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Monday, December 5, 2011


Painted glass balls add elegance to Christmas trees, but what if you have no talent? Fear not! Here’s a project that takes no talent but will look like you spent a fortune on designer ornaments.

Materials: clear glass ball ornaments (available at craft stores), DecoArt Americana Crystal Gloss Enamel paints in your choice of colors, ribbon for hanging loop.

1. Carefully remove the metal caps from the glass balls.

2. Squeeze small amount of paint into the ball. Rotate the ball to swirl the paint around the interior. Repeat with a second color of paint. Add a third color if desired.

3. Allow paint to dry. Follow manufacturer’s directions for heat-setting paint.

4. Reattach cap to ball. Add ribbon for hanging loop.

What kinds of Christmas ornaments have you crafted? Let's hear from you. Post a comment to enter the drawing for a free book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Liz said...

Never done ornaments, but one of the cutest I've seen is a nutcracker made from a clothes pin. Maybe, however, I'll start with the painted glass balls.

Kathy said...

This year I made a bunch of faux sugar cookies. You start with brown paper bags sewn together with a little stuffing between and a piece of jute for a hanger. I used Liquid Pearls (a slick paint in a squeeze bottle) spread over the ornament as icing and then sprinkled on tiny holeless beads and sugar crystals.


Liz, I've seen reindeer ornaments made from clothespins but not nutcrackers.

Kathy, those faux cookie ornaments sound really cute.

Jane R said...

I've made all sorts of ornaments including snowmen out of craft sticks. I'm still peeling the glue from my fingertips. I've also made painted glass balls and they turned out so pretty. It's an easy and elegant ornament.