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DIY Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

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Handmade Christmas ornaments are more than just decorations, it’s a memory. Learn how to make beautiful hand painted Christmas ornaments with this easy step-by-step tutorial that is fun to make with the whole family.

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

If you love making your own seasonal decor, you’re in for a treat! This easy to make hand painted Christmas ornaments will certainly bring a unique and personalized feeling to your Christmas decor.

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

How To Make Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments?

Quick and easy to complete with just a few strokes of a paintbrush! Create easy Holly and Poinsettia Ornaments with a loose acrylic style and some sparkly glitter glue.

Supplies:

  • Vintage (or new) Glass Ornaments (plastic would work too!)
  • Acrylic Craft Paint – Primary Red, Burgundy, Dark Green, Medium Green
  • Paintbrushes – #4 Round, #6 Round
  • Glitter Glue – Red, Silver, Gold
  • Ribbon – Red Satin, 10″ lengths
  • Paper Plate – to use as a palette
  • Paper Towels
  • Water Container – recycle free plastic cups
  • Baby Wipes – Perfect for ALL types of clean-ups
  • Large Paper Clips – Smooth
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Preparation

Clean each vintage glass ornament with a baby wipe and then let dry completely. Vintage glass ornaments can be found at local thrift stores, but you can use new plastic or glass ornaments from any big box or craft store. Add quarter sized dollops of all four colors of paint to a clean paper plate or palette.

Hand Painted Holly Ornaments

STEP ONE

Load #6 round brush with Santa Red and create a round berry on the front center of the gold ornament. Repeat with a second and third berry in a pyramid shape. This loose and painterly technique works best when you load additional paint onto the paintbrush before each stroke on the ornament. Clean brush. 

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

STEP TWO

Load #4 round brush with Forest Green and create a holly leaf shape by connecting six half circles. Load additional paint and fill in the holly leaf. Repeat with second and third holly leaf, referring to photo for placement. 

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

STEP THREE

Pick up Hauser Medium Green and add a highlight to the center of each leaf. Bend a large paper clip open and use it as a hanger to allow the ornament to dry completely.

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

STEP FOUR

Once dry, outline the holly berries with red glitter glue and add swirls with silver glitter glue. Set aside to dry. Measure and cut ten-inch lengths of red satin ribbon, thread through metal hanger at the top of the ornament and secure with a knot. For some extra embellishment, add a bow.

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

Hand Painted Poinsettia Ornaments 

STEP ONE

Load #6 round brush with Santa Red and create an asterisk-shape on the front center of the silver ornament as the base of the poinsettia flower. 

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

STEP TWO

Load additional paint and create each petal by painting parentheses shapes on either side of the base stroke. Pick up Deep Burgundy and create a shadow on the left side of each petal. Clean brush. 

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

STEP THREE

Load #4 round brush with Forest Green and create a leaf of the right and left side of the poinsettia flower. Bend a large paper clip open and use it as a hanger to allow the ornament to dry completely.

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

STEP FOUR

Once dry, add gold glitter glue dots to the center of the poinsettia and swirls around the ornament.  Set aside to dry. Measure and cut ten-inch lengths of red satin ribbon, thread through metal hanger at the top of the ornament and secure with a knot. For some extra embellishment, add a bow.

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

Personalize with a date and/or name to create keepsake ornaments for everyone on your Christmas list this holiday season. 

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