Hi everyone! I’m Laura from Pet Scribbles, here to share another fun holiday craft with you: DIY Painted and Glittered Wooden Ornaments!
Have you seen these beautiful unfinished wood ornaments at the craft store? I purchased mine at Michaels.
Their shapes remind me of old-fashioned Christmas ornaments in rich, jewel tones, made out of mercury glass or tin.
Playing off the old-fashioned ornaments idea, I chose some jewel-like colors both for the paint and glitter, as well as for the tinsel I used to embellish each ornament.
DIY Painted and Glittered Wooden Ornaments
Here’s the paint colors I chose:
I applied two coats of paint to each ornament using a small paintbrush. In the photo on the left, below, you can see how vibrant the colors are.
Once the ornaments were dry, it was time to add some glitter paints to each one in matching (or similar) colors. I used Craft Twinkles glitter paint (DecoArt) in shades of red, lime green and turquoise. One coat is all I needed, so I squirted a tiny bit into small recycled plastic lids and quickly painted each ornament. (Photo on the right, above.)
Once dry, you could easily stop there and be finished!
Aren’t they pretty? Such a neat makeover in a short amount of time!
I found these tinsel pipe cleaner stems quite some time ago, I think at Walmart, and loved how vintage they looked.
Wrapping the pipe cleaners around the indented parts makes for an easy way to embellish ornaments, so that’s what I did.
I measured out (nothing fancy – just used my eyes) a small length of pipe cleaner and cut it with jewelry pliers. (Not sure if that’s even the right tool, but it’s what I had on hand and it worked.) (Photo, below left.)
I measured just enough so there was a tiny overlap of the ends, which I wrapped around each other before pressing them back into the rest of the tinsel. (Photo, above right.)
Below, you can see what the “front” and the “back” of the ornaments look like with the tinsel pipe cleaners wound around them.
These ornaments don’t truly have a front and back to them, but if you need to, just hang the ornaments so that the pipe cleaner ends (twisted together) are in the back.
Here’s a close-up of the red ornament. The red glitter paint tones down the original red paint just a bit, and the green tinsel gives the ornament a very traditional feel.
Here’s all three ornaments:
They’re so sparkly! And because I used glitter paint, there’s no worries about the glitter falling off.
You could use these ornaments tied onto Christmas gift packages, perhaps personalized by adding a sticker initial you can find at the craft store. Lots of possibilities to make these ornaments your own!
I also made tinsel Christmas trees using the same tinsel pipe cleaners, if you’d like another fun idea which the kids can easily make too:
Happy holiday crafting, and share those DIY Painted and Glittered Wooden Ornaments with us if you make them!