This colorful Christmas tree was inspired by a vintage palette! Learn how to make simple drop ornaments to create a tree just like this one.
Do you love setting up the Christmas tree? At my house growing up, that starts the day after Thanksgiving. Not a moment before or a moment after. I did it a little earlier this year, but I had a good reason – I'm participating in the Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge!
Which involved one of my favorite activities in the whole world – handmade Christmas ornaments. Did you know that about me? I love, love, love making ornaments. It's one of my favorite crafts of all time. Since I only get to do it once a year, I decided to choose a fun palette.
I wanted to do something a little colorful but also vintage inspired, so I searched online. And I found this palette above on Design Seeds. AND I LOVED it. So that's what I decided to go with!
Vintage Inspired Christmas Tree
I bought the following supplies:
- Glass ornaments – 6 packs of 6
- FolkArt multi-surface acrylic paint – 2 bottles per tray
- Paper towels
- Rubbing alcohol (optional)
All of my supplies were purchased at Michaels. NOW I'm going to be honest. Before you make your ornaments, you are supposed to rinse each one out with rubbing alcohol to clean them and so the paint adheres correctly.
I didn't do that.
That means I ended up going back and fixing some ornaments. 90% of them were okay, but some needed touch-ups. I think if you are doing a small amount, you're fine. . . . but if you do a larger amount, you should definitely use the rubbing alcohol so that you don't have too many fixes. I'll leave that up to you.
Now, onto making the ornaments!
I’m sure you are going to ask me how much paint to put inside the ornament, but it really depends. Just play with it and you’ll quickly learn. Start with less and add more if you need it.
After you fill the ornaments, you’ll want to drain them! I used the trays the ornaments came in and placed them upside down to drain. At the same time, they were drying. It can take a few days depending on the climate, so keep that in mind!
The paint drains relatively quickly; drying takes longer. If you see any areas where the paint didn’t quite stick, repeat the process once the ornaments are dry. Yes, you need a few days for this process!
Are you inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year. They are at the bottom of this post!
If you’re just getting started on your holiday decor, you can also check out some of the ornament projects and tutorials available on Michaels.com.