DIY Paint Filled Ornaments

December 17, 2013Sarah Khandjian

DIY Paint Filled Ornaments

Once we set up our new crystal white spruce Christmas tree and added our vintage glass ball ornaments and the ones that we’ve collected over the years, I felt like we needed to all some solid colored ornaments to fill-in the empty spaces. I looked around at a few stores but couldn’t find the mint green hue I was looking for so I decided to DIY them. I made some paint filled ornaments in just the right minty hue.

In about 15 minutes (plus drying time) I had a set of mint green glass ornaments that are the perfect complement to our white tree. These ornaments are so easy to make and cheap too that they would make great, affordable gifts. You create a set of ombre ornaments for a monochromatic look or create a set in your friend’s favorite color. They would also make fun gift toppers and Christmas decorations too. I’m thinking of making another set to use in a bowl for some simple centerpiece.

DIY Paint Filled Ornaments


set of clear glass ornaments
acrylic craft paint in any color(s) you want
– paper towel or scrap paper to place the ornament on while it dries

DIY Paint Filled Ornaments

Gather your supplies and carefully remove the tops of all the glass ornaments. Fill each ornament with about 1 tablespoon of craft paint. Rotate the ornament so the paint covered the entire inside. You may need to shake the ornament a bit or even add a little more paint to cover the entire surface. Then place the ornament upside down on a paper towel or scrap piece of paper and allow it dry completely before replacing the metal top.

I found that when you used a lot of paint it not only extends the drying  time, it also drips a lot of paint white it dries.

DIY Paint Filled Ornaments

Need some last minute gift ideas and holiday decor ideas? Check out all my Christmas themed posts here. It’s not too late to buy some great Christmas decorations.

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  • Jennifer

    December 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I love doing my own ornaments like this. I started a few years ago and have been slowly filling my white tree with bulbs in just t he right shades of mint, chartreuse, and aqua.

  • Anne

    December 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

    thank you so much for showing me how to do it. I can never find the real color I want. and your instructions were so clear I think anyone could understand

    1. Sarah

      January 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

      You’re so welcome!

  • stephanie

    December 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Tried this, but had cracking occur at the top of the ornaments….any tips for avoiding that?

    1. Sarah

      January 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

      I would recommend allowing them to dry overnight before replacing the metal tops. I also had perfect results with the Martha Stewart craft paint, I would give that brand a try!

  • Ashleigh

    November 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    You are right! These are the perfect shade! What colors did you use?

    1. Sarah

      November 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Hi Ashleigh, I used the Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint in Pea Shoot and Craft Smart (available at Michael’s) in Ocean Breeze.

  • Tina

    November 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    These colors are exactly what I’m looking for. Can you please share which Martha Stewart colors you used? I’m looking at Beach Glass and Surf.

    1. Sarah

      November 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I used the Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint in Pea Shoot and Craft Smart (available at Michael’s) in Ocean Breeze.

  • Margo

    November 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I’ve tried this several times and just don’t have any luck with this DIY. When I pulled out the ornaments I made last year, the paint was all peeled off on the inside and laying in a clump at the bottom of the ornaments. Do you do any type of prep work on the ornaments before you add the paint so that it sticks permanently?

    1. Sarah

      November 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Hi Margo. I just unpacked my ornaments from last year and they still look great. What brand paint did you use? I used Martha Stewart satin craft paint for all of mine and found it to work great. Perhaps the paint you used was a little too thin? Best of luck!

  • Heather

    December 4, 2015 at 11:57 am

    wondering if this would work with plastic balls – what do you think?

    1. Sarah

      December 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Heather! I haven’t tried it with plastic ornaments but I think it should definitely work!

  • Earthel Fuller

    May 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I love your ideas. Beautiful yet simple. Thank you

  • Marilyn

    October 19, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Someone told me to mix the paint with water ? Yes or no? Thank you !

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      October 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Yes, that would thin the paint and make it coat the glass.

  • Meghan

    November 14, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I am painting glass ornaments with white paint I left them upside overnight and some of them have streaked or you can see the glass through them. What am I doing wrong? I have used Anita’s paint and the craft smart paint. Thank you!!

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      November 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Meghan, I found that would happen with “cheaper” craft paint. I’ve always had the best results with Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paints. They seem to adhere to glass really well, without streaks. Good luck!

  • Kimberly

    November 29, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    I am trying to achieve a really see through type look…like the sky to put sand and shells in for a beach look. What would you recommend to get a very diluted look?
    Thank you for this DIY!!!

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      November 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Fun! I’d test using glass paint to get a water-like look. I’ve used Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint before (go for a translucent color) and had great results.

  • Robyn Castro

    December 5, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    How do you prevent the paint from coming off in the inside. Only on a few it’s like it dropped and came off ?

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      December 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      I found that only happened when I used cheaper brands of craft paint. I had great success with the Martha Stewart Multi-Surface paint by Plaid; it completely covered the entire ball.

  • Magan A.

    December 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    To all of those with paint streaking, first rinse the inside of the glass with rubbing alcohol and let it dry. The alcohol will clean the bulb, so the paint sticks better. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      December 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      Wonderful tip, thank you for sharing!

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