These gorgeous modern DIY Christmas ornaments take five minutes to make! Add some modern flair to your Christmas tree decor with gold leaf paint!
I’ve recently discovered this awesome gold-leaf paint, so naturally, I’m looking for every chance I can to use it! And this project is so quick and easy. Let’s get to it!
How to Make DIY Christmas Ornaments
- solid-colored glass ball ornaments (the paint will stick better to ones with a satin or matte finish)
- gold leaf paint
- small paintbrush
- masking tape
- Dixie cups
- plastic trash bag or something to protect your work surface
1. Remove the Metal Top
Pull the metal top piece straight up and it should pop off. There are two wires inside holding it in place.
2. Apply Masking Tape
Wrap a line of masking tape around the center (equator) of the ornament. You can also do a diagonal line.
Try to get the line of masking tape as straight as you can- especially where the two ends of tape join together. Then run your fingernail along the edge of the tape to ensure you have a good seal.
The gold leaf paint is oil-based, so you’ll want to use a paintbrush you don’t care too much about. Or have some paint thinner on hand for clean up.
Shake the paint well before opening it, and then shake it every few minutes as you work. There’s red pigment in the paint that will float to the surface if you don’t.
Paint the exposed surface of the Christmas ornament. When you get to the line of masking tape, do small strokes, starting on top of the tape and brushing onto the glass.
Brushing the paint away from the tape will help prevent paint from seeping underneath the masking tape.
4. Let It Dry
You may be able to get the bauble to stand up on its own with the tape. If not, set it on a dixie cup to dry overnight.
5. Remove Masking Tape
Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel off the masking tape.
6. Replace Metal Top
Squeeze the two wires together and insert them back into the hole at the top of the ornament, and you’re done!
Next, be sure to check out these kintsugi Christmas baubles… they go beautifully with the dipped ones and use almost all the same supplies!