Use these tips and materials to repair your damaged Christmas ornaments along with a little patience!
Christmas ornaments represent so many memories in life, and losing one can feel like losing some of those memories. As you might guess, we get a lot of requests for information about how to repair a “broken memory,” and we wanted to share the best fixes we know of from our many years of selling ornaments. Luckily, most broken ornaments can be fixed with a few tricks, and when they can’t be fixed, I have some advice on that too!
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1. Glass Ornaments
Broken glass ornaments should be dealt with very carefully. If the ornament is a glass ball, it may have shattered beyond repair due to many splintered pieces. If you’re determined to fix a glass ornament, be sure you picked up all of the pieces by shining a flashlight horizontal to the floor. This will cast a shadow on each piece. Once you have all of your pieces gathered, focus on the biggest pieces first.
Most super glues will work and a fast-drying adhesive glue will work best. You might find jewelry glue to work well since it also dries fast and is meant for fastening tiny details. If you need to bond clear glass, try to find a glue that dries clear instead of cloudy.
Using a toothpick, apply a tiny drop to each side being glued, then hold it in place for a few minutes. The bond will still be weak for a few days, so don’t hang your ornament until you’ve let it sit.
2. Resin Ornaments
Resin ornaments are best fixed with an epoxy-based adhesive. Find epoxy that dries fast and is suitable for in-door use. Be sure your broken pieces are somewhat clean so that debris won’t get in the way.
If you find extra glue has dried around the edges, use sand paper to gently sand away the rough features.
3. Plastic Ornaments
Consider gluing new pieces to the ornament to help hide your dents, because it can be difficult to shape the hot glue to perfectly fit the empty space as it dries. Adding a small feature to the ornament, such as a piece of garland, can help cover up the spot naturally.
Your Last Options
In the end, the damage might be too extensive for you to completely repair the ornament. Don’t be too upset, though, because I have two other options to recommend.
If you’re unwilling to throw away your ornament, consider transforming it into a new ornament. Re-use the pieces to start a project that will represent both your old memories and new ones! Today’s moments are tomorrow’s memories, and next year when you see the recycled broken ornament you’ll remember overcoming your grief to make something beautiful in its own way.
If you’re still not satisfied, shop around with us and we’ll personalize the new ornament for free to try and capture the same memory for you as best as we can.
Do you have your own tips and tricks for repairing ornaments? Share with us in the comments!