Thursday, December 15, 2011

Personalized Ornaments

While on vacation I saw some ornaments similar to these in a gift shop and thought "Those would be really easy to make," and they were!  If you need a last minute gift or just a little extra something to accompany a present or even a few more ornaments to fill out your tree, give these a try!  

I purchased a box of glass ornaments and used paint and ribbon that I had on hand.

One trick that I like to use when painting dots is to cut one out of a sponge.  I sponge the dots on (remember sponge painting walls and t-shirts in the 90's?) and then go back and fill them in with a brush.  The sponge gives me somewhat of a template to make the dots uniform and makes the process much quicker since I only have to do a few swipes with the brush to fill it in. 

See my fancy handy-dandy drying rack?  The kids saw them still hanging there in the morning and thought I should leave them.  Maybe that would be a good addition to the decor next year!

My lovely assistant even painted one of her own.

After painting the dots I used a black paint pen and free-handed an initial.  When that dried I went back with a wooden skewer barely dipped in white paint and lightly added the white dots.  Done!

On Monday I'll show you what I did with these.  If you haven't been there and have a few free minutes (or hours!), click over to Nesting Place for the Christmas Tour of Homes.  There's lots of good Christmas inspiration and, don't you just love seeing other people's homes?  I do!  I'm a bit nosy that way!


  1. SO cute! Thanks for the tip for circles, that's one of those ~ why didn't I think of that! You are a little crafting machine over there!

  2. Love these!! Cannot wait to give it a try!

  3. Hi, Jennifer! These turned out so cute! They look awesome on your chandelier too!

  4. Wow, very simple yet absolutely amazing looking! I'll be giving them a try this year.

    Dan Ornaments

  5. Hi Jennifer! I am wondering what your trick is with the paint? I bought Acrylic craft paint, and it looks so thin and watery when I paint it on...did you do a few coats, or how did you get your paint to look so think and solid?

    1. Hmmm, let me see if I can remember. I used a paint pen for the letter and probably did have to touch it up a bit. When I sponged the green dots on the paint was pretty thick, but I got a little more on my small brush and evened up and filled in the dot. I guess you shook up the bottle really well? It probably would take a few coats if your paint is that thin. Glad you're giving them a try-hope they work out well for you!

  6. I love this idea. Going to try it this week. Thank you

  7. I love this idea. Going to try it this week. Thank you


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