DIY Alcohol Ink Ornaments

DIY Alcohol Ink Ornaments Tutorial

Hey, I’m back with another fun craft project using alcohol inks … DIY Alcohol Ink Christmas Ornaments!

I’m sort of obsessed with alcohol inks, truly. You can create such gorgeous, painterly effects with them. Almost like watercolor paints but better, brighter. And Christmas is right around the corner.

Learn how to make beautiful Alcohol Ink Ornaments with this easy step by step craft tutorial. A super fun and super easy glass painting technique. A free tutorial

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My kids and I used to decorate glass Christmas tree ornaments by pouring different color paints inside and letting them swirl and marble. Those are still some of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments.

This time, I decided to try painting the glass ornaments with Adirondack alcohol inks. The first one I did was pretty but the colors didn’t stand out on the clear glass.

After some pondering, I decided to try painting a white background first. But, instead of painting the outside of the globe, I poured the white paint inside the globe and now the alcohol colors pop!

Did you see my Alcohol Ink Switch Plate Covers?

DIY Alcohol Ink Ornaments


Supplies for painting Alcohol Ink Ornaments

Spray Sealer

Clear glass ornaments
Alcohol Inks (I used Adirondack brand)
– Rubbing Alcohol
White Acrylic Paint
– Craft paint brushes
Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer
– Disposable cup
– Small disposable container (opening must be smaller than the globe)
– Table cover

Prep the Glass Ornament

First, remove the hanger from a glass ornament and set aside. Now, open the bottle of white acrylic paint and squeeze a small amount into the globe.

Turn the globe to distribute the paint. Add more paint as needed. You want the entire inside of the ornament to be covered with white paint.

Pour white paint into glass ornament

Once the inside of the ornament is covered in all white paint, you need to remove the excess. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is to turn the globe upside down on an old container s.a. a tomato paste can or similar. The extra paint will drip out into the can.

Paint the Alcohol Ink Ornaments

First, cover your work surface. Then, pour some rubbing alcohol in the disposable cup. Since these inks dry quickly go ahead and open all alcohol ink bottles.

Dip a paint brush in the rubbing alcohol and wipe on part of the ornament. Now, pick up one of the bottles of alcohol ink and drip a small amount onto the rubbing alcohol.

Slowly turn your ornament and watch the ink flow. You can also blow on the ink to make it move. Give it a minute or two before adding more ink. These inks are hard to control but there’s really no wrong way here.

Apply alcohol ink to the glass christmas ornament

Repeat with a second color.

second color of alcohol ink for the ornament

Add a third color of paint.

Add a third color of ink

Continue adding color until you are happy with your ornament.

Alcohol Ink Ornaments, a tutorial

Finish the Alcohol Ink Ornament

Carefully re-insert the hanger. Thread a paint brush (or similar) through the hook and hang your ornament to dry.

Hang the glass ornament to dry

Let the ornament dry overnight then add two coats of the acrylic spray sealer to protect the paint. All of these colors coordinate beautifully but I’ve found it’s best to use no more than 3 per piece. Otherwise, they tend to combine too much and become muddy.

The beauty of these inks is that you can start all over by wiping them off completely (before sealing) with a cloth and rubbing alcohol.

Enjoy! And if you try this project, please send me a photo of your creation.


Did you see my DIY Alcohol Ink Switch Plate Covers?

Alcohol Ink Christmas Ornaments

Alcohol Ink Ornaments, a tutorial

Alcohol Ink Ornaments, a tutorial

Alcohol Ink Ornaments, a tutorial

Alcohol Ink Painted Christmas Ornaments

Learn how to make beautiful Alcohol Ink Ornaments with this easy step by step craft tutorial. A super fun and super easy glass painting technique. A free tutorial
Alcohol Ink Glass Ornaments
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  1. These are gorgeous. I love alcohol inks too. The white paint inside is a great tip. Thanks so much for this tutorial!

  2. These are so pretty and different. Thank you for sharing with us.