How about some fun glass Easter ornaments for your basket this year? I had actually made a few of these back in the Fall, for Christmas. All the bright blues and purples and pinks were so popular for Christmas this past year, but unfortunately, I never got around to listing them on my website. It just kind of hit me the other day how perfect they are for Easter, too!
If you’d like to make some, here’s what you’ll need:
- Clear glass ball ornaments
- Rubbing alcohol
- Acrylic paint
- A couple of small paint brushes
- Glittering glue
- Acrylic sealer (the brush on kind)
- Optional – beads or embellishments for ornament lid
Pull off the top of the glass ornament. I stocked up on these from Michael’s before and right after Christmas, but you can get them year round online at Hobby Lobby, and I’m sure lots of other places too.
They are always a little dusty inside and out, so before you can paint them, you need to get them clean. I’ve tried all I can think of to avoid it, but rubbing alcohol works best. I hate the smell of rubbing alcohol, with its disturbing similarity to plain vodka. Which I’ve enthusiastically avoided for just about 16 years, after a terrible post-prom experiment where I learned that…well, vodka may mix well with many things, but it doesn’t mix well with EVERYthing. Like, together. (hope you’re not reading this, mom!) So, I can honestly say that I have tried various other methods of cleaning these guys, but nothing works as well, not even vinegar. The alcohol leaves it perfectly clear, it dries within a couple of hours or less, and the paint adheres better.
So swish a little bit of rubbing alcohol around in there for a few seconds, dump it out (or into another ornament if you are going to use more than one), and that’ll do the trick. And while you’re at it, how about using a little bit of it to take off any month-old nail polish on your nails, especially if you find that your hands are often making their way into your blog post photos? Sheesh…
They will need to dry out for a little while, and I like to use those little bathroom sized paper cups to turn them upside down and drain into…they work perfect.
After they have dried completely, pour a little acrylic paint inside.
I’ve used a whole bunch of different kinds of paints, and I’ve found that some work well, and others don’t. One of the types that work really well is the Folk Art Enamel Paint …I used Calypso Sky for this ornament. These paints are super thick though, so you really have to shake it like crazy to cover the entire surface inside of the ornament. I believe this kind of paint is meant to be baked, but I’m not about to try that with these thin glass ornaments. It works fine with no baking required. :D
You can pour the excess, if there is any, back into the bottle of paint, and then let the ornament dry upside down in a cup again…this time it’ll take longer, at least overnight.
Yay, now the best part… Use a paintbrush to paint a polka dot with glue on the surface of the ornament. I use Martha Stewart Glittering Glue, for no particularly great reason other than the fact that it was right beside the glitter at Michael’s. (And I’ll tell you what, the Martha Stewart craft section at Michael’s is marketing at its finest; I fall for it EVERY time). This glue does work well though. It also comes with a handy little brush built right into the lid, which I do use for a lot for other projects, but for this particular ornament, a smaller brush is definitely best.
Sprinkle on some glitter. I did this one polka dot at a time, because I’m slow. When I tried to paint a few glue dots before putting on the glitter, the glue started to dry too fast for me.
I just used a very soft bristled paint brush to sweep away the excess glitter around the dots as I went, so I could paint on my next one.
If you mess up as you’re painting on the glue, it wipes off really easily with a damp paper towel, and you can just start all over.
After this has a chance to dry for a few minutes, paint a thin layer of an acrylic sealer over the glitter. This will help keep the glitter from chipping off after it dries.
Now the lid can go back on. Be sure to squeeze the wires together as you are sliding it on, so that the edges don’t scratch the paint on the inside of the neck of the ornament. For mine, I added a little purple bead using an eyepin, before I put the lid on the ornament, just to dress it up a little.
How about a couple more in pink and purple to match?
Some little rhinestones would probably look really cute in between the polka dots, too, don’t ya think?