S.H.I.E.L.D. Ornaments

The holidays being as busy as they are, the “24 hours of geeky ornaments” event I planned never quite happened. But I did want to give two of my friends something memorable for their tree, which lead me to raid my Avengers sticker book for inspiration.

Avengers/S.H.I.E.L.D. stickers
3/8″ x 3″x 1/4″ balsa wood plank
Mod Podge antique decoupage sealer
Craft Smart black acrylic paint
Gold elastic ribbon
Tapestry needle
1″ craft brushes
Paring knife
Emory board

Despite being categorized as a “hard wood,” balsa wood is actually quite soft and pliable — grip it too hard you’ll leave an impression in the grain. I was able to trace the shapes I needed for the stickers and cut the wood mounts with a paring knife. Once the shapes were done, I used a dollar store emory board to file down the sides.

There were very few steps to complete once the shapes were cut. I painted each mount with two to three coats of the black Craft Smart paint, making sure the wood grain was concealed by the opaque color. Once the paint was dry, I peeled the backs off the stickers and lined them up in the middle of each square (Black Widow doesn’t get nearly the attention she deserves and Nick Fury is just *awesome*). I then used the tapestry needle and stylus to line up and create a hole for the elastic at the top of each ornament, approx. 1/4″ inside the border.

By far, the longest step was the decoupage process. I repeated it twice with each ornament, using the craft brush to coat it with a layer of the antique decoupage sealer. They took approx 1-2 hours to completely dry. My friends and I ducked out to see Apocalypse Now at the Music Box Theatre before they were dry and came back to two finished ornaments.

The boys were certainly happy with their presents! What do you guys think?

~ by blackmoodcraft on January 2, 2014.

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