EZ Painted Tree Ornaments

Clear plastic ornaments are inexpensive, easy to decorate, and convenient. If you don’t like what you’ve created on your first try, hot soapy water will remove acrylic paint and you can start over again. 

All four of my ornaments were painted in the same basic way with acrylics. Paint was poured into one side and the ornament was tilted to guide the paint around the inside in a straight line, and then out the opposite end. Also experiment by pouring in paint, shaking the ornament, then dumping out excess paint. 

When applying one color, excess paint can be emptied into a clean container to be used again. After pouring out paint, lightly tap the open end of the container onto paper towels to force out paint before adding more colors.

Pouring additional paint into the ornament from different starting points will create additional painted sections inside. Creating too many sections will eventually coat the entire ornament, which will not necessarily result in interesting decorations.

Excellent results are achieved by introducing a second and third color or leaving generous gaps between each section which will allow you to see light through the ornament. Experiment to see which methods you like best.

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Keep in mind that the marble look you see when you are done pouring paint is not the final result. Letting the ornaments dry over night on an egg crate or an empty water bottle that has been cut in half, will allow the paint to continue blending inside the ornament.

Consider experimenting with other methods of applying paint, like rolling the ornament on its side and adding two colors simultaneously.

Here's how to create the four ornaments pictured. The amount of paint used and the way the plastic is turned will vary results.

 

Directions

Blue Ornament Apply blue paint.  When dry, quickly swish Fast Finish Decoupage around inside followed by a heavy sprinkle of fine silver glitter.

Blue Ornament

Apply blue paint.  When dry, quickly swish Fast Finish Decoupage around inside followed by a heavy sprinkle of fine silver glitter.

Green Ornament Apply equal portions of green followed by gold paint.

Green Ornament

Apply equal portions of green followed by gold paint.

Red Ornament Apply red paint.  Allow the red paint to dry almost completely.  Apply white paint.

Red Ornament

Apply red paint.  Allow the red paint to dry almost completely.  Apply white paint.

Black Ornament Apply black, silver and white paint, leaving large gaps between sections.  When the paint is dry, fill the ornament with silver tinsel garland (the kind pictured for the ornament hanger).

Black Ornament

Apply black, silver and white paint, leaving large gaps between sections.  When the paint is dry, fill the ornament with silver tinsel garland (the kind pictured for the ornament hanger).

 

Supplies

At Testors.com

  • 1921621 Blue Gloss
  • 1921600 Red Gloss
  • 1921653 Green Gloss
  • 1921574 Flat White
  • 1921676 Silver Metallic
  • 1921537 Gold Metallic
  • 1921573 Flat Black

At Michaels

  • Celebrate It - Clear plastic ornaments
  • Small Silver tinsel garland
  • Ribbon for hangers
  • Silver glitter
  • Fast Finish Decoupage

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