This is Molly Alexander back again with a Mosaic Mitten Christmas Ornament project for your Christmas tree. This ornament also makes a fantastic gift for your favorite teacher or best friend, and can be made in tons of colors. Let’s get started, shall we?
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- unfinished wood mitten ornament
- 6 x 6 sheet of red stained glass
- 3 x 3 sheet of white stained glass
- clear silicone sealer
- snow white sanded grout
- hole punch
- lime green 20g colored craft wire
- glass or tile nippers
- old towel or cloth
- safety goggles
- latex gloves
- Punch or drill small holes in each side of the ‘sleeve’ end of the mitten.
- Put on your safety goggles and, using the glass or tile nippers, break the red glass into small pieces and the white glass into smaller pieces than the red.
- Start adhering the red glass to the bottom of the mitten and the white glass to the top of the mitten with the silicone adhesive, doing your best to keep the space between the pieces of glass somewhat consistent and leaving space around the two small drilled holes. Allow the adhesive to dry overnight.
- Once the adhesive is dry, follow the package directions and mix the grout. It will work best if it is on the thick consistency side – much like cookie dough. Put on your latex gloves and apply it to the ornament, making sure you fill in all of the spaces between the glass pieces, and carefully wipe off the excess grout from the top of the ornament. This isn’t the final finish – just remove enough grout so you can see the top of the glass.
- Let the grout sit for about 15 minutes and start to wipe off the top of the glass, making sure you remove all of the grout. Once it dries, removing the excess grout is much more difficult, so it it important to act quickly. You can use a water spray bottle to make this easier, but use it sparingly.
- Very carefully clear the grout out of the holes you drilled earlier. A toothpick is an easy and inexpensive way to do this. The goal is to make the holes big enough for the wire to fit through.
- Once you have the glass cleaned off, allow the grout to cure at least a couple of hours, optimally overnight.
- Cut approximately 12″ of the green wire, coil it around a pen or pencil, stretch the coil out and attach each end to the ornament using the holes you cleared out.
That’s it! You can make a whole bunch of these at once and you’ll have gifts galore! Here are examples of some of the different colors you can use: