Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas ornaments in ANY color!

Remember the craft I told you guys about last Friday? Well, I made them Friday night!

The reason I did this, was because I came up with a new color scheme for our Christmas tree ornaments this year, and I couldn't find ornaments in the right colors. I wanted chartreuse, kelly green, and a pale turquoise. The great thing about this project is that you can buy paint in ANY color you want - therefore you can make ornaments into any color you want, on the cheap.

Here were my supplies:
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I bought everything at Hobby Lobby. Those are clear glass Christmas ornaments, and then 3 different colors of acrylic craft paint. I bought paint that was on the cheaper side, because I wanted it kind of watery. I knew that the watery-er it was, the better (because it would shake around inside the glass better!).

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I removed the little tin metal tops to the glass.

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I squirted a decent amount of paint into the inside of the glass (done over the kitchen sink!), then put my thumb over the opening and shook the ornament really hard. I did put a teeeeeeeny bit of water in some of them, to make the paint move around better.

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make sure you cover the hole completely, or the room you do this project in might end up looking like a Jackson Pollack canvas.

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the downside is wiping your thumb off after every "shake"

when I was done, I had 36 pretty, brightly-colored ornaments, ready for the tree!

They were half off, so each box was $4. the paint was probably about $6, so I spent a total of $18 for 36 new ornaments - not bad!

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ta da!

I love my new color scheme. And yes, the tree is up, but I haven't decorated it yet.

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12 comments:

  1. I love them! I saw the similar thing Sherry did on YHL, but I actually like the full coverage of yours better.

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  2. thanks! yeah, i liked her's, but i'm not really a drippy ornament kinda girl :)

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  3. Oh how cute. Can't wait to see them on the tree :)

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  4. I knew they were going to look great!!! Good job! Now it's my turn:)

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  5. I haven't got on the "paint your own ornaments" bandwagon yet because I don't like the drippy look either, but I LOVE THESE, and I love your color choices. Can't wait to see the finished tree. Destiny

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  6. Hi Kristen! I absolutely adore your blog and just recently found you when I googled "DIY Chevron Curtians". : ) I love what you did with these ornaments and was wondering if you could tell me what the names of the colors of paint you used from Hobby Lobby? Thanks and have a great Holiday season! I can't wait to see what your tree looks like; it will be AMAZING!!

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  7. oh gosh, i dont know the names of the colors, sorry!! you can see the brands in the photos, though, and so you should probably be able to pick out what colors they are based on that? sorry!! :)

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  8. Oh no worries at all. : ) That's a good point, I will just look at the brands you used and try to color match. : )

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  9. My kids and I made these same things this weekend!! We put several shades of pink and purple in, swirled them around for a tie-dye-ish effect. So fun, and great for custom ornaments!

    ps -- i featured your awesome light fixture diy last week!

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  10. hi! i've just come across your website and i'm liking it so far!

    and you know what would make these ornaments even better? GLITTER! :D just trying to figure out what the best way to mix the paint with glitter would be.

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