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DIY Pour Painted Christmas Ornaments

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Make a one of a kind Christmas decoration with this DIY Pour Painted Christmas Ornament technique. Great for gifts to give!

DIY Pour Painted Christmas Ornament with text overlay

Welcome back to year 6 of our Festive Christmas Event where we team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season. We will be baking some cookie recipes for you, sharing some party games, making some handmade gifts, doing some ornament crafting, and sharing our Christmas movies family fun. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.

New this year is Gift Guides. We are right there with you shopping from home due to COVID 19 and we understand how hard that can be so we have been busy little Elves doing tons of research to create fabulous Gift Guides to help you with your holiday shopping. You will find new ideas every Monday and Wednesday between Oct. 19th through Nov. 18th. Scroll all the way down to find all the ideas linked at the end.

Here’s what I have shared so far with the event:   Check out the Holiday Gift Guide of Cookbooks Written by Your Favorite Food Bloggers and this one filled with Holiday Gift Ideas for the Foodies in Your Life.  If you’re needing a homemade gift to give, I’ve shared these cute Holiday Cookie Mix Gift Sack with Printable Gift Tags.  I’ve got a fun and festive holiday party game to share – Bobbing for Candy Canes. 

Today, it’s DIY project making your own ornaments using a pour painting technique.  

A few years ago my daughter made our annual ornament to hang on the tree and I love it.  Remembering this, I asked her to help me make a couple more for this post.  She really enjoys the pour painting technique and has a few canvas done using it.  

2014 DIY Pour Painted Christmas Ornament


This pour painting concept creates a pretty marbled look with whatever paint colors you choose. No two ornaments will look the same,  even if you use the same colors! 

Supplies Needed for DIY Pour Painted Christmas Ornament

clear plastic Christmas ornaments on a red plaid towel


Acrylic Paint in your choice of colors:  three colors work best with one of them being a contrasting color.
Clear plastic (or glass) ornaments:  I bought ours from Hobby Lobby
Plastic cups:  to catch the dripping paint
Covered work surface and paper towels

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How to Paint Inside Plastic Christmas Ornaments

Once you have your work surface covered, we used a large piece of scrap wood that has been used many times for painting projects.

PRO TIP: Be organized: set your paints in front of you and then remove the metal tops of the ornaments.

supplies needed for Pour painted ornament


Add the paint to the ornament by squirting some into it. Turn the ornament about a quarter of the way and add more paint (same color).  Repeat this process with the same color a couple more times, while swirling and turning the ornament so the paint coats part of the inside of the plastic. 

You are NOT covering the inside of the ornament with this one color.  

Now, add your second color and squirt a few times, turning your ornament between squirts. If you have a third color, repeat this process with that color.  

first steps in pour painted ornaments


Check to see if there are any uncoated areas. If there are, rotate, gently shake, or swirl the ornament to cover them.

pour painted ornament drying

When you have the ornament completely covered, turn it upside down over the plastic cup and let the excess paint run out. 

painted Christmas ornament upside down so paint can drip out

This part of the process takes time and patience.  It may take overnight for all the excess paint to drip out. It may even take more than one day.  

Pro Tip: This is an easy DIY craft; however, there’s only one issue we ran into with the paint.  We let the ornaments dry upside down a bit too long and the paint all dripped out. Lessoned learned with attempt number two! We found success with rotating the ornament often so that the paint dries inside setting the design so that when we did set it upside down, only some paint was left to drip. 

When your ornaments are dry, put the tops back on them, and if you want, add a pretty ribbon to the top. 

DIY Pour Painted Christmas Ornaments


Your pretty DIY Pour Painted Christmas Ornament is now ready to hang on your tree or to give as gifts.  Use a paint pen to personalize the outside of the ornament with a name or the year. 

Pour Painted Ornament hanging on Christmas tree


#FestiveChristmas Calendar of Events

Be sure to follow #FestiveChristmas on all your social media platforms for many ideas, crafts, recipes, and more throughout the event. 

Here is a list of what’s to come:

Oct 19 and 21: Gift Guides
Oct 26: Handmade Gifts
Oct 28: Games
Nov 2: Ornament Gifts
Nov 4: Christmas Movies
Nov 9: Christmas Tree
Nov 11: Christmas Decorations
Nov 16: Baking Cookies
Nov 18: Christmas Breakfast

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