I was talking to my friend Michelle before, telling her I need to purchase an ornament for an ornament exchange. She suggested making one. And of course, I’m a super creative person. I love crafts. They make me super happy, and I would to craft all day long. But that doesn’t mean anyone actually wants my crafts. I think everyone will want this DIY Paint Swirl Ornament, though.
I actually had the idea to make it a few years ago, but I just didn’t have the time or reason.
So I finally made it, and I’m so happy I listened to Michelle. Seriously, I was in love with the ornament and didn’t want to give it away.
That just means I have to make a few more.
DIY Paint Swirl Ornament
What You Need:
- Glass ornaments
- Gold metallic paint
- Silver metallic paint
- Purple metallic paint
- Paper towel
- Shot glass
What You’ll Do:
Take the first color and squirt four generous drops of paint inside the glass ornaments.
I used metallic paint for these because it gives it an extra bit of shine.
Start to swirl it around. Now, I say swirl, but the best way I found was to actually gently tap the ornament onto the palm of my hand. It was a lot quicker than actually letting the paint drip on its own.
This will be your main color, since it’s going on first, so be sure you pick the color you want to display best.
You do want to leave a bunch of empty space now so that the other colors have somewhere to go.
Drip in the second color and use the same swirl/tap method. It will start to fill up the holes. Don’t let this color completely fill it up, though, because you still need room for the third color.
Drip in the third color and swirl.
A little patience goes a long way. Twist the ornament around in your hand and you’ll eventually cover all the gaps. In theory, you could leave some of the glass showing, but I personally think it looks lazy.
Put the paper towel in the shot glass and put the ornament in it upside down so any leftover paint will drip out into the paper towel and not on to your floor or counter.
Let it dry overnight. During that time, your colors will meld together a little more. That’s part of the beauty behind these paint swirl ornaments. You can make them look just as you want, but then they’ll take on a mind of their own and finish themselves.