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Quick Gilded Ornaments

Plain ornaments get a touch of genius with this idea. You'll make easy stars, swirls, and dots in minutes using ordinary ball ornaments and metallic paint pens.

We have 2 looks here -- traditional red and gold as well as bold hot pinks, turquoise, and green -- to show you how pretty this project can look.

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Supplies:

  • Opaque glass ornaments in jewel tones
  • Clean soft cloth
  • Medium-point permanent marker with metallic gold or silver ink (available in crafts and stationery stores)
  • 1/4-inch-wide ribbon

More Ideas:

  • Use pens with silver or colored-metallic ink for a wide variety of looks.
  • Have each person in the household design and sign an ornament.
  • Hang the ornaments with inexpensive gold chain (available from jewelry supply stores or catalogs)
  • Make matching wrapping paper by drawing bigger versions of the same design on solid-color gift wrap (you can do this either before or after wrapping the gift), then embellish by tying an ornament to the package ribbon.

Instructions:

  1. Gently clean the surface of the ornaments using a soft cloth to remove any dust or debris.
  2. Add designs. Use the medium-point gold or silver pen to add swirls, squiggles, or other decorative marks all around each ornament. (You may want to doodle a bit on paper with an ordinary marker before you pick up an ornament.)
  3. Add ribbon for hanging. Thread an 8 to 10-inch length of ribbon through each ornament top and knot or tie in a bow as desired.
  4. OPTIONAL: Sign your work of art. Using the fine-tipped pen, sign your name and print the date in small lettering on the bottom or back of each ornament.

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