Hand Painting Christmas Ornaments | DIY Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas ornaments are a fun way to decorate the tree and a great way to get the kids involved during the holidays. Allow the experts at ProTect Painters to inspire you with a few creative ornament painting and ornament craft ideas.

What Can You Use to Make Ornaments?

Christmas ornaments that are fun and easy to make come in all shapes and sizes. Often, they’re made from found objects (take a walk in the woods!), store-bought items, or Christmas decorations you already have that could use some festive paint.

Potential ornament materials that you can find around your home, in the woods, or at your local craft store include:

  • Blank wooden circles
  • Pine cones, pine needles, tree bark
  • Small-diameter log rounds
  • Clear glass bulbs
  • Blank ceramic or porcelain ornaments
  • Flat rocks
  • Wine corks

Craft Supplies for DIY Christmas Ornaments:

  • Yarn
  • String
  • Glue
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Sequins
  • Glitter
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Stamps
  • Wire
  • Spray paint
  • Chalk

If you’re working with kids, you might want to keep it simple with a few supplies and maybe give them an example they can follow. You can also give them simpler, less potentially messy options besides paint to decorate with like chalk (see below) or stickers.

Whatever the materials, just let them go wild; it is Christmas after all!

DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas

Use the suggestions below to inspire some creative ideas for your DIY Christmas ornaments.

  • Use wine corks and pipe cleaners to make a reindeer.
  • With popsicle sticks and a little bit of glue you can make Christmas trees, wreaths, sleds, and more.
  • Add peanut butter to a pine cone and roll it in bird seed for an outdoor ornament the wildlife will love.
  • Use a wood burning tool (available at hardware stores) to etch snowflakes or designs into wood pieces.
  • Fill clear glass ball ornaments with glitter, flowers, twigs, or pine needles.

How to Paint Christmas Ornaments

Painting Christmas ornaments requires a steady hand or maybe just a creative technique. The point is to have fun. If you’re using glass ornaments, the best ones for painting are clear and do not have any color. Whatever surface you’re painting, make sure it is clean. A quick wipe with an alcohol swab should take off any dirt or grease. Here are few ideas to get you started:

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