Making Poured Paint Glass Ornament Balls

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January 2, 2018

Poured Paint Ornaments - multicolored ball hanging on flocked treeThis is a fun and inexpensive DIY poured paint ornament that anyone can make. The possibilities are endless and every design will turn out different, unique, and one of a kind. My favorite is the galaxy ornament made with gold metallic paint and blue being more prominent. You can use any acrylic paints you have or purchase acrylic paint for this project since it's fairly inexpensive.


The only down side is that it took a few days to thoroughly dry, but you don't have to necessarily allow the ornaments to dry since it's on the inside.

Total Time: 15-20 minutes + drying time

Yield: As many as you'd like!


  • acrylic paints
  • clear ornaments
  • ribbon
  • masking tape
  • plastic cups for drying the ornaments
Poured Paint Ornaments - supplies


  1. Use a clear ornament and open the top. Apply a generous amount of acrylic paint, cover with duct tape so this project will be mess free.
  2. Poured Paint Ornaments - pour paint into the ball
    Poured Paint Ornaments - tape over ball with purple paint on bottom
  3. And rotate the ornament so the paint is evenly spread throughout. The cups will help support the ball. Solids are the easiest and work best if you have a Christmas theme and the color ornaments you want are not available, you can make your own with acrylic paint.
  4. Poured Paint Ornaments - ball with tape over the top opening
    Poured Paint Ornaments - purple ball sitting top down in a cup

  5. Next, the fun part is designing these ornaments with mixed colors, especially using metallic acrylic paint for a nice sparkle, sheen. Drop assorted paints in the ornament, once you have all the paint colors you want in, cover the top with masking tape.
  6. Poured Paint Ornaments - multicolors of paint
    Poured Paint Ornaments - several colors of paint dripped down the inside of the ornament
    Poured Paint Ornaments - multicolor ornament
  7. Now, the fun part. You're ready to spin the ornament to get your masterpiece!
  8. Poured Paint Ornaments - closeup
    Poured Paint Ornaments - another example of multicolored ornament
    Poured Paint Ornaments - almost striped painted Christmas ball
    Poured Paint Ornaments - green bottom of swirled ball
    Poured Paint Ornaments - swirled paint
    Poured Paint Ornaments - swirled painted ball
  9. They are ready to hang on the tree!
  10. Poured Paint Ornaments - blue and gold ball on flocked tree

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December 14, 2004

A quick and easy Christmas tree ornament can be made by using clear glass ornament balls. Drop paint through the hole and then turn it upside down and let sit overnight. The paint will spread out and coat the inside of the ball.

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January 7, 2021

A friend gave me ten of these silver Christmas bulbs that someone had decorated with a writing paint, so I decided to upcycle them using the "paint pour" technique.

Poured Paint Christmas Bulb - finished bulb, reassembled and ribbon hanger added

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