Painting with plastic wrap gives these ornaments a new look. This is a simple way to recycle and refresh your solid colored ornaments. It’s so easy that the kids are going to want to make some with you!
- Glass or plastic plain ornaments any size
- Acrylic Paints – I’m using red, dark green, metallic 14K gold
- Plastic wrap or cut up plastic shopping bags
- Paper plates
- Clear Gloss Varnish and paint brush
- Optional: gloves, decorative ribbon and glue, piper clear or string
This technique can be done on glass or plastic ornaments. I had a box of gold ornaments, and painted one red for my sample today.
I’m using a pipe cleaner to hang my ornament, to make it easier to work. On a paper plate pour out your first color, you want to start with the darkest color and work to your lighter colors. I’m starting with dark green. Tear off a piece of plastic wrap about 6″ to 8″ (like Glad Cling Wrap) and squish it up and rub in the green paint.
You might want gloves, it is a little messy. With the paint on the plastic wrap, go up and down on the ornament moving the plastic wrap around with your fingers. This will make different designs, you do not want to rub or do a back and forth movement. Do a little or a lot of color it’s all up to you. I just did a little because I will be adding a new lighter color.
The next color I’m using is gold. Make sure the paint is dry, it does not take long. Wash hands or change gloves, pour out your next color on to a paper plate. Tear off a new piece of plastic wrap, and do the same up/down motion, moving the plastic wrap around with finger. Cover the ornament with as little or as much as you want.
Let dry and coat with clear gloss varnish. Then finish by adding decorative ribbon around the top. I love to use them on the tree, but they are also great filling a bowl or tall vase to decorate around the house.
The color combinations are endless, check out the paints in bronze and copper next time you’re at the craft store!