Making a personalized Christmas ornament is pretty is easy to do. You will need a simple plaster ornament from the craft store and your computer to create the saying that you want on it. Pretty metallic paint is perfect for the holidays, so be sure and check out all the colors while you’re at the store.
I made this ornament last year for my daughter’s boss. It was their first Christmas together as a newlywed couple so they wanted something to commemorate that time in their lives.
I used Americana Dazzling Metallics in Festive Red and Shimmering Silver, and I used a silver DecoArt Glass Paint Marker for the small dots, and a white one to create snowflakes.
These plaster ornaments are available at Michaels and I think JoAnn’s carries them too. Hobby Lobby may have them, I haven’t looked. They are really inexpensive, like $1.00 – $1.50 each. They are completely white, so they are great for painting on! I painted the ornament section with Festive Red and the top of the ornament with Shimmering Silver.
Next I printed off the phrase I wanted from Word. I chose a pretty script font, but that’s the beauty of this project. YOU decide what you want it to look like and pick whatever font you like. I trimmed around the words pretty closely so I could position them on the ornament and know where the words would end up. I tacked them down with a little blue painter’s tape. Then you simply use a ball point pen to trace the words, pressing firmly, this will create indentations in the plaster.
When you remove the paper you should be able to see the indentations.
I used a micron pen, which is an artist’s pen with a very fine tip. It worked great for creating the lettering.
Next I used a silver DecoArt glass paint marker to add some decorative dots on the ornament. Finally, I used a white DecoArt glass paint marker to add some snowflakes. I finished off the ornament by tying a bow from white ribbon and gluing it to the top, and threading some silver ribbon through the hole at the top to create a hanger.
Simple and makes a great keepsake!
Personalized Christmas Ornament
- Plaster ornament
- Americana Dazzling Metallics: Festive Red and Shimmering Silver
- DecoArt Glass Paint Markers: silver and white
- Black Micron pen
- Ribbon: silver and white
- White craft glue
- Print off the phrase you want from Word. Trim around the words pretty closely so you can position them on the ornament.Tack them down with a little blue painter's tape. Use a ball point pen to trace the words, pressing firmly, this will create indentations in the plaster.
- When you remove the paper you should be able to see the indentations.
- Trace the lettering using a black Micron pen.
- Use the silver DecoArt glass paint marker to add some decorative dots on the ornament. Use the white DecoArt glass paint marker to add some snowflakes.
- Finish by tying a bow from white ribbon and gluing it to the top, and threading some silver ribbon through the hole at the top to create a hanger.
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I tried to find plaster ornaments at Michael’s Canada and there were none. They have ceramic ones, but I assume the words would not come through on the ornament. Any ideas?
Do you know if this will work on a glass Christmas ball. I love this.
I like this idea. However, you should not use an apostrophe when making a name plural. “Murphys” is correct.
Wait, now I’m confusing myself. “Merry Christmas Murphys” is correct, but maybe you use an apostrophe to show ownership…like it is their first Christmas.
Note from a retired educator: Plural “s” is added to the family name, followed by an apostrophe.
janice hull says
what kind of paint that you use to paint glass ornaments
Amanda Formaro says
Hi Janice! Were you asking about a particular ornament? Or just in general? If just in general, there are several glass paints on the market. I am partial to Americana’s line :)
I like your personalized. However I have a request . Do you have the directions for a hand/finger that is inprinted on a red ornament. I would like to make them for my grandchildren. The fingers become snowmen, with eyes,nose,mouth and a little hat. Thank you, Carol
Amanda Formaro says
Hi Carol :) Sure, here you go http://www.littlebitfunky.com/2010/12/make-these-now-handprint-snowman.html