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Easy Painted Christmas Bulbs

By JoAnn Fabric

This holiday season, make your own beautiful ornaments for your Christmas tree. To add a personal touch, choose from a variety of colors. These bulbs can decorate the tree year after year and will create long lasting memories for you and your children.

Supplies:

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints or Delta Ceramcoat Gleams: 3 or 4 colors
  • Clear glass or plastic ornaments
  • Paper cups or empty egg cartons

Directions:

  1. Remove hanger and cap from the ornament. Rinse inside of ornament with a mixture of 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water before adding paint. Let dry. Start with one color of Ceramcoat paint. Squeeze just a small amount of the first color into the ornament so it runs down the side. Rotate the ornament and squeeze a little more paint down the side in another area until you have added about three or four lines of paint with only a dime-size amount of paint pooling at the bottom of the ornament.
  2. Add the next color, squeezing out a small amount of paint in between the places where you added the first color. Continue to add one or two more colors in the same fashion.
  3. Rest the ornament on its side for approximately five minutes. (Place it to rest in the ornament box it came in, an egg carton or a paper cup for easy handling.) Rotate and tilt the ornament a quarter turn every five to ten minutes until the paint covers the entire inside of the ornament. Pour out excess paint. Then continue to rotate it every few hours over the next day. This helps the paint to coat the ornament evenly. The color will continue to move and change with each turn. When the desired effect has been achieved, drain out any remaining excess paint. It may take up to four days to dry completely (a hair dryer will speed drying time). Replace hanger and cap when dry. If desired, decorate with ribbon and hang on tree.

TIP:

* Use Creamcoat paint only, other brands of paint may not be compatible! Also, if paint pulls away from glass, add more paint after original paint dries.

Delta Technical Coatings, Inc.
2550 Pellissier Place, Whittier, CA 90601
(800)423-4135
http://www.deltacrafts.com