We are continuing our holiday ornament tutorial series this week with another beautiful project from Meg of Maker Magic with Meg Epps by Lyndly Grove. Meg shows us how to make geode Christmas ornaments with gorgeous crystals and and a few other fun supplies. Add a little bow on top and you have yourself some unique handmade Christmas ornaments!
Many of us resin artists love a good geode. Whether they are on a tumbler, in a pumpkin, or a gorgeous piece of table art, we love working with crystals to get that beautiful geode look. Meg is no exception, she loves making geodes of any kind. We are so excited that she figured out how to make geode Christmas ornaments and is showing us how it’s done!
We no longer sell the crystals and cut glass for geodes. But you can still find other gorgeous options online and in your local craft stores. And, rest assured that there are still lots of the CCDIY supplies that you have and love in this handmade ornament tutorial! Including our gorgeous Shock Paints. So grab your favorite shades of crystals and Pop of Color Shock Paints and let’s get crafting!
How to Make Geode Christmas Ornaments
Making handmade holiday ornaments is always a favorite part of our holiday preparations. Whether we keep them, sell them, or gift them, each one is uniquely beautiful and special. So far this year we have learned how to make several types of gorgeous Christmas ornaments.
And these geode ornaments really take the cake for creativity! They are pretty simple to make. Especially if you have done geodes before. But Meg shares some tips and tricks with us to help us get the best results possible.
Geode Christmas Ornament Tips and Tricks
Right off the bat, we need to say that this is a project where we definitely need to trust the process. At the beginning, these little ornaments look pretty messy. But the results say it all. Even though the beginning stages look rough, the finished geode ornaments are gorgeous! So just remember to trust the process.
Another tip that Meg shares is that plastic ornaments are a must for this ornament project. In order to make the geode, we need to be able to cut away part of the ornament. So plastic is really the only way to go.
Cutting the ornament brings us to another tip. Meg told us that having a hot knife tool would be the easiest and safest way to cut out a portion of your ornament. She doesn’t have one of those tools and knows that many of us don’t either. So she shows us a trick using an Exacto knife and and a heat gun.
Gently warming the plastic before cutting helps to soften it. Heating your knife with the heat gun gives you a hot blade which helps too. Meg reminds us to be so careful when using this method for cutting plastic. One more thing to keep in mind is that you can use any material you want to stuff your ornaments.
Meg used a type of foam floral block to build a surface for her crystals. Other artists have had luck with aluminum foil. Whatever you have or prefer to use will be great. You just need to be able to build a concave platform to create your geode on.
Using Culture Sculpt
Culture Sculpt is a sculptable and moldable epoxy. It is a two part epoxy just like all of our resins but this behaves like clay. But it cures just like resin does. That means you don’t need to bake it like clay. It is also better than clay because it adheres very well to your projects right away. But you can also reposition it again and again until it dries. So there is no need to use an adhesive or be stuck with positioning you don’t love.
It is also very easy to manipulate and can be shaped and smoothed easily with your gloved hand. Once the Culture Sculpt starts to set, you can use a tiny bit of water to smooth your surfaces to perfection.
Culture Sculpt makes the perfect rim for these geode ornaments. And there are so many reasons to love it. Want to learn more about Culture Sculpt and all the other amazing ways you can use it? Check out our post Introducing Culture Sculpt: All your Questions Answered!
How to Make Geode Christmas Ornaments
- Start by using a dry erase marker to mark off the area on the ornament that you want to cut out. Warm up the area that you will be cutting with your heat gun. This will soften it and make it easier to cut. Then, very carefully, heat an exacto knife tip and cut out the area that you marked off. Then fix up any sharp edges.
- Next, cut your foam floral block to roughly fill in your ornament. Meg used the plastic piece that she cut out as her guide for the shape and size she needed.
- Paint the ornament with a shade of Pop of Color Shock Paints that matches your crystals. Let it dry and add a second coat if needed.
- Grab equal parts of your Poxy Sculpt and knead and smoosh them together until they are all one color. Then roll it into a thick snake and mold it around the opening in your ornament. Once you have it the way you want it, set it aside to cure.
- Start at the outer edge. Add a little hot glue and then your first color of crystals. Keep adding glue and crystals until your outer rim is full. Then work you way towards the center with your other stones.
- Then brush a little bit of Quick Coat into the center of the geode and sprinkle on your foil flakes.
- Next use the gold paint pen or Reflection paint to go around the outside of your geode.
- Finally, add foil flakes to the outside rim of your geode to tie it all together.
- Once your ornament is dry, add a little bow at the top or some holiday charms.
The Finishing Touches
You’re now equipped with all the knowledge and inspiration you need to create your very own geode Christmas ornaments! Isn’t it exciting to think about how these geological wonders will add a unique sparkle to your festive decor?
Remember, each geode ornament you create is a testament to your creativity and a reflection of your personal style. And the best part? No two geodes are alike, which means each ornament you craft will be as unique and special as a snowflake!
As you embark on your crafting journey, remember to enjoy every moment. After all, isn’t the joy of creating and sharing something beautiful what the holiday spirit is all about?
Happy crafting, everyone, and may your holidays be filled with joy, love, and plenty of geode sparkle! 🎄✨💖
As always, a big thanks to Meg for sharing her time and talent with us. If you loved learning from Meg and want to see more of her creations and tutorials you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and you can check out her Facebook group, Curious Crafters. You can also join her mentoring group, Maker Magic for extra information and support from two amazing resin artists!
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