These paint swirled ornaments
are truly a beautiful way to
decorate clear glass ball ornaments.
Clear ball ornaments can
be found in craft stores and in the dollar stores around the holidays.
These can be decorated in many different ways. Here
I show how adding some acrylic paint inside the ornament can have a
beautiful effect. You can use colors to match the decor or
theme of your Christmas tree. Friends and family will find it
hard to believe you made these yourself, they almost look too good to
If you would like to see other ways to
decorate clear glass ball ornaments, check out these pages too:
and sparkling gem ornament.
- Clear glass ball ornament
- a few colors of acrylic
- a tissue, napkin, or paper
1. Begin the paint swirled ornament by removing the top
covering to the ornament and set it aside. Next, dribble some
acrylic paint inside the ornament. Add a good amount, and
swirl it around a bit.
Next, add in another color of paint (here I'm adding green).
Swirl these colors around by rolling the ornament between
your hands. Fill in gaps by dripping in some more paint in
that area, as best as you can.
When about half of the inside of the bulb is covered, take a
tissue and cover the top opening with it, and hold it tight with your
finger. Then, give the ornament a good shake or two,
carefully checking progress in between shakes. Try to get all the glass
covered. You want to shake to get a good swirl effect, but
not too much that the colors become completely mixed and change color.
Allow the ornament to dry well with the ornament cover off,
then replace the cover and hang your beautiful paint swirled
ornament on the Christmas tree, or give away as an impressive gift!
by by SD (Florida)
"I have made 100's of these, and would
like to share some tips. I only use a 4" ornament. I do not wash them.
Currently I am doing 132. I have bought LOTs of paints. To drip the
paint in like suggested will not give you the best look. You need to
pick 2 or more colors that you want to use, open the cap and be ready
to work quick and don't be afraid to use your paint. Start with one
color, squirt a line down the side, and keep turning the ornament and
do the same thing with that color and continue with the other colors
you chose for that ornament. Making sure you let each color hit the
previous color so it can pull the colors. At the bottom you will see
the paint pooling, start rolling or and up or down motion with the
ornament so the paint covers all the ornament. The colors will pull
from each other and have a lovely effect. Turn upside down in a trimmed
down styrofoam cup, you may need to use the paint that runs out later.
Now, about every 1/2 hour or so turn the ornament (either upside down
or rightside up). Your ornament will change its look quite a bit. It
will take you some time to learn what the paints will do but in time
you will love what your seeing. If you hold your ornament to the light
and look into it and see the paint dried thin, take some of the paint
that drained in the cup and pour it back in and let it roll. Drain
again and roll again. You should have your ornament right side up after
24 hours because it will take days to completely dry. You should never
SHAKE the ornaments with the paint in them, all this does is mixes the
color and you get an ornament with one color and thats no fun. Silver,
gold, black paints run thin, you may need touch ups (pouring the cup
paint back in) with those colors. Don't be afraid to waste a little
paint, its just paint and the ornament will last generations. They are
that lovely. My first set is over 10 years old, every year when I put
them up, I ohhhh and awwwww over them, saying oh this one is my
favorite with each one. They will pass thru my family. I am now making
them for my gift for gift exchange at my office, they are a big hit.
Good luck and have fun."
I decided to do this for my daughter's
1st grade class. Because of the age of the kids, I did not want to do
acrylic paint. I was worried about stained clothing. We used Crayola Finger
paint. They turned out awesome! The kids really enjoyed this activity
and it has held up for 2 years so far!"
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