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12 Days of DIY Ornaments- Day 12: Hand-Painted Ornaments

December 12, 2015

On the 12th day of Christmas
The Global Chameleon Presents to you:
Hand-Painted Ornaments
a Dried Flower Ornament
a Snowman Ornament
a Reindeer Ornament
a Salt Dough Ornament
a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ornament
a Thumbprint Reindeer Ornament
a
Peanuts Ornament
a Kid-Friendly Glitter Ornament
a Scrapbook Ornament 

a Nightmare Before Christmas Ornament &
An Inside Out Ornament

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12 Days of DIY Christmas Ornaments- Day 12: Hand-Painted Ornaments

The most fun I had with making my own ornaments was being able to think of a cartoon I loved, pulling up a picture of it and just freehand painting it on the ornament.  I was shocked at how great the ornaments turned out.  I may be crafty, but drawing/painting is definitely not my strong suit- this goes to show you that anyone can create these beautifully unique ornaments.

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All of these ornaments required the same few supplies.  This makes a great craft for a classroom or group of children/adults as a little goes a long way!

  • Craft Ornament
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush

Each of these ornaments all started the same.  Pick the color your character is and squirt a quarter size of the color into the ornament, rotate the ornament (kid-friendly) or stick your finger in the hole and shake the ornament until the color fills the inside entirely.  Flip upside down into a shot glass or dixie cup and let paint drain/dry overnight.  Now you’re ready to paint!

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Chip & Dale, Rescue Rangers

TIP: Start with basic shapes and take each feature one step at a time.  For Chip & Dale, I started with their light brown fur, I then added the white for the eyes and mouth, then the nose, the eyes, and then the details around the face.  Let dry in between coats and do at least 2 coats.

A really great tip for beginners especially is to start by drawing the character on the ornament with a Sharpie.  Keep nail polish remover and a cotton ball handy- if you mess up using the Sharpie, simply wipe the Sharpie off with a nail polish remover soaked cotton ball.  Once you’re satisfied with how you drew the character, begin painting over the Sharpie (you can see in my first picture of Stitch, I used Sharpie and painted over it).

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Stitch from Lilo & Stitch

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Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc

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The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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My elderly dog, Cocoa is notorious for his tongue sticking out of his mouth and licking everything. So naturally, I had to paint him on an ornament.

While watching TV, I started free-handing a snowman, then added a tree and it really turned out well.  This is a great ornament that takes less time to make than it looks like it would.  The back side I left unpainted, and ended up painting on my aunt’s family name to give for a Christmas gift.

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After painting but before gifting, let your ornaments dry upside down once more.  You’d be surprised how much paint gathers in your ornaments if you don’t leave a sufficient amount of time for them to dry.

Attach a fun ribbon to the cap of your ornaments and their ready to hang/gift!

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Thanks for following 12 Days of DIY Christmas Ornaments on The Global Chameleon and have a Merry Christmas!

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