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DIY Christmas Ornaments: Gold-Dipped Baubles

These gorgeous modern DIY Christmas ornaments take five minutes to make! Add some modern flair to your Christmas tree decor with gold leaf paint!

Easy Gold-Dipped Ornaments: aqua glass ball ornament dipped in gold leaf paint in front of a window

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

Materials

supplies to make DIY Christmas ornaments- glass ball ornaments, gold leaf paint, paint brush, plastic trash bag, masking tape, and dixie cups

Directions

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.

close-up of hands removing metal top piece from an aqua-colored glass ball Christmas ornament

2. Apply Masking Tape

Wrap a line of masking tape around the center (equator) of the ornament. You can also do a diagonal line.

hand holding aqua ball ornament and wrapping masking tape around the middle

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.

3. Paint

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.

hand holding glass ball ornament wrapped with masking tape and painting gold leaf paint on the exposed part of the ornament

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.

glass bauble wrapped with masking tape, and the top painted gold

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.

hand holding glass ornament with the top painted gold

5. Remove Masking Tape

Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel off the masking tape.

hand holding glass ball ornament and removing masking tape from around the center

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!

Easy DIY Dipped Ornaments: Three aqua and gold glass ball ornaments dipped with gold paint sitting on Christmas greenery

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9 Comments

  1. These look so expensive & beautiful!!!! If you have paint leakage under the tape you are using (and from experience, the blue painters tape will leak), the frog painter’s tape does not leak and leaves crisp paint lines.

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