Drip Ball Ornament
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 6 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
These drip ball ornaments are so easy but they look like you spent all day on them! Kids will have fun drizzling on all that paint.
What you'll need:
- Glass ball ornaments
- Acrylic craft paint in holiday colors
- Empty egg carton
- Ribbon for hangers
- Clear glaze spray suitable for glass
How to make it:
- Remove the hanger top from each ornament and set aside.
- Place egg carton upside down and place ball ornaments in the middle of four egg cups to act as your holder (see image).
- Place some paint in a palette and water the paint down until it begins to drip off the paintbrush (see image).
- Keep the paint palette close to your egg carton holder. Dip paintbrush into the watered down paint, picking up a generous amount. Move the paintbrush to the top of the ornament immediately. Place a dollop of paint onto the ornament. If it doesn't begin to drip down, add some more paint until it does. Continue this technique around the ornament, alternating colors as well. When finished, allow the ornaments to dry completely (see image)
- Once the ornaments are dry, replace the hanger tops and tie ribbon in place.
- Hang ornaments on a dowel or strong twig, and then in a well-ventilated area, spray with clear glaze spray. Let dry completely.
- Using the egg carton as a holder will cause the paint to stop where the paint drips down and meets the egg carton. You can avoid this by hanging the ornaments on something sturdy while you paint, just be sure that you have newspaper below to catch the drips.
- The thicker the paint, the darker your drips will be. If you would like lighter drips, simply thin out the paint more.
- If you paint simply won't drip, you will need to add more water. Test by holding the paintbrush directly above the paint palette. The paint should begin to drip within 3 seconds.