Painted and Glittered Handmade Ornaments

Today I’m sharing my easy DIY for Painted and Glittered Handmade Ornaments. Yes it’s only mid-October, but today it’s my turn as part of the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop: an entire month featuring a new handmade DIY for you!

Painted and Glittered Handmade Ornaments

Yes, I’ll be returning to Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts and projects this week, but now is the perfect time to begin thinking about making handmade Christmas ornaments! And these days, especially with all that’s available at the craft stores, it’s easier than ever to create something pretty.

Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop

I’ll have a whole list of the other bloggers – with pictures and links to their own handmade ornaments – at the bottom of this post for you.

Painted and Glittered Handmade Ornaments!

Supplies needed:

  • Unfinished wood scroll ornaments – Michael’s
  • Americana Multi-Surface Acrylic in Lipstick and Turf Green – DecoArt
  • Craft Twinkles Glitter Paint in Christmas Red and Christmas Green – DecoArt
    Heads up! If you want perfect, traditional Christmas colors for your glitter needs, these two shades are perfect! Guess that’s why they named them as such!
  • Recycled plastic lid for a palette
  • Paint brushes
  • Wax paper
  • Twisty ties
  • Thin ribbon to hang
  • Jingle bells (2 per ornament)

unfinished wood ornaments

Step One: Paint both sides of each ornament with your chosen colors. One coat is all you need on each side of the ornaments. I painted two of the ornaments in Lipstick (red) and one in Turf Green. Let dry.

painting wood ornaments red and green

Helpful Tip: Use a sheet of wax paper on your work surface to make quick work of painting ornaments. Why? The ornaments will dry fairly quickly — something I love about the Multi-Surface Acrylics — and when you put them down onto the wax paper, the ornaments won’t stick! Such a time saver!

Step Two: Paint both sides of each ornament with a decent coat of Craft Twinkles in your chosen colors. Again, one coat is all you need for each ornament. I used a paintbrush and more or less blotted and splotched this glitter paint onto the ornament, versus just painting it on. This guarantees me a nice coating of glitter once dry!

hang up painted ornaments to dry

Helpful Tip: When applying the glitter paint, hold the ornament by one edge. Paint both sides of the ornament except for the area that you’re holding. Thread a twisty tie through one of the scroll openings – see image above – and hang up to dry. Once dry, simply paint the rest of the ornament and repeat hanging it up to dry. Easy peasy!

Step Three: Add embellishments (optional) and thin satin ribbon to hang. I added some jingle bells in matching colors to my ornaments for a little extra something!

red jingle bells

DIY Painted and Glittered Red Ornament

How long did this take?

Just about 90 minutes, minus the drying time. I let the glitter paint dry overnight, then finished the glitter edges (that were left unglittered) the next morning. Once dry, just add your embellishments!

Wood Ornament with Green Glitter Paint

Because these don’t take long to make, they are a great handmade gift idea! Think of all the many reasons you need little gifts for the upcoming holidays: hostess gifts at Thanksgiving and holiday parties, little thank-yous for special people like your awesome hair stylist, teacher gifts, and so on!

DIY Painted and Glittered Ornaments

What will I do?

This set will be displayed in our own home, as my husband loves the traditional red and green Christmas colors!

Painted and Glittered Christmas Ornaments

Painted and Glittered Wood Ornaments

31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop

Please visit my bloggy friends below to see the ornaments each of them made. And stop back here to revisit this section, because we’re only halfway through our month-long ornament extravaganza!

And here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance over the 31 Days!

Yesterday on Tuesday

The Silly Pearl

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Celebrating Everyday Life


All Things Heart and Home

Petticoat Junktion

Sew a Fine Seam

Creative Crochet Workshop

Shabby Art Boutique

Morena’s Corner

From My Front Porch To Yours

Pet Scribbles

Sweet Pea

Dukes and Duchesses

Simply Kelly Designs

Town and Country Living

One Artsy Mama

The Crafting Nook

Our Southern Home


Love of Home

Lovely Etc.

Remodelando la Casa

504 Main

Knick of Time

Refresh Restyle

The Cottage Market

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Heathered Nest

Sum of their Stories

Happy crafting!




  1. says

    Ooooh this is so cute!!!! What a clever and easy idea!!… Love the jingle bells detail!!! I can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas!!! Pinning!


  2. says

    C-U-T-E!!! What a clever idea Laura! And thanks for all the glitter tips…. so helpful people like me who are glitter challenged. (That is unless you count wearing more glitter than your craft. Heehee)
    Thanks for joining us for the blog hop! So glad to have you along.

    • Laura says

      Thanks Diane! This month-long blog hop is SO much fun! Next time you find yourself wearing more glitter than your craft, just say that you’re a sparkly work in progress! 😉

  3. says

    I love your twisty tie tip for not getting glitter fingers – brilliant! The sparkly frames are so pretty and so simple to make, they would look great in any colour scheme.

    • Laura says

      Thank you Julie! You’re right about the colour scheme! I love to do a lot of creams and teals and browns and ivories in ornaments and Christmas decorations…but my husband still gives me hints that he prefers the traditional red and green colors for Christmas, so… I told him this trio of ornaments was inspired by him! 🙂

    • Laura says

      Thank you Angie! I love all of the scrolly (is that word?!) shapes of these ornaments too! So many possibilities for crafting with them!

  4. says

    These are so cute! I’m seriously ready to play hooky from all the stuff I have to get done and just make some ornaments! The creativity in this group is so great!

  5. says

    Cute project! I need to check out DecoArt’s Twinkle Paint. I love the ideas of being able to add glitter without having to sprinkle it on making a huge mess.