I made all of these using left-overs from my craft room, so you may not even need to go to the store!
Paint Pour Ornaments
You will need pouring paint for the next 2 projects. Use solid white ornaments for this project. If you don’t want to mix your own pouring paint, you can pick them up pre-mixed and save yourself the time! If however you want to mix your own, here is the recipe.
Pouring Paint recipe:
Use a digital scale to measure the paints.
- 80 grams of floetrol
- 40 Grams of acrylic paint
- 30 grams of water
Note: just hit the reset button on the scale after adding each ingredient and it will reset to zero!
Mix up a few colours of pouring paint, using pre-mixed paints or the recipe above and using squirt bottles.
Place a solid white ornament onto a popsicle stick or dowel that fits into the opening of the bauble. You’ll also need a piece of styrofoam, or something else to hold it up. Place the styrofoam into something to catch the excess paint, that won’t be ruined by the paint. A good idea is to use a large container and line it with a garbage bag, to catch the paint. I use a dollar store plastic container, that I reuse for my pouring projects, which is why it looks so messy.
Holding it by the popsicle stick, first coat the entire ornament with a coat of white pouring paint. Then choose the colours that you want to use, and start squirting them over the bauble. Use a straw to blow the colours into each other and to cover the surface with paint. The fleotrol takes a while to dry, so let dry overnight inside the container.
Note that the paint is very shiny when wet, and becomes very dull and matte when it is dry. After the paint is completely dry, take it outside, or somewhere well ventilated, and spray a coat of clear gloss varnish. this will bring out the colours and add the shine back.
DIY Christmas Ornament #2
Set up your ornament as in the above project. For this pouring project, you will need the pre-mixed pouring paint from the project above and a disposable paper or plastic cup. Choose which colours you want to use and pour layers of paint into the bottom of the cup. I suggest layering your colours twice. For this example I used Silver, gold, Red, White
What you are doing here is just squirting the paints on top of each other, without doing any mixing. I just squirted them all into the same corner of the cup. Set your bauble into the catch tray, and just pour the paint from the cup onto the bauble, ensuring coverage.
Once the paint has dried (overnight) it becomes very matte. A coat of clear gloss spray will bring the shine right back!
DIY Christmas Ornament #3
This is a really easy ornament and it’s really beautiful. Sooooo Easy. You will need some Alcohol Inks for this project. I get mine from Amazon. You can sometimes find them a Walmart. I am using the same set that I originally purchased and have used for MANY projects. A little goes a long way. You will need a white ornament and cellophane in addition to the inks. First things first: Wear gloves. Latex gloves work well for this. Alcohol inks will stain your skin, so best to just glove up before hand. Tear off enough cellophane to cover the entire bauble. Lay it out flat, and drop a few colours of ink onto the cellophane.
It doesn’t need to cover all of the wrap. Then place the bauble in the centre of the cellophane and wrap it around until the whole ornament is covered. Once you have the ornament encased in the cellophane, take a minute to make sure that all of the white areas are covered in ink. Then twist off the end, and let it dry overnight. Once it’s dry just peel back the cellophane and … WOW!!!!!
This is just how then ink came out on the white-filled clear ornament. I didn’t apply any sealer to this one. However, if you want to keep your new favourite ornament for years to come,or if you are making these to sell, you should give it a coat of UV-Resistant Clear Gloss because alcohol ink fades in the light. Also, Kamar Varnish will seal the inks, and Clear coat will ensure everything is protected.
DIY Christmas Ornament #4
Choose your colour and give everything one or two coats on BOTH sides. I used Rustoleum turquoise metallic for this version. When all of the paint is dry use a ruler to bend the paper butterflies at the wings so that they look like this:
Use hot glue to attach the butterflies on top of each other starting with the larger one and then the smallest one. Next use adhesive rhinestones to highlight the wings antenna and centre of the butterfly. Although these gems are self adhesive. I suggest using Hot glue or E-6000 to attach them, so that they don’t fall off. Use a piece of ribbon to make the hanger and attach to the back of the butterfly head. I made mine in Blue, but also did them up in Gold and silver to give you some options!
