This tutorial for how to paint clear Christmas ball ornaments will make everyone look like a crafting expert. These ornaments are so simple to make and they are a great project to do with kids.
When I went looking for ornaments to make my Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Ornaments I only had two requirements.
They needed to be plain white and they needed to be shatterproof.
However, those are apparently crazy requirements, because they were not to be found. So I decided to do what every DIY lover does, make my own.
I started with clear plastic ball ornaments, like these ones from Amazon. Then you just squirt, swirl, and dry.
Okay, that’s the very basic version. But it seriously isn’t much more complicated than that.
First, I opened it up by pulling out the top. Set the top aside.
Optional step: Put some liquid hairspray in the ornament and swirl it around. Pour out excess and let dry before adding paint. This can give the paint a better surface to adhere to.
Next, I squirted my paint into the ornament. I used a vanilla colored acrylic paint. The specific brand was Craftsmart from Michaels.
Then I swirled the paint around the inside covering the entire surface.
If you see any air bubbles you can hold the ornament so they bubble is at the bottom and then give it a little flick or two and the bubble should rise to the surface inside
Once the inside is completely covered I placed my ornament upside down on the open top of another bottle of paint.
I would double-check the size of the neck of your ornament verse the neck of the paint bottle before you do this to be sure that you won’t have paint oozing out the sides and down the bottle.
This dripping method allowed a bunch of the extra paint to drip out and be used in another ornament.
Using this method I was able to stretch my 2oz paint bottles to make 6+ ornaments each. Without this drip method, they will paint 4-5 ornaments each.
I had six paint bottles that I was using, so I was able to cycle through them all and let the ornaments drip for a while.
If you are using brand new bottles I would recommend that you squirt some paint into an ornament before you set one on top. I didn’t and a couple of my bottles got extra full and I had a paint mess on my hands.
As with any painting craft, it is a good idea to have some sort of rag nearby for little messes. I like to use baby wipes.
Once I needed to replace the ornament on top of the paint bottle I took the one off the top and placed it open side up in a muffin tin.
This helped to keep the ornament right side up and allow any extra paint to flow to and dry at the bottom. If you don’t have a muffin tin, egg cartons also work great.
If it doesn’t dry at the bottom you might have a weirdly weighted ornament. This isn’t a huge deal once it’s hanging on the tree, so if it’s not perfect then don’t worry.
The pan also keeps them from rolling around and spilling wet paint everywhere.
When they are dry you and put the top back in, carefully to not scratch up the paint on the inside. And then you are done!
Be sure to check out my Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Ornaments to see how I finished these up.
- Clear ball ornaments
- Muffin tin or egg carton
- Optional: Liquid hairspray
- Remove the ornament top.
- Squirt some paint into the ornament.
- Cover top with your thumb and shake ornament.
- Continue shaking until full coverage is achieved.
- Set in a muffin tin or egg carton to dry completely.
- Once dry, put the hanger back into the top of the ornament.
- Hang ornaments on the tree and enjoy.
Tip: If you are working with a darker color use a flashlight to help see any holes in the paint.