Christmas Ornament DIY
Sometimes you have to step away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and just create something with your hands. That’s just what we set out to do with our Christmas ornament workshop at our studio this holiday season - and boy did the women that came out have so much fun and inspire us with so much creativity. Because of that, we wanted to pass along the steps we taught so that YOU can create your own piece of holiday inspiration this season. Here’s everything you’ll need to know, and be sure to tag your projects with #RPStribe when you’re done so that we can see your beautiful creations.
Step One: Start by adding a single layer of white paint all over your ornament. This will help “prime” the project so that your colors added on top will pop. Thin, chip-board wood can soak up paint fast so you will want to have a thin base coat. This coat is best applied with your sponge brush to ensure a thin, even coat.
Step Two: Start with detailing the top of your ornament. There are two different ways that you can detail the “attachment” portion of your ornament - with teeth or without. The traditional Christmas ornament attaches with a toothy-type of topper, but if you prefer to paint yours with more of a smooth look that is perfect, too! Start by sketching out this portion with a pencil so that you get the details just right before applying paint. After you have sketched out the attachment, apply a metallic silver or gold acrylic paint. This is a great option - it will give a nice little sheen when dried. Don’t forget to add paint on the edges and inside the edges of the hook hole, as well.
Step Three: Start adding your first coat of paint on the ornament. We started with red, but as you can see from our workshop photos below, the sky is the limit with your base coat color. Depending on your color choice, you may need to add at least one additional coat for full coverage. We found it best to apply this layer with your wide brush. If you prefer the coverage that is given with the sponge, that works perfect, as well. DON’T FORGET to add paint to the edges. When your ornament is hanging, those sides will show and you want to make sure you continue the coverage all the way through.
Step Four: While your base coat is drying on the bulb of the ornament, head back up to the hanger and start adding a little dimension and detail. Use some white and black paint to create some shadows on the hook and the base of the hanger, including finishing out the rounding of the hook. Be sure to add your shading in the direction of the object. For example, when working on the top hook shading, be sure to add that in more of a semi-circle shape instead of just straight down.
Step Five: Once your base coat is dry on your bulb, start adding your design. We recommend this pack of stencils to help you get your holiday creativity flowing. You may also prefer to free-hand your designs, lettering, etc. Stick with our motto with this step: It’s only paint! Everything can be painted over and started again, so don’t let your creativity (or lack-of) hold you back!
Step Six: When you’ve finished with your general design, add some accents! Adding in a few dashes of white or black around the edge of the ornament can create the circular dimension that you need to make the ornament appear round.
Step Seven: Hang and enjoy! You can add a bow, tulle, greenery, and more to your ornament to create a little more flair, as well. But hang your ornament on your door, put it on your mantle and enjoy it through the holiday season. If you’re feeling really crafty, use the backside to create a different look - possibly something for fall, just your family monogram, etc. When adding a boy to the top you can cover the ornament hanger, making it appear as just a circle!
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