Geode Ornament DIY

Pretty! Geode Ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       I love having a combination of tree ornaments that are the same (a scattering of the same gold glitter stars) and some that are totally different (like having one roller skate, etc.). I always like to make at least one DIY ornament for the tree (I still use these diamond ornaments), and this year I saw some pretty geode ornaments at the store and thought that a set of those all in the same color would be a really pretty addition to our Christmas theme. I found some really pretty lavender geodes online, and it only took a few minutes to make them into hanging works of art!

Pretty! Geode Ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       Supplies:
-small geodes (I used these.)
liquid gold gilding
brass wire (16 gauge is a good strength and thickness)
jewelry pliers and side cutters
-small brush

Pretty! Geode Ornament DIY (click through for tutorial) Use a craft brush to paint the back of each geode with the gold paint. I also brought the paint forward a bit on each one to create a gold rim around the sides as well.

Pretty! Geode Ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       Take your brass wire, and starting 1/2" down the end of the wire, bend it around the shape of your stone (start at whatever corner you want to be the top of your ornament). When you get back up to the top again, bend your wire into a hook, cut the wire with your pliers, and wind that 1/2" tail you left at the beginning around the bottom of the hook to secure the sides together. 

Pretty! Geode Ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       Since your geode is wrapped in wire but only loosely, slide the loop up a bit, dot a few spots of glue where the wire was sitting, and then slide your wire back in place onto the glue spots. Allow the glue to totally set, and then get ready to hang your pretty stones!

Pretty! Geode Ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       Pretty! Geode Ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       I love the natural element that the stones add to the tree, and the gold gilding looks so pretty with the purple hue. Even though the geode is a bit heavy, the 16 gauge wire is strong enough to easily keep its hook shape while hanging. So you don't have to worry about rocks randomly crashing to the floor. If you love crystals or geodes, this is a great way to add a little organic sparkle to you holiday decor this year—in fact, I would say it rocks! xo. Laura

Credits//Author + Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions