Do you remember my marbled pumpkins from Halloween? Well, I took the same technique and applied it to these unfinished ceramic ornaments I found at Oriental Trading and created the prettiest marbled ornaments ever! And just for good measure I added a touch of Christmas magic in the form of glitter. But you can totally make them without the glitter too and they look just as pretty!
Ooh la la! I am loving the swirls and glitter together!
How to Make Marbled Ornaments:
–Unfinished ceramic ornaments (I bought these at Oriental Trading, but I saw some in the craft store too)
–Acrylic craft paint (Martha Stewart brand works best)
–Liquid Starch (like StaFlo)
–Iridescent glitter paint (optional)
Begin by adding a dollop of paint to each plastic cup and dilute with 1/2 the amount of water to get a runny paint mixture. Next, pour the liquid starch into the bowl and use the popsicle sticks to add splatters of paint to the top of the liquid starch surface. Take the popsicle stick and swirl the mixture gently to create the marble look.
Next, dip the unfinished ceramic ornament into the paint and liquid starch until completely submerged. Remove and hang the ornament to dry. I used heavy books on top of pencils over the edge of my kitchen sink to hang the ornaments over the sink to dry. Repeat by adding more paint to the starch and dipping all your ornaments.
Once dry, you can give them a coat of triple thick gloss spray paint or a coat of the iridecent glitter paint. Once they are dry, they are ready to hang!
The process may seam complicated, but it is really fun! And I promise you will get addicted to marbling the ornaments, so be sure to buy extra!