Make your own Yellow Ware Christmas Ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree this year.
These yellow ware inspired balls are easy to make and look perfect on your rustic farmhouse Christmas tree.
They are easily made from thrifted glass ball ornaments.
Supplies Needed for Yellow Ware Ornaments:
- Glass ball ornaments
- Rubbing alcohol
- Matte spray paint that adheres to glass
- Yellow craft paint – DecoArt Americana Antique Gold
- Paint brushes
- Self adhesive vinyl – Eggshell
- Paper rotary cutter
- Clear protectant spray
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Prep the Christmas Balls:
Start with plain Christmas ball ornaments.
If you don’t have extras at home, the thrift store is a great place to find these.
I found these at our local bent and dent store (one of the balls was broken).
I found a package of smaller balls at a local thrift store.
Just in case there is any residue on the Christmas balls that might keep paint from adhering,
it is a good idea to clean the ornaments before painting.
Use a soft cloth to rub the ornaments with rubbing alcohol and let dry thoroughly.
Remove the tops of the ornaments so you don’t get paint on them.
Prime and Paint the Christmas Balls:
Prime the Christmas balls with a spray paint that is made to adhere to glass.
It doesn’t matter what color you use although a lighter color would probably be easier to cover than the black I used.
Be sure to choose a flat or matte finish.
I used Krylon Fusion All in One paint / primer.
Apply a thin coat of the spray paint to the ornaments.
I used an egg carton to hold the eggs so only one side of them could be painted at a time.
After they are completely covered in the primer and thoroughly dry, it is time to apply the yellow craft paint.
We took a yellow ware bowl with us to the store and selected DecoArt Americana Antique Gold paint
for the yellow ware Christmas ornaments.
You could use the egg carton again to hold them.
If you want to paint an entire coat at once, you can paint the top part first,
then insert a dowel rod into the hole to paint the bottom of the ball.
Use your thumb to stabilize the ball while you paint the bottom.
Insert the dowel rod into a piece of foam insulation or craft foam to hold the ball until it dries.
Be sure to paint a thin coat so you don’t end up with runs or globs.
Let the paint dry.
Repeat this process until all of the primer is covered.
It took me three coats to cover up the black primer.
Add Stripes to the Yellow Ware Christmas Balls:
I found a 12″ square sheet of self-adhesive vinyl in the scrapbooking section of the local hobby store.
It is from the Paper Studio in Eggshell color.
Use a paper cutter to cut strips of the self-adhesive vinyl for the Christmas ball’s stripes
to mimic the stripes on a yellow ware bowl.
For the smaller ornaments, I cut one strip 1/8″ wide and put that stripe right in the middle of the ball.
Remove the sticker’s backing and loosely place the stripe around the middle of the ornament.
Once you have the stripe in the correct position, gently rub the sticker down onto the ball.
For the larger ornaments, I cut one 1/8″ wide strip and two 1/16″ wide strips.
Put the wider stripe right in the middle of the ball
and the narrower stripes slightly above and below the middle stripe.
Replace the ornament tops.
If desired, finish the ornaments by adding a clear coat spray varnish.
I’d love to see your finished projects.
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