Christmas is fast approaching, you may not think so, but it is! Before you know it, it will be on our doorstep! I got a couple of emails asking how to paint the inside of the glass ornament without it getting funky. I figured a new trick, which, I did for the TARDIS ornament but not for the pink one (I honestly think that ornament was jinxed, it broke, see here) and the pink one was a mess to work with.
Heather’s How-To: Paint the Inside of Glass Ornaments!
So I can’t stress enough of the use of an enamel based paint, this works much better for glass and gives a cleaner look. For the pink ornament, I used a straight acrylic with no enamel and I am wondering if that’s why I had so many problems with it inside. It doesn’t dry nearly as quickly as the enamel based paints and some acrylic are just too heavy to use, they become a big mess. I have found that mixing those heavier paints with some mod podge and some water make it a bit easier to use, but at times does not dry solid.
After pouring some paint in the ornament, twist until the paint completely covers the inside. You might have to add a little bit more to keep it running around the sides… it tends to begin to dry and won’t coat as well.
I found these ornaments fit perfectly in a bottle of paint, so if you let it sit upside down, you can let the paint fall back into the bottle without wasting any! I wish I had thought of that before! The same goes if you are using a mod podge and glitter mixture, you can always save if you want to do many of the same kind and use some of the disposable ones from Martha Stewart. Again, this probably isn’t genius, but I was pretty proud of myself for thinking of it!
I wish I had done this with the pink one, I think there was too much paint left over inside for it to dry properly before I continued… fail on my part.
Just let the ornaments sit and dry for a bit, I’d say at least a day since it’s a rather small hole and needs to dry adequately. With the acrylic, I didn’t let it dry long enough for the amount of paint inside. I went to put it upside down so the rhinestones at the bottom would dry, with the lid, and it all came out! I had to completely redo the inside, I was full of sadness.
You can paint the outside too if you’d like like I did the TARDIS ornament! Again, I used an enamel based paint with a clear sealer on the outside to keep it nice and safe. I didn’t add the lid on this one for a few days, so it dried all nice and happy. :)
I know all of this probably seems so simple, but I hope it helped those who asked!