Christmas Ornaments with Kids Tutorial
- Clear glass Christmas bulbs
- A variety of acrylic paints
- A couple egg cartons
I found these at our local Hobby Lobby store in a set of twelve for $3.99, but I scored big at the 50% off sale that day. I believe you could probably find them at Michael’s or A.C. Moore or whatever your local craft store is.
Remove the ornament tops pulling out both the wire and the “lid”. Give your kids the bottles of acrylic paint, and let them squirt colors inside the bulb to their heart’s content. Twist and swirl the ornie once they have all the colors inside to be sure to cover the entire inside. You do need a bit of paint to get it to slide around and get good coverage.
Having a wash cloth or rag down helps keep the ornie from getting away from little ones as they work.
When they’ve finished getting it all swirled around, hold your ornament over the sink while the water is running (if you don’t mind washing acrylics down your drain anyway), and let the majority of the paint run down the drain. When most of it’s out, set the ornament upside down in an egg carton to let the remaining paint slowly drip out.
If you don’t drain them out a first time somewhere else, this is the kind of mess you could end up with in your egg carton!
We let ours dry for at least a couple days in the egg cartons to be extra sure they’re dry. When they are finished drying, simply put the “lid” and hanger back in. Don’t forget to keep the box they came in for storage later.
This article belongs to Vintage Mother: http://tracieboellner.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-ornaments-with-kids-tutorial.html