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I’m Kristen, a Content Creator and Photographer, and a mom of a 9 year old & 6 year old.  I live in Houston, TX  with my husband who is my college sweetheart. I have a knack for product styling, crafting & DIYing, in addition to brand content creation and photography.  You can find me on Instagram @kristensellentin I have over 300k followers.   I am also on Pinterest, Facebook & TikTok, & LTK.  Come say hi!

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2 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

I use easy techniques to transform clear plastic ornaments into high-end-looking baubles. In this post, I’ll walk you through two ornament styles- Paint Shake Ornaments and Temporary Tattoo Ornaments. Both styles make for a fun holiday activity for the whole family!


This supply list covers both ornaments!

I’ve linked all the supplies with some alternatives in one place HERE.

Before you begin, grab a muffin pan and add liners to each well.  This is where you’ll dry the ornaments. 

DIY Paint Shake Ornament

This DIY ornament is perfect for when you want a certain color and can’t find it in a store. It also makes for a great base for the second technique below!

First, begin with the paint-shaking technique.  Remove the ornament cap.  Squirt 1TBSP of acrylic paint into an ornament.  Cover the opening with your finger and vigorously shake to spread paint around the inside.  Sometimes I lightly tap the ornament on a table to move the paint around.  You can add a little more paint if needed but the goal is to have an even, light coat on the inside of the ornament so it dries and doesn’t run.

Set the ornament in a liner with the opening down so excess paint will drain out.  Dry for 24-48 hours.  Do NOT set outside or in sunlight.  Heat can cause paint to run and streak inside the ornament. After the ornament is dry, put the cap back on.  

Repeat with all ornaments.

Temporary Tattoo DIY Ornament

Take your ornaments one step further with this craft that is fun for all ages! Customize ornaments for yourself or friends.

Apply temporary tattoos to ornaments just as you would to the skin.  Cut out the tattoo and remove the protective transparent backing and place the image face down on the ornament.  Press a damp cloth or sponge onto the ornament and hold for at least 30 seconds.  CAREFULLY peel off the paper.  If the tattoo ripples simply use your finger to smooth it out.  You can seal the tattoo by spraying a clear sealer on the ornament.  

Try one technique or do both.  They are both a craft you’ll want to do each year!

You can shop all the supplies here:


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