You know that amazing feeling when a craft project turns out better then you expected? So good in fact you can’t stop working on it…like all day? And, then you do it again the next day with the kids? This is one of those projects.
The possibilities are endless. What started out as a simple idea to make faux agate slice ornaments, turned into 101 different ornament ideas. And, new ideas keep coming. And, the project is so fun, we keep pulling out the supplies to make more!
Sometimes the simplest projects turn out the best. All you need for these laminate pouch ornaments is Sharpie markers and laminating pouches. The laminator is even optional, because you could use a press cloth and iron to seal the pouches.
If you don’t already have a collection of colorful Sharpies, Staples can help. They have amazing deals on Sharpie multi packs this season. I bought a 12ct Assorted Color Multipack for $6! The four pack of Metallic Sharpies and four pack of Neon Sharpies were only $5 each!
For all of the projects below, it is basically a two step process.
- Draw inside the laminate pouch with Sharpie Permanent Markers.
- Laminate the pouch.
- Optional: Add a photo or fabric inside the pouch before laminating.
With so many colors to choose from, making the faux agate slices was a cinch. I started by drawing a metallic circle inside the laminate pouch. I colored it in with concentric monochromatic rings. For realistic looking agate slices, I varied the thickness of the rings. Then, I ran the laminate pouch through my laminator and magic happened! The pouch turns clear and my doodled agates came out the other end bright and luminous. I punched a hole in the top and added a loop of bakers twine for hanging.
And, that was just the start. My sister and I spent the next few hours doodling with Sharpies!
One of my favorite ideas is the picture frame ornaments. I drew frames around a few pictures inside the pouch before laminating. I even wrote the year. It was so cool I got out pictures from years past to immortalize as ornaments.
Then, we set our sights on laminating fabric to make gift tags. It worked best with lightweight fabrics. We laminated the fabric inside the pouch and then used metallic Sharpie markers to write on top of the tags.
I even made some cute animal shaped ones for the boys, by cutting out animals from printed fabric.
The next day, I let the boys take the Sharpie markerss for a spin, making their own ornaments. They loved it! I dazzled them by tracing some of their favorite characters onto the pouches and turning them into ornaments.
I loved using the small laminate pouches that fit 2-3 designs each. A larger sheet might feel overwhelming to fill before getting to the fun part of seeing the finished product.
This is definitely a project that will go into our snowy and rainy day arsenal of ideas. I see labels, window clings, and more photo frames in our future!