When Blake Ramsey didn't have enough trimmings for her first Christmas tree, she beautifully embellished affordable glass balls.
Photography: Juliana Sohn
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2011
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.
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.
For streaked ornaments: Repeat previous steps, but don't let the first color dry. Add second layer right away so colors swirl together.
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.
Let all ornaments dry for 1 day on drying rack. Paint caps with paintbrush, and let dry.
Narrow-tip and wide-tip squeeze bottles
High-gloss craft paints
Clear glass ornaments
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.