DIY Christmas Ornament #5
Clam Shell Angel
The base for this angel is a scalloped clam shell. I bought a bag of them at the dollar store. Pick out a nice shell and give it a coat of white paint.I used Rust-Oleum Satin White. To make the wings I just used silk rose petals from the dollar store. I have a lot of these kicking around in various colours. This particular bag had both white and silver and for this project I’m using the white. Using hot glue apply the petals to the bottom portion of the shell, which I just learned is the anterior auricle. Go ahead and toss that little tidbit out at your next Christmas party!!
To make her head I painted a small styrofoam ball in a shade of pink. You go ahead and make your angel whatever colour you want her to be
I could be brown, I could be blue, I could be violet sky
I could be hurtful, I could be purple, I could be anything you like
Lyrics from Grace Kelly by Mika
Next I made her a halo out of a length of thin craft wire and small pearl beads. I used about 11 for mine. Twist off the ends so that the halo forms a circle and then glue in place, keeping the twisted ends at the back of her head.
I decided that I wasn’t happy with the shell edges, so I added a second set of wings on the front side to cover up the shell. lastly I glued a small piece of light coloured ribbon to the back to act as a hanger. Easy!! And perfect if your decor is beach themed!
DIY Christmas Ornament #6
Angel Version 2
So, I bought a whole bunch of these iridescent clam shells at the Dollar Tree at Easter time, and I didn’t use them for anything at Easter. But now I’m using one to make this second angel.
I have used the same silk rose petals as in the previous version but this time I went with silver ones, and attached them to the bottom back section of the shell using hot glue. For her head a large pearl bead did the trick. I made a gold halo using thick floral craft wire and bending it into a circle shape, and gluing the bent ends to the back of her head. Then just add a piece of ribbon and this one is done! One of the easiest and prettiest ornaments!
DIY Christmas Ornament #7
Then I cut the circle out. When cutting fun fur, it’s important to press to scissors tight against the backing and only cut the backing and not the fur. Glue the fur onto the wooden shape using hot glue, making sure to keep the nap (direction) of the fur towards the bottom of the ornament. Next I added a couple of wiggly eyes. Before gluing the eyes on, push up the fur and then glue the eye in where you pushed the fur up. Then brush fur back over the eyes.
I added a set of lips that I had left-over from some valentines supplies. If you can’t find any lips, you can always cut a set out of felt. After adding the self-adhesive lips, I added a very small pearl for a nose. And there you have my abominable bumble snow- woman
DIY Christmas Ornament #8
Mini styro Snowman
This tiny snowman is made from small styrofoam balls. I started by making his carrot nose from a small bambo skewer dipped in orange paint.
Then cut off the end of the skewer and voila! – one snowman nose. A black sharpie is all you need to draw on a happy face. And then poke the shape end of the skewer in to make a hole, and poke the thick end of the nose in place.
Thread a piece of thin craft wire through a large eyed needle and poke through 2 styro balls, and then the head last. Using wire cutters, snip the wire off the needle, Twist the cut ends leaving leaving enough to hang the ornament. I also added some small sequins to act as buttons.
DIY Christmas Ornament #9
This ornament is so easy, it’s almost embarrassing. It starts out with a Dollar Tree wooden cube. Then I gave it a coat of Rust-Oleum Mirror Spray in Silver. Next I took some self-adhesive script letters and stuck them around the 4 sides to spell out a name:
I used “Glen” because those were the letters that I had available. You can pick up letters like these at the Dollar tree, Dollarama, Walmart and of course Amazon If you don’t have a four-letter name, use some of these alternatives:
I may have saved the best DIY Christmas Ornament for last, with this one!
DIY Christmas Ornament #10
Pick a nice symmetrical pine cone, and then give it a coat of Rust-Oleum in Key Lime– what a fabulous colour!!
As I mentioned above, I made all of these DIY Christmas ornaments using leftovers from my craft stash. The gold trim that I used I have had for YEARS!!! Any trim will do, just make sure it’s thin enough that you can weave it through the sections of the pine cone. First I wrapped the gold, and then I cut a single row of bling wrap and wrapped that around.
When wrapping go both over and under the scales of the pine cone. Altenate where you wrap the gold and the silver, so that they don’t end up in all of the same recesses. Final Touch add a piece of the gold trim and tuck it into the top of the pine cone using a bamboo skewer, so that you don’t burn your fingers!!
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