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Hand Painted Golden Glam Christmas Ornament

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Hello Friends,

Welcome to the annual “31 Handmade Christmas Ornaments” blog hop.  This is where 31 bloggers come together and one blogger a day posts a unique handmade ornament during the month of October. And today is my day to share.

Truth is that when I started working on my first ornament for this project, I tried to go all “cute-n-clever” — only to realize that “cute-n-clever” just isn’t my jam. πŸ™

Oh, I’m serious. If you saw my first ornament, you’d shake your head and send me straight to crafting’s version of the Walk of Shame.

Hand Painted Golden Glam Christmas Ornament

This post is done in collaboration with Fusion Mineral Paint and Plaid Enterprises, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.

But then I stopped —stopped and rolled everything back. Turns out that what I really wanted wasn’t “cute-n-clever” after all. Why? Because that just wasn’t me, at least for this particular upcoming Christmas season.

What I REALLY want to create is an ornament that is kind of edgy and dripping with vintage glam. Oh, and it also has to be quickly made and super cheap. ***wink,wink*** And since I need about 50 to 60 of these little babies, I need mass production revved up in the worst kind of way.

And so, here we are with Handmade Christmas Ornament making ~~ Round Two.

How to upcycle old ornaments to vintage glam | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

Getting Started

To get started, all you need:

  • Old Christmas ornament (s) that are damaged or outdated. 

  • Carefully remove all of the holiday grime with a mild cleanser and good rinse.

  • Set them out to completely dry.

Before: Old ornaments that are scarred can be refreshed with this easy method | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #christmasornaments #handmadeornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

Adding the Basecoat

Any brand of paint that will stick to your surface is ok to use. Even if you paint 50 or 60 Christmas ornament (s), the amount of paint needed can be more closely measured in tablespoons, instead of pints or quarts. So start by checking your current paint stash for leftovers that can be used as is or mixed together for a new color.

I just used some leftover Fusion Mineral Paint, which is paint made for furniture refinishing. The blue-green ornament is a 1-to-1 mix of Inglenook and Homestead Blue. And the peachy-pink is a color from their Tones for Tots Collection called Little Piggy.

Clothespins are clipped to the hook to provide a holding pin while I paint and a stand while the paint dries.

Basecoat application:

  • Using an artist brush, apply a medium to heavy amount of paint around the ball circling from East to West. You know, like you are painting around the equator.

  • Allow the paint to set for a minute or two, but not dry.

  • Then, using the same artist brush, go back over the paint (East to West) to create deep brush strokes.

  • Allow the paint to completely dry.

Note: Deep brush strokes will create texture and depth that adds to the vintage look. Trust me, it looks crazy now, but will be ok in the end.

Paint old scarred or outdated ornaments with a basecoat color | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #christmasornaments #handmadeornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

Adding the Topcoat

For this set of ornaments, I wanted a look that is “golden glam,” but not sparkly or glittery gold. And to get this look, I turned to one of my new favorite friends, Liquid Leaf in the color Classic Gold.

If you’re not familiar with Liquid Leaf, it comes in a bottle about the size of nail polish, covers like crazy, and creates an amazing pop of glam elegance to any surface. Most craft stores carry it and it’s on Amazon, too. The cost is around $10.00, give or take.

Add gold paint for glimmer and shine | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

Topcoat application:

  • Shake the bottle of Liquid Leaf and then dip the brush to pick-up paint for a light application.

  • Holding the ornament by the clothes pin, quickly brush the Liquid Leaf from the hook to the bottom (North to South). 

  • When the paint has basically unloaded onto the ornament, quickly brush it, brush it, brush it to create a dry brush effect across the textured basecoat.

 

Use the basecoat paint to create a unique texture | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

The wet-to-dry brush method will create a mix of distressed vintage and glam all at the same time.

Add golden glam without glitter or sparkle to hand painted ornaments | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

And don’t forget to dry brush the bottom.

Learn how to create a wet-to-dry brush effect | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

When the ornaments are completely dry, set them up and paint the hook with Liquid Leaf. Then, when the hooks are dry, thread pretty ribbons through the hook and hang them on the tree.

Add pretty ribbons to use as ornament hooks | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

Perfect.

Upcycle old ornaments with paint and a bit of gold | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

Resource List

  • Outdated or damaged Christmas ornament (s) for upcycling

  • Paint – your choice in your favorite color(s) – www.fusionmineralpaint.com

  • Artist brushes with stiff bristles 

  • Liquid Leaf – from craft store or Amazon

  • Cleaner for the ornaments

  • Mineral spirits to clean the brush used with the Liquid Leaf

  • Clean, soft cloths

  • Clothespins

  • Ribbons

Create arnaments that bounce light with an elegant golden touch | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

I hope you will stop by and see this year’s tree on the blog. It is going to be a celebration of glam gold and pink. Lots of different shades of pink, including and featuring the super hotties.

