I was at a vintage market last year and saw some beautiful glass ball Christmas ornaments that had a gorgeous aged look to them. Unfortunately, they also had a beautiful price on them! Being a crafter, I tucked the idea in the back of my mind thinking maybe I could make something similar. 😉
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I saw these textured clear plastic ornaments at Hobby Lobby and thought they would work perfectly to create my own version of the ornaments. The container included 30 ornaments – 5 of each pattern – for $19.99. I purchased them at 40% off, so I got mine for $11.99. But now all the Christmas merchandise is 50% off so you can score them for $9.99! That makes each ornament about 33 cents each!!
You’ll also need some white chalky finish paint, some gray paint (chalky finish or acrylic), some clear wax, sand paper, and ribbon for hanging your ornaments.
First, pop off the silver top for hanging and set it aside. Then paint the ornaments with 2 coats of the white chalky finish paint, making sure to let them dry thoroughly between coats. I used a foam brush to apply my paint – it works great to get into all the nooks and crannies. But don’t worry if you miss a spot here and there, it will just add to the charm of the finished ornament!
After the second coat of paint is dry, take a stiff-bristled brush and dry brush some of the gray paint onto the ornaments to highlight the textured areas. Then take your sand paper and sand away some of the paint from the textured areas to add to the aged look. I finished the ornaments with a light coat of clear wax to seal and protect them. I used a foam brush to apply the clear wax.
Pop the silver hanger back onto the ornaments, add a ribbon for hanging, and you’re finished!
Here’s a closer look at a couple of the ornaments. You can add as much or as little of the gray paint as you’d like and sand off as much of the paint you want to give it that aged look.
I’m thinking these would look so pretty in a dough bowl with a little greenery and some red berries. And, of course, they would look great on your tree! They would also make a fun package tie-on for all of your Christmas gifts. For just pennies an ornament you can give them to everyone on your list! 🎄