Paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

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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2019 Christmas tree skirt

Visit last Christmas’ flocked Christmas tree with DIY tree crate HERE

The Christmas tree I put up this year is the white flocked tree (on Amazon HERE) I picked up last year from Hobby Lobby. It’s a beauty!

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!

So after a run to Michael’s craft store in another nearby town, I picked up two diy ornament kits… a set of 4 plastic larger ornaments, as well as a package of 6 glass ornaments.

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

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Ornament supplies I used:

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Black chalk spray paint

Homestead House Milk Paint in Bayberry

Search for a local Homestead House Milk Paint retailer from HERE

3″ plain round glass ornaments with removable tops

4″ plain round plastic ornaments with removable tops

Small bungee cord

How to paint Christmas ornaments in Homestead House Milk Paint's Bayberry. They turned out so pretty! Click to see the outcome!

How-to:

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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.

How to paint Christmas ornaments in Homestead House Milk Paint's Bayberry. They turned out so pretty! Click to see the outcome!

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

Pouring paint into Christmas ornaments

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2. Place a 3″ glass ornament on top of a small mason jar with the opening facing up.

How to paint Christmas ornaments in Homestead House Milk Paint's Bayberry. They turned out so pretty! Click to see the outcome!

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!

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

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.

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

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.


If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

Spray painting Christmas ornaments

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7. Hang a 4″ large plastic ornament from a short bungee cord hook outdoors.

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.


If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

The finished ornaments!

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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…

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

Transparent ornaments

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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!


If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

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…

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

They have a marble-like effect that is pretty cool!

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

I love them both which just adds more uniqueness to this year’s flocked Christmas tree of Bayberry and Black!


Video

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Click above to watch the paint pouring process!

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the process!

Opaque ornaments

If you've ever wished Christmas ornaments came in different colors, here's 2 ways to paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors of choice! Click to read full tutorial and watch a helpful video of the 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?

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Other Christmas ornament ideas you may also enjoy:

How to make this charming wood round Christmas sweater ornament with stencils

Oversized wood round Christmas Sweater ornament

DIY these wood scrap Christmas ornaments with Buffalo Check and snowflake stencils!

Make these wood scrap ornaments!

Make this mason rim Christmas ornament wreath!

Hang up this tree shaped ornament wreath for a front door

Stencil Buffalo Check on dollar store wood cutouts!

Stencil Buffalo Check dollar store wood cut out ornaments (post leads to Buff Check tutorial)

See more Christmas ornament ideas HERE

Visit all my DIY Christmas decorating projects HERE

 

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9 thoughts on “Paint Christmas ornaments in custom colors

  1. WOW!!!! Those are sooooooo neat! I love the watered-down bayberry/sage green ones. I think they’re all so really unique!

  2. I bought 3 Black Star Tree Toppers to put on my 3 Christmas Trees. The rest of my ornaments are antique hanging glass prisms and pine-cones from my yard.

    I was thinking…. now I need some Black ornaments too.
    I will Paint Some!
    Thanks for the great idea!

  3. You are brilliant! Yep! Just love these and really love your colour pallet.
    I had just posted recently that my fav Christmas pallet is green, black and white.
    I bet it is just stunning on your flocked tree. 🙂

  4. Your “mistake ornaments” turned out beautifully and I might have to try using milk paint. But, if you don’t want that look, after you’ve poured the paint in and turned the ornament so the paint covers all surfaces, set the ornaments with the top down in a small paper cup. The paint will drain out and if there are any areas that haven’t held the paint, just pour in more paint and follow the same steps. This is also the time when you can use a second color of paint if you want a multi-colored marbled look. Happy holidays!

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