Monthly Archives: December 2012

Painted Glass Christmas Trees


No cutsey title today…sorry! But the title basically says it all. I decided to get crafty with some Goodwill finds, and these trees were on my list. They came with a little stopper in the bottom, so I assume they were originally intended to be used as candy holders, like for gifts or something. Either way, they were a dollar. Hard to resist. These were super-simple, and took almost no time (at least, no time to complete…drying is different). I’ll be trying this again soon on regular glass jars to hold pencils and stuff.

What Christmas would be complete without official Christmas crafts? Well, probably plenty of people’s. But hey, why not get crafty if you can? This entire project cost me $4. That’s including the paint, which I actually already had in my stash. So if you were being technical, it cost me $2. But $4 if you don’t have the paint. How’d I do it? Let’s see!

Step One: Pick out the colors. I went with green and white. Almost anything + white is going to make sense and not look muddy. But since it’s a Christmas tree, these made the most sense. Other color combinations that might look cute are: pink & blue, green & purple, red & white, blue & yellow, etc.

Step Two: Drizzle in one color. Then layer over with the other color.

Step Three: Rotate and turn the glass until you’re reasonably sure the bottom is coated and there is enough paint to drip down the sides to cover the rest once you turn it over to dry.

Step Four: Set it upside down (or in this case, right side up) on a stack of papers or a paper plate so the paint can drip down and form interesting marbling effects. Leave overnight to drip and sort of dry. It won’t be perfectly dry, not with zero air circulation. But it will be set enough that the next morning, you can tip it on its side so it can air dry the rest of the way that day.

Step Five: Pick a pretty place to put it and enjoy!

I did the same thing with a second tree, only I used only one kind of paint, silver glitter. Same process though, just drizzling the paint in there and rotating the glass around until I knew the excess would drip out easily. Then I just turned it over overnight, and the next morning it was ready to cure.

Now we’ve got cute, homemade trees to put up on the mantle this year!

For some more fun and fanciful Christmas or winter-themed craft and decoration ideas, check out: Hi Sugarplum!