How to Transform a Plain Dollar Store Ornament

7 Materials
$5
4 Hours
Easy

You've seen those ornaments at the dollar store - large, plain and painted in dull colors that blemish easily! I've got a beautiful way to transform them into a trendy showpiece using buffalo plaid fabric!

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

First, use rubber bands to segment the ornament in order to make a pattern. You can easily adjust the bands to make the sections even all around.

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

Next, take a paper towel (it's flexible) and use a pencil lead tip to rub out the outline of one of the sections and cut it out for a template.

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament
how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

Lay the template on fabric and cut out one section. Then match up the pattern of each additional section with the first section pattern so that each one matches (somewhat).

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

Next, position the first fabric section on the ornament and add fabric glue underneath, along the fabric edges - from one end to the other smoothing out the fabric on the ornament.

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament
For the second section, run a bead of fabric glue along the edge of the first section and partially on the ornament. Take the second fabric piece and match up the pattern (stretching a bit to match) while gluing them together onto the ornament. 

Continue adding sections by running a bead of glue on the edge, matching patterns as before . . . .

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

until the ornament is completely covered.

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

To start embellishing the ornament, cut off the metallic foil flat side edges of ribbon, two to three inches . . .

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

and form a V shape with the ends, gluing the tip with a dab of hot glue. Make one for each section.

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

Use tiny straight pins to hold the V shapes . . .

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

while evenly spacing them around the top of the ornament.

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

Next, add a snowy look to the top by mixing Epsom salt, glitter, seed beads and mod podge together. Paint on a bit of mod podge to the fabric first before adding the snow mixture to the top so it will adhere better. This can get messy! Let dry for a few hours.

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

Next, tie on a hanging wire loop to the center and glue down the tips of the V shapes.


Glue on additional embellishments - adding smaller V shapes - stems, berries, and bow ribbon to complete the look!

how to transform a plain dollar store ornament

Suggested materials:

  • Large plain ornament  (dollar store)
  • Buffalo plaid fleece scarf  (dollar store)
  • Fabri-Tac fabric glue
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Gail@Purple Hues and Me

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