Outdated and damaged Christmas ornaments are given new life | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

In the meantime, if you appreciate this little painting technique, please…

A hand painted golden glam Christmas ornament with lots of texture and light bouncing effect is easy with a few tips and tricks | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #plaidenterprises | #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree #christmasornament | www.thechelseaproject.com

And NOW —Let’s Check Out MORE Handmade Christmas Ornament Goodness

If you are visiting from Inspiration for Moms, welcome and thanks for sharing your day with us.

And we hope you wlll continue the hop tomorrow (Day 19) with I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

 

Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:

Day 1 – Pet Scribbles | Day 2 – Yesterday on Tuesday
Day 3 – Cupcakes and Crinoline | Day 4 – An Extraordinary Day
Day 5 – Celebrating Everyday Life | Day 6 – Hunt and Host
Day 7 – Love of Home | Day 8 – Celebrate Creativity
Day 9 – Petticoat Junktion | Day 10 – What Meegan Makes
Day 11 – Atta Girl Says | Day 12 – Sweet Pea
Day 13 – Exquisitely Unremarkable | Day 14 – Imparting Grace
Day 15 – In My Own Style | Day 16 – 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
Day 17 – Inspiration for Moms | Day 18 – The Chelsea Project (YOU ARE HERE)
Day 19 – I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Day 21 – Hearth and Vine
Day 22 – Shabby Art Boutique | Day 23 – Remodelando la Casa
Day 24 – Domestically Speaking | Day 25 – Swoodson Says
Day 26 – Stone Gable | Day 27 – My Creative Days
Day 28 – The Crafting Nook | Day 29 – Knick of Time
Day 30 – Lovely Etc. | Day 31 – Live Laugh Rowe


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59 Comments

  • Reply Marie October 18, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I am so looking forward to seeing these hanging on your tree in your beautiful great room. The golds and pinks are going to pull the elements in the room together during the holidays. Thanks for another great paint technique tutorial!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Thanks so much Marie! Appreciate your sweet comment so much! XOXO

  • Reply Richella Parham October 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

    That’s so cool! I love the way the gold clings to the brush marks. I’ve never heard of Liquid Leaf–I’ll have to check it out!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Hi Richella and thanks. Yes, do give it a try. I’m finding it works in so many wonderful ways. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Reply Diane Henkler October 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I love how you transformed the ordinary ball ornaments to fit your style. They look beautiful…. love the power of paint.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Hi Diane and thanks! Yes! Paint is my BFF. LOL…

  • Reply Kim October 18, 2017 at 10:26 am

    These are beautiful and so simple to make! That’s just how I like my DIYs. I can’t wait to see your elegant tree. And that paint color? Little Piggy? How adorable!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Hi Kim and thanks! It’s funny how a simple DIY can bring so much to tree. When I start mass producing, I’ll post on IG. LOL… For the first time in history, I plan to have the tree I see in my mind’s eye.

  • Reply Patti @ Garden Matter October 18, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Susie,

    I’d say you totally accomplished what you set out to do. These ornaments are so gorgeous! What a simple and clever way to make such beautiful ornaments without spending a ton of money. I’m impressed!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Patti and thanks so much! I am so happy that the need for huge numbers of pink ornaments coincided with this blog hop. I am excited to create the tree this year ~~for the first time ever!! XOXO

  • Reply An Extraordinary Day (@DianeMillerAED) October 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Susie, you are a rock star! I LOVE your ornaments! I cannot wait to see your gold and pink tree. It will be fabulous. πŸ™‚ Thank you for such a detailed tutorial. I’ve used gold leaf in the past… but never liquid. Oh my!

    I’m so happy you joined us this year for our blog hop! xo

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Diane! You have no idea all the good things that happened during all of my “cute-and-clever” disasters. But now, it is now a most treasured journey. Thanks so much for including me. It is an honor to share with these talented women. XO

  • Reply Angie ~ Ambient Wares October 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I love the color combination making the blue green. It’s just gorgeous! I also love a good easy makeover πŸ™‚ Pinned

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Angie! Thanks so much for your sweet and encouraging comment. Appreciate your visit so much. XO

  • Reply Mary Beth October 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    These are so pretty, Susie! They are a classic look and I love the added texture.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Mary Beth. I absolutely love them and am hiding the hot pink ones for the tree reveal. Thanks so much for inivting me to this blog hop. You have no idea how much it has opened my world to crafting. Before, I felt timid. Now, I’m totally addicted!! XOXO

  • Reply kim jones October 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I REALLY LOVE these ornaments, they are perfect, but I am not surprised, you always come up with the greatest stuff!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Awww Kim, you are the greatest blessing. A sweet voice of encouragment after I came soooooo close to the Crafting Walk of Shame. LOL. Thanks so much. XOXO

  • Reply kristinsalazar597020196 October 18, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Love how you recycled them, they turned out just beautiful!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 18, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Hi Kristin and thanks so much! I’m a huge recycler and user of leftover paint. LOL..

