DIY Painted Outdoor Ornaments

I love painting unfinished wood ornaments, and this year I decided to make my own Painted Outdoor Ornaments that can withstand the elements. I guess I could also call them Weather-Proof Ornaments!

DIY Painted Outdoor Ornaments

I’ve previously mentioned my love affair with using outdoor paint in creative ways. Outdoor paint — which is essentially paint made to withstand the outside elements — can be used on so much more than flower pots, decorative rocks or birdhouses.

DIY Painted Outdoor Ornaments


  • Unfinished wood tree shaped ornaments – Michaels
  • Patio Paint Outdoor Acrylic in Pinecone Brown – DecoArt
  • Patio Paint Outdoor Acrylic in Cloud White – DecoArt
  • Patio Paint Outdoor Acrylic in Clear Coat – DecoArt
  • Decorative gems in clear, red and green – Michaels
  • E6000® AdhesiveAmazon (affiliate link)
  • Decorative ribbon in red and greenAmazon (affiliate link)
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic lids or plastic palette

unfinished wood Christmas Tree ornaments

Step One: Paint each ornament with two coats of Pinecone Brown Patio Paint. Let dry in between coats.

DIY Painted Ornaments for Outdoor Use

Step Two: Lightly dry-brush Cloud White Patio Paint all over each ornament. Start slowly and build up color until you like the look. Let dry.

I think these look like iced cookies now!

DIY Weather-Proof Ornaments

Step Three (optional): Add a “Handmade by” stamp to the back of each ornament, which is especially nice for gift-giving. I used a personalized self-inking stamp from

DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

Step Four: Apply one quick coat of Patio Paint Clear Coat to seal each ornament. Let dry.

Step Five: Attach decorative gems in Christmas colors to each tree using E6000 Adhesive. This is a very tough adhesive for both indoor and outdoor use. Let the ornaments sit for about 24 hours to fully cure.

Weather-Proof Ornaments Tutorial

Step Six: Tie a thin piece of ribbon to the top of each ornament to hang.

DIY Ornaments for Outdoor Trees

These ornaments don’t take long at all to create, and are perfect for little hostess gifts attached to a wine bottle, teacher’s gifts attached with a gift card, or cute little office gifts.

DIY Painted Outdoor Ornaments

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Happy crafting!