DIY Ornament Ideas for Christmas (Glass Ornaments painted with Alcohol Inks)

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Fun and Easy way to Paint Glass Christmas Ornaments with Adirondack Alcohol Inks

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Welcome back to another fun craft project using my favorite Adirondack Alcohol Inks. I’ve been searching around for some new and fun DIY Ornament Ideas so I want to show you how to paint colorful glass Christmas Ornaments with Alcohol Inks.



Easy Alcohol Ink Ornament Crafts


Not sure you’ve noticed, but I’m sort of obsessed with Alcohol Inks lately. The colors are amazing! You can create such gorgeous, painterly effects with them. Honestly, they’re very much like watercolor paints but better somehow, brighter. Plus, once again Christmas is right around the corner so it’s the perfect time to make some hand painted ornaments.

Also, if you’re looking for ideas for Christmas ornaments to make and sell, these little beauties would do really well at a Christmas Bazaar or Craft Show.



Christmas Ornaments painted with Alcohol Inks


My kids and I used to decorate glass globe ornaments by pouring different color paints inside and letting them swirl. Honestly, those are still some of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments. As the paints blended together, the ornaments ended up with a marbled look.

This time, I decided to try painting the glass ornaments with Adirondack alcohol inks. The first ornament I painted with only alcohol ink and while it was pretty, the colors didn’t stand out on the clear glass.

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




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DIY Christmas Ornament Supplies:

Supplies for painting Alcohol Ink Ornaments

Spray Sealer

 

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Clear glass ornaments
Alcohol Inks (I used Tim Holtz Ranger Adirondack Ink)
– 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



Prepare the Glass Ornament

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

Gently, turn the globe to distribute the paint evenly inside the globe. If you need to, add more paint and continue to turn the ornament. You want to make sure and cover the entire inside of the ornament with white paint.



Pour white paint into glass ornament


Once the inside of the ornament is covered in all white paint, you will want to remove the excess. Otherwise, the paint will take too long to dry. 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.



How to Paint Glass Ornaments

Before you begin, 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 glass 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 of alcohol ink.

paint a second color of alcohol ink on the glass ornament

Now, add a third color of paint.

Add a third color of ink

See how the colors are swirling and blending to make new colors? Continue adding color until you are happy with your ornament. Note, it does not have to be completely covered with alcohol inks. The white paint can show through here and there to highlight the other colors.



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Finish the Painted Christmas Ornament

Now, carefully re-insert the metal hanger into the glass ornament. Take an old paint brush (or similar) and thread it through the hook and hang your ornament to dry.



Hang the glass ornament to dry


For best results, let your ornament dry overnight. You don’t want to seal the ornament until the inks are as dry as possible.



How to Seal a Painted Glass Ornament

Now, the only thing left to do add two or three coats of the Acrylic Spray Sealer to protect the paint.

While all of these colors coordinate beautifully, I’ve found it’s best to use no more than 3 per piece. Otherwise, they tend to combine too much and become muddy.

And the best part is, if you’re not happy with your painted ornament, you can simply wipe off the alcohol inks and start all over. Obviously, that has to be done before sealing it.

This painting technique works great on all different glass objects from the various Christmas ornament shapes to picture frames. Just keep in mind that the paint won’t hold up to rigorous handling. Even though we sealed it, the paint can be scratched.

Want more DIY ornament ideas for decorating glass globes? Here is a great article with loads of clever projects from HGTV.

Enjoy! And if you try this project, please send me a photo of your creation. Make sure and stay tuned … I have an entire post on great DIY ornament ideas coming up soon.
Peace,
Annette

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Plus, for more craft ideas with Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Inks, see how I made my DIY Alcohol Ink Switch Plate Covers



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Comments

  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.