Easy DIY Marbled Ornament

Swirled spray paint gives these DIY Christmas ornaments their stunning look. We'll show you how to make easy marbled ornaments step by step.

Transform ceramic ornaments into stunning marble creations with this cool technique - you won't believe how easy this is!

Trim the tree with a rainbow of marbled ornaments. We used plain ceramic ornaments but you could also use glass ornaments. The paint will just appear fainter on the clear surface. Try using a mix of shapes for unique marbleized ornaments, which double as pretty Christmas package toppers. 

Get more creative ways to decorate a plain ornament. 

What You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Painters tape
  • White ceramic ornaments 
  • ¼"-diameter dowel 
  • Gloves
  • Up to 4 colors of spray paint (include one metallic)
  • Stirring stick
  • Clear acrylic spray

Step 1: Prepare the Ornament

Work in well-ventilated area and cover surfaces with newspapers. Fill bucket with water to within 2 inches of rim. Tape over ornament's metal cap and tape ornament to the dowel. Set aside.

Step 2: Spray and Dip

Holding paint cans 8 inches from water, spray each color onto water at a 35-degree angle for four to five seconds. Overlap colors. Immerse ornament gently into the bucket, rotating slowly through the surface paint rather than dunking it straight in. When paint forms a skin on top of water, push it away with the stirring stick; remove ornament and hang to dry overnight. Clean paint away from water surface with the stirring stick. Repeat for each ornament.

Step 3: Seal Ornament

Remove tape, and spray ornaments with acrylic sealer. Add a gold cord or ribbon and hang. 

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  1. Where would I find the ceramic ornaments?

  2. Always looking for crafts to do with my 92 year old mom. She will love this. Thanks!

  3. Beautiful. I will do this for our craft fair next year. Great job

  4. We would suggest looking for ceramic ornaments at your local craft store or here: https://www.amazon.com/ready-to-paint-ceramics/b?ie=UTF8&node=8090836011.

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