kid craft {paint ornaments}



Last December I all the intentions of the world to move slowly through the month. We were going to create together, give together, and find ourselves savoring the meaning of this season. It was our first year to homeschool and I was hoping to use the freedom in our schedule to our advantage. It happened in a tiny way. Really though I spent the majority of last December wrestling with grief and anxiety regarding our youngest daughter’s cleft lip surgery. Her surgery was at the first of January, so each December day brought me closer to January. I wanted to hold Christmas at bay.

This year we are taking advantage of our flexible schedule. We are doing a lot more creating together. I’ll be posting some of our activities, but I so want all you other moms out there to know that slow, crafty Decembers have never been our normal. I know what it is like to juggle school schedules and teacher gifts and class parties and everything else. It is HARD work.

My kids relish the opportunity to play with paint. We don’t do it often because it is messy; so when they saw the paint sitting out there were pretty pumped. This is not an original idea by any means, just an example of our take on the project.


  • Clear glass ornaments (ours had a shiny coat, I would have preferred plain glass)
  • Paint (I picked colors I like because I knew they wouldn’t care!)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Ribbon, lace, or fabric scraps

The kids dipped the sticks into the paint and then let it drop in the ornaments. I wish I had little squeeze bottles, but I was using what I had on hand. After they put in about a teaspoon of paint, they covered the hole with a paper towel and shook the paint. The first time we put the ornament cover on and then shook – and paint came flying out the tiny holes. Don’t do that.



Rainbow Loom Bracelets. Everywhere. All the time.12.13ornament-1012.13ornament-1112.13ornament-12

We added some fabric, a pinecone on baker’s twine and a little washi tape flag. I think we’ll try it again with brighter paint!12.13ornament-13

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  • Avenlea - This is a cute idea! My brother had one of these that he made, but it broke yesterday. Maybe I will surprise him with this, so he can make another one!!I love Firecracker’s face as she shakes the paint filled ornament. πŸ™‚

  • da - These are really pretty! Now I wish I had some clear ornaments lying around!

  • marcy - I had “make an ornament for the tree” in our advent calendar this month without knowing what in the world we’d do. This may be it! Just hope I can find these locally.

  • Lyn - Thank you so much! I just has a big pinterst fail with clear ornaments. So this is a great to do! Thank YOU!!! I am hoping to make a slower December towards the end of the month. I hope I can follow you on that slow journey please continue to share.

  • amber - These are so fun. Easy, messy, & paint. Right up any kids alley:). Hope you find a way to make Christmas slow down…that’s my hope every year. Also, I can’t believe how grown up your oldest looks in that picture up there. Time is nuts!

  • Anastasia - Ashley, you and your guys make every project look like so much fun! Now I can’t wait to get to the craft store for some glass ornaments and bright paint, and try it with my daughter! She will love it! So will I πŸ™‚
    Thank you!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Oh I just pulled out the ones my kids made in ’09! They are so precious to me! You are going to treasure these forever!!!

  • Susan Dutka - The ornaments are beautiful. I love the non-traditional colors!
    And, p.s., I know why you are home-schooling; it is the only way to educate little boys who don’t like shirts and shoes!
    Wishing your family all the joy of the Christmas season. May Jesus bless you all!

  • meg duerksen - well i just caught on the past few posts and it’s official…. i miss you.
    that is all.

  • Holly - I like how you used colors that if they mixed it didn’t matter. I wonder how traditional red and green would look. Potentially a brown mess.

  • Jenni - I love this craft. I always use tiny Dixie cups and place each bulb upside down and let the paint drip out overnight. It covers some areas and the leftover paint in the cups is fascinating for kiddos once it has dried up.

  • chantelle - LOVE the colours-so your style! Wouldn’t change a thing! Off to try this with my kiddos! (did you use glass balls?

  • Noelle - These are beautiful, but what I mainly want to say is thank you for all your disclaimers that recognize that everyone’s lives are different. It lets me breathe a little sigh of relief when I read that or the disclaimer you put on the post about wrapping because sometimes it’s easy reading blogs and looking at Pinterest to constantly feel like I fall short as a mom and a woman. Your words are always so sensitive and compassionate, and that is what I love most about your blog.

  • Kimberly - I’ve been really wanting to craft with my 3-year-old lately. I’ve always assumed things were too hard for her, but I now know that thought is so wrong. I’m having such a hard time coming up with ideas for projects to do with her, but this one seems so doable! I’m looking forward to seeing the other ones in the future.

    And ps: rainbow loom bracelets are everywhere in our house as well. Even more so is just the tiny rubberbands. Outside, inside, in the bathroom, in the 1-year-old’s mouth. Haha!

  • Kelly - So pretty!

  • Weekend Links - life{in}grace - […] Ashley Ann’s blog is a feast for the senses and I so loved her kid painted ornaments! […]

  • Katie Phillips - These are perfect Ashley! I had wanted to do something like this last year, but time got away from me. Thanks for sharing your project!

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - I’ve been meaning to try this craft forever. Looks fun and pretty! ?

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - Where did that question mark come from!? I don’t know…it is late. I better go to bed, ha ha!