DIY Gone (Maybe?) Wrong

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

So as you all know, I'm kind of obsessed with Pinterest. A few days ago, I stumbled across this awesome-looking idea from Folder of Ideas for Christmas ornaments. Basically you spray paint glass ball ornaments through lace. Sounds easy, right? They sounded perfect for someone on my Christmas list, so I planned to make some.

I apologize for the crappy camera phone pictures...I still haven't been able to replace my poor little CyberShot :(

I gathered supplies.

I bought a set of 4 glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby on Black Friday, because they were 50% off (I LOVE Hobby Lobby, but I never pay full price for anything there). I was going to use silver spray paint, but they were out out, so I got metallic chrome paint instead, because I thought it would look kind of cool (not to mention similar to silver). For lace, I remembered that I had an old over-the-knee lace stocking that I had lost the mate to, so I figured it would work well. I tied a piece of black ribbon into the ornament tops as a loop.

I put the ornament in the stocking.

Then I cut the top off, because I figured pulling it through the whole stocking wouldn't really be helpful.

Then I began to spray paint it. The picture is just kind of for effect; I actually wore rubber gloves, held the ornament up above the towel and pinched the top of the stocking over the top of the ornament so I could cover the whole thing. I had planned on spray painting on the balcony, but winter decided to actually happen today, and we had our first snow of the season! I ended up spray painting in the dining room after covering the table with old towels.

Before spray paint:

After spray paint:

I took it out of the stocking and it looked like this:

Tom thought it looked cool, but I was frustrated. It didn't look like it was supposed to. So I tried again, and this time, I decided to hang it on one of my mug nails (yes, I have nails in the wall for my saves on cabinet space) to dry for a while. After drying, this is what happened when I took off the stocking:
Still not what I wanted. I was pretty frustrated by this point, but I decided to calm down. Maybe Tom is right. Maybe they're not so bad. I'm just afraid to give them to someone because they look like such a hot mess. I've left the other two ornaments alone for now, because I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I'm considering turning them into glitter ornaments instead. I'll have to think about it.

What do you think? Are they salvageable?

Do you have a time that a DIY project with the best intentions went horribly awry?

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  1. I actually really like the first one, but I get the frustration that it's not what you wanted! Maybe you could try with different lace/stocking? I think with the relatively close knit of the stocking, it probably didn't show the pattern as much as the ones in the Pin.

  2. I agree, I think it had more to do with the stocking than anything, but you might also want to try holding the spray can farther away. Just get a dusting on it instead. No matter how "big" the pattern is if you saturate the fabric then it isn't going to work do to seeping fabric. I wonder if you could find something to block the fabric to make it more resistant… Let me think on this. :)

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