Marblized Christmas Ornaments To Make

Marblized Christmas ornaments to make at home! Glass ornaments with swirls of painted color inside. Although they are simple to make, there are several tips you should follow.

Marblized ornaments - those glass balls swirled with colors hanging on Christmas trees delight young and old alike. And you can make them yourself - to coordinate with your own tree or give as gifts to your friends and family.

Marblized ornaments are easy to make. All you need is a set of round, clear, glass ornaments and paints in your choice of colors.

To make the ornaments, you will remove the caps of the ornaments, add a small amount of paint (I stress SMALL amount - you can always add more but you can't take any out if you accidentally coat the entire interior), and gently shake the ornament to begin a swirled pattern. Let it dry and replace the cap and hook - hang on your tree!

Sounds easy, right? And it is - but there are some tips you should follow to ensure that your ornaments have a beautiful finished appearance.

1. Choose colors that coordinate. Red and Green, Silver and Gold - those are obvious choices. It's okay to do more than 2 colors as long as they will look nice together - don't use black and orange on one of these Christmas ornaments, for instance, unless you're making a halloween themed tree!

2. Use SMALL amounts of paint. As stressed above, you can always add more. If the paint seems thick, pour a small amount into a paper cup and add a little water until it is smoother. Add small amounts at a time to the ornament and gently shake until you get the look you want. To the same end, if the paint seems too runny, you can thicken it up by adding another color to it - for example, if you have a "runny" red, try adding a bit of thick white - you'll end up with a medium thick burgondy pink.

3. Let the colors DRY in between swirls. Especially if you choose bold colors, but even in general, it's best to do one color at a time and let it dry, coming back later to finish the swirl. If you swirl a coat of red, immediately add green, then yellow, then blue - you will not end up with a beatiful swirl of those colors but a muddy appearance due to the mixing of the wet paints. Be patient. Swirl one color at a time, and the results will be worth the wait.

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