Create a gorgeous Christmas tree with clear Christmas ornaments that you customize with spray paint, vinyl decals, ribbons, and trims. I wanted to create a fun Christmas tree inspired by candy canes and peppermints, so I chose red and white as my color scheme. However, you can use any color paint or combination of paint and vinyl to transform your one-of-a-kind clear ornaments.
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How to Paint and Decorate Clear Christmas Ornaments
Since I wanted to decorate a Christmas tree with red and white ornaments on a budget, I needed to make them. I had a few DIY red and white decoration felt ornaments and some wood beaded ornaments.
I needed many Christmas ornaments to fill my tree, so I found clear ornaments at a bargain price. Now to decorate those clear bargain ornaments. Some of the clear ornaments were plastic and some glass.
Supplies Needed For Clear Ornaments DIY
I recommend you watch the entire how-to video before starting.
- Chalky spray paint (red and white) acrylic paint
- Garden snips
- Ribbon or trim
- Plastic ornaments
- Glass ornaments
- Disposable gloves
- Cricut or another cutting machine
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Cut Sticks for Painting
The first ornament I painted while trying to hold it. It turned out messy with my fingerprints in the paint. Therefore, I decided I needed something to hold the ornaments while painting.
My first thought was to use my craft dowels, but I wanted to use them for another craft; for this reason, I decided to use sticks.
I cut enough sticks for every ornament.
Painting Clear Christmas Balls
Before painting the ornaments, remove the metal caps and save them until later.
Another thing I learned from painting my first ornament was to wear a glove on the hand holding the stick.
Suppose you are like me and find spray painting so satisfying fun you will enjoy painting them. I recommend using spray paint with a chalky finish since it goes on ultra-smooth.
Spray in small bursts while turning the blub to prevent dripping.
After I painted the ornament, I placed the stick into the ground or a styrofoam block until dry.
The easiest way to add the vinyl decals to ball ornaments was to place the painted bulbs in a coffee cup lined with a paper towel.
I made each style and color into ornament sets to ensure equal amounts of each design and color.
I cut out the decal design (stripes, dots, and crosses) with my Cricut Maker. You can use any Christmas decoration decal. Since I adore geometrics, I choose to use them for my DIY Christmas ornaments.
The center bottom had a small circle indention I used for my stripe design placement. I placed the center of the vinyl decal (sticker) over the ornament’s bottom indention. Then I pulled the vinyl up and around to the top.
I repeated this process while crossing over the stripes on the bottom to form equal verticle stripes.
Some of the stripes were not long enough, so I added a little striped vinyl.
After I finished adding the vinyl designs to my ornament, I carefully replaced the metal cap.
Polka Dot Design
The placement of the vinyl dots and crosses was random. You can see me decorating these in this video from earlier.
Embellish Painted Ornaments
I decided to add a ribbon or trim to each ornament. Since my Christmas tree ribbon has red and white check ribbons, I thought adding a mini check ribbon to the decorations would be fun.
I cut a piece of ribbon long enough to make a small bow (like tying a shoe).
I added a white mini ball fringe to red ornaments with white polka dots.
Decorate with DIY Clear Christmas Ornaments
I added the ribbon to the Christmas tree first, then added the ornaments around the stripes. I was again careful to dispute the size and colors pleasingly.
More ornament ideas:
You can see how the adorable red and white felt ornaments I made a few years ago in this earlier post.
The ornaments with the pom-poms and tassels, you can see the how-to video from a Facebook live.
You can see the completed tree and room all decorated for Christmas in this earlier post.
Note: The same paint worked for both plastic and glass ball ornaments.
Note: I cut the vinyl decal shapes in multiple sizes.
You might also enjoy these diy project posts:
Easy DIY Christmas stockings with cuffs.
Learn how to make the perfect bow.
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