Paint Swirl Ornaments
Christmas DIY Wednesday Holidays

Paint Swirl Ornaments

My daughter and I made paint swirl Christmas ornaments yesterday while the snow was slowly melting. We had a lot of fun making these. They are so simple to make, but do take a while because of the drying time. I had bought a set of clear ornaments for a great deal while Black Friday shopping. There were only six ornaments in the package and after making these I wished I had bought more! They are slightly addicting. 

All you need to make these paint swirl ornaments is:

  • A package of clear glass ornaments (like these here)
  • Craft Paint – I used Apple Barrel craft paint from Walmart (here)
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic cups

Gather all of your supplies and do the following: 

  • Take the silver top off of the ornaments. (They pop right out.)
  • Squeeze your paint colors into the top of the ornament. I used 2 colors in mine, but you can use more like my daughter did. (She made a rainbow!)
  • Swirl the paint around until it is covering the entire inside of the ornament. You may need to add more paint. 
  • Turn the ornament upside down over the cup so that the paint can drip into the cup.
  • Leave to dry overnight. 

That’s it! Now run out and buy some ornaments and paint!! 

Here’s how ours turned out: 

We played around with the amount of paint we poured into the ornaments and found that too much just covers the whole ornament and doesn’t leave much room for other colors. Too little paint poured in takes forever to drip around the sides. We started by adding a little paint and then a little more if needed before switching colors.

Have you ever made these type of ornaments before? 

Be sure to check out my other DIY Christmas ornaments:

Mason Jar Lid Christmas Ornaments

Mason Jar Lid Christmas Ornaments #2

Christmas Wreath DIY


  1. These are beautiful, and such a good idea. You’ll have them for years to come. My mother has so many memories attached to her Christmas tree ornaments.

    1. Thank you! My mom and I made these together, too. I love having a tree full of memories. 🙂

      1. It’s lovely taking them out every year. 🙂

  2. totally cool! and how easy to make!

    1. Thank you! They are super simple!

  3. So pretty! What fun 😀

  4. When I was young, my Mother and I made something similar out of the plastic craft ball ornaments. Instead of paint, we filled them with Christmas potpouri and decorated the seams of the ball (they snapped together as two halves) with silver and red ribbons. The craft balls had holes in them so you could smell the potpouri.. and you know this was the 80’s so potpouri was a popular craft element. Not even sure if you can still buy those plastic craft ball ornaments. It was fun though – and they looked pretty on the tree as well as hanging inside windows.

    1. That sounds pretty! Yes, I remember the 80’s crafts. 🙂 Such great memories! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Beautiful, I like it. 👍👍👍

  6. Wow! What lovely colors. Such a nice project to personalize your decorations. I love these ornaments.

  7. What a cool idea! I love how your swirly ornaments turned out 🙂 I need to keep this in mind for when my younger kids are a little bit older. Right now, we are relegated to using plastic ornaments 🙂

    1. Thank you! I was a little worried about making them since last year my cat continued to jump into the tree. Luckily she hasn’t bothered it this year. 🙂

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