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Marbleized Star Ornaments

A whirly-swirly pattern on papier-mâché star ornaments give them a burst of color. Play with different color combinations and patterns for one-of-a-kind additions to your tree.

holiday project marbled ornaments

Photography: John Armitage

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Papier-mâché star ornaments

  • Cups

  • Spoons

  • Toothpicks

  • Disposable table covering


  1. For the first ornament, use Summer Haze, Slate Gray and Wedding Cake paints. With one color per cup, mix 2 parts marbling medium with 1 part paint. Stir slowly with the spoon.

    holiday project marbled ornaments
  2. Stick a toothpick into one of the ends of the stars; this will help you hold onto the ornament while you are marbling. Spoon the Wedding Cake paint mixture onto the ornament covering the entire surface. Drizzle some of the Summer Haze mixture over it and move the ornament around to create the marbling effect.

    holiday project marbled ornaments spooning paint on star
  3. Drizzle some of the Slate Gray paint mixture and move the ornament around to create the same marbling effect. Hang the ornament over a protected surface to allow it to drip until dry.

    holiday project marbled ornaments painted star
  4. Repeat the steps 1–3 with Pesto, Pea Shoot, and Wedding Cake paints for the next star, then Tartan Red, Love Bird, and Wedding Cake paints for the other star.

  5. For the Wedding Cake and Gold painted star, do not mix the Gold paint with marbling medium. First, cover the star with Wedding Cake paint mixture and then drip some of the Gold paint onto the star. Move the ornament around to create the marbling effect. Hang to drip-dry.

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