left I worked on the outsides of the lids and on the one on the right I worked on the insides. . The advantage of working on the insides is that you then have the plastic covering over your work. This adds a nice sheen to it and keeps it protected. If you work on the outsides, it’s important to test the paints you are using. I used basic acrylic craft paints on them and found that different brands yielded very different results. Some brands would peel off of the plastic quite easily if you bumped the outside of the ornament. You may also want to use a clear sealant over these if painting on the outside.
Alcohol inks work really well on these too. On this one, I made a sort of patchwork effect with alcohol inks. Simply dab or drip on the inks, allowing the colours to blend together. For further blending, you can use the alcohol ink blending solution or just some plain rubbing alcohol. This makes a nice transparent ornament which is great as a suncatcher or I can envision it with pretty little twinkle lights inside. With the alcohol inks, I found it was no problem to work on the outsides of the lids. Once the colour dried, which happens quickly with alcohol inks, it didn’t rub off or peel off, even without a clear top coat.
Once you have both halves done, it’s time to assemble this into an actual spherical orb. My recommended method of putting the two halves together is to simply place them edge to edge. Obviously, these edges are very thin so I find that using some strips of a narrow painter’s tape to hold the two halves together is very helpful. Warning: If the paint you are using doesn’t adhere really well to the plastic lids, it may peel off when you remove the painter’s tape.
Once you have it taped together, simply go right along the “seam” with your hot glue gun. You need to go just one small section at a time because along with the glue sealing up that seam, you also need to place a piece of ribbon or twill tape or something similar on top of the glue and seam. This ribbon helps to further hold the two lids together and hides the glue. I work in one small area at a time usually from piece of tape to piece of tape so I can remove the tape as I get to it. Your final step will be adding a hanger to your ornaments. I like to use fishing line because it’s strong and invisible. One thing you have to think about though are the holes in the lids (where the straw would go through). There are a number of ways to cover those holes while creating your hanger for your ornament: you can use buttons, large beads,.rolled up strips of felt, large jingle bells or simply cut out circles of cardboard and then cover them with paint or decorative papers. If you are collaging/decoupaging on the outsides of the lids, you can just cover the holes with pieces of packing tape and then collage right over the tops of them.
I hung these out in my pear tree to take the pictures of them and was struck by how pretty they look out there! Wouldn’t this be festive for an outdoor party?