Christmas is literally almost here but there’s still time to spread some cheer around your home! We’re big fans of decorating with items already found around the house, and since we’re paper geeks, this DIY is dear to our hearts. Looking back at 2012 it was definitely the year of neon. Remember the boys’ second birthday party? And our new neon kids birthday party invitations? We thought we’d spend one last time this year indulging in our neon fix before another fabulous trend comes in 2013. These DIY neon ornament wall decals were inspired the hot air balloon decals made by Gosh and Golly shown in Sabrina’s nursery. Full instructions below!
Neon Paper, Silver Paper, Mug & pencil – or circle-cutter, Scissors, Glue stick, Silver wire or ornament hooks, Hot Glue + Gun, Glue dots or sticky-tac
Step 1. Trace your circles onto sheets of colored paper and cut out with scissors. This part takes patience, unless you have a handy circle cutter at home. They come in all sizes, but 4″ is a happy medium. As long as your circles are all the same size it will work.
Step 2. Choose three colored circles and fold them in half.
Step 3. Glue the back of both sides of the center circle, then adhere to one side of the other two.
Step 4. Cut your silver paper into three 1″ x .5″ strips. Fold in half (hamburger style!) and glue one half of the back (hotdog style!) Then place at the top end of each of your folded circles.
Step 5. Cut your wire into 3″ strips and fold the top .5″ over with your finger. Or, if you have spare ornament hooks lying around, you can use those just as well. Place a small dab of hot glue on the back (flat side) of your paper ornament and set the flat end of the wire in place.
Step 6. When you’re ready to display, place a dab of sticky-tac or a small glue dot on the back and you’re done! Be careful when you remove the wall decals that you do not remove too quickly. With glue dots you can slowly peel of and rub the excess off with a finger, or twist to remove. Sticky-tac is probably more gentle on paint but the decals might not stay in place as long.
Happy crafting and Happy Holidays!