How to Make Paint Swirl Ornaments

4 Materials
1 Hour

I made a batch of these ornaments years ago for a craft fair. Recently, I was inspired to make another batch in the colors that I love for Christmas. That's one of the best parts about this project - customizing it with the colors you love.

These ornaments are easy enough to let kids help you in the process, but also they're pretty enough to give as gifts. Most kid crafts aren't exactly gorgeous, ya know.

how to make paint swirl ornaments

Gather your supplies and protect your desk. I used craft paper. This process can be pretty messy, so you might also want some paper towels on hand.

I used plastic ornaments because my kids still break things. Plus I have a rambunctious dog whose tail feels very dangerous around breakable things. Use glass if you want.

how to make paint swirl ornaments

Remove the tops from the ornaments.

how to make paint swirl ornaments

Pour your first color into the ball. I used white to start with.

how to make paint swirl ornaments

Pour your next color into the ornament.

(I used a monochromatic color scheme for some ornaments, using only shades of blue or pink. For others, I used a variety of colors. )

how to make paint swirl ornaments

Swirl the colors around until the whole ornament is covered. Add more paint if you need to.

how to make paint swirl ornaments

The colors mix and swirl together to look so pretty!

how to make paint swirl ornaments

When the ornament is covered, let it sit upside down in a paper cup. The excess paint will drain out.

Let dry for a day or two and replace the tops.

how to make paint swirl ornaments

I love how they turned out.

To read more about these ornaments and see other Christmas crafts, check out my blog.

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Barbara German
    on Nov 20, 2018

    Did you useanything to make the paint flow better?

    • Some of my paint was a bit old, so I added some water. Probably not the best choice because it dried transparent. Newer craft paint flows pretty well though and it's pretty cheap. Flood is probably a good choice too. I have some in the garage, but I didn't think to use it.

  • Jackie H
    on Nov 21, 2018

    Can you do this with clear wine bottles?

  • Donna Flint
    on Dec 8, 2018

    Hi ya, Long Lost Cuzzin By Marriage! (I'm claiming ya cause we're both Flint's). Did you ever have a problem with these drying and streaking? I dried mine for two solid weeks and still they were wet and streaky. I gave up and did glitter ornies with Polycrylic instead.

    • Susan
      on Jan 22, 2019

      I think maybe you used too much paint inside the ornament.

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  • Lesa
    on Dec 20, 2018

    cant wait to try

  • Susan
    on Jan 22, 2019

    I have even used different shaped clear ornaments and they turned out pretty cool.

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