Christmas Ornaments #1: Cheap Christmas Balls for the Tree!

Have you ever seen those REALLY expensive multi-colored Christmas tree ornaments?  I always wanted a set, but never wanted to spend the money on them…

Well, here I will show you how I learned to MAKE them, or something similar to them, for less than $2.00 an ornament!  You’ll need is some pigment powder (here is an example) which you can get in packs of multiple colors for $20-$30, but these packs will make literally dozens of ornaments (and the powder has a lot of other uses – see some of my other posts).  You can also buy individual colors for a few bucks each from your local craft store.

The powders used for cosmetics may also work – and they are even cheaper – but I haven’t tried them.  If anyone does, please leave comments with your results.

Get some acrylic medium as well. This is basically an acrylic additive that is made to be blended with acrylic paints to add different texture or finish qualities to the paint.  Just about anything clear, free flowing, and sticky will work here.  It comes under many names, including acrylic gloss medium, floating medium, blending medium, etc.

As for the ornament itself, any clear plastic or glass Christmas ball (or shaped ornament) will do as long as it has an opening on one end.  I’ve used everything from glass balls purchased in the holiday section of a craft store to the plastic ones made for kids crafts you get at WalMart.  Even the super cheap ones you find on clearance at the dollar store will work.

Now the “hard” part!  Coat the inside of your ornament with the acrylic medium, add your colored powders and tap the ornament from all directions to disperse.  Repeat with other colors until fully coated.  That’s it!  It really is that simple, and the results look terrific!  Here’s the video with a full demo:

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