Marbleized Ornament

Swirled spray paint gives these DIY Christmas ornaments their stunning marbleized look. We'll show you how to make them.

Trim the tree with a rainbow of marbleized 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 ornament shapes. These also make pretty Christmas package toppers. 

Get more creative ways to decorate a plain ornament. 

Dipped Ceramic 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

colored ornament

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

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