Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments - Day 5: Paint Balls

While looking for an ornament that Abe could make I came across these on Pinterest. I figured this wasn't likely to be a messy project (since all the paint is contained), so instead of plopping him in his highchair, we just played with them on the floor. 

He inspected the balls for awhile, turning them around and watching the colors mix...

....then he started throwing them around the room yelling "Touchdown!" Sometimes the active art projects art the most fun.

You'll need:

Clear plastic bulbs
Acrylic or craft paints
Small containers for mixing

1. Squirt a small amount of paint into one of your mixing containers. Add a few drops of water and stir. You want the paint to thin out enough to pour, so add more water if necessary. If it's too thin, add a little extra paint. Repeat in separate containers with the remaining colors.

2. Pour whichever colors you want to use into your bulb and cover the opening with tape.

3. Shake, rattle, and roll!

4. Remove the tape and let them dry upside-down so any excess paint can drain out. Once they're dry, replace the tops and hang on the tree!


  1. I made these over the Thanksgiving holiday with my nieces. It was lots of fun, but the paint was hard to move around. Finished product looks amazing though! I used Folkart Metallic paints.

  2. I experimented with different paints, and they were all hard to move, but the metallics were the worst! Adding water seemed to help though. Definitely made it more interesting for my son who doesn't have the patience to wait for gravity to do it's work. ;-)

  3. This is too cool!! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  4. makes it easier when you turn them upside down to drain to use empty egg carton!

  5. I just did this with my 4.5 and 2.5 year old. They had a blast! I used acrylic paints and watered them down. They look beautiful. I'm excited to share them with our family for Christmas.

  6. I pinned this idea a long time ago and am finally getting to it. Does the paint crack and flake after it dries like some craft projects?

    1. They still look good after a year, but I used artists acrylics (Liquitex), which perhaps are a better quality than most craft paints.

  7. Possibly not the best idea for children, but an idea for older children, teens, and adults. We used nail polish, which usually spreads pretty quickly and easily. My sisters and I did this together, and the finished product was beautiful. A few other things we added were stickers, sticky jewels, and ribbon for extra decoration. Just be sure not to keep it too close to your face, the intense smell of the nail polish can be a bit overwhelming.