As much as I love my white and mercury glass Christmas tree, I was starting to crave a dash of color. I have seen this pin floating around for a while on how to paint the inside of glass ornaments. It was the perfect project to add some sophisticated color to my Christmas tree.
For my version, I really wanted to do this project with my kids (5 and 2 years old). How could I say no to this face?
I modified some of the supplies and technique to make this project kid-friendly. The result is just as beautiful as the inspiration. I purchased clear plastic ornaments instead of glass. I found multiple sizes of clear plastic ornaments at Michaels. I opted for the largest size. I only bought a dozen, so I wanted them to be big. I bought the ornaments during a 50% off sale. For the actual execution of the project, a little strategic use of painters tape was all I needed to make it kid-friendly.
My oldest helped me select 5 colors of acrylic paint. I bought the cheapest 99 cent bottles. I squeezed half a bottle of acrylic paint in each ornament. I sealed the opening with painters tape. Then, we shook the ornaments until the inside was coated with paint. It took me only a few seconds of shaking to coat the ornament. For the kids it took a little longer for them to shake and ooh and aah at the paint covering the inside of the plastic (or, like my son above, try to look inside where the paint hasn’t covered yet).
Once all the ornaments were coated, I removed the painters tape and set each ornament upside down on a plastic punch cup to drain. Most of the paint I squeezed into each ornament drained right back out. I left them draining for a day. They looked cute, like a lineup of tiny, colorful hot air balloons.
Then I put them all together in a large bowl with the openings up to dry. I expected the drying to go faster, but it took 3 days for them to dry.
It was so fun to put the ornament toppers back on and get these hung on the tree.
The large baubles help fill out the tree, as I strategically hung them in bare spots. Their simplicity and subtle-ness is exactly what i wanted…a sophisticated touch of color.
The finishing touch on the tree will be my angel tree topper. I grew up with her and years ago my mom passed her down to me. I have never had a Christmas tree without her. Right now she is sitting on the shelf (notice in the picture above), because I have to get out a ladder to get her on top of our new 9.5-ft tree. She will make it up there soon.
To see more of my favorite handmade Christmas decorations checkout this post.