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Glass Ornaments

When Blake Ramsey didn't have enough trimmings for her first Christmas tree, she beautifully embellished affordable glass balls.


Show off painted ornaments in see-through packaging. Tuck them into a box meant for cupcakes. Or make a tube of acetate, and wrap it in cellophane.


  • Narrow-tip and wide-tip squeeze bottles
  • High-gloss craft paints
  • Gloss finish
  • Wooden skewers
  • Foam board
  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Small paintbrush


  1. Step 1

    Fill squeeze bottles with paints. Add gloss finish as desired to thin color and make it more translucent. Make a drying rack by inserting wooden skewers into foam board. Remove caps from ornaments.

  2. Step 2

    For speckled ornaments: Use a narrow-tip bottle to squirt paint upward into an ornament so it spatters. Let dry upside down for 1 day on rack. Then add a second layer: Squeeze a small amount of new color into ornament so it runs down sides, then rotate ornament to spread the paint. Repeat as needed for desired effect.

  3. Step 3

    For streaked ornaments: Repeat previous steps, but don't let the first color dry. Add second layer right away so colors swirl together.

  4. Step 4

    For solid ornaments: Use a wide-tip bottle to squeeze paint into the ornament so it runs down the sides, then rotate ornament to spread paint. Repeat to achieve desired look.

  5. Step 5

    Let all ornaments dry for 1 day on drying rack. Paint caps with paintbrush, and let dry.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2011

Reviews (2)

  • Renrcal 22 Dec, 2011

    I have been doing this for about 15 years. It makes wonderful one of a kind ornaments to give as gifts. Each of my Sunday School Students did this one year to make for our Pastor and his wife for Christmas! The kids enjoy doing it and you can make them any color you want. We usually do marbling with ours! Lots of fun and very affordable way to decorate for the holidays!

  • bellstar 22 Dec, 2011

    So clever! Also would be great for painted easter eggs whether plastic, glass or real!