You can’t have a homemade Christmas without decorating glass ornament balls! There three versions of homemade glass Christmas ornaments are so fast to make. Glass is versatile. Scanning Pinterest, there are tons of ideas out there for decorating them.
I’ve been on a faux mercury glass kick lately. I love finding cheap glass and making it pretty.
Then I remembered my sister’s obsession with thrifting for milk glass. I personally love the look of beach glass.
So I figured that our homemade Christmas ornament collection could use a few of each.
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Homemade Glass Christmas Ornaments
Faux Mercury glass ornaments
First, I took a couple of ornament balls and did a slap dash faux mercury job on them.
I took off the tops and then sprayed each of the balls with vinegar. Next, I took my Looking Glass spray paint and sprayed on a thin layer.
I misted the balls with more vinegar and then another layer of looking glass paint. I did this until I had the desired look. Finally, I gently dabbed the mercurized balls with paper towels and let them dry.
Faux Milk Glass
I let the kids do the faux milk glass ornaments.
I took the tops off of the ornaments and squirted some white acrylic paint inside the glass balls.
The kids gently twirled around the balls until the white completely covered the inside of the ornament balls.
We put them upside down in an empty milk carton so the excess paint could drain out and we left them to dry overnight.
Faux Beach Glass
We got this look by using Martha Stewart’s frosted glass paint in “beach glass.”
I took the tops off of the ornament and handed the kids some paint brushes and a dish of paint.
Please note: When crafting with children be prepared for your project to be a little less perfect than it would be if you did it yourself. Don’t worry. The pride that your child will have at the outcome is well worth it.
I think that they did a great job!
To see what else my little elves have made this Christmas be sure to check these out: