DIY Marbling Christmas Ornaments/Hydro Dipped Painted Ornaments

Cathryn Holt
by Cathryn Holt
7 Materials
10 Minutes

Merry Christmas!

I wanted the tree in our living room to have multiple shades of blue. So I decided to do hydro dipped painted ornaments. It is a stunning marbling technique.

Here are the supplies:

White Ornaments

Spray Paint

Bucket for Water

Plastic Gloves

Skewers (Optional)

Ornament Hooks (Optional)

Step 1. Start with a bucket of lukewarm water.  Place enough water in the bucket to make sure you can submerge an ornament completely underneath the water.   Side note: If you are doing this project in a warm climate the temperature of the water will not matter. The water can just be room temperature.   

Step 2. Place your ornaments close by so you can reach them very quickly.  Have ornament hooks handy so you can hang the ornaments to dry.  I have a picture of another option below.    

Step 3. I am using The Rustoleum Navy Blue Gloss Paint. I purchased it at Walmart.  Shake the paint well and do a test spray to make sure the can isn't defective.  

 Step 4. You might find it best to remove the ornament cap and stick your finger in the ornament so you can easily insert the ornament into the water.  I prefer to get a firm grip onto the top of the ornament. That way using and ornament hook I can just hang the ornament up to dry.  Gently push your ornament underneath the water.  Because the ornament is hollow the pressure of the water will cause it to rise up so hold it tightly.  

Step 5. While still holding the ornament securely underneath the water, lightly spray the spray paint onto the water and not the ornament.  

Step 6. This step is optional. Use a skewer to stir the paint for about 2 - 3 seconds. Notice I am still holding the ornament underneath the water.   

In between ornaments remove the paint floating on the top of the water with a plastic fork or skewer. I share this tip in my You Tube Video.

Step 7.  Gently lift your ornament out of the water and look at that gorgeous design.  Here are 3 different ornaments.  

If you decide to remove the ornament cap and place your finger in the ornament hole to submerge the ornament in water, consider having a few skewers inserted into a piece of foam on standby.  Here are a few of my earlier experiments.  The blue is really my absolute favorite. 

And don't they look amazing on the Christmas Tree?   

Suggested materials:
  • White Ornaments   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Spray Paint   (Walmart)
  • Bucket for Water
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  • Cyndee Cyndee on Nov 24, 2021

    Did you only use one color and get multiple colors of blue?

  • Tricia Tricia on Nov 25, 2021

    Do you need to dump out the water after you do an ornament?

  • Nancy E Nancy E on Dec 03, 2021

    So pretty!!! I’ve seen this marbling technique before and have always wondered if you dump the water and spray paint down the drain after you’ve completed your project.

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