Since mixing silver and gold accents is all the rage in home décor these days, I thought I would set about creating my own silver and gold Christmas ornaments. My tree from last year primarily had gold, red, and green ornaments, with crystal accents sprinkled throughout. This year I also wanted to incorporate some silver mercury glass ornaments into the tree, and thought it would flow better if I created some transitional ornaments with both gold and silver on the same bulb. This easy, quick and fun DIY took only minutes per ornament.
I started with plastic ornaments that hadn’t been used for a few years, and plain glass bulbs you can purchase for about a dollar each at your local craft supply store. I bought mine at Michael’s a few years back. That being said, I think you could use any old ornament that you currently have and give it a facelift. The only other supplies I used were Premium Aluminum Gloss spray paint from ACE, gold metallic paint (mine I have had for years, as you can clearly see; very well loved), jumbo-cut glitter, and lastly, Miss Mustard Seed’s German Glass Glitter – Tiara Silver.
First step: Paint the bulbs with the base coat of silver – Easy, Peasy! I do confess; however, I am now the proud owner of silver mulch in my flower bed, as I did not cover enough space to adequately account for overspray. Just a friendly warning :) After drying for 15 minutes (which this particular paint indicates for drying time) I was ready for the creative steps.
Second Step: Detail paint. Using a small painting brush (mine was a #6 filbert), paint on desired design with the gold metallic paint. This paint dries fast, so only do one section of the bulb at a time before sprinkling the glitter (next step). Then move on to another section of the bulb.
Third step: Glitter. For the smaller bulbs, I used different combinations of glitter: just the jumbo-cut glitter, just the German glass glitter, or a combination of both glitters. For the large bulbs, I only used a combination of the two glitters, with the ratio being in favor of the German glass glitter by 3 to 1.
Voila! Your new ornaments await the final step!
Last Step: Place the fresh, newly revitalized gold and silver ornaments on your tree!
As the Christmas Season is underway, may your Holidays be joyful and bright, and perhaps, they will even include your own Christmas ornament makeover, made beautiful by your design.