Paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors
My Christmas tree is finally up! But not quite done… so that’s still to come.
So as I started to unpack the Christmas ornaments I already had, something was missing…
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However this year, I desired a color palette that infused black with sage green. Neither color ornament I had on hand of course!
After doing a little searching locally, I came up empty handed. Neither black nor sage green ornaments were available. So I reasoned, no problem. I’ll just paint my own!
I had been recently inspired by Tess’ own hand painted ornaments in the Facebook group Paint It Beautiful HERE. She was copying a West Elm look and hers turned out so pretty! So I needed in!
I was actually pleasantly surprised how thick the glass was! These are not fragile ornaments!
So once home, it was time to get to work to see if I could manage to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors.
And I’m happy to report, they turned out adorable! I’ll definitely be doing it again!
Here’s what I did and how they turned out!
And be sure to watch the short video below this post to see the process in action!
Paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors
Ornament supplies I used:
I was about to pull out Fusion Mineral Paint’s Bayberry when I realized I was out!
So after rummaging through my milk paint stock, lo and behold, there it was… a package of Homestead House Milk Paint’s Bayberry! I was beyond thrilled! So that’s the direction I’m sharing today.
However an additional happy fluke also transpired, which you’ll soon read about in the post!
1. Mix up a batch of Bayberry milk paint into a bowl.
Milk paint comes in powder form. You add equal amounts of water and powder, mix, allow it to sit a few minutes, then use.
Pouring paint into Christmas ornaments
2. Place a 3″ glass ornament on top of a small mason jar with the opening facing up.
3. Pour the milk paint into a pourable container with a spout.
I used a cheap plastic measuring cup now officially deemed for my milk paint adventures!
4. Pick up the paint-filled ornament, and twist and turn it until the ornament is completely covered with paint inside.
5. Turn the ornament upside down, and allow the remaining paint to pour out.
6. Allow the ornaments to completely dry without the tops on.
Well that was easy!
So while my beautiful new Bayberry Christmas ornaments cured, I chose a different route for the larger plastic ornaments.
Spray painting Christmas ornaments
8. Lightly mist the ornament with a black matte chalkboard spray paint until covered.
9. Hang ornaments until completely dry.
I hung mine from large screws attached to a storage cubby indoors.
The finished ornaments!
Tadaaaaa! Didn’t they both turn out spectacular?
However, I did the first trial at night and only did one ornament. The next day I started a new batch when I realized just how low my Bayberry paint was once again. Oh no….
So this round, I watered down the paint a little more, hoping to use it on all the remaining ornaments.
The next day, something rather special happened…
The Bayberry Christmas ornaments with the more watered down version of paint were not opaque. Quite the opposite!
They had a wonderfully translucent look that allows the Christmas lights to penetrate through them, highlighting them much more!
They still look sage green, but with a marbled look!
It was a happy surprise! They are really cute!
So I tied on 3 different sized black ribbons on the Bayberry ornaments, and called them done!
I love the outcome of both ways!
But if you prefer the more opaque look, definitely mix the paint thicker and perhaps even do a 2nd coat of paint if needed.
And here’s how they all look on the Christmas tree…
They have a marble-like effect that is pretty cool!
I love them both which just adds more uniqueness to this year’s flocked Christmas tree of Bayberry and Black!
Click above to watch the paint pouring process!
.But I will admit, now I wish I picked up WAY more ornaments of both sizes so I could make many MANY more… this was fun! And I’m anxious to experiment with new colors next Christmas as well!
Have you ever painted your own ornaments? What colors are you going for this year?
Other Christmas ornament ideas you may also enjoy:
See more Christmas ornament ideas HERE
Visit all my DIY Christmas decorating projects HERE