Painting Glass Ornaments is one of the first Christmas crafts the kids and tackled this fall. As my kids get older, I find it easier to do more detailed or messy crafts with them.
This fall I made crafting with my kids a priority with our Sunday Afternoon Craft Time. I missed the creative side of crafting plus I wanted to encourage my kids to find crafts they love to do. One of my resources for craft ideas is Mandi Ehrman’s book, 101 Days of Christmas. When I saw the painted glass ornament in her book, I decided to tackle it though I was a bit fearful of the mess and the potential for breakage. Painting glass Christmas ornaments turned out to be an easy, not too messy project.
All our supplies for these painted glass ornaments came from Michael’s Craft Store. The glass ornaments were half price – $2.49 for 6 ornaments. The Martha Stewart Glitter Paint was $2.99 for a 2 oz bottle.
After removing the metal tops, we started by putting about 2 Tablespoons of glitter paint into the glass ornament. One Tablespoon wasn’t quite enough to get the paint to swirl around inside the glass ornament.
Swirling the Martha Stewart glitter paint around inside the glass balls took time and patience. We found it worked best to work on 2 painted glass ornaments at a time. Swirl paint in one and then lay it on its side in the ornament package to allow gravity to pull the paint down the sides of the ball, then work on another glass ornament.
If you don’t have or don’t keep the packaging the glass balls came in, use bowls or empty egg cartons to hold the ornaments while you’re working on them. Once you’ve finished painting the inside of the painted glass ornaments, turn them upside down in the packaging and allow the excess paint to drain out. Since we had quite a bit of excess paint, I used the extra paint to do multiple colors in a few of the glass ornaments. Unfortunately I couldn’t put the extra paint back in the Martha Stewart paint containers since the opening was too small.
I felt the Martha Stewart Glitter Paints were a mixed bag for our project. Most of the paints did a decent job of covering the inside of the glass balls; the gold glitter did not. I expected the coverage to be thicker over all which it was not. If you are looking for a thin coat of paint, then definitely use the Martha Stewart paint.
Updated: Design Life Kids uses Pledge floor cleaner to help the glitter paint stick better to the inside of the glass ornament.
Next time we’ll do this craft along with another easy craft given the amount of time it takes for the paint to coat the inside of the glass ornaments.
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