Martha Stewart Crafts painted ornaments

I’ve had some wooden ornaments purchased at Michaels laying around for about two years, and I am so excited to share with you that I *finally* got the chance to paint them. I think sometimes it just takes the right crafting supplies and everything coming together at the right time. For this project, I used several supplies including goodies from the new Martha Stewart Decorative Paint Line from Plaid . . . I also used my favorite Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. There’s a lot of glitter and bright colors goin’ on, just like there should be for the holidays. These were so fun to make – I had a blast. Read on to find out how they were made.

Gather These Supplies

Wood ornament baubles – these were $.99 a piece at Michaels
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Martha Stewart Crafts Paint – this is a lot of colors; use as many or as few as you like. I was playing!
Satin Finish: Wedding Cake, Scottish Highlands, Chestnut Brown, Habanero, Surf
Metallic Finish: Yellow Gold, Mother of Pearl
Glitter Finish: Brownstone, Feldspar, Garnet
Martha Stewart Crafts Holiday Icons II Adhesive Stencils
Spouncers – small
Paintbrushes in various sizes
Small rhinestones
Craft glue

The key to making everything look good with these paints is allowing appropriate dry time. This is the hardest for me because I am completely impatient in every way. I promise you won’t regret it.

I first decided on my paint color combinations and then went to town basecoating. Small paintbrushes will aid you in this step. Basecoat everything first and allow to dry.

My little round guy was to get the Feldspar glitter paint over the Surf paint. I quickly realized that brushing was not the way to go with the glitter paint. Use the spouncer! Give several coats of the glitter, until you have the desired glitter effect that you are looking for. I wanted it pretty glittery, so I painted on about five coats.

To finish this ornament, I added a few snowflakes using the adhesive stencil. This is where I learned patience. I painted on a snowflake (rub the stencil down firmly and then use a spouncer to paint), and then washed the stencil (and let it dry) before painting another. If you do this, you will get the cleanest lines.

My acorn ornament got the gingerbread man stencil. Notice that I painted the top Habanero and added Garnet glitter paint to finish it off.

Peel off the stencils while the paint is still wet and touch up with a small paintbrush as needed. After painting the body with Chestnut Brown, I came back with the stencil again and added Brownstone glitter on top. I let everything dry and gave my little man some buttons with the end of a paintbrush.

This teardrop was my most challenging ornament. It’s not that it was hard, but it did take some time to get so many holly onto it. If you have several ornaments being painted at once, it’s not a big deal because the paint dries quickly. You can work on one and then move to another while everything is drying.

I decided to add Dimensional Magic to two of the ornaments (gingerbread man and holly). Simply take the cap off and pour a little bit out onto your palette – or you can dump the whole bottle like I did, but I don’t recommend it (whoops).

Paint the Dimensional Magic on with a brush to get an epoxy-shiny-ish effect. Those new tape dispensers make great ornament drying holders! Make sure to get your brush right into water after using DM, because if it dries you’ll have to throw away the brush.  Allow everything to dry thoroughly.

Add the finishing touches, like ribbon hangers and rhinestones with craft glue.

I couldn’t be more pleased with my ornaments! I love the Martha Stewart paints (and I mean love), the stencils rock and you know I love Dimensional Magic. I need to head to Michaels and see if they have anymore of these cute little wood shapes, because I have so many more stencils and these are awesome gift projects. Have you painted any ornaments for Christmas this year?

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  1. Carolina says

    These are awesome! And I never thought to use the pouncer for the glitter… I’ll have to try that! I hope that they still have ornaments like these when I stop by – I love that they aren’t traditionally “round” ones! : )

  2. Lucy says

    What would the holidays be without glitter everywhere? I’m in — and hope I win! Thanks for the great offering and super ideas.

  3. Condo Blues says

    I like the glitter paint by itself. I usually use it as a second coat to add a little bling to my project.

  4. Brandi says

    I have two wooden ornaments in my craft drawer that I wasn’t sure what to do with, and now I have a little inspiration! Thank you!

  5. Walter Silva says

    I agree sometimes it takes time to mary objects in order to create something so FAB as these Ornaments! Nice Job, Amy!

  6. The Polka Dot Closet says

    I always had trouble with the glitter paint..Ah ha! I will pounce it on I love them…so cute!


  7. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says

    They turned out great! Love your tutorial too – great tips! Yeah, I usually work on 3 projects at once because of the paint drying time :p

    The pouncer idea is awesome! I’m not painting ornaments yet but I am painting a ton of santas & angels. Giving them a little ‘soul’. I’ve heard in the ATL it’s easy to find black santas, but not so here in CA. So I’m using MS paint on all the figurines. Love that stuff 😀

    Hey – maybe you could open an Etsy shop. I know you have plenty of free time, right ? lol

  8. Linda Christianson says

    Looks like fun and would be great idea as pull for fans a and pull on lights to add as a tossel if they were small.

  9. custombetty57 says

    Last Christmas my best friend gave me a really nice wooden Christmas ornament. It had my name and a picture of a reindeer engraved on it. It was super cool and I found out that a firm out in Colorado called Unique Custom Products made it. I am considering ordering from them this year…check them out if you like wooden