  • Reply Paula October 19, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Your ornaments looks so pretty! I’ve never heard of Liquid Leaf and now I’m eager to buy some for my craft stash. The ornaments that you created are going to look so pretty on your tree!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 19, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Hi Paula and thanks! I know exactly how you feel ~~ After reading your post, I had to get some Diamond Dust for my stash. I believe some of that lovely sparkley goodness will grace my handmade tree, too.

  • Reply cristina October 19, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I so admire your talent with color and paint. These are gorgeous! And I need to go and get me one of those liquid leaf bottles, love it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 19, 2017 at 9:46 am

      CRistina ~~ you bless my soul. Thanks so much! And yes, everybody needs some Liquid Leaf in their stash.

  • Reply Angie Chavez at Knick of Time October 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    These are just gorgeous. I love how the brush makes are accented the gold paint. Pinned & shared!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Angie and thanks a million. I love to make paint work for me as much as possible. I’m so glad this little idea worked out and can be helpful to others. Appreciate the pins and shares so much! XO

  • Reply Meegan October 20, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    REALLY pretty bulbs, Susie. Doesn’t Fusion Mineral Paint have some of the best products?
    Have fun decorating your Christmas tree.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Meegan and thanks so much. And yes! Fusion is fabulous!

  • Reply Nancy October 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love the gold detail. These look so high end!!!

    Nancy

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 21, 2017 at 8:43 am

      H Nancy and thanks so much! Your thoughts are always so appreciated! XOXO

  • Reply Stephanie Woodson October 21, 2017 at 1:44 am

    What a great way to refresh an ornament!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Hi Stephanie and thanks so much! After pricing glam gold ornaments this Fall, I was like…..huuum no. LOL… Now, we can save our money and make our own! YAY!

  • Reply Lisa at celebrate creativity October 21, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Susie, I love the whispy texture on these ornaments. You’ve really taken something so plain and simple and elevated it to look so fantastic.

    I love learning new techniques that I can also potentially apply to other kinds of projects.

    Your ornaments are just beautiful and I’m going to keep your painting step-by-step in mind for future reference.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 21, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Hi Lisa and thanks a million. I try to make projects that can be easily made by others. It’s a blessing to hear that this simple idea can be helpful to other projects, too.

  • Reply Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique October 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Loving this project Susie and ready to give it a go. I’m off to get some Liquid Leaf first. I can think of so many projects I could use that on. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial. Pinned and shared.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Hi Kerryanne and thanks so much. I’m with you about the Liquid Leaf being a great product for many projects. I just painted a lamp with it this week! And here is the link for a way to easily faux gold gild using Liquid Leaf. Would love to hear your thoughts about this wild technique. LOL…. XO http://thechelseaproject.com/how-to-easily-gold-gild-using-liquid-leaf/

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul October 22, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Oh my gosh I love these ornaments. I’m fling to have to try some of that gold leaf liquid. It seriously transformed those old ornaments!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      THANKS Toni! Yes, girl. That Liquid Leaf is a miracle in a bottle.

  • Reply Susan October 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I LOVE these!! Gorgeous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Susan!!

  • Reply Holly Lefevre October 22, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Pretty. Elegant. Glamorous! I know what I will be doing to the old boxes of ornaments I have in the attic!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      LOL Holly! Old ornaments are the best! So happy to they will be coming out of the attic. Thanks so much…

  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl October 23, 2017 at 7:18 am

    These are so great! Love how they turned out! Thanks for sharing this idea!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 23, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Hi Lindsay and thanks so much!

  • Reply Morgane Shiflett October 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    it looks really good and seems quite easy. I especially like the blue one, I guess probably because I feel like a blue (color) Christmas this year! Now I must find some liquid gold…

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 23, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Morgane and thanks for your sweet comment. Look for Liquid Leaf (trademark name) in classic gold for the product that I used on these ornaments. Good luck! I just know you will have a beautiful tree!

  • Reply Laura @ Inspiration for Moms October 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Every Christmas needs some glam! Love these!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Laura and thanks! I agree! Bring on the glam!

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    Suzy I LOVE this idea of yours it is rustic glam. I think you just invented a new category! I am definitely going to try it.

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      Hi Mary and thanks! Maybe I should go back and add a rustic glam hashtag… πŸ™‚

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  • Reply lynn spencer November 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Susie, this are rustically elegant…I’m not typically ‘cute and clever’ either, so these are right up my alley! I may just have to ‘borrow’ your idea…been trying to figure out an ‘elegant’ ornament idea and this might just be it. Thanks my friend.

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