The Thanksgiving leftovers are officially gone and houses all over my street are sparkling with twinkle lights, which means it’s official… Christmas time is here!
Supplies I Used
- Artist’s Loft in titanium white and emerald
- Americana acrylic paint in alizarin crimson
- Folk Art acrylic paint in rose gold
- Clear plastic ball ornaments
- Elmer’s glue
- Rubbing alcohol
- Plastic cups and straws
My favorite thing about Christmas is the ornaments. Not trimming the tree or decorating in general, I mean the ornaments. Every year, any time I travel to a new place or accomplish a big goal or do or see anything I want to be reminded of, I pick myself up a Christmas ornament. I think they’re an extra special way of looking back on your year and remembering everything you’ve been through and serving as a physical reminds and something to help you maintain a story.
So since this year was the Year of Acrylic Pouring for me I decided what better way to commemorate that than by creating my own ornament! Or as I preferred to call them,
The whole thing was very exciting and maybe a little advanced for me, I’d never poured on a 3D object before, but I was so thrilled to get started. Most of my thinking happens outside the box so I was confident I would figure it out.
Because my ornaments were see-through plastic I decided to prep them with a nice coat of white in case my pour paint didn’t stick enough, I didn’t want any bald spots. Figuring out how to keep them suspended took a little extra thought, but luckily the basin I used was just deep enough to keep the bottoms of my ornaments from touching down. I used some old yarn and duct tape to create little tight ropes for my ornaments to walk, proving that duct tape fixes everything. I prepped five but only poured on three for right now, just in case my sister wants a go at it the next time she’s around!
The color scheme I decided on was quintessential Christmas; red, green, and gold. I figured a quick and dirty pour would be the simplest way to create this pour, but I didn’t want my red and white to mix for a Valentine’s Day pink. Luckily, every color maintained its dignity and the glitter from the gold lended itself to the edges of the red and the white. But the green was a real hold out.
I mixed and remixed and poured and repoured but the green was just looking so out of place with my other colors. As I’m sure you can tell from the pictures, he was a bit of an ugly duckling. But, being the pourer I am, I believe in second chances. So I let everything settle, let the paint and colors do their things overnight while Sugar Plum Fairies danced in my head that night. But even in the morning, that little ornament was not filling me with holiday cheer. So I decided an official repour was in order.
Because the ornaments are plastic and I didn’t seal my pour I could have easily just wiped off my first attempted and started fresh, but instead I decided to cover over it with some green paint. It’s just not Christmas without a little green if you ask me! My intention this time around was to use white and gold as my pour colors and have them streak over the ornament and make room for the green underneath. Well, my paint was a bit too thick and I went light on the silicone so the green didn’t end up showing through like I’d wanted, but I still think this little guy is a vast improvement!
I’ve got a feeling that this is just the first pour of a very crafty Christmas!
PS Koz is new to the acrylic pouring game but she’s diving right in and has no intentions of looking back! A student of the universe, there is nothing this artist loves more than learning and trying new things. Her other hobbies include reading, foreign language, and salsa dancing.
2 thoughts on “Home Decor Pour: Creating Christmas Ornaments”
I did balls this year for gifts.
Many years ago my mother had BEAUTIFUL ones.
I just layered over them til I liked the way they looked . In some added glitter while still wet.
When dry I added ribbons and other embellishments.
I’ve done them a few years in a row. The key is paint consistency/thickness (I mix it a little thicker than normal).
Instead of hanging from a string, I tipped them upside down. First, I removed the top of the ornament (the metal part). Next, I put wooden craft sticks in a piece of styrofoam. Then placed the ornaments upside down on the sticks. This allows the drips to escape off the top of the ornament and makes it look a little more professional. After they are dry (a few days), I put them metal piece back on and spray them with a clear laquer. It’s a fun project with beautiful results!