When buying Christmas presents, I try to make sure they are personal vs generic… I hate gift cards, or just random things found on sale… I like to find things which really align to the person I am gifting’s desires, likes, etc…What better way to ensure a present is to someone’s liking than to make something specific for that person with your own hands. Then not only do they like the gift, but it has a much higher value as a family member/friend spent time making something for them. My sister is a huge Marvel and Super Heroes in general fan. So this past Christmas we made SuperHero Christmas Tree Bulbs for her!
The process for making these bulbs was super easy!
- Find some cheap Christmas Bulbs. (I found some used plastic ones from Disney Cast Exclusive Used Items sale area that worked perfect as plastic is more durable and avoided me breaking them.)
- Head down to your local walmart and pick up some Mod Podge! (I recommend the gloss version vs matte for this project.)
- Also purchase Plaid Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer, Super Gloss.
- Find awesome pictures off the web to apply to your bulbs. (I googled vintage Marvel Comic Books to find my images.)
- Use a photo editor (like Photoshop) to modify slightly the images you find to change the color of the “paper” to match. (I wanted mine to appear as a vintage news print background or vintage comic book words.)
- Print out your news print background and comic book covers.
- Cut out the images. (Trick here is to realize you are going to be working on a round surface but applying a flat paper… To compensate I did cut into my images and allow them to overlap themselves slightly. (Look closely at my Captain America Bulb 2 front for example).
- Apply your Mod Podge and then place your background paper over it in strips cut to varying shapes/sizes to obtain your desired affect as a background. (Apply more Mod Podge over the paper as needed to ensure each one is “damp with the Mod Podge.)
- Let the bulb dry with the background in place.
- Once dry, use the same Mod Podge technique to apply your main images over the background but being careful not to brush too hard on the paper as color could bleed from your printer ink.
- Once dry, use your sealer to spray a nice glossy sheen over your bulbs. (I also sprinkled lightly each bulb with some silver glitter while the gloss was freshly applied and still wet.
- When completely dry, add your bulb caps, package carefully, and wrap up for Christmas/birthday present!
If you are inspired by our project and make your own, please be sure to comment a link to your images so we can see what you made as well! It is awesome to see so much creativity out there!
Captain America is an American fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover-dated March 1941) from Marvel Comics’ 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, and was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. As of 2007, an estimated 210 million copies of “Captain America” comic books had been sold in 75 countries. For nearly all of the character’s publication history, Captain America has been the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man who was enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum, in order to aid the United States government’s imminent efforts in World War II. Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with a nearly indestructible shield that can be used for defense and can also be thrown as a weapon.
An intentionally patriotic creation who was often depicted fighting the Axis powers of World War II, Captain America was Timely Comics’ most popular character during the 1940s wartime period. After the war ended, the character’s popularity waned and the comic had been discontinued by 1950 aside from an ill-fated 1953 revival. Captain America was re-introduced by Marvel Comics during the Silver Age of comics, as an M.I.A soldier retrieved from an iceberg and awakened from suspended animation by the superhero team the Avengers in The Avengers #4 (March 1964). Since then, Captain America has often led the team, as well as starring in his own series.
– Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_America
Iron Man is a fictional comic book superhero that appears in books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963).
An American billionaire playboy, industrialist, and ingenious engineer, Tony Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping in which his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction. He instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. He later uses the suit and successive versions to protect the world as Iron Man. Through his corporation, Stark Industries, Stark has created many military weapons, some of which, along with other technological devices of his making, have been integrated into his suit, helping him fight crime. Initially, Iron Man was a vehicle for Stan Lee to explore Cold War themes, particularly the role of American technology and business in the fight against communism. Subsequent re-imaginings of Iron Man have transitioned from Cold War themes to contemporary concerns, such as corporate crime and terrorism.
– Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man
The Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) is a fictional comic book character that appears in books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in X-Men #4 (March 1964) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The Scarlet Witch has been featured in five decades of Marvel continuity, starring in two self-titled limited series with husband the Vision and as a regular team member in superhero title the Avengers. The character has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products such as animated films; arcade and video games; television series and merchandise such as action figures and trading cards.
Scarlet Witch is a mutant, born with the magical ability to alter reality in unspecific ways. She is the daughter of Magneto, the twin sister of Quicksilver, and the paternal half-sister of Polaris.
– Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_Witch
Thor is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder and possesses the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, which grants him the ability of flight and weather manipulation amongst his other superhuman attributes.
Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962) and was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby. He has starred in several ongoing series and limited series, and is a founding member of the superhero team the Avengers, appearing in each volume of that series.