The metallic colors, especially gold and silver, work best. We also used a deep red, blue, and green with great success on our handmade ornaments, too.
The night before you're going to create your holiday masterpieces, take off the tops, and then pour a little rubbing alcohol inside of each. Swish it around, and dump it out.
This cleans the interior of any dust or dirt so that you have a fresh surface to work with. Turn the Christmas ornaments upside down to drain. The next morning, gather paints, the glass ornaments, and cover your work surface with newspapers to protect it.
This is a bit of a messy job. But the festive end result is well worth the messy fun of homemade ornaments.
Squirt about three teaspoons (three little squirts) of several different acrylic paints into each glass ball ornament.
thumb over the hole, gently swirl the colors around until they're
mixed the way you like them.
Then place them gently back in the box, upside down, with fresh newspapers underneath. Allow to dry a couple of days before using or wrapping as your customized holiday gifts.
Finish by placing the tops back on, and tie with a festive ribbon. Consider stringing beads on the hook for added sparkle. These are great gifts for teachers and grandparents.
That's what we came up with. But the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination to create memories of the season with homemade ornament ideas that best reflect your personality and style.