Pour painted Christmas ornaments: an easy way to turn clear glass or plastic balls into gorgeous, colourful homemade ornaments.
I first made pour-painted ornaments about 15 years ago. A friend and I were making all of our Christmas gifts by hand that year, and among many other things, we made a ton of homemade ornaments.
I’m not sure where she discovered this pour painting process, because it was years before either of us had internet, but we fell in love with it. Everyone on my Christmas list received a set of these simple but beautiful ornaments along with their main gift that year.
This pour painting process is very easy, and it produces the most gorgeous results.
The supply list is really short too. All you need are a few clear glass or plastic balls and acrylic paint.
Just look at the colour of these ornaments! Don’t they look amazing?
What is “pour-painting”?
If you’ve never heard of pour painting, Aleacia from Dilly Dali Art demonstrates the process beautifully in her painted garden pot project for kids.
The supplies for our painted Christmas ornament project are basic, the process is simple, and the results are gorgeous! Kids of all ages will enjoy making these ornaments, but it’s a craft that’s best suited for older children and teenagers because it takes a gentle hand to get the results your looking for. My 13 year-old and I made ours one one evening last week. Here’s how we did it:
What you’ll need to make your painted ornaments:
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- clear glass or plastic ornaments with removable tops
- acrylic craft paint (we used 4 or 5 colours for our ornaments)
- organza ribbon for hanging your ornaments
- small cups or containers( for draining your ornaments)
Making your painted Christmas ornaments:
Being organized and efficient is a bonus here:
Once you’ve selected your paint colours, pop their lids open, and have them lined up and ready to go. As much as this isn’t a race against the clock, you do have to move efficiently to get all of your colours into your ornament before the previous colours completely coat the inside of the ball.
Now, remove the top of a clear ornament.
Pouring your paint into your ornaments:
Select one of your paint colours, and squirt some into your ornament. Give the ornament a quarter turn and squirt again. Repeat a couple more times, tipping and turning your ornament so the paint coats some of the inside of the glass or plastic. Remember to leave enough glass un-coated for your other colours to cover.
Now grab your second colour, and give a few small squirts, turning your ornament between squirts.
Repeat with your remaining colours.
If any small sections of glass or plastic are left uncoated, simply turn or gently shake the ornament to splash some paint to cover that space.
When the inside of your ornament has been completely coated with your paint colours, simply turn it upside down over a small cup or container, and let the excess paint drip out. This could take a while. I let mine sit over night.
And check out what the drips looked like the next morning! If only there were something I could make with this gorgeous by-product!
Once your ornaments are dry, pop the tops back on them, and use your organza ribbon to make a loop and bow.
What do you think? Isn’t this an easy and inexpensive way to make a stunning ornament? I just love the swirls of colour and the glossy look that the plastic ball gives to the ornament.
I hope you give this a try at h0me! One of these would make a lovely gift for a teacher or neighbour. A set of 4 or 6 would be super homemade gift to give to anyone on your Christmas list!
If you’re looking for other ways to decorate clear, glass ornaments here are a few of our favourites:
And you can find ALL of my easy and inexpensive Christmas crafts for kids on my Hooligans Christmas Pinboard.