Every year my kids and I make ornaments. They love making the glass ball ornaments that you swish paint and rubbing alcohol into for a marbled look.
How To Make Paint Swished Ornaments
Use any size of glass ball ornaments and remove the small toppers. Put a drop or two of rubbing alcohol into each ornament, then squirt a bit of acrylic craft paint in. Any more than 3 colors doesn’t work well. I find that two paint colors usually looks the nicest. Just swirl the paint, coating the inside of the glass ball. Leave it out to dry overnight.
The alcohol allows the paint to swish and flow more easily, and then it quickly evaporates out, allowing the paint to dry.
When they are all dry, just reinsert the topper and your ornament will be ready to hang.
This year my kids got the brilliant plan in their noggins to create planet ornaments out of their paint-swished ornaments.
It all began with creating a blue and green earth ornament. . .
And then progressed to other planets. . .
Of course, the paint jobs are haphazard because after all, it is just paint squeezed into the glass ball and then swished around. Can’t really expect perfectly formed continents from that! Still, I thought their solar system had a very spacey, far out look to it. A+ kiddos!
A craft like this finishes off a study of the planets wonderfully. To start your study of planets try our free printable Planets coloring book.