This year I got the opportunity to do a fun DIY ornament swap with a group of nine other bloggers – and of course I was on board! Not only are the other bloggers awesome and talented, but Christmas ornaments are one of my favorite things to make of all time. I love the instant gratification! Usually an ornament takes an hour or two to decorate and then you’re good to go.
This year I decided to make a fun ombre and gold ornament for my swap partner. I love traditional Christmas colors, but I’m quite comfortable going outside of the box as well. I’d love a whole tree of these ombre ornaments . . . I figure this is a good start! Here’s how I did it.
Gather These Supplies
- Paper mache ornament base (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
- Acrylic paint colors – white (for basecoating), gold, and four shades of teal/aqua
These paper mache ornaments are probably my favorite ornament shape of all time. There are eight panels on the main part of my ornament which is why I chose four paint colors – so that each color could be used twice.
These are the paint colors I chose. I absolutely LOVE the Martha Stewart paint colors, especially the shades of teal and aqua. They are beautiful!
Add the paint colors to your paint tray . . .
And begin painting each panel, going from dark to light.
When you get to the edges, use a liner brush to help you get clean lines. Keep going until the entire ornament is painted.
For the gold areas, you’re going to want to basecoat with white first or it will take FOREVER to cover the brown of the paper mache. In fact you may never cover it completely. So basecoat both the top and bottom, then let dry.
Then give your ornament several coats of gold, until it’s completely covered. I recommend watching your favorite reality show while doing this. Let dry!
Here’s a close up of the ombre. I love it!
And here’s the entire DIY ornament again. I hope you like it too!
Now that you’ve seen my ornament, doing forget to visit the other #swapthatdiy bloggers below to see what they made. You’ll love all of them!