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It’s soon time to trim the tree (if you haven’t already!). I decided to go with a watercolor theme last year and making these ornaments is super easy. If my 8 and 6 year old can do this, anyone can!
You can use any type of ornament. I have used this on craft store ornaments that were glass, ceramic and plastic.
1. Fill the dish with warm water.

2. Add a few drops of nail polish. If the polish doesn’t disperse, use a toothpick to swirl it a little.

3. Dip the ornament into the mixture.

4. Hang dry.
It really is super simple and fun. They would make great gifts or look awesome as gift toppers.

For more details and ideas, be sure to check out my original blog post!
Suggested materials:
  • Craft ornament
  • Nail polish
  • Shallow bowl (preferably disposable)
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  • Mut12926796 Mut12926796 on Dec 20, 2016
    Am having trouble making the polish spread, even new polish. Can anyone give some tips?

  • Lisa Gwinn Mcwilliams Lisa Gwinn Mcwilliams on Sep 28, 2018

    Wouldn’t it be best to do the inside so it won’t scratch off

  • Brenda Brenda on Oct 05, 2018

    i was thinking of making thus a craft project for my nieces & nephew, (all above age 11), but wondering if someone who has done thus project could give suggestion for hanging during the drying process

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  • Christina Brashears Christina Brashears on Dec 10, 2016
    I do this with my childcare with shaving cream and food colors to make colored paper. Use a shallow pan, add shaving cream and spread out all over the pan then add food coloring, use something to swirl the different colors, add the paper and gently pull up and whoa la beautiful paper. Scrape off any shaving cream and let dry. Use for making cards or anything. I can't wait to try this technique for adult projects. I will be checking out sales on fingernail polish. Thank you

  • Bek Bek on Sep 28, 2018

    OH FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE! I've been fretting because I needed to slightly alter my color scheme on my tree this year, and couldn't figure out how to add more ornaments to the budget! Now I just have to pick up a couple of bottles of nail polish! YAY YOU!