Gosh, that headline is a mouthful full but it’s the truth. You might have seen various painted Christmas ornaments in my “Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tour 2014″ on Monday and today’s post is to show you how to paint the outside of clear plastic ornaments.
I have some fun designs for you.
DIY brushstroke painted plastic Christmas balls
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It just so happens that I bought a large number of colored plastic ornaments on 75% clearance at Target after Christmas last year and I wasn’t feeling all the colors.
On top of it, I had a huge amount of silver plastic ornaments in the attic that I didn’t want to use this year. My DIY-loving heart knew that painting the outside of these plastic ornaments was the most affordable way to create the look I was going for. Plus I love making my own ornaments.
Supplies used to paint the plastic ornaments
- Kilz spray primer
- thin wooden board
- small craft brush
- spray paint
- acrylic paint
Painting the outside of plastic ornaments
Before we get to the good part let me address some things first…
What kind of paint can you use plastic ornaments?
You can pretty much use any paint you’d like if, (and this is so important) you use a good primer to coat the slippery shiny plastic surface. My favorite is Kilz spray primer. After that, you can use acrylic paint, chalk paint, baking soda paint, latex paint, or even oil paint. Whatever you’d prefer. Speaking of baking soda paint, check out my other post about painting Christmas ornaments with baking soda paint to achieve a faux terracotta finish.
The Kilz spray primer even works on clear glass ornaments but they are pricey as is and I love the look of glass Christmas ornaments and would never paint them. But that’s just my preference.
I really wasn’t that into the reds and purples.
My first step was to clean the plastic Christmas ornament balls really well. Wipe off all dust and debris. Alcohol helps with cleaning off any greasy residue that might be stuck on them. Let them dry!
Then use some scrap wood and nails to create a board where I could prop up the plastic ornaments to spray paint them with primer.
Simply hammer the nails in on the backside of the board. Remove the ornament caps and stick the plastic ball ornaments onto the nails so the nail is inside of the ornament.
I recommend putting a tarp under the boards so the excess paint while spraying won’t hit the surrounding areas.
As I mentioned above my go-to favorite primer is Kilz spray primer and it worked like a charm once again. In some of the photos below, you can tell that the color still bled through to the outside of the ornament in some spots, but the second coat fixed that. No other primer works as well for me as this one.
After the primer, I either gave them a fresh coat of semi-gloss white spray paint or I painted some of them with my favorite Krylon Copper Metallic Spray Paint. The copper is included on the small and the large Christmas tree.
But I didn’t stop there. I wanted to include everything I loved in the past year in my home decor, which was the crosses and the recent dots and brushstrokes. Don’t you just love Jana Bek brush stroke lamps? I do and it sure looks fabulous on Christmas balls too.
I painted black details in with regular acrylic craft paint and various different-sized brushes. Actually very easy if you ask me. You don’t have to be exact and can mess up. The brushstrokes are supposed to be uneven and abstract.
Each ornament was hung up to dry on little rods. Drying time depends on what paint you actually used.
Finished painted plastic ornaments
Below you can see numerous different types of painted plastic ornaments that I made for our small dining room tree. I ended up using them on other trees as well. I love the new look!
Another view of the painted plastic ornaments. The other plastic Christmas ornaments were spray painted with copper spray paint.
And another copper Christmas ball and a little dotted brushstroke Christmas ball.
I love how they all look combined with the pink glitter ornaments.
I love how they look hanging on my small Christmas tree and on my large one. In this blog post, you can see the big Christmas tree with the ornaments on it as well.
Also check out my gold 3D stars pictured below.
See more of my Christmas ornament DIYs
If painting isn’t your thing then check out my macrame Christmas ornaments which are super affordable and your hands will definitely stay clean. And handmade ornaments are also great as gifts.
DIY cardboard gingerbread Christmas ornaments (free templates included) are super cute.
Posterboard snowflake ornaments and paper bag snowflakes are also at the top of my favorites.
I have something for every taste and they are definitely budget-friendly.