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Project

Frosted Pear Ornaments

Create a pear tree any partridge would be proud to perch upon.

Introduction

Using a few readily available materials, you can make ornaments that will become treasured heirlooms even before they've spent a season on the tree: Shape wired tinsel into sparkling stars, beads into snowflakes, and sumptuous fabrics into small decorative globes. Even humble materials like buttons and wood can be transformed into distinctive decorations. The finished ornaments may be hung from the tree, used to embellish packages, or given as gifts. Wherever they end up, they will surely become Christmas keepsakes for family, friends, and yourself.

For this project, we'll be using artificial pears. A wide variety of artificial fruit is available at crafts stores; the pears we used have a solid foam core covered with a realistically colored plastic skin. Glass glitter makes for the most sparkling effect; it's transparent, unlike metal-flake glitter, so it lets the fruit's color show through.

Materials

  • Artificial pears
  • Glass glitter
  • Craft glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    In a small bowl, dilute craft glue with water until it has a thin, runny consistency. Thinning the glue lessens the amount of glitter that will stick, allowing the color of the pears to shine through.

  2. Step 2

    Brush each pear with the glue mixture, and lightly sprinkle it with glitter.

  3. Step 3

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    Once the pears have dried, tie a loop of ribbon from each for hanging.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 75 December/January 1999/2000

Reviews (2)

  • JenniferBa 17 Nov, 2008

    I love this tree! But does anyone know what kind off christmas lights did they use in the tree?

  • KDBee46 14 Nov, 2008

    These are so easy, beautiful and inexpensive. I bought fake little pears about 2" and little apples last night. I glittered them with "crystal" (clear) glitter. They came with picks in the bottom so you can stick them in something and let them dry without laying them down. They look so real, like sugared fruit ~ They look good enough to eat. I am going to make these every chance I get. And they would make nice gifts or gift decorations. Just lovely.