I love nothing more than an easy DIY so when I saw Amy Lou Hawthorne’s @theeverco post about her paint filled ornaments I immediately dug mine out from the Christmas storage box.
I purchased these clear ornaments at least two years ago with intentions of making my own ornaments and then well life happens like it always does and here we are.
Clear glass ornaments (like these)
Acrylic Craft Paint in your color scheme
Paper towel, plate, cardboard or wax paper (something they can sit on to drip and dry)
Making ornaments is a great DIY to do alone, with your kids or a group of friends. It’s easy, fairly mess free and quick besides the paint drying part. First gather the paint you want to use. Our Christmas decor downstairs is much more colorful than usual with shades of blush, pinks, reds and white always white.
My paint sources:
Pull off the tops of the ornaments and put out of your way. Holding the ornament in one hand squeeze your desired paint colors into the opening. Be generous with your paint and go crazy get 2, 3 or more colors in at once! As long as the colors are “friendly” colors they will mix beautifully. Friendly colors are what I teach my elementary art kiddos are the colors who are neighbors on the color wheel aka analogous colors.
Turn and move the ornament around allowing the paint to cover the entire inside surface of the glass ornament until you cannot see any uncovered glass. Then over a paper towel or whatever you have available hold it upside down allowing the excess paint to pour out. Then let the ornament dry upside on a stable surface for approximately 90 minutes.
When they are dry put the metal tops back on and decorate with yarn or ribbon before hanging on your tree.
DIY glass ornaments would make a wonderful gift to friends or family. Small ornaments are beautiful to add to wrapped gifts. You could also add a vinyl monogram or lettering to the outside. The possibilities are endless but my favorite part of it all was making them with my two year old daughter.
Happy DIY-ing ,