Starlight Mint Ornament – Holiday Ornament Exchange

Starlight Mint Ornament

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Except, well, because of global warming or something my Texas Christmas is more resembling an Australian Christmas. It was 80 degrees yesterday! What’s up with that?

A few weeks ago the lovely (and expecting!) Kelli from True Bias asked me as well as a bunch of other bloggers, many who you also know and love, to participate in an ornament exchange! So of course I was like, “yes please!”

Starlight Mint Ornament

We all made our own ornaments that we’re mailing to each other. None of us know what each of us are making so it’s a big surprise for everyone.

Let me just say that while coming up with my idea I nixed a few others because, as usual, whenever I come up with a good idea someone else has already thought of it and put it on Pinterest. I had to stop Pinterest-ing for a while because I was getting discouraged. No doubt my idea has already been made by others as well, and if by some chance another one of the participating ladies had the same idea for an ornament as I, well, then we’re both geniuses. 😉

Moving on, I don’t really like mint flavor, and I never really eat these things but for some reason my childhood memories are filled with these little Starlight mints. They remind me of spending Christmases with my grandmother and the iconic colors and shapes shout “Christmas” to me. So, naturally, I covered a ball in mints.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

You will need:

  • Starlight mints
  • Styrofoam balls (These are 2 1/2″ size. I don’t recommend any bigger, the mints add a lot of bulk)
  • A glue gun
  • Some kind of wire (I used floral wire)
  • Wire cutters
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Scissors
  • Clear spray sealant
  • Ziplock bags
  • And maybe a hammer…

This project is pretty simple.

Starlight Mint Ornaments
Starlight Mint Ornaments

Dab some glue on the back of a mint and stick it on the ball.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

They ya go. Not so hard, right?

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Now keep adding mints next to mints you just glued.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Hold each mint down for a few seconds to let the glue stick.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Soon you’ll have your ball covered!

Starlight Mint Ornaments

If you get big spaces that can’t fit a whole mint, don’t worry. We’ll fix that next.

As you unwrap your mints you’ll no doubt have a few broken mints. That’s good. You can use those bits to patch spaces between mints.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

If you need smaller pieces you can put them all in a ziplock bag and hammer the mints into tiny bits.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Glue and stick the broken bits in the empty spots.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

If you’re making more than one ornament you can save this part for last.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Just fill in all the really big spots, all those tiny spaces won’t be seen from a distance.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Next cut a length of wire, about 4″, like in the picture above.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Bend to make a loop on one end that will hold the ribbon.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Wrap the short end around the rest of the wire.

Starlight Mint Ornaments
Starlight Mint Ornaments

Put glue along the wire and find a nice spot on the ball and stick the wire in.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Add some extra glue at the base of the loop for support.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Then spray the whole thing with sealant. I sprayed one side at a time so I could let the sealant dry. The sealant and mints can get sticky so make sure you spray on some plastic like a big ziplock bag, not paper towels. The mints can stick to the paper.

Starlight Mint Ornaments

Finally cut some ribbon, I cut about 12″, and string it through the loop.

Starlight Mint Ornament

Make a cute bow and now hang it on your tree!!! They’re a little heavy but I have much heavier ornaments than these so it should be fine.

Starlight Mint Ornament

Thanks again to Kelli for organizing this! Now go see all the other cool ornament ideas:

Jen at Grainline Studio
Kelli at True Bias
Maddie at Madalynne
Megan at Megan Nielsen
Miranda at One Little Minute
Mika at Savory Stitches
Sonja of Ginger Makes
Suzanne of My Beau Baby