DIY Paper Mache Ornaments and Porch Reveal

I’m totally digging colorful Christmas porches right now, and I’m especially in love with over-sized ornaments.

This porch from Lowe’s  is a great combination of both!  I’m in love with the gorgeous colors of the entire porch, but it’s way too cold here for blooming flowers.
Lowes Home Improvement Ornaments
And this one is from Centsational Girl – what can I say, it’s sensational!  The white and red is just so crisp and festive!
Censtastional Girl’s Porch
Or this one from Pottery Barn. The metallic shimmer is perfect for this porch
Pottery Barn Ornaments
After last Christmas I hit the clearance sales hoping to pick up some of these awesome ornaments that I could hang outside my house or in a tree somewhere. Even on clearance though, they were more than I was willing to pay. But alas, as I again see these starting to pop up around the Internet, I knew I’d have to come up with a plan B.

We decided to make our own out of paper mache, some 7” balloons, my trusty but ugly glue gun, and the discarded remnants from our fabric Christmas trees. You remember these right?
Topiary Pine Trees
We started out by inflating the balloons and then covering them with strips of newspaper that we coated heavily in a flour and water mixture. We didn’t bother to measure the flour and water, we just mixed it with a whisk until it was at the consistency a little thicker than mayonnaise. It’s a messy job, so I let Dustin and the kids have all the fun.
paper mache ornaments
Each balloon got two or three layers of the paper/water/flour mixture and then we hung them up to dry overnight. We started to get worried that our ornaments might be looking more like huge Easter eggs, but figured that if this failed, we’d just re-purpose them in a few months.
paper mache Christmas ornaments
Once dried, we painted them green, red, and gold, just in case our final treatments allowed some of the paper mache to show through.
paper mache ornaments
Now this is the cool part, I think. We used some of the berries, leaves, feathers, moss, beads, rope, and flower petals from the discarded topiary to cover our ornaments.
paper mache christmas ornaments
We then dismantled an ugly wreath and used the pine needles to top off the ornaments – and bonus, it took away the egg shape, so all systems are go for operation Christmas Porch.
DIY christmas ornaments
You’ll notice that we even painted feathers – which was a first, even for us.
feather ornament
bead diy ornament
So $5.00 in glue sticks later, we brought the ornaments outside and hung them on the porch.
Paper mache ornaments
While I’m still not really liking the black door, adding a gold picture frame around the wreath helped.
frame wreath
If you’re just joining us for this whole Christmas porch project, here’s a recap:

We made our own door mat using pallets left over from the master bedroom project. The final cost for this project was essentially $0 since that’s the beauty of pallet wood.
pallet christmas mat
Then we made over some outdated topiary trees we picked up for free from Dustin’s sister with a bit (ok, a bunch) of fabric. Since we had all the fabric on hand this only cost us the price of the fabric I’ve been sitting on over the years. Probably a few bucks.
fabric christmas tree
And we finished it all off by accessorizing with our home made ornaments. Since we were able to save parts of the topiary trees, the final price included some gold, green, and red paint, and a bunch of glue sticks. Probably around $10 if you have to buy the spray paint.
christmas porch
So there it is.  My festive and colorful porch with over-sized ornaments just like I wanted, and for much less than I was planning on. How will you be dressing up your porch this Christmas?

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  1. this looks great! I especially like the pallet rug. Totally going to steal this! the idea…not the rug :)

  2. Lovely, simply lovely!

  3. What a crazy cool idea! I, too, have been put off by the prices of those oversized ornaments. Love this idea. I think the kids and I have a weekend project in store …

  4. Love the door mat!!!!! Great job.

  5. How gorgeous! I love love love those homemade ornaments!

  6. Great idea! I love the gold frame too!

  7. What a fabulous idea! These are beautiful. If you get a chance, stop by my blog & link these up to my craft/recipe linky.

  8. What a festive porch! It looks like you had a blast getting this all together! It looks very nice!

  9. I love them all. they turned out great. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  10. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  11. Cindy Hughes says:

    How Cute! Always looking for the unusual and here it is!! Merry Christmas!

  12. What a great idea. I love all the stuff you added to the ornaments. I found you over at Centsational Girl.

  13. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!


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