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Repurpose Broken Christmas Ornaments
I went to an Estate Sale a couple of weeks ago and found a tote of glass Christmas ornaments. I did not look it over carefully. Later, when I got home I realized there were a lot of broken glass ornaments on the bottom.
What to do with Broken Christmas Ornaments?
Throwing them in the trash did not seem like an option for me. I researched how I could repurpose them. It had to be an easy project as I am not very crafty.
I am not very Crafty
I came up with an idea that used clear glass ornaments, glue, and broken pieces. It sounded easy enough. I decided to give it a try and I am glad I did.
First of all, you are going to need some clear unbroken glass ornaments. Make sure these are clean. Put a few of the broken ornaments in a ziplock bag. My color selection was red, green, and silver. You might want to remove the tops if you have ornaments missing the tops. You can use a rolling pin or hammer to gently break the glass ornaments into shreds of glass. Be very careful because the glass could cut you. The first thing you want to do is to add some glue to the clear ornament you will be working with. I was unsure how much to use so I eyeballed it with the being to coat all sides of the ornament.
Grab the zip lock bag with your broken pieces and cut a small hole in the bottom corner to funnel this into your glass ornament. Handling the glass is not a good idea unless you have a pair of heavy-duty gloves. You could also use a small measuring spoon to spoon it in or a funnel. When the glue is wet it looks very different from how it will look when dry.
How to dry them
The info I read indicated you could place it in the sun for a few days or back in the oven at 125 degrees for an hour. At first, I placed them in the sun and became impatient. I decided to give the oven a try. With parchment paper on a cookie sheet, I placed the two ornaments on top. With a little hesitation, I put them in the oven. The thought of baking them scared me a little.
Taking them Out of the Oven
I was surprised at how well they turned out. Next time I want to make a few changes. The broken glass would look better in bigger pieces. There are endless color combinations.
Repurposing Kept them from Going to the Landfill
I am happy the broken glass did not end up in a landfill. I think this was the easiest way I could repurpose them. If I get a little better I am thinking of selling them in my eBay store.
Keeping Things out of the Landfill
It is very important to me to recycle and repurpose as much as I can.