The holiday are a great time to make thoughtful homemade gifts for the people you care about. I am not a big crafter, but I make these DIY Swirl Paint Glass Ornaments every year for family and friends, and they love them!
DIY Swirl Paint Glass Ornaments
- Clear glass ornaments with removable top (I get my glass ornaments at Michael’s)
- Acrylic paints in various colors. (I like the Folk Art metallic paints, but you can use any colors)
- Paper plate
- Small Paper cups
- Paper towels
Spread the newspaper out on the surface you will use to make the ornaments. Lay out your paper plate and paper cups. Set paper towels within reach. Wash and air dry the glass ornaments before use, making certain that they are completely dry before adding the paint.
Work quickly so you swirl the colors before they “set”. Once you have added all your paint, slowly swirl the paint together inside of the ornament, making certain you cover all inside surface of the glass. (Note: Sometimes I will let the ornament set for a few hours on its side, in the paper cup.
If you do this, it will definitely blend the colors more, but you still have to manually swirl the paint every 20 minutes so the paint does not dry. (If it dries, you will have uneven surfaces, and the paint may even peel up in, once it is exposed to the remaining wet paint.) When you are satisfied with the color blend, take your ornament and set it upside down (open end down) in the paper cup. This will drain the paint from the ornament. Allow to drain about one hour.
While you are waiting for them to drain, go grab a cup of cocoa or a gingerbread cookie…it is the holidays after all! When the ornament is finished draining, wipe the paint drips from the lip and place face up in a clean paper cup. Allow to dry overnight. When dry, put metal clip back on the ornament and it is ready to hang or give as a gift. Colored ribbon can be used to hang the ornament on the tree!
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Julie is the Arizona-based food, travel, and lifestyle writer/editor of A Cork, Fork, & Passport. She is an accomplished chef, traveler, kid wrangler, dachshund chaser, and social media influencer.