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Wake up your Christmas tree with creatively embellished ornaments. Start with plain ball ornaments and deck them out with paint, ribbon, stickers, and more.
Insert gold, silver, and white pom-poms in a clear glass ball ornament for a sparkly, energetic look for your tree.
Don’t let raised designs get you down. (Before, this ball flaunted a glittered dimension.) For a quick cover-up, stick strips of washi tape to the ball, overlapping and smoothing them as you work your way around.
Add ribbon stripes to an ornament for holiday flair. Remove the ornament cap and cut strips of ribbon. Hot-glue the strips, beginning at the base, to the ornament. Tuck the ends of the ribbons into the top opening and glue into place. Replace the ornament cap and tie a bow around the hanging loop.
Raid your crafting supplies for interesting embellishments to adorn plain glass ornaments. This turquoise ornament was updated with a snowflake scrapbooking applique adhered with hot glue.
We braided chunky yarn and wrapped it around this ball to hide a dated candy cane design. Secure yarn to the ball with hot glue, placing knots and ends toward the back.
Insert chenille stems in a clear glass ball ornament, bending and twisting them to make them fit.
Add stripes to an ornament with paint. Mark off areas you don't want to paint using masking tape, then use a small paintbrush to carefully paint the stripes. Sprinkle wet paint with glitter for a touch of sparkle. Carefully remove the tape when the paint is dry.
Spray paint provides an even finish and some extra flourish in this ornament craft. We lightly sanded the ornament and spray-painted it gold. After it dried, we added a coat of marbleizing spray paint in white.
It's easy to create this winter scene on an ornament. The trick is to paint in steps. First, paint the bottom of a glass ball ornament with two coats of white acrylic paint; let dry after each coat. Then use a small, round brush to paint white trees in different sizes. Once the trees have dried, add small dashes of red acrylic paint to the trees to resemble cardinals. After the red paint has dried, use the bristle tips to add small white dots for falling snow.
Spell out a holiday message with glittery letters from the scrapbook aisle. Add a few more sticker embellishments and tie a simple bow around the ornament hook.
Release your inner Jackson Pollock to make these swirled ornaments. Remove the caps from clear acrylic ornament balls. Rinse the inside with a mixture of three parts water and one part vinegar. Rinse with clean water; let dry. Drip one or several colors of acrylic paint into the ornament and swirl gently to achieve desired effect. Let the paint dry and add additional swirls in different colors. Once you've finished the painting, decorate the outside of the ornament with a band of ribbon or trim.
A few quick spritzes of spray paint directed inside a clear glass ball produce a cool mottled effect. Have fun experimenting; you won't get the same look twice!