Years ago when my husband and I became vendors at local craft shows in the Houston area I started to mess around with painting. One day when browsing near the holidays at our local craft store I fell in love with some glass Christmas ornaments. This was until I saw the price, I could not believe how much they were for ornaments I was sure I could make a version of on my own. Snowmen are my favorite decorations in the winter so I started with them. Below you will find the instructions on how I make my hand painted glass snowman Christmas ornament. This Christmas craft is one of my favorites, I make these for family, friends and my daughters school every year. This sweet little ornament has become one of my favorites on my Christmas tree.
Clear Or Frosted Plain Ball Glass Ornament
White Craft Paint
Light Pink Craft Paint
Opal Glitter Glue (or) Glitter Spray
Hot Pink Boa
Hot Glue Gun
Sponge Paint Brushes
Paint Pens: Black, White and Red
Decorative Christmas Ornament Hooks
1) The first thing you will need to do is take the little top off the plain glass Christmas ornament. This will give you a way to hold the ornament when you are painting it, the top goes back on easy when we are done. I purchase my plain glass ornaments from my local craft store, I get them in a set of six. Using your foam brush and white craft paint, paint the entire outside of the ornament. You will be able to see through the paint, do not worry we will do a second coat. To let mine dry I place the ornament hole onto a marker sitting inside a coffee cup. I know it’s not very fancy but it does the trick. After the first coat is dry paint the ornament with another coat of white craft paint. And again allow the second coat ample time to dry.
2) Once your white base coat is dry you are ready to start making his face. The paint pens I use are a set I purchased at Wal-Mart for about $9.00, this includes a set of about five. I have found you can be more precise in the facial details with these paint pens. But if your are a skilled painter you can use paint brush instead. I start with the eyes in black, and then make small eyebrows and finish with his smile. Before you move on to another paint pen give the black a little time to dry, this way it will not smear.
3) For his nose I used a red paint pen, if you would rather use pink for the nose it also looks nice. For the cheeks I used a light pink craft paint. Taking a small paintbrush you put just a little on the brush and dab it on lightly. This is so he will have a little rosy glow on his cheeks, just like you get when you are out in the cold. To finish off his face take your white paint pen and put a little highlight in the corner of his nose and on his eyes. You can see where I put them in the photo with my article. Before we go to the next step let his face dry.
4) Once he is completely dry you can now put the lid back on the ornament. The next step in this snowman Christmas ornament craft is to spray or paint it with glitter. I have used both, if you use the spray be sure to do so outside in a well ventilated area. Be sure to spray far away from the ornament and lightly. You only want a light sheen of the glitter to give it a sparkling snow effect. If you spray too closely or too much it can clump and mess up the face of the snowman ornament. If you choose to paint on the glitter with a glitter glue one light coat is all you need. Again be cautious of how much you paint on and paint easily. Let it dry completely and we will be ready to finish up your holiday craft.
5) To top off the snowman and give it some attitude I put a circle of hot pink feather boa around the top. I purchased mine for less than $5.00 at Hobby Lobby, they have many different colors. I thought the hot pink was sassy and went well with the pink cheeks. Using the hot glue gun put the circle of boa around the cap of the ornament, I did not cut it until I got almost all the way around so I could judge how much more I needed. I used a pencil to help me push the boa into the glue so I would not burn my fingers. That is the last step with our Christmas craft. After the glue under the boa has dried you are ready to add your decorative hook and put your hand painted snowman ornament on your tree just in time for the holidays.