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Looking for an easy homemade Christmas ornament to make with kids? Pour painting Christmas balls is easy enough for children of any age, even toddlers!
Pour Painting Christmas Balls — Easy & Fun for All Ages!
Kids are mesmerized by pour painting ornaments! They love squirting the paint and watching the colors swirl and mix inside of the ornament. And the end result is beautiful ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree or give as a homemade Christmas gift.
So, check out our homemade ornaments below. Then, learn how to pour paint Christmas balls with your kids today!
Supplies for Pour Painting Christmas Balls with Kids
If you’re making these Christmas tree ornaments with little ones, like toddlers or preschoolers, use a clear plastic ball ornament instead of clear glass balls for safety. But, if you’re crafting baubles with older kids, consider switching out the plastic ornaments for glass ornaments instead.
As for the paint, acrylic paint is the way to go for these painted Christmas ornaments. You will want at least two paint colors per ornament so you get the pretty swirling designs. Consider colors beyond your typical holiday colors. In fact, pour painting Christmas balls would be a great way for kids to learn a little color theory and experiment with color mixing.
Additional Supplies for Awesome Pour Painted Christmas Ornaments
Technically, those two basic supplies are all you need to pour paint ornaments. But, you will definitely want to cover your work surface with some newspaper, cardboard, or a large tray to catch any paint drips. And, disposable paper cups are perfect for holding pour painted ornaments while the excess paint drains and the painted ornaments dry.
I’ve also seen some more professional crafters use a bit of rubbing alcohol to clean the inside of their clear glass balls before painting. They just add a tablespoon or so into the ball, swish around, then drain it and let it dry completely before beginning the pour painting process.
Finally, you can jazz your paint pour ornament up a bit with some glitter! Have kids add some glitter to their ornament before squirting paint inside for best results. Now, let’s get on to the instructions for pour painting Christmas balls.
How to Pour Paint Christmas Balls
First, prepare your work surface by covering it. Gather your paper or plastic cups (if using them). And, remove all ornament caps and set aside.
Next, invite your child to choose two or three colors of paint. With toddlers and preschoolers, use this time as an opportunity to practice identifying colors and even reading color words. With older kids, consider having them reference a color wheel and review basic color theory (primary colors, secondary colors, complementary colors, etc.). If you’re using glitter, have your child choose their glitter colors as well.
Now, have your child squirt a little of each color of paint into a clear ornament. (If making a glitter ornament, help your child sprinkle some glitter into the ornament before the paint.)
Show your child how to slowly move the ornament around to get the paint mixing and coating the entire inside. Have them add more paint, if needed.
Once their painted ornament has the swirling, marble effect they desire, have them pour the excess paint out and set it aside to dry. Or, ideally, prop the ornament upside down on a paper cup to have the excess paint drain into the cup and leave to dry overnight.
Once the pour painted ornaments are dry, add each cap back on. That’s it, you now have beautiful homemade Christmas ornaments to add to your Christmas tree or use as a Christmas decoration!
More Ways to Jazz Up Your Pour Painted Christmas Ornaments
Decorate with Stickers
Invite your child to decorate the outside of their painted ornament with holiday-themed stickers.
Add Some Bling
Provide rhinestone stickers for your child to decorate the outside of their pour painted christmas ornaments.
Full Pour Painted Christmas Ornaments Tutorial
Now, it’s time for you to get started on your own DIY Christmas ornaments with your kids! Here is the full tutorial with all supplies and detailed steps to make it easy peasy…
Pour Painting Christmas Balls · Easy DIY Ornaments for Kids
- newspaper (or other large paper, cardboard, or tray; optional)
- paper cup (in a size that will support your ball ornament; optional)
- 1 clear plastic ball ornament (or clear glass ball ornament; fillable kind with metal cap, any size)
- glitter (optional)
- acrylic paint (2 to 3 colors of choice)
- Christmas stickers (optional)
- rhinestone stickers (optional)
- 8 inches 3/8-inch Christmas ribbon (or twine or raffia; optional)
- Prepare work surface by covering with newspaper, cardboard, or large tray. Position paper cup on work surface. Remove metal cap from 1 clear plastic ball ornament.
- If using glitter, sprinkle some inside the opening of the ornament.
- Squirt a bit of each color of acrylic paint into the opening of the ornament. Slowly move ornament around to mix paint and coat inside of ornament. Add more paint as needed.
- Once entire ornament is coated, prop it upside down on top of paper cup, allowing excess paint to drain into cup. Leave overnight or until paint is completely dry. When dry, add metal cap back on.
- If desired, decorate outside of ornament with Christmas stickers, rhinestone stickers, and/or 8 inches 3/8-inch Christmas ribbon for hanging.
Find Your Pour Painted Christmas Ball Supplies on Amazon:
Get everything you need to make your painted Christmas balls right from Amazon…
Clear Plastic Ornament BallsApple Barrel Acrylic Craft Paint SetKittyKraft 5 Piece Extra Fine Glitter Set12 oz Christmas Disposable Cups3 Rolls Christmas Cotton Twine84 Pieces Self Adhesive Star Stickers600+ PCS Christmas Stickers60 Yards 3/8 inch Christmas Ribbon390pcs Gem Stickers
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