From your lips, to my ears! Back when we asked what kind of holiday projects would be useful to you this year, DIY ornaments was a major topic! You wanted some simple Christmas ornament gift ideas, so we came up with these gold marbled ornaments. They’re beautiful but so simple to put together, and would make pretty presents for your family and friends. We chose a vibrant emerald green shade, but they’d be lovely in any color! (I’m thinking my next batch might be pink…)
Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)
Step 1: Remove the metal top from all ornaments. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the exterior of your glass ornaments. This may take a few thin coats, allowing each coat to dry in between spraying. Allow the final coat to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Prepare your marbling bath. Fill a disposable container with room-temperature water, leaving enough space in the container to submerge an ornament and not have the water overflow.
Step 3: Use a toothpick to drip a few drops of liquid gilding onto the surface of the water. We recommend dropping it from just an inch or so above the water, so that it doesn’t sink all the way to the bottom. You want the drops to rest on the surface.
Step 4: Use a toothpick to swirl the liquid gilding into a marble pattern on the surface of the water.
Step 5: Dip the surface of an ornament onto the surface of the water and gently roll it around. The gold will start to stick to the ornament.
Step 6: Continue to roll the ornament until it’s picked up all the gold. Repeat Steps 3-6 until you are happy with the amount of gold on the surface of the ornament.
Step 7: Allow the gilding to dry before replacing the metal hook on the top of the ornament.
Just too pretty, right? I’m loving how these turned out, and the emerald-gold combo is really doing it for me. These are a perfect project to make in large batches as well, so have yourself a Christmas crafternoon and make them for everyone you know! If you try them out be sure to share a photo with us. Happy making! xoxo