Vintage Light Reflector Flower Ornaments
How to Make Flower Ornaments
It’s my favorite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge. Yay!
Each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun. It’s usually the second Wednesday of the month, but because of some conflicting schedules we moved it up one day to today. There’s always so much going on during the Christmas season.
If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.
I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s Christmas ornaments challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check all the Christmas fabulousness.
But first I’ll share my ornaments project with you using stuff from a particular stash.
For this ornaments challenge I’m delving into my Christmas light reflectors collection, starting with these vintage punched tin light reflectors. Unlike plastic light reflectors, which were meant for mini bulbs, these guys are for larger bulbs.
I remember having some of these on my childhood tree way back in the 60s. These already look like flowers, bu they do need pink prettyfication.
Here’s some of my plastic light reflector collection. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors… and are a lot of fun to create with. I usually find them mixed in bags for a dollar or two.
Like these Repurposed Jello Mold ornaments, and these Repurposed Tart Tin ornaments in which I also use some vintage foil reflectors.
I also have a large collection of clear light reflectors in all shapes and sizes too, but they don’t photograph very well. I used some tulip shaped ones in my Repurposed Thread Spool Garland.
Here’s the lot that I’m pulling from for today’s light reflector flower ornaments.
My living room tree is pink, green, and silver themed, and these bright pink light reflectors will be fabulous.
Creating Flower Ornaments from Light Reflectors
To start I have to deal with those tine thingies in the center of the metal light reflectors.
If they’re already pointing down that’s awesome, but if not that needs to be fixed.
This is easily done by carefully pushing the tine thingies until they are pointing slightly down.
Don’t be too harsh with this or the tines may break right off. Slow and easy is best.
Until they look like this.
Add some glue from your hot glue gun to the back of your light reflector.
And push it through from front to back.
The tines help to keep the light reflector in place, but the glue is really what holds it together.
Here’s what it looks like from the front.
You can leave it like this if you want, but adding something to the center is what really makes this looks like a flower.
It’s often the little details that make all the difference.
Like simply gluing a faux pearl from a necklace that I found on my craft studio’s necklace window valance.
Then I glued one of my favorite things, jute twine, onto the back.
In my world jute twine goes with everything.
And here’s my finished flower ornament made from vintage repurposed metal and plastic light reflectors.
It seems to photograph a little on the purple side of pink, but they’re color cousins so that’s perfectly ok.
And here’s one on the tree with one of my repurposed Cream Horn Cone Angels.
And here’s another one with my Repurposed Thread Spool Garland.
Now these light reflectors are back on the tree reflecting light in a different way.
Doing this flower ornaments project with these vintage light reflectors gave me another project idea, which I’ve already finished and will be sharing later in the week.
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Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their Christmas ornament projects.
Just click on the links below to check them out.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
The ornaments are so pretty. I love how you recreated the light reflectors into a lovely ornament.
Thanks so much Debra!
Do those metal reflectors bring back memories of my childhood trees from the ’60s. Tuula, you know how much I admire your creative garden flowers but to see you made them some for Christmas, loving these too 🙂
Thanks Marie! I guess I can’t get enough of flowers all year round. lol.
These are so cute! I don’t think I’ve really ever noticed light reflectors; I’ll be looking for them now! Love them with your thread spool garland! Merry Christmas, Tuula!
Thanks very much Lora. Merry Christmas to you!
These are so pretty, I don’t usually pay amy attention to those light reflectors but I definitely will now!
Thanks Tania! They are one of my favorite things to create with. So many colors!
Your reflector ornaments are just my style! I would love to see a picture of the whole tree! They look wonderful hanging next to your garland too!
Thanks Pam! I still have a few more things to get on the tree, but I do hope to share some pics. 🙂
These are so pretty! I’m a huge fan of vintage Christmas items. Last night I hung my old strand of lights with the small plastic reflectors on an antique hutch. Would love some metal reflectors!
Thanks Debra! What a great idea to hang them on a hutch I’m sure it looks fabulous.
Oh so very vintage! Super cute and creative way to use old Christmas items in a new way for Christmas! I will keep my out out for some of these while I am junkin’!
Thank you so much Amber. Merry Christmas!
Tuula, I love how these turned out! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!