There has never been a year in my children’s lives where I have let them have ownership of the Christmas tree. I know. It’s just that we have lived in smaller spaces in larger cities all over the country for most of their growing up and that meant there was only room for one tree and that one was MINE. However, now that we are living in a home with a little more space, this year I caved and bought them a little tree that is all their own to decorate and they requested that it be colorful. So, we learned how to make a rainbow set of vibrant paint and shake bulb ornaments that are so pretty, I almost love their tree more than the one that is off limits to them. Almost.
You have to try this one, it’s so fun! Here is what you’ll need:
Supplies needed to make Paint and Shake Bulb Ornaments
Bulb Ornaments (I used glass and read that the paint sticks best to it.)
High Quality Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint (I used FolkArt Multi-Surface because it’s our tried + true!)
How to make Paint and Shake Bulb Ornaments
Step 1: Remove the top of the ornament and squeeze a quarter-sized amount of paint into the ornament. Cover the hole with your thumb and start shaking and tapping the ornaments against your hands to coat the interior of the ornament. If you feel like you need more paint, add a little more at a time, being careful not to over saturate the inside, until the entire bulb is coated in paint.
Step 2: Let the ornaments dry completely with the tops off. (I let mine dry overnight.)
Step 3: Return the silver tops to the dry ornaments and hang!
A few tips:
-I mentioned in the supply list that you’ll want to use a high quality paint like FolkArt or Martha Stewart. This is because the paint won’t attach as well to the bulbs if you use a cheaper paint.
-Extra hot lights, or lights with a larger bulb can cause the paint to slip off the glass over time. So, if you have really hot lights on your tree, you may want to be careful where you hang your painted bulbs.
What do you think? Are you ready to “shake” things up on your Christmas tree? We’d reccomend it!
Happy making (and shaking)!
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