Here is how it came out:
Snowy Wonderland Christmas Ornament
I really like how painting the front and back of the ornament gives it some dimension. It's almost like you're looking across a snowy field to some trees in the distance.
- Glass or plastic Christmas ornament with removeable top
- Martha Stewart self-adhesive holiday stencil pack
- Paint brushes
- Paint in the following colors:
- Green satin finish
- Green glitter
- Metallic silver
- Clear with white or clear glitter (like 'sugar cube' from the martha stewart line)
- Epsom salt
- Glass or craft adhesive
What I Did
Obviously not all the supplies are pictured, but this is what the stencil pack and the kind of ornaments I used look like (in case you need them for reference when you go shopping to make your own awesome ornament!). All these supplies are available at Michael's.
Paint the Tree Line
I cleaned the ornament so there was no grime that would keep the stencil or paint from sticking. I took the tree line stencil of the sheet and stuck it on the back of the ornament. The baseline of the trees was about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. The self adhesive qualities of these stencils are great. They stuck to the curved surface really nicely and kept the paint from seeping under.
I painted the trees with a green satin paint and then painted over it with the green glitter paint while it was still wet. Then I peeled up the stencil and moved it over to do a second set of trees.
After I peeled off the stencil, I used my paint brush to fill in the gaps between the groups of trees, so it was one continuous foresty line
Paint the Front
Normal people would have waited for the back to dry first but I'm impatient. So I just carefully held the ornament at the top and bottom so I would not smudge the paint on the back (that tissue you see is actually on the floor...it's not touching the ornament).
I took the large tree and the "Merry Christmas" stencils from the same pack and placed them on the front. The tree line you see in the picture above are trees that are actually painted on the other side of the ornament...I didn't place the big tree on top of them.
I used the same satin green and glitter paint from the previous step. Painting on glass requires a little extra paint than on fabric so I made sure to use my visible brush strokes to my advantage by kind of feathering them out in layers to make it it look like layers of branches on the tree.
I peeled away the tree stencil and painted the Merry Christmas with metallic silver. Once I removed the stencil, I filled in some of the gaps with a fine paint brush.
Once that stencil had been peeled off, I painted a really thin coat of glitter paint to simulate snow (it's the "Sugar Cube" paint from Martha's glitter paint line) on the shoulders and across the back of the ornament. And by thin, I mean really thin. I dipped into the paint, wiped it off on a paper towel and blotted any glitter that remained onto the ornament. So kind of like dry brushing. But with glitter paint.
Let it Snow!
I really carefully removed the top and used a funnel to fill the ornament with epsom salt up to the level of the tree line along the back.
Once the salt was in, I decided the front looked a little bit too plain, so I added the date free hand using a thin detail brush and red pearl paint.
And while it probably would have been fine, I was a little nervous about how much more the ornament weighed now that it was 1/3 full of salt so I used glass and metal glue to glue the cap down once I reinserted the top/pin.
I'm really happy with how it turned out
I'm sharing my project with these great parties. Many of them are a collection of great holiday ideas! Come join the fun.
* Christmas Cheer Party at Hi Sugarplum* Holiday Happenings at What Che Said * DIY Holiday Crafts and Ornaments at Centsational Girl * Time to Shine at A Diamond in the Stuff * Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog * Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou * Mad Skills Party at Mad in Crafts * Dare to Do It Yourself at Newly Woodwards * Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z * Holiday Link Party at Momnivore's Dilemma * Handmade Christmas at Cup of Delight * Weekend Show Off Party at Ladybird Lane *
full disclosure: I had been sent the Martha Stewart paint and stencils as part of a campaign they did last month, for which I wrote this post on how to make stenciled holiday place settings. I have not been compensated for this post, though I am using leftover free product from the previous campaign. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.