Holiday DIY: Simple Filled and Painted Ornaments for This Christmas

Holiday DIY: Simple Filled and Painted Ornaments for This Christmas

You can fill glass ball ornaments with yarn, twine, feathers, fake snow, pine needles and random craft supplies. You can also fill them with paint! It’s so easy to do.All you need is a clear ornament and your favorite acrylic paint.I’m really loving Martha Stewart’s paint line. It is full of so many gorgeous colors and shades.

Squirt about a teaspoon of paint directly into the ornament.

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Slowly swirl it around until it coats the inside.

Use a plastic bottle or paper cup to store the ornament upside down. Leave it there overnight so that all the excess paint runs out.

Add the metal cap and voila! A lovely painted ornament in any shade you choose! You can use acrylic paint to add details to the outside, or leave it blank.

Update: Here are a couple of additional tips based on questions and comments over the past year:

  • Be sure to start with a small amount of paint. If it doesn’t coat the inside entirely, you can add more as you go. Adding too much at the start may slow the drying process.
  • Leave the painted ornament upside down for at least 24 hours to let all the paint run out.
  • Having the paint drip out will make the opening of the ornament messy — clean it with a baby wipe or paper towel. Or once its dry, sand the paint enough so the metal cap can be put back in its place

I also tried filling with Martha Stewart’s flocking powder. It leaves a nice, cotton candy-like texture.

I used some varnish to coat the inside of the ornament first…to give the flocking powder something to stick to.

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Let it dry for 15 minutes, not completely, just enough to get sticky. Then coat the inside with the flocking powder.

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Using the same varnish to coat another ornament, I poured some candy sprinkles inside! These would be great stocking suffers for kids..just make sure they don’t try to eat them! You could seal the metal top with some glue on the inside if you’re worried about that.

Using the same varnish to coat another ornament, I poured some candy sprinkles inside! These would be great stocking stuffers for kids..just make sure they don’t try to eat them! You could seal the metal top with some glue on the inside if you’re worried about that.

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Update: For the ornaments using varnish, be careful only to use a small amount. The flocking powder ornament especially requires just enough varnish to make the inside of the glass tacky to the touch. Any more will be too wet and cause clumping.

I got a little carried away with the paint selection. I tried glitter, satin, high gloss and pearl. Each makes a different, yet gorgeous effect. The Ornaments are hung by the chimney with care. Aren’t you glad you made a few extra to spare? A gift for a friend or a spouse—something you made yourself, right in your own home.

 

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